The True Blood Wiki Manual of Style is a collection of guidelines and rules of thumb that are designed to set a rough standard for the appearances of all articles.

Remember that while the wiki was created for True Blood fans, by True Blood fans, True Blood fans are not going to be the only ones to always access it. New fans to the series will find the wiki, and therefore, with them possessing no prior knowledge of the series, it becomes imperative that each article be written in a concise and consistent style that fully elaborates on each individual topic.

Although style is generally not considered the most important factor in the writing of an article, it is an important factor in the writing of good articles (or even the perfect article (See The Perfect Article), towards the end of this document). The manual of style is designed to make articles easier to read and comprehend, to make articles better organized and easier to edit.

Above all, realize that these rules are not set in stone! They are considered guidelines for making an article appear more attractive to the reader, and to make them easier to work with. If you think you have a better way of writing your article, by all means go ahead and be bold! Copy-editing archivists will come along later and start the weeding process, and rework pages to better conform to the guide if necessary. Better yet, add your own idea on this page as an additional option for adding style to an article.

(However, please don't remove existing guidelines, just add your own new ones.)

If you're looking for information on how to write an article using wikia's new "Visual Editor", please see how to edit a page for instructions. As that article is more about how to use the Visual Editor, this article is concerned about how to use wiki markup, as well as the when, where, and why of using specific markup. Please also read the Guide to Layout for suggestions on how to organize your article that ensures consistency and uniformity throughout.

In all cases, examples of styles will be indented from the main margin for emphasis.

Referencing the Unknown

As new fans finding the wiki probably won't be familiar with the True Blood cast, crew and other items of interest, a link to the character or object in question must be rendered in its entirety during its first initial usage. In other words, don't shorten their redirects. Use the character/object's entire name.

For example, let's say you are building an article on a new episode. Starting the article to read Bill is a vampire from Bon Temps. He went to Fangtasia, a nightclub in Shreveport that is owned by Eric and Pam. Bill had a blast. is completely ambiguous. While fans of the series may know who Bill, Eric and Pam are, a newcomer more than likely won't.

For the purpose of encyclopediacizing the article, rewrite the article as follows:

Bill Compton is a vampire from Bon Temps, Louisiana. He went to Fangtasia, a nightclub in Shreveport, Louisiana that is owned by Eric Northman and Pamela Swynford de Beaufort. Bill had a blast. The second, and all subsequent occurrence of "Bill" are completely acceptable to use alone, as the reader now knows the author is referring to "Bill Compton".


If an infobox (or sidebar) is used on a page, it should be the first item on the page. It should start on the very first line of the page. Infobox templates should be used in their entirety, even if certain information may not currently be available for a certain character or cast member. This is in the event that information may be added later, if it available. Attributes should fall beneath the template's introductory tag, and should contain a " " (space) between the "|" (bar) and the name of the attribute. All similar pages should possess the same infobox. All characters must possess the character infobox, all cast members must possess the cast member infobox, etc. For a list of page categories and appropriate infobox listings, see below.

Attribute Usage

All attributes should be copied and pasted into the template, even if information isn't currently available for a character. This gives users the ability to easily insert the information, should it become available.


Locations used within a sidebar on a cast member's page should include the city, state, and country for American cast members, and province, country for international cast members. For example, use:

San Francisco, California, USA or Okinawa, Japan

All locations used within the first paragraph should eliminate the country (USA) for American entries only.


Birthdates used within a sidebar on a cast member's page should utilize the "Birth date and age" template using the following template:

{{Birth date and age|YYYY|MM|DD}}

All birthdates used within the first paragraph should be written out in longhand, in an Americanized format:

born January 1, 1900 (in City, State or country, when known)

List of Infoboxes

There are 16 individual infoboxes on the True Blood wiki. You can view examples of them all by going here: User:Adamantoise/Sandbox/Infobox.

Introducing an article

Expressing the main topic

At the beginning of every article, the title or subject of that article should be bold in the first line. Even though the article title is already listed, it is useful to emphasize the article's subject for the reader. (Don't forget to also use italicized text when necessary. See Manual of Style/Titles below for further information.)

"Sookie Stackhouse is the main protagonist on the HBO original series True Blood."

Alternate topic names

If the subject of the article has more than one name, each new form of the name should be in bold on its first appearance.

"'''Tara Mae Thornton''', also known as '''Tara Thornton''' or '''Tara Mae'''..."
"'''Sookie Stackhouse''', also known by her nickname "'''Sook'''"..."

Establishing context

Articles should be introduced in an encyclopedia tone. In most cases, it is useful to establish context in the first line or two of the article.

"'''May Be the Last Time'''" is the seventh episode of the [[Season 7|seventh]] and final season of the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]'', and the seventy-seventh episode overall.
'''Alcide Herveaux''' is a [[werewolf]] biker on the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]''.

