How does gender affect how you approach your story and your character? I was thinking about two of my "sucked into the video game" stories. Both work with the same basic storyline, one is a low-scorer on the Mary-Sue litmus test, I haven't run the other, I'm fine with calling them both subtly unrealistic wish-fulfillment vehicles as long as the subtle is stressed. I decided that the one story needed this character to be female. The character begins weak and afraid, spends most of the time being submissive, and apologizes during her "kill me if you want" moment. The other story was to be my only Marty-Stu. He's thrust into pants-crapping situations and still manages to snark. Even when he's forced into a servile position, he's still not respectful if he can help it. He explains his actions but doesn't apologize during his "kill me if you want" moment. For the girl, her "kill me if you want" moment is her most independent point. For the guy, he is feeling defeated. I don't feel like I could replace the girl with a nerd and the boy with a tsundere while still keeping the same story. Both tsundere and nerd are unlikable, but the nerd would grow a pair sooner and the tsundere would be more blatantly a Mary-Sue. Making my characters swap stories would result in both dying before the main characters realize who they are. As for making the characters queer, I don't want to mess with it.