As a community we at Villains Wiki value our contributors and have managed to build a sizable following, however as with all communities there are a small minority of contributors who either do not wish to play nice or are having difficulty understanding what this Wiki is all about.
These rules will serve to try and help contributors who are confused or needing a little help while also discouraging contributions that are not in the spirit of this Wiki:
- Chain of Command: Although we are a friendly community we have a "chain of command" with the admins making rules, enforcing rules and keeping order: users contribute and have fun but need to remember admins are not democratic, neither are they tyrants - Admins should be approachable and not completely insane with power but at the same time users must treat admins with the respect you give any authority or expect punishment. It's much like the real world, you can not walk up to an authority figure and force them to do as you say, empty threats and outright stupidity will only serve to alienate you from the community as a whole - This system may not suit everyone but much like any community we need to acknowledge the fact that contributing is a privilege, not a right and like all privileges it can (and should) be removed if abused.
- Plagiarism: Whenever possible only post original content-copying directly from other wikis or online sources is plagiarism and is frowned upon by the community as it gives a bad name not only to yourself but to us and can cause copyright dilemmas. Just because something is on the Internet doesn't mean its right (or even legal; plagiarism is a type of theft and stealing is not alright anywhere) to claim it as your own - Articles that are obviously taken from other wikis or sites will be deleted on sight as a matter of principle.
- Language & Offensive Content: Contributors should be aware that this wiki is PG-13 at best, we do not allow excessive profanity or offensive language - We are a community of mixed age groups and some profanity/offensive terms will crop up but users should not make a habit of using them. It is never acceptable to use extremely offensive language however and users who do so will face punishment. As a general rule, the same applies to articles, do not litter articles with offensive language - even articles listed as mature. This may be hard when dealing with extremely controversial media (such as exploitation films or some of the Japan-exclusive manga/anime) but with such things common-sense needs to come into play: Do not go into detail about the gruesome aspects of the character and do not quote their most offensive lines. Try to make the article as "clean" as possible - that way it doesn't come across as being what is known as a "shocker".
- Grammar: In the same way, remember that articles are meant to be read by people so try making them clear, concise and readable. Few people will frown upon one typing error or two but having hardly readable messes instead of articles is not very enjoyable for anyone. The same thing goes for non-English edits; if possible these types of edits will be translated, but viewers should be aware this is an English-speaking Wikia. There are foreign language wikis elsewhere, including ones of the Villains Wiki (ex. Wiki Villainos).
- Trolls: We have a zero-tolerance when it comes to trolls, whether it be for humor or harassment - there are plenty of troll sites for that sort of behavior - this is a wiki about villains, not a chan site.
- Vandalism: Vandals will be banned on sight - much like trolls, we don't need to explain why. Vandalism is just that.
- Do not feed the Trolls: If you see a troll/vandal, just report him to an admin and leave him be; don't engage in flamewars with him, you'll be only fueling his desire to cause problems and make it harder for the admins to undo the damage.
- Harassment/Cyberbullying: Any user who harasses or bullies another will be liable to punishment by admins as they see fit - If you are foolish enough to pick a fight with an admin you will likely be banned. We are a good-natured wiki but nobody likes a bully, and we are no exception.
- Category Spam: Adding categories for the sake of it is counter-productive and considered a charge. When adding categories, users must add them all in one edit. Users who add one category per edit can get in trouble, especially when they do nothing else to contribute to the wiki and add many categories one by one.
- Ban Evasion: Got yourself banned? Chances are you deserved it so either wait for your ban to expire or, if you truly believe your ban was undeserved or too severe, contact an admin. Creating sockpuppet accounts to evade your ban will only result in all of your accounts to be permanently blocked.
- Requesting: It is both annoying and insulting when a user shows up only to say things like "Why nobody made 'X' page yet?" or "Please make a page for 'X'", so please do not go harassing other users asking them to do things for you. If you think there should be a page for a particular character, by all means, go ahead and make it yourself.
- Infobox Title Spam: Adding unpermitted/redundant infobox templates with titles (such as "Box Title" and "Infobox") just for the sake of it is counter-productive, unwise, interferes with/ruining the coding of actual infobox templates with real names/titles, and considered a charge. Users who add this per edit can get in trouble, especially when they do nothing else to contribute to the wiki and add many said glitchy mechanics with false titles one by one.
- Template Abuse: Maintenance templates are meant to be used by admins to identify problematic pages and can only be removed by the admins themselves. Slapping them on pages where they do not belong will result in a warning and subsequent ban in case of reincidence.