Pronoun appositives

Pronoun appositives are generally preferred.

'''Nancy Crabtree''', the mother of [[Sarah Newlin]] and [[Amber Mills]], is a character on the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]''.

Preposition usage

Because the wiki will be read by old fans and new fans alike, in an effort to encylopdiacize each page, each article's introduction needs to mention what it is "on the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]''". Yes, it's rhetoric, but each article must be able to read as a standalone article. Therefore, it is imperative that its usage be defined with regards to the series.

"on [[True Blood]]", "in [[True Blood]]", "on the series [[True Blood]]", and "in the series [[True Blood]]" are all entirely different. "on the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]''" is the preferred usage. Saying "ON the episode IN the season" if preferred after the first initial usage.
Use the following:
    • ON the episode
    • IN the Season
    • ON the subsequent episode
    • IN the series'
    • IN a flashback

In order to achieve consistent and uniform preposition usage throughout article introductions, we must be sure that their usage is consistently maintained by using the same prepositional phrases to describe each page.


There are rare cases when preposition order changes must be slightly altered to achieve a cohesive flow to the text. An example occurs when "on the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]'' must become "of the [[HBO]] original series ''[[True Blood]]'' when referring to definitions and certain exclusions.

Characters and Actors

Any information contained in the sidebar is not considered a replacement for that same information appearing in the body of the text. As such, please ensure that all information found in a sidebar is also contained in the main article.


During the introduction, the second sentence on a character page should generally read "Played by American (or correct nationality) (starring, co-starring, guest starring, special guest starring) actress (or "actor") and the character name. The information is slightly rewritten on cast member pages, leaving out the initial reference to the character importance. The last sentence generally includes the descriptor title, as in


Abbreviations should be avoided whenever possible, unless they they are included in official sources. Please note that it is best to spell out words as best as possible.

"HBO instead of Home Box Office"
"A promotional flier released by HBO says Fangtasia's address is "444 Industrial Dr." Dr. is acceptable for its official usage, but Drive is preferred."

Table of Contents

The Table of Contents should be added by default, to ensure consistency. It should be added by inserting the Table of Contents template: "__TOC__" one space below the last line of the introduction, and directly above the page's first header.

Headlines and Sections

To create a new section in an article, surround the text with two or more == (equal signs). Do not simply make text bold!

When you include a header for a section, you don't need to include an extra line between the header and the next paragraph – that is automatically included by the MediaWiki software. If you find an article with such spaces, they should be removed. Also, a space before and after the header name is generally not preferred.

Example: ==Example header==
Text is directly under header layout.

The wiki engine will automatically create a table of contents based on the headers in an article.

Capitalization within headers

In all cases, you should capitalize the first word and all proper nouns of the header, and leave all other words lowercase. The only place this does not apply is on episode and movie articles. These pages have their own unique format with all of the words capitalized. In addition, all words should be spelled out and not use numerals (such as "Fourth season" rather than "4th season") except when a proper title (such as "Season 4" or "Area 9").

Example: ==Example header for True Blood Wiki's Manual of Style==

Links used within a header

Avoid using links in headers. Not only are they discouraged, depending on the browser's default settings, some users may not be able to see the links properly. It is much more useful to place the appropriate link in the first sentence after the header.

Header Layouts throughout the page

Each category of articles (Characters, Episodes, etc.) possesses a standard layout of all sections included (For Episode pages: Summary, Synopsis, Trailer, Notes, Memorable Quotes, Memorable Dialogue, etc.) and all articles within that category should follow the same standards. By keeping the layout of all categorized sections the same, we can guarantee consistency and uniformity throughout the entire wiki.


There are minor exceptions to this rule. Certain pages which "stand alone" require a completely different set of headers in order to convey the intended message. No matter what, header layouts on noncategorized sections must be organized in a cohesive manner typical of the wiki standards set forth in this guide.

Please read the Guide to Layout near the end of this document for suggestions on how to organize your article that ensures consistency and uniformity throughout.

Benefits of marking headers

  • Sections can be automatically numbered for users with that preference set,
  • A table of contents is generated from the different sections,
  • Sections can be edited separately,
  • Words in headers are given greater weight in searches,
  • Headlines help readers by breaking up the text and outlining the article,
  • Visually-impaired users may be using software which begins by giving a summary of the article, built from the heading tags.


It's important to nest headers properly, mainly for the same reasons listed above. Use them in order – H2, H3, H4, ... The top-level heading of every page is H1 – the article title itself. When designing a page, the H1 header should never be used within a page's layout. Viewing the table of contents listing will give you a good clue as to how good the organization of your article is.


