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Fictional Character puzzle, updated
blaisepascal
This idea was gotten from bloodsong1. I've got 10 fictional characters in mind. Ask me questions about them to try to identify them. Obviously, questions like "Who is #1?" will either be ignored or be given wise-crack answers (like "You are #6"). But otherwise, ask questions of any sort, and I'll do the best to answer them.

1. Living, Medieval, Mystery, Human Male
2. Living, Near Future, SF, Human Male
3. Living, Contemporary, Human Female
4. Living, Contemporary, Fantasy, Human(*) Male
5. Living, later 21st century, SF, Human(*) Male
6. Dead, Contemporary to far future, SF, Transhuman Male, possibly a "Mary Sue"
7. Living, Contemporary, SF, Human Male
8. Living, Future, SF, Human Male
9. Living, Long Ago, SF, Human(*) Female
10. Dead, Future, SF, Human Female

(*) See comments for more detailed answers.

I'll update this with correct guesses and summaries of the clues.

Questions Asked:
(a) Which people in the list are dead by the end of the story or series in which they appear? (For currently published stories/series, are they dead as of now?)
(b) what time periods are the people in?
(c) Which characters are from Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Mystery genres?
(d) Which characters are Male and which are Female?
(e) Which characters are not human?
(f) which characters are "Mary Sue"s of the authors?

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Which people in the list are dead by the end of the story or series in which they appear? (For currently published stories/series, are they dead as of now?)


1. Alive
2. Alive
3. Alive
4. Alive
5. Alive
6. Dead
7. Alive
8. Alive
9. Alive
10. Dead

what time periods are the people in?

1. Medieval
2. Near Future
3. Contemporary
4. Contemporary
5. Future (21st century)
6. Contemporary to far future
7. Contemporary
8. Future
9. Long Ago
10. Future


Which characters are from Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Mystery genres?

1. Mystery
2. SF
3. None of the above
4. Fantasy
5. SF
6. SF
7. SF
8. SF
9. SF
10 SF

Which characters are Male and which are Female?

Which characters are not human?

1. Human Male
2. Human Male
3. Human Female
4. Human(?) Male
5. Human(?) Female
6. Was human, isn't "now", Male
7. Human Male
8. Human Male
9. Technically an alien, but most of the main characters in this ficton are indistinguishable from human, so Human Female.
10. Human Female.

Basically, all would pass for human, but some have enough quirks I find their humanity genuinly questionable. #6 decidedly and deliberately changed physiological makeup to the point where he no longer considers himself homo sapiens

which characters are "Mary Sue"s of the authors?


It's possible that #6 is a "Mary Sue", but I don't know if the author would agree.

when do we start guessing who they are?


Anytime you want. One of the first guesses in bloodsong1's most recent game was "Are any of them Speed Racer?" (the answer was "nope").

I think there's enough information about them to probably make a couple of good guesses.

i think i know a couple already... (continued on next rock...)


See my most recent post for a listing of questions and current revealed information all in one convenient place.

You can look it up in Wikipedia, but essentially a "Mary Sue" character in a story is a wish-fulfillment character in a story -- a character who is obviously modeled on the author and ends up being the hero(ine), gets the boy or girls, saves the day, etc.

In fan-fiction, if you have a previously unknown extra show up out of no-where and save the day while the main characters bumble around unable to do anything right, you are definitely dealing with a bad story and probably with a Mary Sue.

In general, it's hard to get a Mary Sue in professionally published literature because the editors (theoretically) won't stand for bad writing. Because Mary Sue-style characters lend themselves to bad fiction, most pro writers will deny that they themselves were the inspiration behind their hero-characters. Heinlein actively denied that Lazarus Long was as idealization of himself; Laurell K Hamilton (a short pretty brunette with large hair from the midwest) doesn't admit that either Anita Blake (a short pretty brunette with large hair from the midwest who can really kick ass and has lots of sex) or Merideth Gentry (a short pretty redhead with large hair from the midwest fairy princess who can kick a decent amount of ass and has a sizable number of hunky men around her with whom she has an incredible amount of sex) are based on idealization of herself. That doesn't stop many from feeling as if Lazarus Long, Anita Blake, and Merideth Gentry are Mary Sue characters who suceeded.

Which characters are originally from written fiction, which originally from television, which originally from comic books, which from radio, which from folk tales, and which from "other"?


I'm at a disadvantage because I left my answer sheet at work, but, assuming I remember correctly...

1. Written
2. Written
3. TV
4. TV
5. TV (and she's female, oops).
6. Written
7. Comics
8. TV
9. Movie
10. Movie.

How are these characters employed?

1. he's an herbalist
2. He's held a variety of odd jobs, including concert promoter
3. She's a doctor
4. ...I don't know. Over his lifetime, he's had a wide variety of jobs, but during the time of the TV series I'm not sure what his employment (if any) was.
5. Mechanic, singer
6. Genetic engineer, diplomat, politician, God
7. Inductrialist
8. explorer, not sure if technically "employed"
9. diplomat, politician, military strategist
10. I believe she was a safety inspector, but I could be wrong.

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