- Only add official information: Any media has more than enough information that you may need for creating an article. Do not make stuff up and especially do not add things that have nothing to do with the character in question. That said we allow taking things at face value, fan-theories and mass guessing can go into a separate trivia section.
- No articles on upcoming media/leaked info: Do not create an article on villains from upcoming media, be it movies, games or anything else. Not only this could figure huge spoilers, but we also would never be able to determine the veracity of the information on such pages which could be nothing more than speculation. As a general rule, you should wait a few days, at least a week since release before creating an article.
- No "One-line" articles: There is just no excuse for laziness. Articles with little to no content (only a single paragraph or just a picture without any text) will be deleted if not expanded. If a user only makes articles like this he/she will be warned. An article must at the very least have an introduction line and a complete paragraph resuming the character to be considered a stub. Simply adding a Stub or Construction template on the page will not prevent it from being marked as a One-Line Article, by the way. Also do not remove the One-Line Article warning without actually expanding the page.
- No Fanfiction: This wiki is for legitimate villains from every existing media. We will not be accepting "demonized" characters and/or characters which only exist as random image macros around the internet, basically anything that does not have a story/plot attached to it and enough to differ it from other works that it can pass most parody laws (YouTube videos, Fan-games and Creepypasta ARE NOT exempt to these rules, just so you know). If you have questions about a particular character, CONTACT AN ADMINISTRATOR.
- Original Web Content: For the sake of variety we will accept villains from original web content that is NOT OF YOUR OWN CREATION. To count, the character in question must have some level of fame/infamy, for example: for YouTube videos/series, a minimum 500k views on average and/or at least 100k subscribers, or multiple references on other sources. The same goes for Webcomics and original Creepypasta characters. The character must also have a plot/backstory attached to it.
- No Troll/Exploitation Stuff: An addendum to the above two rules, from now on articles on YouTube movies/webseries that are nothing but troll or exploitation stuff will be forbidden, no exceptions. Again, when in doubt CONTACT AN ADMINISTRATOR.
- No Articles on Minor Enemies/Generic Thugs: Please, you do not have to make an article on every single enemy which appears on a game, the gaming Wikis exist for that. Instead, we will limit our articles to organizations, named villains and plot-relevant boss characters. In short, do NOT add numerous pages for a single enemy when it would save time and space by merging them into a single article.
- No Real-Life People: Our wiki focuses exclusively on fictional villains. Articles found about real-life villains will get deleted on sight.
- Do Not Recreate Deleted Articles / Categories: As a general rule when an admin deletes an article or category it cannot be recreated without admin approval. However, if you can provide a valid reason to do so you may proceed - users who recreate deleted articles/categories without a valid reason however risk punishment.
- No Span Tags, No Nowiki, and no Null/Empty Tags: A general rule that prohibits Span tags (which interferes with any article's data and loading, causes terrible slowness when zooming and moving the page, are a possible and visible sign of plagiarism in Source Mode/Classic Editor, and they are generic containers which have no special meaning at all) and Null/Empty tags (which are empty tags, interferes with any article's data and loading, causes terrible slowness when zooming and moving the page and generic containers which have no special meaning at all).
- Antagonistic Scale: Abuse of the antagonistic scale, or as it is otherwise called "antagonist fussing" is frowned upon here. Conflicting over the scale (e.g. "main/secondary/tertiary antagonist, true main antagonist") falls under edit warring and will not be tolerated. To reduce such edit warring, labels such as "true/hidden main antagonist", "main later secondary antagonist" or "tertiary antagonist" and anything below that is strictly prohibited and will be reverted on sight. Adding analyses over antagonist labels such as "this villain is thought to be the main antagonist, but is actually the secondary antagonist" into trivia sections is also prohibited, as this does nothing but clog up pages with messy information that solely discusses something as minor as a villain's antagonist label. More information can be found on this blog.
- Similarity Comparisons on Unrelated Works: While comparing villains of the same franchise or mentioning a character is a parody/homage is fine we do not allow random comparisons to outside work especially superficial similarities.
Links, Pictures and Miscellaneous Items
- General rules: We allow users to post links, funny pictures and "fun" items but within reason - Do not provide links to pornographic sites (rule 34 counts, just so you know) and do not upload overly offensive pictures. "Fun" items should only be posted into userpages or talkpages - Do not add them to main articles unless you have a good reason to do so.
