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The flaws that weren't

Many Mary-Sue’s have flaws that don’t really count as flaws, and still make them absolutely perfect. Here are some of them.

Being too pretty or too good at everything

There’s nothing bad about being pretty or good at a lot of things, it’s just what people say when they try to defend their Mary-Sue’s so they don’t have to fix them.


This does not mean all stubbornness, only when the characters are only stubborn until somebody explains it do them, then they change their minds.

Rage or temper problems

Not all characters with rage issues are Mary-Sue’s. A Mary-Sue with rage issues will never attack or even snap at any important character (such as the love interest). The Mary-Sue would also only attack characters that fully deserve it.


This is sometimes used to make her seem more innocent. Funny how it goes away as soon as the intended love interest/popular friends start talking to her.

Hating powers

Mary-Sue’s will claim to hate their powers, often saying, “I just want to be normal.” Even when she has no weakness and is loved.


Some good flaws to give your character




Being a hypocrite


Aggression towards others


Being a control freak



 Being mean-spirited



Negative attitude


Being impatient

Always making a victim of oneself









Horrible self-control





There are hundreds of other perfectly good character flaws out there, these are just some of the better ones I’ve found.

A list of somethings that people with Mary-Sues consider "flaws", plus a short list of some good flaws that can give weakness to any character. 
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DragonLichQueen Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
My OC is extremely blunt in sensitive situations. Does that count as a good flaw?
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Writer
imouttaideasforname Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is  having a problem of talking and establishing relationship with new people except assisted on the way a good enough flaw? And they're also the type of person that is overconfident on their intelligence and really curious (in a bad way), and that seems to get them in trouble because they stick their nose where they shouldn't have good enough?
StarDust176 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
"Immature", a word boring people use to describe fun people.
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
PPGirl16 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What about trust issues, like a character is stingy with their trust because of a past event or something? Is that a flaw?
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Hazelberrycat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Would overthinking situations be considered a flaw?
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
pengiuan494 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
would being clueless and overly optimistic be a flaw?
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
As long as it affects them negatively within the story (and isn't seen as cute), its a flaw.
Loopy44 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is super helpful, thanks~!
goddessofownage Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shy can be a flaw, if used correctly, like they are consistently afraid of making friends and are especially too nervous to go near the love interest.
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, but, "She until she meets the love interest/popular canon character." Isn't.
goddessofownage Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just saying without that, shy can actually be a flaw.
Jabbersnatchs Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Filmographer
you r right. I mean this article is amazing and helpful don't get me wrong but it still depend on how u write your character
Songbird3 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would being over-protective be a good flaw?
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good guide! This will teach that no OC is perfect!
BlueRubixCube Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's see...

I'm making a OC who despises swimming, hardly cares or thinks things thorough, doesn't really care if her friends or canon characters are injured, sometimes envious of canon characters, not very active (Needs the most breaks when doing something), when not in a familiar area- gets paranoid and won't sleep at night, likes to confuse people and getting the wrong idea.

Has a good mother, only about 2 friends, came up with 3 jutsu's (Just trying to replicate something from the original world), no love interests, and I'm planning for a death.

Is my Oc a mary-sue? I haven't gotten far in the story, but I planned out their personality.
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Doesn't really seem like a Sue to me.
BlueRubixCube Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesssss! Thank you soooooOOoOo much!

There's something I forgot to tell you, that I believe is a sue aspect, but I think it's minor.

Your Mary-sue sheet is good, stay happy!
shiroyukilolita Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Is autism considered flaw? My OC is autistic
Animedemon001 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not by itself, but the downsides of Autism are, such as being prone it outbursts. As long as your OC is well reserched, it should be a problem.
ATreeFullOfStars Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
While I like your list, I think you only halfway articulated the main distinction between fake Mary-Sue flaws, and actual character flaws. A real character flaw actually causes the character realistic problems and distress. It causes them to be weak or wrong or bad, and it does this in ways that are ultimately negative and NOT just excuses to get sympathy or cuddles from other characters. Real flaws bother the characters who possess them, and also OTHER characters. If your character's 'flaw' always gets sympathetic and forgiving reactions from other characters, or at least from the characters that the audience is supposed to like, then it's not a flaw. It needs to cause real problems and real consequences, and the character needs to struggle to overcome either those problems or the flaw itself over the course of the story. STRUGGLE being the key word--the difficulty of the endeavor needs to be realistically portrayed.

So your first few--rage and shyness especially--CAN be real character flaws if properly applied. I think I could even make a case for too pretty/too good at things/hating powers--especially if the flaw was NOT the 'perfection' itself but problematic traits and behaviors arising therefrom. And on the other hand, aloofness or lust or impatience or victimhood could be Sueified in the same way, by inconsistent application and by giving them overall positive outcomes (for example, the character is only aloof 'until you get to know them' and it makes them seem cool and attractive to the love interest plus everyone else in a fifty mile radius...). The problem is NOT the traits themselves but the application.
Jabbersnatchs Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Filmographer
Sorry I have to say this: I LOVE YOUR COMMENT AND I AGREE WITH IT 100%. I do like this list though but just need to be completed a little bit. 
Kamission Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Truly.
Aya-I Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting and useful!! *^*
zombie21112 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hmm yeah that is about right. Once when I was working on the design of a character I was thinking 'So she has a brother, I kind of want to make her over proctective and snapy a everyone that tries to break their bound, because let's face it, it would happen due to the enviorment they're put in' and there I go, making the pissy big sister, that is also quite handy and likes to help her brother and friends, and one of my friends goes like 'uh, i think she has too many flaws, like, she is the only one with flaws'
And I take a good look at my characters. I mean yeah, it could be true, sometimes it happens, nothing I can't fix.
And then I see that they all have equaly distributed flaws! Envy, Lying, Stupidity and weakness.
I mean geez, just because she has the flaw that stands up the most it doesen't means the others don't have flaws
honestly, humans
Phoenix-of-Starlight Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is so true. XD
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