Piper McLean is a the kind of character I call a Mary Sue, and I hate her for it For those of you who don't know, a Mary Sue is a poorly written character (commonly found in bad fanfiction). This character is often female (a male version is a Gary Stu), and readers find her hard to believe.
Mary Sues are typically beautiful, to the point where you forget to breathe at the sight of her, and Piper is extremely beautiful. 'But she's supposed to be beautiful!' you say. 'She's the daughter of Aphrodite!' Yes, but in the PJO canon, daughters of Aphrodite are pretty much useless in battle, but not Piper Sue! She's a tomboy, she can fight, and look good in armour while she's at it!
Mary Sues have no flaws, and just look at Piper, she has no flaws. Also, Mary Sues hate themselves for being so special, they'd rather be normal. How many times have we seen Piper act like this? (The answer is too many to count). She hates her beauty, in the Lost Hero, it's been stated countless times that she'd rather be 'a normal girl with a normal life, with normal parents.'
Mary Sues usually fall in love at first sight, and that's exactly what happened to Piper. She falls in 'twu wuv' with Jason, when she barely even knew him. It took Percy and Annabeth years to realize their feelings for each other, it also took Silena (another child of Venus) and Beckendorf years. Serously, it only took Jason Stu and Piper Sue a few seconds, if they fall in love so quickly like that, they;ll fall out of love pretty quickly too.
Mary Sues also tend to steal another character's love interest, just like Piper, Jason deserved Reyna.
Mary Sues also tend to have a beautiful singing voice, and a special weapon, and Piper definitely meets those requirements. She sings beantifully (without voice lessons), and she has Kaptoris. The only other person is the PJOverse with a special weapon is Percy, but since he's the main character, it's ok for him, but it's NOT ok for Piper. Seriously, what did she ever do to deserve Kaptoris? Nothing.
Now then, let's put Piper to the Mary Sue test at link
. Piper's score was 77. According to the test, any character with a score over 50 should be re-writtten or killed off, so this proves it. Piper is a Mary Sue, I hope she dies in House of Hades or the book after it.