Is Tenchi Masaki a Mary Sue?
Self inset power fantasy which is alright by me.
he's a harem protag
I wouldn't say so. But he is a Godmode Protagonist.
Technically he IS god.
No, because he is not a girl.
technically no. he's an author surrogate. there's a difference
He NEVER wanted to awaken Ryoko and start off the OVA series.
He ONLY wanted to go to school one morning and didn't expect Mihoshi and Ryoko to suddenly jump start the TV series.
He never asked for everyone to crash land on his lawn to start the In Tokyo series.
>you'll never have this looming over you while you wake up.
Mary Sues are usually author surrogates.
No, but Kenshi is.
He's a Gary Stu.
but not all author surrogates are Mary Sues/Gary Stus
No. The problem with normal-guy shows is that the male protag is normal, as opposed to something outstanding. Tenchi, despite all the Juraian bullshit, is just a normal highschool kid. If none of the girls had shown up and brought their baggage along, he would have happily lived out the rest of his days living a normal life. The entire series is basically Tenchi trying to have a normal life, or trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy when shit hits the fan.
The fact that he is/becomes a literal god doesn't actually make him a Stu.
Not really. It was his upbringing that made him like that. In Tenchi's case he's the avatar of a god.