Purpose: To give ideas for the creation section on the character page. I noticed a lot of wiki editors struggled with this section when they don't know where to look or what they can do.
I'm a peer mentor in real life; I volunteer to help college freshmen. I see wiki editing like a form of community service. Throughout the community, I do check other people's wiki pages and talk with them about the style guide in order to help them. Once they know how to do the style guide, they'll help other wiki editors.
For more info on the Style Guide, click on the style guide that has a blue and white question mark on any wiki page. It is also in Ethan's blog.
Most of the times, a wiki editor can find the notes about what inspirations the author used to create a character in the manga. On rare occasions, we see them in the anime. An example would be Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei anime where the characters' names are revealed at the end of the episode. When you don't have access to the physical manga but only scanlations, scanlations may not have the author's notes. This is where you have to look on other wikia sites or go to the official franchise's website.
Types of Creation Based on Inspirations
The nice thing about having a vague wiki style guide is that you can interpret a lot from it. It's like the constitution where its ambiguity allows room for change and interpretation.
The basic formula for a creation is this:
- Who created this character? Include author (mangaka), character designer, or anyone who had taken part in creating the character.
- Appearances: This is optional and maybe redundant. Basically, when did the character first appear in the manga, anime, light novel, movie, and more.
- Seiyuu: It may be redundant, but when you have a long wiki article, it makes it easier to find the seiyuu by putting the information under creation. Seiyuu can include international voices as well.
- Inspiration: This is the toughest one because not all characters have this due to the budgets that the author or the company faces. I will divide up the inspirations into parts for different ideas which will help you.
Character is created by this Author. (Insert Inspiration) Character first appears in volume _ and episode _. The Character is voiced by Japanese voice actor and English voice actor.
*It's okay if you cannot find the inspiration. Just say there is no current information regarding any inspiration used by the author to create this character.
1. Name Based
Why did the author choose to name this character this way? What was the original name that the author had scrapped? The name can be a clue to the character's personality and life.
2. Original Sketches
Talk about the original designs that the author had. What ideas that author played around with? Be sure to include concept art such as original sketches of the characters.
3. Based on a Real Person
The author might based their character on their staff members, celebrities, and more.
4. Comparisons between Author's Previous Works
This is tricky because the information might be subjective. You can compare very similar characters that are both done by the same author if your information is not subjective.
5. One Shot Story Based
The author can based his/ or her characters on characters from one shot stories. Be sure include the title of these stories and tell what inspirations and major differences between the original and the current characters.
Examples: Monkey D. Luffy,
For Guidebooks, art books, and fan books that are official, there are notes from the creator regarding their character's designs.
Feel free to add examples. I'm sorry for adding a lot of Fairy Tail characters since I remember those creations. I will love to diversify the examples. Please give me examples.
Thank you for reading this. If you have questions, feel free to ask me, my teammates, Ethan, or FoxxFireArt.
- 8-31-14 - Added Guidebook example.