Trans-Dimensional Hopping occurs when an OC suddenly travels to another world. There is usually no logical explanation for this behavior, except the wish of the author to have his/her OC interact with his/her favorite canon characters.

There are many problems with this plot device:

  1. The canon characters in these stories are wont to react to the meddling OC without any sort of surprise, caution, or anger that would normally accompany such an intrusion.
  2. The universe in which the OC finds herself is usually fraught with danger, or at the very least lacking any kind of valid identification - yet she is never arrested and is usually capable of meeting all kinds of threats head-on. (It doesn't help that she is often a young teenager.) Somehow, the OC never gets dirty, either, despite the fact that she is now essentially homeless and owns nothing of collateral value. She may not get a chance to shower, but her hair will never lose its salon-fresh gleam, her teeth never yellow, and she never has to shave her legs.

Occasionally, a responsible author will write a fanfic involving Trans-Dimensional Hopping that does not result in the creation of a Mary Sue; however, this is extremely rare.

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