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This is a Sue Catalogue the :iconfullmetal-oc-academy: has been working on for the past few weeks.

This catalogue will help you pinpoint the most common Mary Sue types and help you avoid them.

We all worked together brainstorming ideas and :icontoasty-coconut: wrote everything down and organized the slides.

The drawings were made by :iconegyptian-sands::iconmari-rose::iconnovanoah: and me.

P.S. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO GET IN PEDRO'S PANTS.
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TC-96 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
unfortunately my FMA character falls into the category of young state alchemist :iconfacepalmplz: and was also forced into a transmutation by her alchemy-obsessed mother at a young age. Basically I've tried to make up for that with the fact that she can't speak at all, in fact when I write her in the story, it is actually focused on a canon character and she's a side one, so you don't even hear her inner thoughts or monologue, you only know what she might be thinking by her expressions and movements. basically she's the cheery one who knows freezing alchemy (yep, related to McDougal, yet another sue trait, she's trying to make her family name more credible after what her father did yadda yadda) but that's the only alchemy she knows, though good at it as she can pull the moisture out of the air. However she can't beat Ed or Al in a fight and only helps them get an upper hand in other battles

so yep, haven't really avoided the cliches but I try to make her at least interesting and likeable
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NekoSan410 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Just a question, aren't all OCs strictly speaking 'tag-along' sues? Since none of them are cannon the story could easily move on without them. Or is that just the kind of character that goes on a journey with Edward and literally does nothing? 
Oh and... *shivers* purity sues... Oh god...
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Bitter-Cherry Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Uhhhhh lol why do people take these so literally?

No, not all OCs are tag along sues. Also there is nothing wrong with having a small thing or two from some of the examples, the thing about sue traits is there is an exception to pretty much every single one of them. You can have an OC traveling with Ed and Al without it being sueish if you simply do it right, by not making the OC dead weight they just seem to carry around for no particular reason, by not using stupid excuses to justify the fact that the OC travels with them, or quite simply by making them a good character in the first place.

And while yes, since they are OCs the original story could go on without them, but that's not what we're talking about. In her we refer to the original story or fanfiction, which is different or should be different from official. Sometimes stories are not even set within the main timeline, mine for instance is mostly set post-series.

So yes, its that character who tags along for no good reason and does nothing.

Take all of these with a grain of salt, they are meant to provide guidance, so they are not rules. They are also meant to be taken with humor.
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NekoSan410 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ok thanks lol. I wasn't meaning to sound serious, but thanks for the answer. :D
I know a person that has about 5 ocs that travel around with Ed and Al and do nothing XD
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Jodipher Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Ohgod I laughed far too loud at the automail ear :iconlazycryplz:
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DancingXPencil Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Photographer
My name was in the final Sue! Only it isn't Skyheart
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Hunter-Re Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's somebody on here who just recolors character cards, gives the result a Japanese sounding name, and says it's their character. Like one was just a Winry dressed like Ed with a terrible color scheme. Which isn't to say, that any of MY OCs don't have room to grow, but at least I'm somewhat creative with them e.0
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Bitter-Cherry Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yikes, sounds like that would need a lot of work huh.
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Hunter-Re Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. It's scary. And the people who defend her against the people actually trying to help her are pretty annoying "sHe cn creta chrctr hwvr shE wnts 2!!!1!!!!!11" NO joke. That was one the comments almost error for error.
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megawalrus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job on this! Wanda Metalrock, Elroy Elric-Mustang-Hughes, Regina Mustang, Cat Starlight, and Taylor Skyheart are hilarious. :lol:
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