Mary Sue Classifications

[Angsty Sue] [Questing Sue] [Transplanted Sue] [Hybrid Sue] [Somebody's Sister Sue] [Grrl Sue] [Bitchy Sue] [Yenta Sue] [Offspring Sue] [Fated Sue] [Gothy Sue] [Silicone Sue] [Saintly Sue] [Goddess Sue] [Fairy Sue] [Elven Sue] [Canon Sue]

Angsty Sue (Puella angstia)

Identified by: limyaael
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: Shadowed, watering eyes
Specimen: click for report

The Angsty Sue is a well-documented species, found in all fandoms. She subsists on the misunderstanding of all around her, and thrives on abuse. Her constant guilty dwelling on her trivial misdeeds, which in humans is considered unhealthy, is merely a survival mechanism in the Angsty Sue, for the one thing that can kill her is an attack of emotional balance.

Questing Sue (Puella centraquestis)

Identified by: limyaael
Habitat: High fantasy
Distinctive Markings: Easily identified by the mysterious talisman she carries, often in the shape of a sword or amulet.
Specimen: click for report

The Questing Sue is absolutely vital to the success of any given mission to save the world from evil, being remarkably overendowed with magic, cunning, and the favor of the Gods. Because she is so incredibly important, P. centraquestis thrives in original stories, without existing canon to overshadow her and restrict her growth.

Hybrid Sue (Puella mixta impossibilis)

Identified by: limyaael
Habitat: SF and fantasy fandoms
Distinctive Markings: Strangely few.
Specimen: click for report
Detailed Information: by limyaael

This Sue is apparently the offspring of two (or more) diverse species, e.g. human and unicorn. Such heritage, naturally, grants her certain magical talents, the nature of which varies with the individual Sue. Curiously, the Sue seldom manifests any outward traits of her outlandish parent(s), beyond a pair of tastefully pointed ears or odd-colored eyes.

Transplanted or Modern Sue (Puella moderna)

Identified by: limyaael
Habitat: Found throughout SF and fantasy, and in some historical fandoms
Distinctive Markings: Often sports blue jeans or miniskirts, but can be positively identified by her colloquial English and her pop culture references.
Specimen: click for report
Detailed Information: by limyaael

P. moderna originates from modern Earth, but invariably makes her home in fantastic, futuristic or historical settings. Puella moderna spunkiana is a variant notable for her perkily determined demeanor, and resembles a Grrl Sue in some respects. Puella moderna centraquestis is similar, but has usually been deliberately transported by mystic means in order to save the world; cf. the Questing Sue, a native strain.

Somebody's Sister Sue (Puella soror gratuitus)

Identified by: mhari
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: P. soror employs camouflage to better hide from fic connoisseurs; she will take on a strong family resemblance to whichever canon character she has chosen as sibling.
Specimen: click for report

The Somebody's Sister Sue is a parasitic species, who latches onto a canon character and declares it to be her brother or sister. At the same time she infects the "sibling" with her venom so that he or she suffers partial memory loss and often becomes OOC.

Grrl Sue (Mulier badasstica pseudofeminista)

Identified by: limyaael
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: Lean, muscular, yet graceful build. Many exhibit an angry expression.
Specimen: click for report

Grrl Sues are curious in that, so far as science can determine, they reproduce parthenogenetically. This is the only explanation we can give, for, to a wommon, they scorn the idea of bearing children to a Man. Or indeed having anything to do with one, including letting him hold a door open for them or accepting his considered advice on what pizza to order. Despite this, on the presumably rare occasion that a male character proves himself equal to her, a Grrl Sue will swiftly relent towards him and become positively doting.

Bitchy Sue (Mulier bitchia)

Identified by: limyaael
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: Shoulder chip
Specimen: click for report

M. bitchia resembles the Grrl Sue closely in behavior, but she does not discriminate by sex; she's nasty to everyone. Often she lacks the genuine overbalanced gifts of the Badasstica, her bitchery presumably stemming from insecurity rather than arrogance.

