Discord isn't a Mary Sue.
1. Mary Sue is normally a main character. Discord is obviously a supporting character with little screentime so far. Well, exept, of course the "Return of Harmony" were he was the main antagonist - completely different thing.
2. Mary Sue is a subtype of whar you can call an avatar character. Meaning an embodiment of the author. And in case of MS it's a compensatopial embodiment. I don't believe, Discord is an embodiment of anywho, since the whole concept of Discord looks like a ponification of Q
3. Maey Sue kicks asses all the time (to show how awesom and cool she is). In the last episode Discord have done almost nothing.
So, no, he isn't.
Mary Sues and Self Inserts are not the same. Mary Sues CAN be Self Inserts, but a Self Insert isn't NECESSARILY a Mary Sue. For example:
My Immortal (the Harry Potter Fan fic) THAT'S not a self insert. That was a character that was simply..something, it.
However, Bella Swan, she's a Mary Sue that just so happens to BE an insert. Inserts can be Mary Sues (You can create a character to meet what you WANT yourself to have) Or they can just be that:Inserts. Inserts aren't necessarily the real problem, its what comes with having an insert.
Inserts can actually be a character that fits well. Inserts can have flaws, challenges, etc that they have to overcome. That's what sets them a part. An insert can have flaws, problems, etc and be an insert. A pretty damn good insert, but an insert. Or they can be shit. Mary Sues are mainly those that are shitty. Most Mary Sues ARE bad which is why they are called such. Funny, though, that you can't intentionally make a Mary Sue in a story. Most of the time, its done unintentional. When you TRY to, it comes out as a character.
Also, Mary Sues don't necessarily need to kick ass and Mary Sues CAN be secondary characters. Mary Sues can ALSO be antagonists, reminder.
Edited by Scootadress, 27 November 2013 - 07:11 PM.