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

Title tag


  • Used to alter the appearance of the article's title at the top of a page.
  • Main uses include to italicize the name of novel or other work.
  • Do not use this to alter the actual title (ex: Only displaying "Title" instead of "Title (disambiguation)")

Eras tag


  • This tag inserts symbols in the title bar of the article. "real" should always be used.
  • For works such as novels, comics, etc, in-universe tags should be used to indicate in which era the work's events take place.
  • Symbols may also indicate if the article is a Featured, Good, or Comprehensive article, or if it was in the past.
  • For usage instructions, see Template:Eras.

Otheruses or Youmay tags


 {{Otheruses|Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope}}

Another example:

 {{Youmay|the real-life [[novel]]|[[Darksaber (disambiguation)|other uses of the word]]}}

Spoiler tag


  • Spoiler tags on an article alerts a user to any major plot spoilers that come from new sources that are less than a month old
  • See Template:Majorspoiler

Maintenance templates



Header templates


  • These tags are used to indicate an article's level of canonicity, or if an article is a about a cancelled or future source.
  • See Category:Header templates.


Example (for an article about a comic):

{{Infobox Comic Story
|title=Into the Great Unknown
|writer=[[W. Haden Blackman]]
|penciller=[[Sean Gordon Murphy|Sean Murphy]]
|inker=Sean Murphy
|letterer=[[Steve Dutro]]
|colorist=[[Dan Jackson]]
|publisher=[[Dark Horse Comics]]
|series=''[[Star Wars Tales]]''
|issue=''[[Star Wars Tales 19]]''
|preceded by=
|followed by=}}
  • Used to present vital statistics of subject. Various infoboxes can be accessed by using the standard preloads just below the "Save page" button.
  • See Wookieepedia:Template messages/Infoboxes and Category:Infobox templates
  • Articles should not contain empty infoboxes. An empty infobox is defined as one in which no fields can be filled out other than the name of the subject due to limited information. Such infoboxes should be removed from the article until such time as more information can be added.
See Forum:CT:Empty infoboxes

Opening quote


{{Quote|This choral piece, which has to do with the sword fight and comes at the end of the film, is a result of my thinking that something ritualistic and/or pagan and antique might be very effective.|John Williams|url=}}
  • An opening quote is welcome for almost any type of article.
  • Quotes can be said by the article's subject (in the case of real-world people), or said by someone else about the article's subject.
  • Do not use links within a quote, unless it is the only mention in the article of a certain subject.


Articles shall only have an introduction section, commonly called an "intro," if the article body reaches 165 words in length, not counting any other content (infobox, captions, quotes, etc.). Such articles will then employ sectioning in the article body.

Article body

Example (for an article about a real-world person):

 '''Peter Cushing''' was... (insert introductory sentence or paragraph)
===Subsection name===
===Subsection name===
====Subsection name====
  • headings and subheadings are usually not required for very small articles.



 [[File:ImageName.png|thumb|right|180px|Bea Arthur played the bartender Ackmena in ''The Star Wars Holiday Special''.]]
  • Images should be placed where they are most relevant and should not interrupt the flow or the aesthetics of the article.
  • Placing them immediately underneath a heading or subheading usually works quite well.
  • Images should typically alternate from the right-side to the left-side. If there is a long infobox at the start, multiple images can be left aligned until the infobox ends.
  • Images are to be formatted for ideal presentation in the Fandom skin, also known as Oasis.



{{Quote|I remember that iron bikini I wore in Episode VI: what supermodels will eventually wear in the seventh ring of hell.|[[Carrie Fisher]]|url=}}
  • In addition to the introductory quote, further quotes may be used throughout an article.
  • Although quotes may be placed in the body of the article, a maximum of one quote is allowed only at the beginning of each section.
  • Quotes are included "as-is", with the original spelling and formatting found in the source of the quote. In the case of a typo or other error, [sic] may be included to indicate that the error is from the original source and not the article.

Spoiler sections


{{Spoiler|upcoming media title}}


Example (for a stub about a real-world person):


Musical theme articles

Musical Theme Articles

Musical theme articles are to be organized using the following sections. Each of these sections may be subsectioned as necessary.
  1. Conception and development deals with the origin of the theme (when, by whom, where, and for what it was written), the writing process of the music and, if applicable, lyrics, the release of the theme into the public, and the musicians who performed the piece.
  2. Summary gives a detailed summary of the entire piece in its most complex, original form. This section should be divided in sub-sections based on scenes in the primary piece of media in which the theme is utilized.
  3. Use provides an overview of the the usage of the theme in all of Star Wars media and popular culture. This should be divided into five sub-sections, only using the ones necessary. These are "In the soundtracks," "In the movies," "In the Expanded Universe," "In other media and merchandise," and "In popular culture." These sub-sections may be disregarded if using them would result in unnecessary short sections of one or two sentences.
  4. Reception gives reviews and opinions from critics, as well as information regarding sales performance.
Each of these sections may be further subdivided if necessary. Music clips using a {{Music1}} tag are also appropriate for replacing quotes in the "Summary" section and subsections. This also applies to the leading quote of the article if no quote is available. Also, per copyright laws, full lyrics are not allowed. A link to the lyrics on LyricWiki should be added to the "External links" section and infobox if possible.

