This list of the Mary Sues mentioned in "'Too Good to Be True': 150 Years of Mary Sue," by Pat Pflieger, contains descriptions of the stories used, as well as more details about the Mary Sues themselves; it also has links to the online sources. It is arranged alphabetically, by the name used in my paper. Bibliographic information, with links, is available at the bibliography page.
URLs were correct on March 28, 1999; I do not intend to update them.
WARNING!: Several of these URLs are of stories with detailed descriptions of sex, which would be rated NC-17 if they were American movies; I've indicated this in the description. Please do not go to the stories if you're under age 18, or if you're going to be upset by the material.
Anasta, one of several Mary Sues I created as a young teenager. Her father was human; her mother came from a slightly cat-like, nomadic race evolving on a chilly planet. She was created for the world of Star Trek, but moved into a science fiction novel I abandoned about a year later.
Blairy Sue, the term may not be general, but it's too good not to use. My characterization comes from several Internet stories pointed out to me, most notably "Love and Guns." (http://b-b- t.mit.edu/SXF) NOTE: This story is rated NC-17; please don't go there if you're under age 18 or will be offended.
Borden, Ashley, "Resurrection," by Phyllis Milby; TRON; print zine The Further Adventures of Flynn (July 1986). One of 50 typists in the typing pool at Colony Publishers, Ashley is working overtime with Ed Dillinger, who apparently took a job as a typist after the events in the movie TRON. The Master Control Program, which has been looking for Dillinger, brings him and Ashley into its world, where the two are captured and are forced to do battle on the Game Grid. Ashley is pretty interesting and competent, eloquent and funny about just how mind-numbing her job is; she keeps a coloring book at her desk to occupy spare moments.
Callisto Durron, in "Buried Secrets," by Buffy19606; Buffy: The Vampire Slayer; http://slayerfanfic.com/Buffy/buried.html. Callisto, who looks like a "carbon copy clone" of Buffy Sommers (Buffy's mother was the twin of Callie's mother), is actually half vampire. However, one of Callie's eyes is grey; the other is violet. Like Buffy, she slays; as a half-vampire, she became immortal at age 17. Fulfilling a prophecy, Callie "merges" with Buffy, making Buffy immortal and giving her Callie's vast knowledge and brain power.
Capitola, in The Hidden Hand, by E.D.E.N. Southworth (1859). Capitola's birth is mysterious, and she grows up literally on the streets of a city, until her guardian finds her and takes her in. Everyone loves Capitola, who is lively and clever, talking back to her guardian and shooting the man who's insulted her -- full of split peas. She helps capture the local bad guy -- and then helps him to escape.
Chevalier, Christine, in "All Dolled Up," by Melissa Roule; Due South; http://www.hexwood.com/dsa/dolledup.htm. Christine is a ballerina who knows Benton Fraser and imagines him as her partner while she practices. When he must become "Miss Fraser" for the episode "Some Like It Red," he calls on Christine's expertise with makeup. Christine knows her Mountie: she knows the story behind every scar on his body. She also knows her Diefenbaker: she brings him Milk Duds. As Christine works on Fraser, her touch arouses him (parallelling a similar scene in the episode "The Deal"); then, in a rather odd little moment (Fraser is, after all, dressed and made-up as a woman), he kisses Christine. Finally, in tribute to her red flannel shirt, Fraser gives her The Compliment (originally given to Meg Thatcher): "By the way, red suits you."
