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Encyclopedia > Self insertion

Self-insertion is a literary device in which the real author of a work of fiction appears as a character within that fiction, either overtly or in disguise.


Making a 'self-insert' a major character is generally viewed as vanity on the author's part; most successful self-inserts have been minor characters, often used as a form of self-deprecation.


Some characters have been described as unintentional self-inserts, implying that their author is unconsciously using them as an avatar. This is particularly common in Mary Sue fanfiction.


Well-known examples of deliberate self-insertion include Agatha Christie's Ariadne Oliver, and one of two Philip Josť Farmer characters named Peter Jairus Frigate.


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