A self-insert is a type of character who is not based on a character of the fictional work that a fanfic author is writing for, but rather, the author themself. As many fanfic authors are unable to view themselves critically, self-inserts also tend to often be Mary Sues.

In MarissaTheWriter stories, written primarily by various trolling identities, the term "self-insert" takes on a broader definition. In those stories, a self-insert can be based either on the trolling identity, such as MarissaTheWriter, or the person behind it, such as Doombly and ASBusinessMagnet. They can also be based on a person who does not necessarily write trollfics themself, but is nevertheless important to Marissa's development and may or may not have asked to be inserted into the stories, such as Skepkitty. This grouping is instated because these characters exhibit the same writing flaws as characters based on the authors of non-troll stories and their friends/enemies; either they are over-idealized due to being a friend and become a Mary Sue, or they are demonized due to being an enemy and become a subject of constant mockery.


Both the fans of MarissaTheWriter stories and their self-inserts can be roughly divided into three camps: reel fans, who unconditionally admire Marissa's writing and characters, "consertive critisim guys", who point out various flaws, and falmer trollz, who think the flaws are so overwhelming that they simply cannot be fixed, or otherwise think that Marissa's stories are bad without giving a reason why. Each group is treated accordingly by Marissa, with reel fans getting favorable roles, such as Portal High School staff, and falmer trollz getting unflattering roles, which usually involve sudden and gruesome deaths, including resurrections only to be killed off again. While formally, consertive critisim guys are classed as reel fans, Marissa is known to not respond well to certain types of criticism, such as the appearance of Mary Sue characters, and class consertive critisim guys who point out those kinds of flaws (especially MSTers, thorough in their reviews by definition) as falmer trollz.

While the Teen Ragers, appearing in Invader Zim: Born Again Christian, also primarily have self-inserts as members (with Marissa, initially, deliberately leaving the name of the leader of the Teen Ragers blank to fill it in with a reviewer's name in a later chapter), and are also cast as villains, they have to share their role as villainous self-inserts with the falmer trollz, and both groups are treated roughly equally by Dib, the story's central villain who decides to employ all self-inserts. In addition, unlike the other three groups, the Teen Ragers are not an out-of-character group of people and therefore do not have a defined stance on Marissa's work, although their leader, Prettydog200, is an MSTer and a fan of Skepkitty.

Known self-insertsEdit

Note that the name of the person involved is mentioned first, and the name of their self-insert, if different from the name of the person themself, is in parentheses.

Based on fabricated peopleEdit

False self-insertsEdit

These characters may not be explicitly based on the person writing them, but nevertheless share a spiritual connection with them, and therefore also get labeled as self-inserts. In this case, the name of the character labeled as a self-insert is mentioned first, and the name of the person who identifies with them is second.



  1. "[...] the pages for both my and Doombly’s principal self-inserts [...]" (referring to Skepness Man and Marrissa Roberts respectively) - ASBusinessMagnet - URL:

See alsoEdit

MarissaTheWriter story characters (v d e)
Based on real people
Real people Doombly - ASBusinessMagnet - Arrow-Awesome - Logic Editor - Skepkitty - Telltale Fanfic Theater 3000 - Prettydog200 - Korekara - Loveable Freak - CadenGallic - Library of the Damned
Fabricated people Sue Mary - MarissaTheWriter - Katty Smithereens - interdimensionalPortaller
Self-inserts Principal Business Lady - Business Man (IZ:BAC) - Skepkitty - Falmer trollz - Reel fans - Teen Ragers
Created by Doombly
ITS MY LIFE! (protagonists) Marrissa Roberts - Wheatly - Chell - Gabe Jonson - Caroline - TEEN FORTRESS 2 (Scot - Pyro - Ingineer) - Ratman
ITS MY LIFE! (villains) GLaDOS - Atlas and P-Body - Cave Jonson - CHELLGADOS - The Ultimate Zombee - Assirram Strebor
ITS MY LIFE! (supporting) Companon Coob - Space Core - Rick Core - Oracle Torrent - Gordon Freeman
TEEN FORTRESS 2 Wulf - Katty the Koala - Mr. Pursell - Mr. Sanpe - Principal GLaDOS - Loise Boombooms - Jenny Weasley - Gaz - Abraman Linkan - Redman and Bluman
Born Again Christian Gloria Deschanel - Zim - Gir - Dib - Simon Cowbell - Professor Membrane - Zooey Deschanel - Stephen Merchant - Nny - Skepness Man
THE MARRISSA GAMES (main) Pimprose Evergreen - Peeta Peeta Sandwich Eater - Gale Thunderpants - President Snow - Haymish Abernathy - Whip Whittaker - Gamemakers
THE MARRISSA GAMES (supporting) Kantiss Evergreen - Peacekeepers - Effie Trinket - Frank Fifteen - Agents J and K - Thomas the Tank Engine - Tributes (Roo - Sweary Guy) - Ceaser the Dog Whisperer - Sentinel Crane
Real Beauty Jane Burnham - The Once-ler - Kai Lai
THE KILL OF SNAPE Hermoany Stranger - Gobo Fraggle - Iggy and Huey - Robot and Roslalonde Lettuce - Bertha Boombooms - Flyhoof - The Canni-bull - Queen Elizabeth - Taylor Swift
THE FLAMES AWAKENS Riley Andorsen - Sans and Pappyras
Created by ASBusinessMagnet
Pre-Post-SCrash Session Emprase Contone Ovasere - Ross Lavigne - Avril Lavigne - Gerard Way - Mark Tequila - Kanner Sorket
Post-SCrash Session series (main) The Alpha Kids (Janet Roberts - Jack London - Roxa Lavigne - Dick Stiller) - Candacension Pixies - Meanie Pixies - The Time Police (Aranna Sorket - Cranky Vasquez - Joey Claire) - Lately Pirate
Post-SCrash Session (supporting) Janet's Robrodad - Dick Stiller's GPS Navigation - God Cat - Meanie Pixies' team - Cherub trollz (Cantaloupe - California)
Spectators of the Host (main) Skepness Man Beauregarde - Violet Beauregarde - Willy Wanker - Charlie Bucket - The fake Violet - Chell Junor Roberts
Spectators of the Host (supporting) Leprechauns - Loompa-Oompa servants - Mr. Lewis - Augustus Gloop - Veruca Salt - Mike Teavee - North Koreans - Violet Beauregarde, Jr. - Ms. Hart - Cecil - Carlos - SkyDoesMinecraft
Marrissaverse Stories 2015 The Comcasts - Loreta Alcorn - McJuggerNugget - Marrissa Picard - Albert Dumblydore
Hour of Fame Rebecca Sugar-Vasquez - Stephanie Universe - Alphas
Skepness Man's works Jared Halley - Wantagruel Vasebreaker - Jhonen Eggert-Vasquez - Kobito Minano
Created by others
Arrow-Awesome Fact Core - Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way
Prettydog200 Kitteh - Mary-Sue - JABBY JERRY BERRY