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1-16-2011 @ 8:55PM
I guess to me it just depends on the flaw. Superficial flaws, like being forgetful or, say, clumsy don't really change anything about a character in a real sense, especially if the flaw is just being inserted in an effort to make a character "not a Mary Sue". If being forgetful is something that really affects the character - they're very bothered by the fact that they can't remember things in their life or people's names or whatever - that's a bit different. If someone's ugliness is something they're self-conscious about, it's also quite different than someone creating what is basically a Mary Sue, but then saying "but I have a nasty scar on my face..." and then them ignoring the "scar" completely in that its effect on their appearance doesn't affect their personality at all.
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