Wikipedia:Naming character articles
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|While this essay is not a Wikipedia policy or guideline itself, it is intended to supplement the Wikipedia:Article titles policy and the Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Writing about fiction guideline, to which editors should defer in case of inconsistency between that page and this one.|
There is no special guideline or criteria for titling an article about a fictional character (or a couple or group of such characters), e.g. from a television series, a book, a film, or any other medium.
Some clear principles do apply:
- The general criteria in Wikipedia:Article titles policy all apply to fictional characters. The most salient of these is usually WP:COMMONNAME.
- General style guidelines in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style do apply to fictional characters, e.g. handling of initials and hyphenated names.
- The guidelines at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Writing about fiction apply to fictional characters, when applicable to article titles.
- Guidelines intended only for real-world people do not apply to fictional characters. Two examples are Wikipedia:Naming conventions (people) and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Biographies.
- Various topical guidelines that do address fictional characters may apply. Some of these include:
- Anime/Manga: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Anime- and manga-related articles
- Comics: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (comics)#Character articles
- Films: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Film#Film characters
- TV: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Television#Naming_conventions
- Video games: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (video games)#Characters
- Some wikiprojects may also provide additional recommendations, but these are not formal guidelines. For example:
- Soap operas: Wikipedia:WikiProject Soap Operas#Character articles (See also the TV guideline, linked above.)
- Wikipedia:Requested moves, for how to change an article title