Connor, Megan, recurring character in The Sentinel. Two minutes into her first appearance in 1998 in "Foreign Exchange," she out-drives the bad guys and Jim Ellison, causing over $12,000-worth of damage to the taxi she's appropriated. She knows the exotic cuisine Blair Sandburg eats, and Jim grimaces but obeys when she counters his "You stay behind me" with "No -- you stay behind me." She also roughs up and captures a knife-wielding Peter Wingfield, while Jim looks on admiringly. This was the first episode in what was supposed to be an ongoing relationship which would take The Sentinel into a "new direction"; it is possible that the relationship may have been a reaction to viewers' recognition of homosexual undertones in the show. This was not the first character in the show that some viewers read as Mary Sue; beautiful, young, "technically brilliant" forensic pathologist Cassie Welles appeared in "Dead Certain" in 1997 and also earned this label, primarily for the way she "turned Jim and Blair into extras on their own show." (Adlington 6 D 1997)
Cusack, Lisa, in "The Sound of Her Voice" episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, teleplay by Ronald D. Moore, story by Pam Pietroforte. Captain of the Olympia, she crashlands on a planet and has only days to live. As the Defiant races to her rescue, she has long, telling conversations via radio with Bashir, Sisko, and O'Brien, helping each to come to greater understanding of himself. When they reach the planet, however, they discover that she's been dead for 3.2 years, their conversations bounced back and forth through time courtesy of some mighty fine Trek-nobabble. They cannot bring themselves to bury her on the planet, "alone"; they take the body back to DS9, where the crew pays tribute to her at the Trek version of an Irish wake.
Ellen, in "The Unrepaired Shoe," by Almira; in Robert Merry's Museum; also online . Almira was a subscriber to the Museum in 1849. She wrote at least one more story for the magazine.
Fantasia, Kielle, avatar of Kelly Newcomb; http://www.subreality.com/kielle.htm. She is one of the Mortali, ageless beings who "meddle here and there, to keep things interesting and balanced." Kielle has had many adventures in several "subrealities," since "her lifespan and nature make her easily to insinuate into any plot and any idea" that Kelly comes up with.
Holly Hanson, in "The Soul Killers," by Jane Matyskella; The X-Files; http://members.tripod.com/~muldertortureratings/rating7/soul.html. When this detective meets Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, she realizes that they really Belong Together and works to bring that about. Holly speaks like a teenager and reads to Mulder a book often used in American high schools. The story has a delightful description of the two injured agents looking "a little like Tweedledum and Tweeledee by way of Kafka."
Jessup, Tracy, in "Believer," by Kirsten M. Berry; The X-Files; http://www.hooked.net/~kirib/believer.html. Tracy, who physically resembles Deanna Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation), is a student at the FBI Academy. When Tracy runs afoul of her fellow students, Dana Scully rescues her by having her meet Fox Mulder; the two bolster each other's egos. Tracy and Mulder meet again in an NC-17-rated sequel not discussed here.
Jinaq, in "Qapchu" (http://members.bellatlantic.net/~sabine/trek/kara1.html) and "Ghoj" (http://members.bellatlantic.net/~sabine/trek/kara2.html), by Karanne; Star Trek: Voyager; online; story rated NC-17. Jinaq, a half-Klingon, half-Ferengi sex slave, is found on a drifting spaceship. At level 23 in a Klingon fighting style, she is as skilled at fighting as she is at sex, where she exhausts the five male members of the Voyager crew who take advantage of her training as a sex toy. After a lovingly detailed sex scene between Jinaq, Kathryn Janeway, and B'Elanna Torres, the three go off to prosecute the men; the story is unfinished as of 1999.
Langton, Anne, in a 5-part series by Lisa Y. Drexel; Star Trek: Voyager; http://www.worldinter.net/~lisay/startrek.htm. Anne, a 20th-century psychologist specializing in repressed memories, is abducted by gray aliens and is found in the Delta Quadrant 300 years later by the crew of Voyager. Her education combined with her telepathic abilities mean that she becomes the ship's counselor. Chakotay is physically attracted to her, while Tom Paris becomes her close friend and Tuvok guides her as she develops her telepathic abilities. Q is fascinated by Anne and gives her Q-powers; when his wife tries to kill Anne, Q takes her to Olympus, putting Anne under the protection of Ares (undoubtedly the character in Xena, Warrior Princess); the story is unfinished as of 1999.
MacPhail, Elanor, in "Difference," by Theresa Holmes; Star Trek; print zine Fesarius 5 (1982). Telepathic like all Delphians, she becomes the chief navigator on the Enterprise; she is accompanied by her Delphian singjoy, an eight-legged creature resembling a little dragon. Only she can control it. Elanor is descended from engineers and thinks -- and sometimes speaks -- in impenetrable Delphian Common -- which seems very like a thick Scots accent. She also is the ship's expert in several languages. She has many of the good ideas during the story, so many that Spock relies on her advice.
