Writer of the day:  

Oh Mr./Mrs./other wikiwriter you made me laugh.  And for that you get the writer of the day award.  Memorable clearly defined example: check.  Mary Sue: check.  Standing ovation: check.

"To illustrate deus ex machina, suppose Tolkien had introduced a new character at the last minute, Mary Sue, who comes along as Frodo declares, "The Ring is mine," snatches it from his hand, and tosses it into the fires of Mt. Doom, thus saving the day.  The same result, the destruction of Sauron and his works, would have come about, but the effect would be very different, since the new character had no previous existence and was not supported (or even implied) by the events of the narrative."

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