Meadowdawn shares their opinions on characters that have been labelled as Mary-Sues and Gary-Stus.
>Spoilers from TPB to TBC<
I know, I must be crazy to try this. *Point at Streampaw from their 2016 article* They did it before me so blame them if you disagree
don’t really do that. I’ll only use Mary-Sue instead of both Mary-Sue and Gary-Stu for the sake of simplicity. Let’s start off at the beginning…
First, I’ll tell you why people label him as a Mary-Sue. He has some serious main character syndrome, such as killing Scourge when there were many far more seasoned warriors in the same battle, being the fourth of three prophecized cats, and then not even having powers or relating to the plot, the list goes on. But what is a Mary-Sue? A Mary-Sue is a perfect character or person who always does everything right and has either a horrible or amazing perfect life, or they’re the complete opposite of that. Firestar is far from perfect, he’s failed many times when everyone else has succeeded, and he’s also a character related to by the readers. He’s not perfect and a know-it-all, he’s got flaws.
Moving on, we’ve got one I didn’t know about at all before researching, it’s-
I- she’s a real jerk and really nice at different points in the stories. Her appearance and her actions are absolutely not Mary-Sueish, I can’t even find a reason that she’s be considered a Mary-Sue in the first place, I don’t see why she’s here. Tell me in the comments why she’d be considered a Mary-Sue, I don’t see anything Mary-Sueish about her or her life at all, she had heartache and happiness and she’s been good and bad.
Now there’s another character commonly called a Mary-Sue.
He’s unbeatable in battle (formerly), and he also has a case of main character syndrome (formerly), I can see why he’s called a Mary-Sue. But notice the ‘formerly’ on both reasons, he WAS a bit of a Mary-Sue, but now he’s an average warrior. When he was more of a Mary-Sue, he still got angry, still got hurt physically and mentally, and still was happy, he had character development. I still kinda don’t like him because of the fill chapter in PoT where we read about him walking around and doing nothing, but that’s just my personally sulky opinion.
Now, onto another character.
I don’t like him, per se, but he’s neither pure good nor pure evil, but let me tell you why he’s been given the label of Mary-Sue before. He also has a bit of the ol’ main character syndrome, he’s another character who does everything right and becomes the clan leader for it, from one Mary-Sue to another, right? Wrong. Bramblestar invalidates Squirlflight time and time again (Watch Moonkitti’s video about it for a deeper explanation on that part), but he also has good moments. He fails, he succeeds, he’s happy, he’s sad, but he’s not perfect.