Maia, in "The Elves of the Forest Center," by Pansy; Robert Merry's Museum; also online . Pansy was 13 when this story was published; she was the author of several pieces -- mostly poetry -- in the Museum. There is no indication that she is the Pansy who went on to publish books for children.
Manasdottir, Saraid, in "Brothers in Arms," by the Lady Saraid; Highlander; http://members.aol.com/hlx03/stories/brother1.txt; story rated NC-17. Saraid is an extremely old Immortal who is exceptionally good with a sword. She is exquisite, and Duncan MacLeod feels that "he could tell her anything and she would understand, and forgive. Right now. Anytime. Forever." When she sees Duncan and Connor MacLeod, she realizes that they are destined to be together; she makes it possible for them to explore a sexual relationship which the two men still have 300 years later.
Martin, Emily, in "The Grateful Indian," by Martha G.; Robert Merry's Museum; also online . Martha may have been a subscriber to the magazine. A year later, the Museum published a poem in which a Native American man gives a white girl a similar gift: in "Jessie and Her Fawn," by "Kruna" (Julia Ballard Pratt), Jessie becomes friends with Swift-wing, a Native American girl. After Swift-wing dies, her grief-stricken father brings to Jessie the white fawn he tamed for his daughter; the story implies that he goes back to the wilderness to die. Jessie loves the fawn for the sake of these overly noble individuals.
Michaels, Rowan, in "To Ride the Wind," by Marelle Moore; Highlander: The Series; http://www.seventh-dimension.simplenet.com/stories/Moore/ToRidetheWind.txt. Rowan, a sword-wielding mortal, is the unseen presence in two pivotal episodes of Highlander. Besides being a warrior who is tougher than nails, she is the erotic center of the story: "A woman her age, should NOT look this good," Joe Dawson thinks when he sees her.
Mulder, Fox (Baccarat Figurines), in a 29-part series created by Sean Spencer; http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Dimension/1367/index2.html; stories rated NC-17. Distraught over Dana Scully's abduction, a weepy, sex-hungry Mulder takes comfort in the arms of Walter Skinner. Many readers reacted badly to the clinically detailed description of their sex acts; just as many disliked Skinner's "absurd paternalism" and Mulder's regression to a pouty child.
narrator, in "The Further Adventures of Mary Sue," by Helen Pitt; Blakes 7; print zine Down and Unsafe #3 (1984). The all-too-self-aware heroine of this piece of meta-fiction is, as one character points out, "the walking definition of the word 'ordinary.'" Not a genius, not a rebel leader, not over-attractive, she's "useless" to the characters she hopes to attract. But she isn't without her own brand of power: paper and a typewriter, with which she wreaks revenge on those who spurn her.
Piper, in Dreadnought!, by Diane Carey; Star Trek; professional novel. From a planet where everyone has only one name, Piper stumbles, whines, and bunny-hops her way to Lieutenant-Commander, never, but never dressed in her uniform: usually she's in some form-fitting jumpsuit -- perhaps a nod to the impracticality of trying to save the universe while dressed in a miniskirt and go-go boots. Piper's never been introduced to the concept of the unexpressed thought; she yelps, mutters, or whines everything that comes into her pretty little head. Shesheshe is the only person who can understand/fix everything from a fried communications system to a Vulcan's broken spirit. Partly, this is due to the point of view: because the book is written in first person, Carey is reduced to giving Piper "visions" of what's going on with Kirk, Spock, etc., so we don't forget that they're there, too. Piper's groupie-like awe of these gods is surprisingly annoying -- and so is her astonishingly flip remarks to them and her constant second-guessing of them. While the most grating bits (the bunny-hop, the use of a curling iron to escape imprisonment in her quarters) are logical alternatives, the reader cringes every damn time. Apparently Piper is considered good officer material, but she never comes across as someone with much intellectual depth or special insight into any situation.
reader, in "Anywhere But Here" stories, for example "Comfort," "Transmigration," and "Welcome" by ElaineMc; Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; online. Appropriately flat as a character, the "you" in these stories is, nevertheless, appealing to both Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who visit her in her universe and who welcome her into theirs. In the "Welcome" series, the reader apparently is a very competent Jedi who goes off to have her own adventures, returning to enjoy the pleasures of the men's bodies, in the quarters she shares with them -- in effect, making the men into members of the private seraglio readers usually enter only in their thoughts. "Transmigration" explores the humorous aspects of having berobed, long-haired, long-bearded Qui-Gon suddenly appear in the reader's apartment and ask to be shown around her world: "You hand him a baseball cap, and a pair of old sunglasses. ... A little dubiously, he puts them on. The effect is very Unabomber."
