“Gee, golly, gosh, gloriosky,” thought General Beatrix as she stepped on the bridge of the Red Rose. “Here I am, the youngest general in the fleet – only twenty-seven years old.” Captain Adelbert Steiner came up to her. “Oh, General, I love you madly. Will you protect the queen with me?” “Captain! I am not that kind of girl!” “You’re right, and I respect you for it. Here, take over the Knights of Pluto for a minute while I go get some coffee for us.” Dr. Tot came onto the ship. “What are you doing in the command seat, General?” “The Captain told me to.” “Flawlessly logical. I admire your mind”…
Final Fantasy has all types of Mary Sues, including princess Garnet. But Beatrix is tops. Garnet’s flaws are only to exemplify her strong and resilient nature, and build character. Beatrix has no flaws. The story writes her as perfect. Consider the evidence:
According to the lore, the Steiner and Beatrix dueled; the former won due to sheer luck. This only emphasis Beatrix’s skill. At the same time, she cements Steiner as an oaf who can’t really compete with Beatrix.
Apparently, Steiner is her superior. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. Beatrix still ends up as General of Alexandria, even commanding the Pluto Knights.
You never get to beat her character. She is too powerful. Also, it’s pretty difficult for her to die when you do get to play as her.
She is often called “the cold-blooded woman who silences even the crying infant” or “Beatrix who felled 100 men”.. She’s a baby killer basically (i.e Cleyra). Yet we never see her guilt about any of this. The story conveniently glosses over her sins.
Despite murdering on orders, she is morally upstanding. She realizes Brahne may have bad intentions when she hears talk of executing Princess Garnet. Plus, she begins to doubts the Queen after getting no thanks for following her duty. No thanks, I tell ya.
Beatrix makes up her mind to leave Alexandria, but while exiting the castle she is stopped by Steiner who confesses he does not wish to lose her again, and says they should protect the queen together. So she can’t just leave, Steiner (and everyone else) needs her and loves her too much.
She ends up with her own love arc and a happy ending. Except she never once thought twice about seeking redemption for all of the people she murdered. Her conscience is clear because she’s just that good of a character.
Obviously, Beatrix isn’t a bad character. But in almost every way possible she exemplifies the Mary Sue trope. And somehow they made a character that’s likable. Amazing, no?