This guest comic by Vectober. Check out his work!
A female character in sexy armor stands before a crowd who boo her loudly.
When you say “Mary Sue,” people derisively imagine a woman who can do everything, is loved by everyone, and has no flaws.
A female character in more practical armor stands before a crowd who still boo her loudly.
But in reality, the term is often applied to any competent female character.
A male character with exaggerated features stands before an adoring crowd. The female characters steam in the background.
Meanwhile, there are many male characters who can do everything, are loved by everyone, and have no flaws. They are often given critical acclaim.
Because “Mary Sue” is inherently gendered, it’s better to consider each character in their own context and…
Both female characters advance menacingly, with swords labeled “plot device” and “character development.
Hey, stop that!