Terrible Manbabies Think Arya Stark Doesn’t Deserve To Be The Hero
They're calling her a "Mary Sue" and it's ridiculous.
Seems like barely a pop-cultural moment can go by without internet pissbabies absolutely shitting themselves in their unfashionable pants. The latest issue that has raised their sweaty, frustrated ire? Why, Arya Stark in the latest episode of Game of Thrones of course.
*Spoilers, baby, the biggest spoilers you’ll ever see! Spoilers as far as the eye can see*
If you’ve watched the episode, you’ll know that The Battle of Winterfell was filled with a whole bunch of undead horror, some extremely traumatic deaths, a whole bunch of friends trying their best, and one, heroic final climactic moment.
After Arya spends a bunch of time killing wights and being chased around Winterfell, she runs into Melisandre, who gives her a nice idea and a morale boost. “What do we say to the god of death?” she says, echoing the words of Arya’s original sword teacher, Syrio Forel.
“Not today” answers Arya, and then she goes to the Godswood and stabs the Night King and he explodes to death.
This has lead to the accusation by the worst people in the world that she is a ‘Mary Sue’. If you’re not familiar, a Mary Sue is defined as “a type of female character who is depicted as unrealistically lacking in flaws or weaknesses.”
Arya is a Mary Sue now deal with it pic.twitter.com/SgPbnaNap1
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 29, 2019
Why does this guy look like he’d dob on you to Filch?
It’s basically a way for dudes to attack female characters in a way that is less overt than simply “I am threatened by women on screen because I don’t like to see them as people, simply objects for my unwholesome lust.” In the last little while, it’s been levelled at Rey from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and at Captain Marvel. Notice a theme?
And honestly, how dare they.
Arya is the most martially competent character in the entire show. Her entire journey has been defined as travelling the world and learning to be an instrument of death. For fucks sake, not only did she grow up learning the blade, but she studied at the feet of MAGICAL ASSASSINS. She spent seven seasons learning to be a good and efficient stabber, and then she stabbed the Night King. How is that unrealistic? HOW?
Magical assassins! Did Jon Snow train with magical assassins? No.
Anyway, people are annoyed:
That dudes are using “Mary Sue” to describe Arya Stark removes all doubt that it's just a sexist term used to convey the belief that only men should have cool heroic moments in movies.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) April 29, 2019
Before you call Arya Stark a Mary Sue lemme hit you with some goddamn fact.
1. Trained by the best swordsman in Westeros.
2. Trained by the best assassin
3. Studied/Watched the brilliance of Tywin Lannister
4. Studied/trained with The Hound
Shes a full bred warrior, fuck off.
— Trash Bag NHL Bracket Matt (@Jaigeyes_) April 29, 2019
Good Lord, apparently there's a whole world of men online complaining about Arya Stark, calling her a "Mary Sue" (a too-perfect female character).
We saw her suffer and train for *years* to be able to do what she did. We even saw her practice the very move she did. https://t.co/zVrXT3VtpW
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) April 29, 2019
If Arya Stark is a Mary Sue after training for years then this must be true too. pic.twitter.com/CgdN1uC9vl
— W.H. Lock (@whistlelock) April 30, 2019
If you call Arya Stark a Mary Sue you get 15% off your next RealDoll.
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) April 29, 2019
Glad to see that we are trending on Twitter! We here at the Mary Sue are so happy you're reading us and that this has nothing to do with men diminishing the importance of a female character who trained for something through over 7 seasons of a television show.
— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) April 29, 2019
At age 12, @Maisie_Williams, who is right-handed, decided to play Arya Stark left-handed to be true to the books. She rigorously trained to perform fight scenes with her non-dominant hand. Watch this insanely slick knife flip from the BTS training. Mary Sue my fucking ass. pic.twitter.com/PxedhN4p8g
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) April 30, 2019