This Layout Guide is an official guide as to how an in-universe article should be structured. Feel free to discuss the Layout Guide on the talk page.

Main articleEdit

  • Official and canonical information only
  • NO speculation or theories belong in the main article


See Theories


  • used when an article is too vague or brief, AND when there is clearly more information that can be added. To add a stub to a page, type {{stub}}.

Behind the scenes (notice the capitalization)Edit

  • portrayal information (for characters appearing in films, computer games, cartoons, radio dramatizations)
  • origin of subject - subject's first appearance, who was responsible for creating and/or naming the subject, how the subject came about, was it based on anything, who did the concept art, etc.
  • Retcon information - how (if) subject's story has been changed in a retcon
  • any related non-canon information
  • contradictions - point out if one official source contradicts another, and which (if any) is accepted as canon


  • Bulleted list of films, novels, comics, cartoons, or video games that the subject has appeared in..
  • These are de facto references or sources, but they are listed separately because they are in-universe
  • Includes even the smallest mentions in dialogue, narration, or visual appearance
  • Should be sorted in order of In-universe chronology
  • If a subject's appearance in a specific film/book/comic is only a brief mention, apply the {{mo}} template, e.g., for Mother Brain:
    • Metroid Fusion (Mentioned only)
  • For a subject's first appearance in a book, comic, whatever (in order of publication, not in order of internal chronology), use the {{1st}} template. e.g., for Metroid:
    • Metroid (First appearance)
  • If a subject's first appearance in a book, movie, or comic is only a mere mention, use the {{1stm}} template. e.g., for Space Pirate:
    • Metroid (First mentioned)
    • Super Metroid (First appearance)
  • A subject might not be named in its first appearance, but it identified in a later source. In this case, use {{1st}} and {{1stID}}. E.g. For Dark Samus:
    • Metroid Prime (First appearance)
    • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (First identified as Dark Samus)
  • For novels, make reference to the actual book, not a trilogy.
  • For comics, link to the Story Arc, not the TPB or individual issue, unless it is a standalone issue.
  • Format: name of title only, e.g.:
    • Alien
    • Aliens vs. Predator 2
  • For generic comments, use {{c}}. For example, {{c|flashback}} will produce:
    • Metroid Fusion (flashback)


  • Bulleted list of Movies, books, comics, games, and sometimes game strategy guides.
  • Includes even the smallest mentions
  • Should be sorted by date of publication
  • Apply {{1st}}, {{1stm}} and {{1stID}} as per "Appearances" section above
  • Format: name of title also==
  • links to related topics not already linked in article
  • usually links to other relevant articles, such as image galleries, that don't really belong in the main article

External linksEdit

  • It's called "External links" even if there is currently only one link
  • links to other unofficial sources, e.g. author or game-maker blogs, fan sites

Succession boxEdit

Succession boxes serve two purposes: to list the time period for which an individual held a certain post/title, and to provide links to their immediate predecessor and/or successor. To avoid issues and disputes, it is best to follow these "do nots":

  • Do not insert succession boxes for titles that were unique to a certain individual and, therefore, result in no predecessors or successors. The same applies if the individual is the only known holder of the title.
  • Do not insert succession boxes if the individual's position in the succession sequence is unclear.
  • Do not insert succession boxes for something that is not a proper title.

If the individual was the first (last) person to bear a certain title, the "Preceded by" ("Succeeded by") section should read "None". If there are no known predecessors/successors, the corresponding section should read "Unknown". However, if there are some known predecessors/successors, the section should read "Unknown, eventually <name of the chronologically nearest individual>".

The phrase "the last person to bear a certain title" means that there are no successors because the title was made obsolete. If the individual in question continues to hold the title "currently" (where the "present" is defined as the date of the last published Star Wars work), the "Succeeded by" section should read "Incumbent".

All succession boxes should be contained within two templates: {{start box}} and {{end box}}. This ensures that there are no line breaks within succession boxes.


  • Every article should have at least one category
  • Categories should be listed in alphabetical order
  • People should be categorized by their last name; for example, [[Category:Film Directors|Scott, Ridley]].
  • Articles beginning with an article ("a," "an," or "the") should be categorized by the first significant word; for example, [[Category:Reference books|Alien life cycle, The]].