How to make your DBZ fan-character NOT a Sue
Disclaimer: These are guidelines. Breaking one or two does no make your character a Mary-Sue. However, if youre breaking all of them, you might want to consider a re-write. If you dont know what a Mary-Sue is? Wiki-it or google-it.
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But I MUST be with character-X or else!
Common sue-ism and self-insert indulgence is to make a character be in a relationship with a canon character. In DBZ Trunks and Vegeta are probably the two more oftenly used for people pairing their characters with. If you go into how your character is much better for pairing with the character than the canon pairing, ytheyre more likely a Sue. If your character and the canon character are power spawning, (400 babies!) they are very likely a Sue. If you attack people for pairing with own OC and/or writing fan-fiction about the pairing with the same canon character you pair your OC with then you most certainly have a Sue and an unhealthy obsession with fiction characters.
There are plenty of powerful characters in DBZ, but there are also plenty of inconsitencies about power levels, speeds, and all sorts of other things, especially through Buu Saga where Gohan and trunks are just kids but fused together can be stronger than Buu. Inconcitencies of the series aside, if youre character is more powerful than all the canon characters, theyre a Sue. Your character doesnt have to be a pitiful weakling to not be a Sue, but they also should be going super-saiyajin while still in the womb! Also, its good to give your character a reason for having power, and simply going well his parents were strong shouldnt be it. Nothing is a replacement for having your character go through training or real battle experience.
Super Saiyajin level OVER 9,000!!!!
So transformations and stuff happen in DBZ a bunch, most often the SSJs. The little forms from the video games like unlocked potential and high tension are just there for gameplay; in DBZ those do not exist as transformations. If your make specially sparkily transformations for your character and then say theyre stronger than any of the SSJs levels, your character is most likely a Sue. Also, if you just randomly somehow know ever transformation possible to you, youre also most likely a Sue. Yes, canon-wise Trunks and Goten just kinda can go the first level of SSJ with little training, but then its only that level and level three they can only managed while fused and only for a short period of time. Knowing one or maybe even two transformations with only a little training can be alright, just dont know them all with doing nothing.
This is going to turn into a long section because there is still stuff to cover concerning it
Canon-wise the first SSJ was over 1000 years ago and then you have Broly who by some freak thing uses SSJ power so he and his father escape the planets destruction. Canon-wise no one else goes SSJ until Goku does fighting Freiza. I go through this because often times people like to Sue-up their special snowflake character by making them reach SSJ before anyone else and possibly beat up a canon character or two. This does not impress and usually ends with you getting Mary-Sue stamped to your head for all to see.
Canonicly there are no levels of SSJ past 4, but people often make them. This is okay in moderation. When you get to going to level 9, 10, etc, and making the entire universe quake when you transform, your character is a Sue. There is nothing wrong with making a new form for a level 5 and having fun with making it, but when you make your character able to destroy the universe with an eye-blink you really need to stop.
Note: There is no specific power-level that is known for aquireing SSJ forms due to inconcistencies that happen in the Buu Saga and the fact that powerlevels arent really mentioned canonicly past the fight with Freiza. SSJ4 requires a tail.
Note: SSJ and other DBZ transformations do not take someone to a set level of power but rather increase their power based on their base level. This being said a level 1 SSJ could possibly beat a level 2 if there is a large gap in their base power.
Note: There are people that get upset anytime there is a female saiyajin that can go SSJ because its not canon. The only real reason why Pan never went SSJ is because Akira Toriyama never thought up a design for female SSJ. There is nothing actually canon against it, just that it never happened before and the 1/4 saiyajins cant go SSJ is squashed by the end of GT and the GT special.
Half saiyan, half angel, half deamon, half unicorn
Standard Sue-fare with characters is making them every race under the sun and somehow being half of more than 2 races. You cant be 1.5 people! (unless youre a Siamese-twin) Also, try considering the likely-hood of pairings actually happening. More than likely a saiyan wont be mating with a unicorn nor will they be genetically compatible to produce offspring. Also, nameks have only 1 gender and lay eggs to reproduce
so youre probably not going to see any half-nameks. You dont need to be 20 different races to be special.
Cell was at least 3 different races, including namek, yes. He was made by a genius doing genetic experiments though. If you really want to be something that is a mish-mash of different races you could use the route of being a genetic construct, but then there needs to be a reason of why someone made you and how they even had the genetic material and equipment to make you (Dr. Gero didnt make Cell in a broken down garage with basic hardware soldered together). Being 20 races just for the sake of doing it is going to scream of Sue-ism to many people so its likely better to limit yourself to a few (and geneticaly compatible ones) than making up a huge long list of reasons for the character being able to exist.
I are a canon kiddie!
Now, having a character the child of canon characters doesnt mean theyre an outright Sue. If the pairing breaks the standard canon pairings then there is an increased likelihood of your character being a Sue. If your character miraculously has all the advantegous traits and abilities of both parent characters they are a Sue, especially if they have no faults.
No, it wasnt them! It was me that did it!
Unless youre working your character in an alternate timeline; trying to claim something like Well Goku didnt really kill Buu, it was me that did it! makes you a Sue. Breaking apart known cannon for the sake of making your character important and powerful does not go over well and is usually a clear show of a Sue. Dont do this! It does not impress people!
Well first, need to say again, these are mostly guidelines but breaking all of them will likely mean your character is a Sue. Now breaking from canon information often ends in being a Sue, though you can work specifically from an alternate timeline. If youre just doing alternate timeline for the sake of doing anything you want though your character can easily fall into a Sue, especially if you go breaking most of the guidelines here.