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Mary SueThe fanfiction writer's way of putting herself into the story. Most often, the Mary Sue takes the form of a non-canon female character who is actually the author's enhanced alter-ego. Many fics where the canon Hero/Heroine ends up being saved by/in bed with a non-canon character are Mary Sues. Not all Mary Sues are bad - realistically developed Mary Sues who remain supporting characters can be effective. The male incarnation of a Mary Sue character is called a Gary Lou. See also 'Original Character', 'Anywhere But Here', 'Badfic/Suckfic', 'Aura of Smooth'.

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