- Gallery size, position & color: It is never necessary to leave the colors of the subs as grey since the background is already dark and it is difficult to read what the subtitles/captions. Also, it is better to leave the gallery's position in the middle instead of right and left because it can interrupt the editing of other users. The letters of the page might get inside of the gallery code and corrupt its codex, breaking the template. But if the gallery is kept in the middle, it will never happen as the letters and the template are separate in a proper space. Same thing with the videos and their position too. It is better to leave them in the middle like the gallery for the same reason. If there is a section saying: Videos and you put the video to the left said, this page will get a bad design (it is not like this is important). And last, if the images within a gallery are too small, it is better to leave on the max size (such as 300px).
- 20 pictures minimum: Gallery subpages are meant to group hundreds of pictures, twenty at the very least. Only create a new gallery if you can fill it with a minimum of 20 images. New gallery pages that do not fit this criteria will be marked for deletion.
- Do not add too many pictures: Not only this is not a photo-sharing site, most users who visit here do not have super fast connections. Twenty pictures are more than enough for any article, there is no need to put hundreds of pictures. Also, keep in mind that pictures are meant to illustrate the article and provide an image of what is described. Voiding the page of pictures and putting an overly long gallery will only make your article hard to read.
- Do not add too many videos: Much like the above. Five (5) videos are a good enough limit.
- No Fan-art allowed: Only add official art on articles (screenshots, concept art, promotional art, etc). This wiki isn't DeviantART, and posting fan-art made by others is copyright infringement. Special cases can be taken into consideration (a render of an organization's symbol, or if you just cannot find a decent official picture by any means).
- "Type Of": Always use a short and concise description on the Infobox template's "Type Of" section. Using a category name or a trope name is possible, but clogging it with categories is not only redundant but flooding. The category list belongs in the category list.
- Synopsis subpages: Synopsis subpages are meant to be for huge pages. So only create a new synopsis subpage if it has a minimum of 15,000 bytes, and the page itself is also decently sized for the Synopsis subpage to be necessary. New synopsis pages that do not fit this criteria will be marked for deletion.
- NO NEW CATEGORIES: We have far, far too many categories and it is no longer necessary to have any more, users who make new categories shall be warned and blocked if they persist - the ONLY exception is for a franchise we do not have yet, everything else has been done many times and makes the wiki incredibly burdensome for others. New categories not related to franchises can only be created after a proper discussion on the forums and after the admins approve it.
- Check Categories Beforehand: We have many categories on this wiki, so DO NOT add a page to a category that does not correspond or has been deleted. Finally DO NOT add categories that are already on the list. Do check the category page and then the article's list before doing anything.
- 20 pages minimum: Categories are meant to group hundreds of pages, twenty at the very least. Only create a new category if you can fill it with a minimum of 20 pages. New categories that don't fit this criteria will be marked for deletion.
- No categories on copyright holders: Characters are associated with the franchises they belong to, not to whoever holds the rights over them, especially since copyright holders tend to change when IP's are bought over or the holder goes bankrupt. DO NOT create categories for creators, writers, developers, publishers, designers, mangakas, studios, companies, etc. Categories like those will be deleted on sight and the user will get a ban, period. We only allow exceptions when all their creations exist within the same world or multiverse (such as Marvel or Looney Tunes).
- Do not put categories on userpages: Categories are meant to categorize REAL pages, as in pages on the "Main" namespace, they are not tags you put on social profiles. So do not put any category on your userpage, if an admin sees it he or she WILL remove them immediately.
- Do not add/remove the Pure Evil category without going to the Discussion first: As the Pure Evil category is our most popular category, it is also our most abused-so propose the villain FIRST in the blogposts to see what the majority thinks before adding them. Refer to this page to gain some experience in the field before proposing the character if you have none. If you add a villain to Pure Evil without proposing them in a blog post first, the category will be removed. If by any chance you have a villain from your original work and you want to propose the villain, have another user go over your work and propose said villain for you to avoid bias-if you vote for your own villain the vote will NOT count. Any user who continues to add PE or remove PE without doing so more than once will be BLOCKED. There are no excuses for users being unaware of this rule either, as the PE Approved and Rejected templates give users explicit warnings not to do this. For more information on dates regarding the category, see this page. You will judge the villain by this criteria:
- CHARACTERS' TRAITS
(Does the character have a defined personality? Or is it a one-dimensional character such as a mindless destroying beast?)
- HEINOUS STANDARDS
(Does the character commit acts that are extremely heinous and unforgivable? Does the character stand out from the rest of the villains featured in the story they are part of?)
- MORAL EVENT HORIZON
(Has the villain crossed the Moral Event Horizon?)
