Template talk:Fiction

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Ok, could somebody help clarify for me what this tag's for? I've stuck it on a number of articles, such as Plo Koon, Darth Sion, and Minor Wheel of Time characters. In all cases, it's been removed, typically with the only change being to stick a sentence of "Name is a fictional character" at the start - or no change, if that was already there. In one case, (the Wheel of Time characters) the tag was changed to template:context, which I suppose works. Anyway, I'd like to know what other people think: is it sufficient to have one sentence identifying a fictional character as such to prevent this tag, or is more required? Also, can the contents of an article that appear after a template:spoiler tag qualify the article for this tag? The Literate Engineer 02:33, 9 August 2005 (UTC)

  • Well... personally I would think that as long as the opening sentence identifies that it is fictional character or concept and identifies which fictional universe the subject comes from then that is enough to establish its fictional status and context. What more is needed? -- Lochaber 15:58, 17 August 2005 (UTC)
As I see it, unless the entire fictional universe is contained in a single work, be it book, movie, video game, whatever, then any fictional events (or other characters, places, etc.) mentioned in the article should have it specified in which work of fiction they happened (to use Star Wars as an example, the Luke Skywalker article shouldn't just say that he destroys the Death Star, but that he destroys the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope). Also, fictional terms from that universe should be explained when used ("Luke Skywalker destroys the Death Star, a battle-station with the firepower to destroy a planet in a single shot, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"). That's what I mean by establishing fictional context. And what I can't decide is if that sort of thing calls for this tag or for the cite-sources tag. The Literate Engineer 07:04, 29 August 2005 (UTC)


Would like to be able to use this (or similar) template to mark only a section of an article as fiction; for example, {{fiction-section|March 2007}} should render as "This section may fail to make a clear distinction between fact and fiction. This section has been tagged since March 2007." In the meantime, I've modified this template itself.... 22:51, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Merging with {{Cleanup fiction-as-fact}}[edit]

There is a discussion about re-writing this template to reflect the soon-to-be-official Wikipedia:Manual of Style (writing about fiction).--ragesoss 01:00, 10 June 2006 (UTC)


Based on usage, {{fiction}} is most likely for articles that are about nonfictional topics, but use fictional sources or confuse fiction and reality, while {{in-universe}} is for articles that present fictional topics as though they were real. Before I note this on the documentation, would someone confirm this? (talk) 01:09, 20 December 2017 (UTC)