How to Tell She’s Definitely NOT a Mary Sue

So many of today’s female protagonists are written to be unrealistically perfect, with their superhuman skills and one-dimensional strengths actually making them come off as boring and annoying. This flawlessly strong characterization may seem like “positive” female representation on the surface, but because the characterization is so weak, it’s actually a form of tokenism referred to as a “Mary-Sue.” Recent works have attempted to undo this poor writing, with the “Non-Mary Sue” serving as a dynamic female character, whose flaws are intrinsically connected to her story. So what exactly makes a “Non-Mary Sue”?