Subject: It's hard to say, and it also doesn't matter. {= )
Posted on: 2021-05-03 13:41:56 UTC

Some OCs are identified as self-inserts by their authors, and some definitely have a recognizable SI vibe, but a lot of the time it's not that easy to tell. It's important to remember we don't actually know anything about the authors, so we can't know how much of themselves they've put into a particular character.

It's also not that important if a character is or isn't a self-insert, because what makes a Mary Sue is how it's written, not any particular trait about it. A lot of agents are explicit self-inserts, after all, and we would certainly hope that doesn't make them Sues!


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