*We finally saw Snow lose her goody two shoes when she told off her maid** for trying on her tiara.
**Poor Johanna/Mrs. Patmore. Always the maid, never the mistress, amirite?
First, let's review for the uninitiated. A Mary Sue is an archetype most often associated female fan fiction characters. The person is dearly beloved by others in the story, possesses few faults if any, is more true of heart than their contemporaries, and often plays a significant role in solving the problem at hand.
TL;DR: Mary Sues are perfect and they're boring as crap.
This is Once Upon A Time's Henry to a to a tee. The kid can do no wrong. The show began with Henry's quest to find his mother breaking the evil queen's spell over the townsfolk. Acting as their moral compass, the child's weekly cries for people to do the right thing constantly reign in the potentially harmful behavior of the adults around him. For crying out loud, the lead characters' main motivations often revolve around protecting his safety or securing his love. I can't think of a single character on television more perfect than Henry Mills.
|You said it, Judge Judy.|
The Mary Sue-iest character on TV is a boy. What does this mean? Is obnoxious Henry a small victory for feminism or is it merely a sign of poor writing? There's no question this is a prime example of shoddy writing. Henry has become a dreadful little conscience for the group. The kid is more opinionated than Dr. Hopper has ever been and that's the cricket's freaking job! The real conundrums are: does having a male play the role of the universally despised archetype make any impact on how we perceive females in the same position, and is this golden boy more acceptable because he's got XY chromosomes going on?
I have no clue.
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