BUCKY WITH HICCUPS THO
BUCKY EMERGING FROM A CLOUD OF SMOKE IN FULL WINTER SOLDIER GETUP, GUNS BLAZIN’, MURDER IN HIS EYES, WHEN—
"…Bucky?" Steve’s voice comes from over the intercom. "Was that—"
”No." Bucky snaps. "Don’t get dist -hic- don’t -hic- focus, dammit.”
"Oh my god," Tony says, all glee. "This is adorable. You’re adorable."
"Shut the fuc -hic- up, Stark.”
"What was that?"
"I said shut the -hic- shut -hic- STOP LAUGHING.”
LATER, CUE THE AVENGERS COMING UP WITH INCREASINGLY ELABORATE WAYS TO GET RID OF BUCKY’S HICCUPS.
So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.
God, what a Mary Sue.
I just described Batman.
WILL AUTO-REBLOG FOREVER.
MOTHERFUCKER- Mary Sue is a fanfic phenomenon. You want your OC in your original work to be overpowered as fuck- then GOD BLESS.
You want to shoehorn your overpowered OC into a pre-existing framework that disrupts the dynamic of the story, and takes away from the individual accomplishments and interpersonal relationships of that story in order to feel superior- then Not So Much.
Batman is not a Mary Sue in the DC universe. Throw Batman into Harry Potter- then we have a Mary Sue.
pretty sure if you threw batman into harry potter you’d have sirius black
also batman is not a mary sue //in batman comics// but in the justice league he absolutely is? he’s written as an unstoppable super-mind who regularly rescues living gods and it’s ridiculous, but while people routinely critique the writing on those stories, nobody ever calls him a mary sue because batman is a dude (well, tbh bc he’s //batman// but still, if it was jimmy olsen they wouldn’t call him a mary sue even though HE TOTALLY IS)
the mary sue thing started so male fanfic readers could tear down female fanfic writers so even if it was ever a legitimate complaint - and given that gate-keeping structure explicitly shaping it’s origins, i don’t buy that - it’s got a bunch of awful nonsense bound up in it