DEFINITELY NOT TRYING TO START A FLAME WAR!!!
I just thought this was cute, and applicable to the old Inquisitor controversy about Munchkin characters.
Inquisitor was designed for the player who wanted to do two things:
1. Model/resculpt figures to match a character concept;
2. Create an interesting character concept that would fit in with skirmish games and have enough plot hooks to contribute to the ongoing epic.
Gaius Gray: Veteran of the Third Nightfall Sector Pacification Campaign (57 Ready Reckoner Points)
A former ensign on the frigate King's Victory
, Gaius had been assigned to Naval Security and participated in several boarding actions in the campaign. A good fighter and dead-shot with a laspistol, he had been decorated for valor when he led his team into the ship's ninth-lateral engine room, slain an ork mechboy, and held off two others while his assigned tech adepts defused a plasma bomb that would have crippled the ship.
His career took a turn for the worse, however, when he was trapped by a cracked bulkhead in the ship's galley while the area depressurized. He certainly would -and should- have died, but, suffering intense torture to his lungs, suddenly began to experience strange visions. Afterward, he remembered nothing else, and awoke in the ship's sick-bay, to see the medics looking at him with troubled eyes, and faintly hearing the repeated word, "Witch..."
Gaius deserted his ship not long after, as odd incidents began to plague him. Turning to drink and robbery at the Imperial Void Station where he jumped ship, Gaius was soon arrested by the Inquisition on charges of desertion and witchcraft, and placed under intense and uncomfortable scrutiny by Inquisitor Thaken, who sentenced him to execution, and then immediately issued an order holding that sentence in abeyance as long as the former ensign proved of use to the Imperium.
Former-ensign Gaius Gray is a confused man. He saw his upcoming execution almost as a possible redemption of honor, and now views Inquisitor Thaken with both distaste and distrust. He attempts to serve loyally to redeem himself, but he obviously has something of a death-wish, which his developing psychic powers do nothing to improve. Thaken uses him as something of an all-in weapon and blunt instrument, knowing that the man's now morose nature can lead to suicidal behavior .
However, because it was designed for this type of character, and there were no hard-and-fast rules for character creation, we often ended up with something like this, instead:
Flex Badassius: Space Marine's Space Marine (43 Ready Reckoner Points)
Flex was an Adeptus Astartes of the First Founding, who didn't become a Primarch only because of an error by the Adeptus Mechanicus, who foolishly switched his test tube with that of Magnus the Red. Owing to his morally superior nature, however, Flex takes it all in stride, and is actually happier not being a Primarch (even though Magnus was a degenerate idiot) knowing that this allows him to concentrate on his true forte: doing astounding and kick-butt things.
After he single-handedly, and armed only with a broken bayonet, destroyed the entire Kreepeeghuul star system in the Eye of Terror and its Council of One Hundred Nineteen Dark and Evil Daemon Princes, Flex was raised to the rank of "The Emperor's Best Pal", and now has access to all items in the rulebook, along with a prototype battleship in which to carry them. Owing to his near-Primarch nature, he also has all skills and psychic abilities in the rulebook, and the special ability of being able to incorporate all new skills, abilities and artifacts as they get added into the game system.
Lastly (for now) Flex also has the ability of "Total Awesomeness", which causes all enemies to lose their first turn in combat, as, even though he's the most dangerous opponent on any battlefield, he's just so perfect that even daemons and Tyranids have to adjust to the idea of trying to kill him.
Okay. How many of you have, at one point or another, had issues with Mary Sue characters? What's more, how many of you have had issues with players who designed Mary Sue characters, all the while not realizing they were Mary Sue characters?