Published narrative works

Articles on Published Narrative Works

Articles on published narrative works (including films, novels, comics, video games, television episodes, RPG adventures, and other works that would be listed in an in-universe article's "Appearances" section) are to be organized using the following sections. Each of these sections may be subsectioned as necessary.
  1. Plot summary summarizes the plot of the work, written in-universe and in the present tense. If the article is about a collection of multiple works (eg, a book trilogy or a comic book story arc), the summaries should be more condensed than if the article is about an individual work (eg, a single book or comic). If the article is about an individual work that has a publisher's summary, then a sourced Publisher's summary subsection should lead this section. If the work includes an Opening crawl, it can be added at the beginning of this section using {{Opening crawl}}.
  2. Main characters utilizes subsections to give brief, individual descriptions of major characters who appear in the work, and their role within. A character profile should be written in-universe and in the present tense. If pictures of the characters exist, they should be included on the right side of the page. Images should be sized so as to fit within their respective character profiles. If available, pictures of the characters from the actual work, or from a chronologically close work, are preferred. For very short works, a Main Characters section is not necessary.
  3. Gameplay is a section reserved for video games. It discusses the playable features of the game and how the game is experienced by the player(s). If applicable, it can also discuss how player choices and game mechanics affect the storyline. This section should be written out-of-universe and in the present tense.
  4. Development discusses background, events, and decisions that brought about the development of the work. It also discusses ideas, decisions, and concepts discarded by the author(s)/developer(s) throughout the production of the work, as well as information on the work's publication and release. If a surplus of information exists, this section can be further subdivided into Conception and Production sections. This and the following sections should be written out-of-universe and in the past tense.
  5. Continuity discusses past continuity used/referenced/retconned by the work, continuity errors, and significant continuity created by the work that has been later used/referenced/retconned.
  6. Reception discusses response, reaction, and reception to the work, including professional reviews, significant fan response, awards won, sales, and media spotlight. If no such information is available, this section need not be included.
  7. Legacy is a section that discusses the impact of the work on later Star Wars media, and, if applicable, broader popular culture. If no such information is available, this section need not be included.
  8. Media is a section with different uses for different types of articles.
    • Articles on comic series make use of {{Prettytable}} to create a chart similar to this one.
    • Articles on individual works such as novels include a cover gallery, if more than one cover exists.
    • Articles on novels list the various editions of the work complete with ISBN numbers and publication dates.
    • For television series, the Media section should be entitled Episodes and make use of a wikitable to list the series' seasons, giving information such as the air dates and number of episodes for each season.
    • For individual television seasons, the Media section should also be entitled Episodes and should use a wikitable to display the title, air date, episode number, production number, and an image from the episode if applicable.
  9. Credits is a list of the work's credits. This section is reserved for individual films, TV episodes, video games, audio dramas, and any other work with a similarly comprehensive credits section. It should not be used for works such as books, short stories, and comics, which should instead list authors, artists, etc, in their "Development" sections. This section uses {{Credits}} and should be ordered as described in the work's original credits. Any other cast or crew members whose identities were later discovered or revealed can be listed at the ends of their respective sections.
  10. Appearances uses {{App}} and is only necessary for articles on individual works, such as a single novel, comic, or episode. It should not be used for articles on collections of multiple works, such as a book trilogy, television series or season, comic book story arc or series. (An exception to this is for a series that has not yet been released, where its episodes or issues do not yet have articles. In that case, the information on the series' appearances may be contained within the series' article until such time that it can be moved to the appropriate episode or issue.) For novels with a Dramatis Personae, the Dramatis Personae is listed at the beginning of this section's "Characters" sub-section.
  11. Collections is a bulleted list of any collections in which the work has appeared, such as trade paperbacks or short story collections. If not applicable, this section need not be included.
Each of these sections may be further subdivided if necessary.
See Forum:CT:OOU Layout Guide: Published narrative works, Wookieepedia:Mofferences/July 25, 2020

