One thing every story needs is a protagonist.
But what kind of protagonist, one might ask?
Why a perfect one of course!
Let’s get started!
At first, creating the perfect protagonist may seem like a daunting task.
But don’t worry!
Let’s just start with a name.
We will call our protagonist, uh, Mary Sue.
See. We are already halfway done!
Utterly lacking in self awareness?
They say write what you know.
And almost everyone knows themselves better than anyone else.
So just put yourself into the story.
Some might worry that they will make for a poor protagonist.
That’s just because we need to get rid of the one thing
that makes audiences not identified with a character.
Yes. Just scrub all of your flaws away
and make your protagonist an idealized version of yourself.
Now that we have removed all flaws.
Let’s start adding strengths.
Let’s make Mary Sue young if not immortal
because she is a half dragon,
half vampire, half angel, half elven princess.
半吸血鬼 半天使 半精灵的公主
Always have everyone else describe her as beautiful while she
remains completely unaware of her own gorgeous looks.
Have her be so attractive that guys literally fight over her,
but make sure Mary Sue is never actually smart
enough to figure out why.
That would make her look vain, which is a flaw.
Now some of you might believe that flaws make characters
believable and are a useful tool for humanizing our protagonist.
That means if we must give Mary Sue flaws,
then we should give her things like
‘she cares too much’ or ‘she is too kind and selfless’.
We can even have her die tragically at the end of the story
and say that she was simply too good for this sinful Earth.
We can always resurrect her later.
If we need to add some drama,
we could always give her a tragic backstory
that she constantly angsts about, but never actually affects her
outside of getting her pity points with the other characters.
But before that, we need to make sure
that everyone knows Mary Sue is special!
Have a prophecy in the story?
Make sure it’s all about her!
Is Mary Sue not in the scene?
Have every other character there talk about her.
Shifting focus to the villains?
Make sure they don’t waste time actually running their evil empire
or otherwise bringing their dark desires to fruition.
Instead, they should be worrying about what Mary Sue is doing
or plotting to take her for themselves.
Does Mary Sue have parents?
Make sure they are either outrageously abusive or perfect except for being tragically dead.
Have her real, special parents killed in the backstory
while she is stuck with abusive, normal foster parents.
If they are abusive,
make sure they inflict terrible atrocities upon her
like forcing her to wear dresses or attending school to better her education.
Need to make a clear distinction between good and evil characters?
Mary Sue makes it easy!
If a character disagrees with her,
then they are most certainly a bad guy.
While all those who agree with her are 100% virtuous without fail.
This removes any character who could call out Mary Sue
for her mistakes, which she never makes so it isn’t needed.
One thing to watch out for is to ensure that Mary Sue never fails.
Have her effortlessly overcome every challenge.
Make sure she bests all veteran characters in the setting
inspite of having only a fraction of the experience.
Are the villains ruthless and supremely powerful?
Not compared to Mary Sue.
They should crumble before her in the most anticlimactic way
possible just like the story’s narrative stakes.
It’s not like our readers actually want to see a close contest.
If any villain ever manages to actually hurt Mary Sue or any of her friends,
make sure she dishes out a hundred volt more than she receives.
Ensure that she makes the villain suffer far more than she did
and that she shows him no remorse.
After all, we don’t want Mary Sue
to display unheroic traits like mercy or forgiveness.
Is Mary Sue starting to look a lot like the villain she is fighting?
We could use their similarities to show Mary Sue’s flaws
while highlighting the positive traits of the villain to showcase
the story’s deep themes about the razor edge difference between heroes and villains,
adding a layer of depth to both the story’s symbolism and characterization.
But that’s dumb.
We don’t want the audience to actually think about depressing stuff like that.
Thankfully this is easy to fix.
Simply make the villain even more despicable for extra contrast.
That should stop the audience from rooting for him.
Now we have a perfect protagonist for our story.
Good luck, and may your story be too good for this sinful Earth.
Wait wait wait!
I don’t think this will work.
My self insert should be a guy.
There! I’ll call him, Marty Stu.
这样 我叫他 马提·苏