Reed, Janaris, in "After the Fall," by Monica; Highlander: The Series; http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Gallery/4490/storyind.htm; four-part story rated NC-17. She and Methos first met on the banks of the southern Nile; they wandered through Africa and Europe together, becoming best friends. Methos goes to her after the events in two pivotal episodes of the series; she helps him to realize his physical attraction for Duncan MacLeod. Janaris' exotic beauty has led to many adventures and misadventures; her panther green eyes have "'gotten me burned at the stake twice, nailed to a cross, hunted as a demon, [and] drowned'". "'True,'" replies Methos, "'but they've also gotten you worshipped, cherished, and respected. Not to mention the number of times they got you laid.'" She is desired by both men and women. She is the one Immortal that the Watchers are forbidden to watch: Janaris spotted her Watchers almost immediately, and became so furious that she started causing legal problems for everyone in the organization and drained its bank accounts. She impresses Duncan with her prowess as a fighter, and Methos with her prowess as a lover.
Rogers, Amanda, in "The Captain's Loss," by Jaeti; Star Trek: Voyager; http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Vault/5461/loss.htm. The character originally appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "True Q," where she learned that she belongs to the Q Continuum. In the fan story, Voyager captain Kathryn Janeway is depressed after Tuvok's death; Amanda, who has been watching the ship, gives her a small break from the stress. Introducing herself as "Mary Sue Q," Amanda is very funny and perceptive about herself and about the men of Trek; Janeway heartily enjoys her stories of their seduction. Amanda comforts Janeway further by taking her back to the time of Tuvok's death, so he can transfer his katra to her; she will take it back to Vulcan.
Salazar, Janet, in "Stereotype," by Emily Brunson; The Sentinel; http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1628/stereot.html. The theme of the story is stereotypes: of police officers, of gays, of office temps. Janet is the perfect temp, doing in one day the work three clerks normally do in two.
Stewart-King, Samantha-Ti'Ree Slade, in "And the Dark Things in Our Minds Can Kill Us," by Nancy Spinks; Star Trek; print zine Fesarius 3 (November 1977); story is a sequel to "A Test of Womanhood" (Fesarius 2). Human, Samantha was reared on Vulcan, where she was bonded with a Vulcan man; she was the first to tame a Hypno Beast, the most dangerous animal on the planet. She is telepathic and multi-talented: she sings and plays a Vulcan lyre, was awarded the golden IDIC by the Vulcan Science Academy, and whips up Vulcan delicacies in the galley of the Enterprise. When the ship meets a race of aliens who feed on psychic energy, Samantha learns that she is descended from an alien explorer who crashed on Earth. Before the story is finished, the aliens have made her relive her most agonizing moment in the presence of Spock, Kirk, and McCoy; she leaves the Enterprise in order to recover mentally, and Spock and McCoy lose their "referee."
Unella, in "Unella," by Madge; Robert Merry's Museum; also online . Madge was a subscriber who called herself "Blue-eyed Minna"; she probably was in her early 20s when she wrote the story.
Walters, Sarah, in "Bulletproof," by Mishelle; The X-Files; http://birdfeeder.com/stories/ac/Bulletproof.Mishelle; story rated NC-17. Sarah is an FBI agent who catches Walter Skinner's eye; she has the unlisted number of the Lone Gunmen and knows a lot about Frohike's secrets.
Williams, Simplicity, one of several Mary Sues I created as a young teenager. Simps moved from daydreams in which she rescued Illya Kuryakin of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to "Simplicity Williams!," a spy novel I began -- and abandoned -- when I was 12 years old.
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