Real-world person articles

Real-World Person Articles
Real-world person articles are to be organized using the following sections. Each of these sections may be subsectioned as necessary.
  1. Biography gives a detailed and comprehensive summary of the person's Star Wars career. With the exception of birth and death information, this section will limit its focus exclusively to the person's Star Wars contributions without discussing other unrelated career achievements. The level of detail in this section is up to the individual author. However, a middle ground between succinct and lengthy is generally preferable.
  2. Filmography (for persons involved in film and/or television), Discography (for persons involved in music), or Published works (for persons involved in publishing) provides a comprehensive list of the person's career works. This list will be organized in a table and be subdivided between Star Wars and other projects. See Bea Arthur#Filmography and James Luceno#Published works for examples on how to format this table.
The introduction section of real-world person articles may briefly summarize the highlights of a person's non-Star Wars career outside of the Filmography section.
See Wookieepedia:Mofferences/May 25, 2019


See Forum:CT:Databank position on Sources lists
Note: Edition follows a comma and is not italicized. See Forum:CT:How to name publication edition, redux
  • {{SWArchive}} should be used for all articles published prior to the September 2011 revamp. For pages either transferred to the official site's new layout or published after the revamp, {{SW}} should be used.
  • Only articles and Star Wars Blog posts that present news and official information may be listed in the Bibliography. Other articles and Blog posts may be listed in the "External links" section as appropriate. Because combines news and Blog posts into a single section, care must be taken to identify articles and Blog posts that are relevant to the Bibliography. Typically, articles and Blog posts written by Team and Dan Brooks (Lucasfilm's senior content writer) constitute those that are appropriate for the Bibliography. Certain posts from primary Star Wars authors or Lucasfilm employees, such as Jason Fry, Abel G. Peña, or Jennifer Heddle, may also be appropriate.
See Forum:CT:Star Wars Blog

Notes and references

       Relevant policy: Wookieepedia:Sourcing
  • List of sources for information in the "Behind the scenes" section.
  • Items are added to the list by placing <ref>Source goes here</ref> after the information tidbit in question.
  • To get the references to show up in this section, use the {{Reflist}} template.
  • References will only use periods at the end of the citation if the citation is a complete sentence. References that are not complete sentences will not use periods.
See Wookieepedia:Mofferences/February 12, 2012

External links

The External links section is a bulleted list of out-of-universe links from websites outside of Wookieepedia. These links are commonly unlicensed and/or unofficial sources of information, such as product pages, news articles, fan websites, Wikipedia articles, and Internet Movie Database pages.

  • The section is called "External links," even if the article only has one external link
  • For Wikipedia articles, use the {{WP}} template
    • Example: {{WP|Star Wars}} gives you WP favicon Star Wars on Wikipedia
  • For Internet Movie Database pages, use the {{Imdb}} template
  • Ideally, real-world product articles, such as books or comics, will list at least one external link to an official product page from the publisher or manufacturer. If no such link exists, list the subject's product page. The Amazon page may be listed in addition to an official product page if it contains critical information not found on the product page, such as a publication date.
  • The External links may list Star Wars Blog posts that do not contain official news, as defined in the preceding "Bibliography" section of this page
    • Note that External links sections need not list all Blog posts pertaining to a given subject. Restrict Blog listings only to the most critically relevant posts with respect to an article's coverage. Blog posts from the Pop Culture; Quizzes and Polls; and Films categories are typically prime examples of those that are not appropriate for the External links. Any Blog post that is cited in the course of the article must be listed in the External links if not already listed in the Bibliography.
  • Do not list Databank or Encyclopedia entries here; those belong in the Bibliography section.
See Forum:CT:Star Wars Blog, Wookieepedia:Mofferences/September 10, 2016

Interwiki links

  • Links to Star Wars wikis in other languages
  • Interwiki links should be listed in the {{Interlang}} template placed before an article's categories. The "xxFA=" operator will indicate that an article has reached "featured" or equivalent status on its host wiki.
|fi=Anakin (täsmennyssivu)


  • Every article must have all applicable categories
See Forum:CT:Layout Guide change for categories
  • Categories should be listed in alphabetical order
  • An update to MediaWiki allows use of DEFAULTSORT to eliminate unnecessary coding while still achieving the desired result of categorizing articles by last name (ie, one need not use [[Category:Other Lucasfilm employees|Holland, Lawrence]]; use the below method)
{{DEFAULTSORT:Holland, Lawrence}}
[[Category:Other Lucasfilm employees]]
[[Category:Star Wars game developers]]
  • Articles beginning with an article ("a," "an," or "the") should be categorized by the first significant word; for example, [[Category:Reference books|New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, The]].
  • Articles placed in categories should not also be placed in that category's master category; for example, articles in Category:Novels should not also be placed in Category:Real-world books.
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