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When used with the "This is a redirect" (Redr) template:

Template {{This is a redirect}} may be used to add up to seven rcat templates, along with their parameters, to a redirect. For more information see the documentation page below.

When used by itself:

  • This is a redirect from a fictional element (such as an object or concept) to a related fictional work or list of similar elements. The destination may be an article about a related fictional work that mentions this element, a subsection, or a standalone list of elements. For more information follow the bold category link.
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This redirect category (rcat) template is used to categorize redirects from a fictional element (object or concept) to a list of elements, a type of article that is a collection of brief descriptions and covers the subject more comprehensively. Links to list entries should use this redirect and should not be piped with the target pagename. This allows "what links here" to be used to identify the links to the individual sections.


Use this rcat template on mainspace redirects only.
#REDIRECT [[(target article title)]]

{{Redr|from fictional element}}
Template {{Redr}} is an alias for the This is a redirect template, which may be used to add up to seven appropriate rcats, along with their parameters, to a redirect. For more information see the documentation on its template page and its comparison page. This rcat may also tag a redirect individually:
#REDIRECT [[(target article title)]]

{{R from fictional element}}
This is in accord with instructions found at Wikipedia:REDCAT.
  • An optional unnamed parameter may be used to supply the name of the fictional work that includes the element. This will sort the redirect into a more specific category for that work. For example:
{{Redr|from fictional element|p1=Doctor Who}}
{{R from fictional element|Doctor Who}}
both the above populate Category:Doctor Who element redirects to lists.
  • Important note: the very first time that a fictional-work-specific subcategory is named in the first parameter, that category will appear as a red link at the bottom of the redirect page. (If this is not seen or no categories can be seen at the bottom of the page, then be sure preferences are set to see hidden categories!) If the category link is red, it means that the category must be created to correctly sort the fictional element. The category name should be similar to the Doctor Who category just seen:
Category:(series name) element redirects to lists
The edit page of the new category should be encoded as follows:
{{Redirect category|from=''(series name)'' fictional elements|template=Redr|parameters=[[Template:R from fictional element|from fictional element]]{{!}}p1=(series name)}}

[[Category:Fictional element redirects to lists]]
Insert the series name in two places, shown in parentheses, inside the {{Redirect category}} template.
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  • A second optional unnamed parameter may be used to provide a sort key for the fictional element that is redirected. For example:
{{Redr|from fictional element|p1=Star Trek|n1=Enterprise (NCC-1701-C), USS}}
{{R from fictional element|Star Trek|Enterprise (NCC-1701-C), USS}}
In Category:Star Trek element redirects to lists, both the above sort the element redirect, "USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)", in alphabetical order by "Enterprise" ("E") instead of by "USS" ("U"). Without the second parameter, the template sort key is either the redirect page name or the DEFAULTSORT, if included.
For more information about the Redr template parameters, |p#= and |n#=, please see the template documentation.
  • Use this rcat on any mainspace redirect from a fictional element to a list in which the element is an entry:
    • if the element is included in and redirected to a list, either:
      • in an article entitled "List of …", or
      • a section of an article either:
        • titled a list, or
        • containing fictional element entries that are not themselves sections. Also use {{R to anchor}} where appropriate.
    • for a redirect to an article section about the fictional element, use {{R to section}}.


  • Also known as... – list of templates that redirect here and may also be used


  • In main-article namespace, many redirects from fictional elements are unprintworthy; however, there are many others that are printworthy, so there is no default sort for printworthiness. At some point in the future, Jimmy Wales wants to make more printed versions of Wikipedia encyclopedia articles. Some rcats automatically populate either Category:Printworthy redirects or Category:Unprintworthy redirects by default. Others, like this rcat, do not, and that means it is up to editors to choose which of those categories, Printworthy or Unprintworthy, is appropriate and should be populated. The rcats that are used separately to populate those categories are:
Please click on each one for more details and guidance.
{{Redr|from fictional element|printworthy}}
{{Redr|from fictional element|unprintworthy}}
Either {{This is a redirect}} or its alias/shortcut, {{Redr}}, may be used.

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