Is Your Protagonist A Mary Sue?

40 Questions  I  By Superheronation
This quiz will help you identify whether a character is an over-perfect Mary Sue and how to fix him.   The quiz typically takes 10 minutes or so.  

  
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1.  Does this character's weapon have a name?
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2.  Is this character mortal?
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3.  Is this character human?
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4.  Is this character name's Hunter or anything you find to be particularly badass?
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5.  Does this character have the job you have (or a job you wish you had)? 
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6.  Is this character notably good-looking?
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7.  Does this character consider his talents and/or abilities a curse?
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8.  Is this character the subject of a great prophecy?
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9.  Was this character born with an impressive supernatural talent, like magic or The Force? 
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10.  Does this character feel overwhelming guilty about something that wasn't his fault?
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11.  Is this character originally from the 20th or 21st century real-world but somehow transported to a fantasy realm?
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12.  Are this character's parents/guardians abusive or otherwise nasty?
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13.  Is this character very modest?
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14.  Does this character look much younger than he actually is?  (For example, he might be a 300-year-old that looks 20). 
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15.  Does this character have problems with authority figures?  (For example: his parents, his bosses, the police, etc.) 
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16.  If the character has political or religious beliefs similar to yours, does he convert any other characters to these beliefs or defeat an opponent of these beliefs?
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17.  Does the character make any moral decisions that readers will probably disagree with?  For example, Peter breaks up with Mary Jane for her safety at the end of the first Spiderman movie. 
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18.  Is this character ever raped or tortured?
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19.  Is the character royal or otherwise a member of a ruling family?
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20.  Does this character date any of the following: an elf, a royal or someone high-class?
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21.  Are your other characters generally impressed by this character? 
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22.  If your character is nonhuman, is there any way in which his species is weaker than humans?
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23.  Is the character a rebellious member of a high-class family?
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24.  At the start of the book, does this character know who his birth parents are?
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25.  Is this character a furry?  A furry is an animal that walks and talks and is (except for his body) otherwise indistinguishable from a human. 
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26.  Is this character secretly related to another character?
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27.  Is your character a non-human that looks mostly human anyway?
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28.  Does this character ever get out of a tight spot by discovering new powers or abilities? 
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29.  Does the character ever make a decision readers will probably find unintelligent?  For example, Harry Potter recklessly flew a car to Hogwarts instead of telling an adult when he missed the train. 
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30.  Can this character polymorph or otherwise change species?
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31.  Is there any aspect of this character's personality that you expect readers will find unlikable? 
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32.  Was this character born into a powerful rank, position or caste?
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33.  Is this character the last survivor of anything?  (Common examples include a species, family, town or civilization).  
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34.  Does this character wear leather, sunglasses or anything you find to be particularly badass?
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35.  Does the character have political or religious beliefs similar to yours?
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36.  Does this character have a particularly traumatic backstory?  (For example, his parents were murdered or she was captured by slavers, etc.) 
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37.  Does this character use a sword or other bladed weapon in a high-tech setting? 
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38.  Is the character a hybrid of two species, like a half-elf or half-dragon?
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39.  How many languages does this character speak?
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40.  Does this character ever get defeated by an opponent or obstacle?
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Quiz Comments (4)
Your quiz was good, not so much for fantasy writers. If being non-human is in correct, then you have some issues with that particular genra. Take Frodo he wasn't human. Neither was Harry Potter. Just saying that you might want to ask a few different questions so that people of all types of writing can use your quiz more accurately. Other wise this quiz was great, and fun to use!
It's not a bad quiz, but its a little generalized. I ran my D&D character through it and got a fairly high result-- mostly because the quiz isn't geared towards fantasy. Cliches can lead to bad writing, sure, but some narrative conventions persist because they have value. The "sole survivor", the "prophesied hero"-- these can still work, it just takes dynamic, thoughtful writers to find refreshing ways to present these tropes.
I'd love this quiz and probably recommend it to people if it wasn't generalizing stuff as INCORRECT and CORRECT. There are "incorrect" things, as you described it, that must've had logical explanations in their story. Like in mine: my story is based on a military thingamabob story (Call of Duty fanfic). This is where torturing for Intel is a normal thing, but you said it was angsty and hard to work with. My character has problems with legal authorities because she later turns renegade. Well, I intended her to be a soldier because it's CoD, like, what the heck. I just grown to love the job because it's so...I don't know... My character is part of an accident when she was very young, as in 1 year old--an accident where many people died and children were lost--and she was one of the children who were separated from her parents. Anyways, enough about my story. My point is, don't simply generalize things like this. Mary Sues are characters that can bend the laws of the universe with ease, not characters with traits you find illogical.
I'd find myself appreciating this quiz more if it's judges on correct and incorrect answers weren't so generalized, it basically tells you in the results "If your character has this trait, they're a Mary Sue" which just doesn't cut it in MANY cases, as alot of these things it asks of you really depends on how well it fits in the context of the character-in-question's universe. Like how it's bad for a character to be a hybrid, what if that's an important or perfectly explained factor in their story? Or how a character being attractive is a no-go, nevermind it could be a universe where the general public(or atleast that character's species/race) are good-looking, or at the very least the character does a notable effort of keeping their appearance. Or perhaps the point of saying that a character is a Mary Sue if they have a traumatic backstory, so long as there's real context behind why they'd have to go through what they did, and it's not an excuse to make them a Wubbie then this shouldn't be an immediate negative either, nor should the point of a character being non-human, as it would only be a bad thing if they were in a universe where sentient non-humans were a rarity or even straight-up nonexistent. However, this wouldn't at all apply if they resided in a universe where sentient non-humans were perfectly common. Or on a bigger, more subjective note, while I understand many Mary Sues make a show of having false modesty, that shouldn't go for any modest character in general, even if they ARE good at what they feel inferior at, as modesty is a perfectly real thing that people feel even when others reassure them they have no reason to be like that. Just because a character has traits that come off as illogical in OUR universe doesn't mean they're a Mary-Sue if it works in THEIRS, after all, a Mary Sue is basically a character that is unchallenged by the laws of their universe, or if they ever are its just so the story can make a point of expressing how unstoppable and amazing they are.
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