Yenta Sue (Mulier interferia)

Identified by:
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings:
Specimen: not yet available

The Yenta Sue is drawn to other people's love affairs as a magpie to shiny things. Given two other characters and a whiff of unresolved sexual tension, she will launch into a lecture on their obvious longing for one another. Often she will brew hot beverages in an effort to woo one party or the other into listening to her romantic advice. She is commonly found in slash stories, but may also attach herself to other Sues, assisting them in their seduction of canon characters.

Offspring Sue (Spawnificus repulsivum)

Identified by: alryssa
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: Diminutive size
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S. repulsivum, much like the Somebody's Sister Sue, attaches herself to a canon character in the form of a precocious and beloved daughter. She has the potential to metamorphose into other species of Sue entirely, most often the Angsty Sue or the Gothy Sue.

Fated Sue (Spawnificus prophesida)

Identified by: mhari
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: May carry a talisman similar to the Questing Sue's.
Specimen: not available

Fated Sues are closely related to the Offspring Sue, but are far more beautiful. A Fated Sue will generally, upon reaching maturity, proceed to re-enact the adventures of her "parent", often gathering other Sues to her side in the process. She resembles a Questing Sue, but is specific to fan fiction. Or sequels.

Gothy Sue (Rebellius stupidificum gothica)

Identified by: alryssa
Habitat: Modern-day settings
Distinctive Markings: Unfashionable clothing and sullen expression
Specimen: click for report

Nobody understands Gothy Sue. She will tell you so at every opportunity. While she resembles the common Angsty Sue in some respects, the Gothy Sue is much more aggressive, and more likely to dress all in black.

Silicone Sue (Middleschoolicus builtlikeapornstarricus)

Identified by: espressivelynne
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: Hourglass shape and highly developed mammary glands.
Specimen: click for report

The Silicone Sue is disturbing to many humans, for though she has the mannerisms, the characterization, and often the face of a young teenager, she appears in the body of a well-endowed grown woman, and has no qualms about seducing canon characters of virtually any age.

Saintly Sue (Humanis perfectius)

Identified by: leahthegreat
Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive Markings: Warm, caring smile
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A Saintly Sue can do no wrong; not only is she talented, brilliant, and beautiful, but her compassion and friendly, open nature win all hearts. Extended observation of this species has an effect similar to eating an entire can of cake frosting.

Goddess Sue (Dea dubiosa)

Identified by: mhari
Habitat: Widespread
Distinctive Markings: Glowing aura, unearthly beauty
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Goddess Sues pose a perplexing problem to Sueologists. While they are apparently ageless powers from the dawn of time, they appear in no known pantheon and exist in no mythology outside their own stories. No satisfactory explanation has been found for this phenomenon.

Fairy Sue (Sidhia sidhia)

Identified by: mhari
Habitat: Widespread
Distinctive Markings: May sport wings, pointy ears, or peculiar coloring.
Specimen: not yet available

Magic runs in the Fairy Sue's veins, at least metaphorically. She has great, often "elemental" powers, which she wields unpredictably. She may be disguised as a human girl, but more typically appears in her true form, without explanation. Other subspecies of Sidhia include the Mermaid Sue (S. aquatica), the Dryad Sue (S. arborensis), and the Elven Sue.

Elven Sue (Sidhia tolkienii)

Identified by: mhari
Habitat: Tolkien fandom, most concentrated in Lord of the Rings
Distinctive Markings: Silver hair, willowy figure, inexplicably pointy ears.
Specimen: click for report
Detailed Information: by limyaael

S. tolkienii is, by her own evidence, a member of the Elvish races of Middle-Earth, as detailed by J. R. R. Tolkien. There is apparently a brisk interdimensional business in illegal adoptions, for a large number of these Sues have been raised on modern Earth by human parents. The average Elven Sue is eerily beautiful, adept at archery, telepathic, and given to scolding canon characters, particularly human ones.

Canon Sue (Pseudocanonica)

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Habitat: Throughout fandom
Distinctive markings: Like the Somebody's Sister Sue, the Canon Sue employs camouflage.
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Perhaps most dreaded of all Sue species, the Pseudocanonica inhabits the body of a canon character, perverting her personality, turning her into a caricature of herself, and infesting her with its fondness for pepperjack cheese or Christina Aguilera. Such Sues are notoriously pernicious, and are known vectors of the Fanon virus.