I have noticed that people are faster to say Mary-Sue to a female character than to any male character. I know there are some characters (mostly from fan fiction) who qualify as "Mary-Sues/Gary-Stus", but I really react to how people judge female character harsher than the male counterparts. I haven't come across many people who call James Bond a Mary-Sue, but I have heard many people calling female characters who show intelligence, independence and self worth Mary-Sues. Why can't a woman be smarter than her male friends, without being called a Mary-Sue? Why can't a woman "know the answer to the problem" when a male character can do the same thing without being labeled a Gary-Stu? I am not for sparkly characters who are adored and worshipped by everyone, even the enemies, but I put the same standards to men as I do to women. While a male character can save the world, a female character can also do.