Talk:Alan Harper (Two and a Half Men)

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In-universe etc[edit]

This is a fairly simple issue - the article that's been created so far is a profile of the character as can be seen from the episodes, which isn't considered appropriate material in spite of the "not paper" (an article cannot be written off just becuase it would be a waste of paper in a conventional encycolpedia) policy. It would be preferable to have a description of the character as seen by the real world - even if that's as a stock charcter - as described in the policies linked to. The "biographical" material that could remain would especially have to lose stuff such as that he "enjoys late night runs on the beach (sometimes while being chased by the police)", which only happened once and doesn't tell us about him, and the nickname, which was also only used once and not as an actual form of address. Billwilson5060 (talk) 11:53, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

... See Jon Cryer —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:15, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

You appear to have misunderstoof the point. Bill is talking about the character not the actor. And yes, articles on characters are supposed to be written as in the real world and not in universe. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style (writing about fiction) Nil Einne (talk) 12:11, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Dr. Harper[edit]

Isn't Alan not an actual Doctor? It's being pointed out several times in different episodes. So I guess we should remove the "Dr." from the title of this article. -- (talk) 13:23, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

He is a doctor. He is not a medical doctor, but he is a doctor in the same sense that dentists, optometrists, and podiatrists are also doctors. MD is only one type of a doctor. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:47, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

traditionally we do not include a title like "Doctor" or "Professor" on the title of the article. DrPhen (talk) 05:43, 6 January 2013 (UTC)


For the purpose of {{Infobox character}}, an alias is not something that is used once or twice, it needs to be significant or we could end up with a whole list of them in the infobox, which is just crufty and not encyclopaedic. Alan using "Charlie" or "Matthew Brodrick" [sic] once or twice in 185 episodes (as of now) just doesn't cut it as an alias. If he used the names consistently, ie people knew him by that name, then that would count as an alias, but he is known only as "Alan Harper". He's not generally known as "Charlie", so claiming it as an alias is not appropriate. --AussieLegend (talk) 07:41, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

  • It's been that way for at least 2 years and you have a problem after I edit it? Really? Aliases don't always have to be common they have to notable, Brodrick is a celebrity and Charlie is his brother, that makes it notable.-Madbane54 12:27, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
It doesn't matter that it has been in the article for two years. A lot of errors exist in articles for a lot longer than that, but it doesn't justify retention of incorrect information. When errors are detected, they should be corrected. That "Broderick" might be a celebrity doesn't mean a thing, the names of celebrities are bandied about in TV programs all the time. It is neither notable of noteworthy. "Charlie" is even less so. Charlie Harper was a character in the series for 177 episodes. It's expected that his name would continue to be mentioned, and Alan isn't using it as an alias, he's gone a bit crazy and thinks he's Charlie. And, of course, use of it as an alias fails Wikipedia:Verifiability. It's only the opinion of editors here that it's an alias and that just isn't good enough. Use as an alias needs to be attributable to reliable, secondary sources. --AussieLegend (talk) 03:31, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
By the way, the reason for this edit was that your name wasn't signed properly using four tildes (~~~~). A similar thing happened to me on this page, but it seems to be working today. --AussieLegend (talk) 03:38, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
Alan's pretended to be Charlie to chat up girls before season 9, and if you have a problem with this sort of thing why don't you get rid of some of the nicknames? Mr. "I'm not a doctor" Harper was only used once. (for some reason when I use the four tildes it calls me "sleepyhead" so I sign it manually). -- Madbane54 (talk) 18:53, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
That he's used it before still doesn't justify including it in the infobox. It's not used often enough. You are correct about the nicknames and I have removed some. Regarding your signature, check your signature under "My Preferences". --AussieLegend (talk) 03:21, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Chiropractic Job[edit]

What happened to Zippy's Chiropractic?? His office???--Nithinthilak (talk) 08:27, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Family Tree[edit]

Do we really need to list Alan's family tree? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:19, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

I Am Trying To Rewrite This Article[edit]

I am not going to finish today. So please do not think I just left it a huge mess. In Correct (talk) 23:15, 26 January 2016 (UTC)