- INDIVIDUAL CAPABILITY
(Does the villain use every resource they have at their disposal to cause a maximum of evil?)
- MORAL AGENCY
(Does the villain have an agency over their actions, and can distinguish right from wrong?)
- ONLY INDIVIDUALS
- NO REDEEMING QUALITIES
(Is the villain completely devoid of any altruistic quality?)
- NO SYMPATHY
(Is the villain completely unsympathetic and unforgivable with no Freudian excuse?)
- SCREEN TIME
(Are the villains' worst acts on-screen?)
(Is the villain the worst, or at least one of the worst characters in the story?)
- STORY TYPE
(Is the story "normal", or purposefully over-the-top appalling? In which case, the Heinous Standards would be so high that it would be almost impossible to have a Purely Evil villain in the story.)
- CHARACTERS' TRAITS
- Jerk ≠ Villain: Please be mindful not to add a character to this wiki unless he or she is established as a villain in their setting - although standards vary greatly we do not desire articles concerning minor bullies or rivals unless they show exceptionally cruel and/or immoral traits. Name-calling and just being "nasty" is not enough to make a character valid and such articles risk deletion once found. If you are confused over this topic you may find the Villainous Jerk concept helpful in deciding whether or not a character is valid for this wiki.
- Flawed Hero ≠ Villain: The number of articles about anti-heroic characters is no longer acceptable - this is a VILLAINS Wiki and we need to keep it that way. A character should have either malicious intent or be actually dangerous to count. From now on "grumpy", "not nice" or "mean" as reasons for a character being here will be ignored and the content erased - start showing us actual deeds that are malicious (and NO, name-calling and minor "bullying" will not count anymore). This is similar to the above rule but will sum up to "just because something offends you does not make it evil / immoral" - from now on PROVE to us the character is criminal, immoral or dangerous, otherwise we will erase it.
- Antagonist ≠ Villain: Most people tend to confuse these two terms. By definition, antagonist is a character who opposes the protagonist/protagonists, while villain is a wicked character who does evil. While they may overlap, they are completely different things. That being said, do not add pages for antagonists who aren't shown as being evil/wicked, especially if they are good characters or on the side of law.
- Possessed/Brainwashed: We do not allow articles about heroes who have become "villains" due to brainwashing, possession or other scenario that makes them lose control of their actions (with the only exception being criminal insanity) - characters under a "spell" or hypnotism are victims, they have no control over what they are doing and thus they fail the basic criteria for antagonism (that is, deliberate attempts to cause suffering). The category Possessed/Brainwashed is ONLY meant for villains like Golbez, who USED to be benevolent characters but whose personality changed for the worse due to corruption. So much that they are almost only remembered as the villain they became.
- Character-Centered Information Only: As part of a new policy established on this wiki, we now focus on villainous characters only. This means we have forbidden the creation of villainous events, songs, locations, or non-character centered information with certain exceptions. Creation of such tropes like the Villainous Breakdown or the Moral Event Horizon is now forbidden. Such information can be listed on the related villain's page (ex. Maleficent's Castle should be detailed under her own page) and more specific information is to be listed on another wiki entirely.
Pure Evil Proposals / Removals
- Recognized Users: See Villains Wiki:Pure Evil Permissions to see the users allowed to create Pure Evil Proposals and vote.
- Black Listed Users: Users listed in the Black List are users that were permanently banned from commenting in any Pure Evil Post Effort and are forbidden from proposing any villain for PE category for violating most of the rules listed below. Once in this list, there will no more "last chances".
- General Rule for Users: Pure Evil Proposals cannot be made by random users. Proposals will be allowed only for users with at least five months of activity and 500+ contributions to Villains Wiki. If a Pure Evil proposal is created by users below this criteria, the proposal will be immediately deleted. You can still save them in your own profile and wait until the day you meet the two needed criteria.
- 2 Weeks of Waiting: It's a common sense you have to think in other users of this wiki. Proposing a villain from a fictional work that was just released is forbidden for giving illegal spoilers of said work. The user will have to wait 2 weeks to propose a villain from the fairly new work. If you don't want to wait 2 weeks to write your proposal then post it in your profile and wait the deadline to expire. Blogposts with such content will be deleted immediately.
- Reasons for Vote: Simple yes/no votes will be invalid for lacking real context or proof the user actually read the proposal to come to a solid conclusion. Anyone, including veteran users, MUST put a reason for their votes.
- Limit of Active Proposals: Only 10 Pure Evil Proposals will be active to be voted each 2 days in the red table. Don't bother other admins into forcing them to introduce your proposal in the red board. Any further attempt to force the admins to put your proposal up will result in a block.
- Insults: The Pure Evil category is NOT a badge of honor, so don't insult other villains because they were rejected or if you don't agree they are not Pure Evil simply because they are not "good" enough for you. Adding such offensive comments will result in a ban.
- Exploitation Villains: Villains from exploitation works that exist for the sole purpose of giving shock-value, torture porn and senseless gore elements will NOT be acceptable in PE Proposals and will be deleted immediately for obvious reasons. Don't make admins and MODs repeat themselves the obvious that was stated countless times by now.
- No Canonical Timeline: Villains originated from works with 0% of canon story where there is basically no storyline, only random episodes with different kinds of plots and timelines, will be immediately rejected for lacking Heinous Standard to work with. Examples: Sponge Bob, South Park and Family Guy.
- Voting for Completed Proposals: Voting in Pure Evil Proposals that are already finished to counter the winning votes (be they approved or rejected) is forbidden and your commentary will be deleted immediately. There is a time for everything, if you think the candidate doesn't count then bring it to a Pure Evil Removal Proposal.
- Sockpuppet Vote: Using sockpuppets accounts to vote in Pure Evil Proposals will be considered a violation not only to the PE proposals' rules but also to the wiki itself. The result of the usage of sockpuppet accounts will result in the infinite ban of the sockpuppet account and a month block for your original user's account.
- Limit of Pure Evil Proposals: Users will have a limit to propose villains per week. You will have 5 times to propose your candidates in a week. If you cross more than 5 times your future proposals will be deleted unless you create them in a sub-page of your profile where you will have to wait the week to end to propose your candidate.
- We are NOT TV Tropes: Don't bring the name of TV Tropes or other websites' arguments here to help you further in your proposals, be it for approval or removal. Such things as "because TV Tropes said so...", "they're approved in TV Tropes" or "they’re not approved in TV Tropes" will be considered an invalid argument.
- No Votes for New Users: To counteract the use of excessive sockpuppetry and meatpuppetry, new users are not allowed to make or vote on proposals unless they have been making active edits for at least a month. The number of edits has to be above 300+.
- False Information: It has become very clear some users are writing false information in proposals to "boost" the votes of other users and to push the PE candidate into the category without any debate. The introduction of fake acts and evil deeds in the proposal will result in the immediate deletion of the proposal and 3 days of block to the user.
- Knowledge: To make a Pure Evil proposal, you need to be familiar with the work you are proposing to have complete knowledge of what is truly happening in the work. Writing a proposal without any knowledge of what you are doing will result in inaccurate information. There will be no punishment for these kinds of mistakes (unless repeated more than three times) but the proposal will be deleted immediately.
- Non-PE Villains: Removal Proposals will be forbidden for villains that are not even marked as Pure Evil in this wiki for obvious reasons. If noticed, the proposal will be deleted immediately. There will be no punishment for these kinds of mistakes (unless repeated more than three times).
- Flanderization: Proposals that are clearly just trying to beef up / exaggerate a character's actions to easily push them into the Pure Evil category will also be considered as texts carrying false information and will be deleted immediately when noticed and in 3 days of block to the user. Remember that proposals should be neutral and personal emotions should be put aside.
- Category Removal: In response to the high numbers of villains added to Pure Evil category, not all current articles under PE need a Rejection Proposal unless they are already Approved considering the category has been abused for years and the security was very low before the new PE system. In case you think a villain that was not proposed / debated is under PE and not fit to be in the category, you can inform an admin to remove the category explaining the reasons. Removing the category without informing an admin will result in you receiving a warning from the Mods or admins. A standard block of a day will be added and will increase over time if the user continues to remove the category without permission or knowledge of an admin.
- Proper Length: To enforce quality control, proposals must be of substantial length to be considered acceptable for voting (e.g. "What have they done?" sections must be at least a few paragraphs long). Proposals that aren't long enough will not be added to the notifications boxes until they are expanded.
- Copy-Pasting: Proposals must be written in your own words from scratch. Copying information from articles on this wiki and pasting it into sections of your proposal is (unless you wrote the articles yourself) lazy and not how proposals are meant to be written. Proposals like this will not be added to the notifications boxes until they are fixed. Furthermore, outright plagiarism from other sites will not be tolerated, and will result in you being instantly removed from the Permissions list and your proposal being deleted.
- Proposals Need Enough Votes: In order to judge the final consensus for proposals fairly, proposals that are either stuck at a tie or have less than three votes will be extended until there is a tie-breaker or three or more votes at minimum.