Even when nesting, layout standards must be consistent with the standards laid out above. This helps ensure consistency and uniformity throughout the entire wiki, as well as providing the basis for a well defined table of contents.

Please read the Guide to Layout near the end of this document for suggestions on how to organize your article that ensures consistency and uniformity throughout.

Paragraphs and Formatting

Inexperienced writers have a tendency towards "run on" paragraphs. Some of these may number dozens of lines and many column inches without a break. This makes the articles difficult to read as everything seems to flow together. It also makes it tough to quickly skim articles for data points.

A good paragraph, grammatically speaking, is two to five sentences in length on average. It covers one thought or idea or piece of information. Any time there is a change in the thought, idea, or piece of information, there should also be a paragraph change.

When formatting paragraphs, adding an empty line between paragraphs looks better in the articles than the traditional "paragraph indent" on the first line. It makes for a more definite "break point" visually, and allows the reader to more easily see that they are reading a new paragraph at that point.

As an example of what NOT to do, here's everything just typed as one big block (the way many articles tend to be done):

Inexperienced writers have a tendency towards "run on" paragraphs. Some of these may number dozens of lines and many column inches without a break. This makes the articles difficult to read as everything seems to flow together. It also makes it tough to quickly skim articles for data points. A good paragraph (grammatically speaking) is 2-5 sentences in length on average. It covers one thought or idea/piece of information. Any time there is a change in the thought/idea/piece of information, there should also be a paragraph change. When formatting paragraphs, adding an empty line between paragraphs looks better in the articles than the traditional "paragraph indent" on the first line. It makes for a more definite "break point" visually, and allows the reader to more easily see that they are reading a new paragraph at that point.

Title style

This section contains guidelines for presentation of titles of things referred to within True Blood articles. For guidelines relating to the naming of True Blood articles, see Naming Conventions below.

Italic titles

You should use italics for titles of books, movies, television series, and the names of magazines. Italic markup consists of two single quotes, both before and after the italicized text. In general, if the title is also a link, you can put the italic markup outside the brackets. As a rule of thumb, remember that italics are used for the titles of larger works.

"Quoted" titles

Use "quotes" for the titles of individual episodes of television shows, short stories, articles, songs, and poems. There is no special markup needed for quotes - just use the double-quote key both before and after the quoted text. In general, if the title is also a link, you should put the quotes outside the brackets. As a rule of thumb, remember that double quotes are used for the titles of smaller works.

  • "Strange Love", "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" – note that for episode links, the template {{ep|SxNo}} should be used, which automatically adds the quotation marks. "ep" is the episode template, "S" is the season and "No" is the two digit episode number.
    • {{ep|1x01}}, {{ep|2x12}}

Titles with trailing descriptors

(Parenthesized) extensions are not required and are generally frowned upon. They should only be used when more than one item with the same name exists, each of a different nature.

"Jeremy_(vampire)" is redundant when the series only contains one Jeremy. In this case "Jeremy" is perfect


Ambiguity may sometimes exist when referring to a character in which more than one character of the same name exists. For this reason a Disambiguation page must be created. Disambiguation pages are only created when a title could refer to multiple topics.

Tara is a disambiguation page leading you to click on either Tara Buck or Tara Mae Thornton

Disambiguation pages must be laid out in a similar manner.

Page Name may refer to
* [[Page 1 Name]], consistent description
* [[Page 2 Name]], consistent description

List style

Purpose of lists

Lists on True Blood Wiki have three main purposes:

  • Information: The list can be a valuable source of information, especially for overviews or structured lists. For example, list can be grouped chronologically, alphabetically, or by theme.
  • Navigation: For articles that serve as a general introduction to a category, navigational lists are also very useful. This can serve the reader in cases where he is just randomly browsing, or if he is searching for a specific article.
    • Examples: All episode guides
  • Development: Lists can also be very useful in stub articles, where lists can be used to outline missing information that needs to be added.

Lists of related topics are also very useful at the end of an article, to help those readers who are interested in learning more about a given subject.

List Styles

There are three basic ways of presenting lists on True Blood Wiki:

Title and Bullet style or Vertical style

The format is:

==Title of list==
* Example 1
* Example 2
* Example 3

This style is useful for long lists (such as episode guides) and for lists of entries which include both a link and explanatory text. In the latter case, you might want to put the link in bold before the explanatory text. Subtitles and subsections in lists are also very useful.

The title style is most useful because it is automatically included in the table of contents that are generated by the wiki software.

Streamlined style or horizontal style

The format is:

Title of list: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3

The style requires less space on the page, and is preferred if there are only a few entries in the list, it can be read easily, and can be used where a direct edit point is not required.


The use of tables for listing content is generally discouraged because of the complexity of the wiki code. However, by the same token tables are also useful because they allow content to be more carefully organized in presentation. In these latter cases, the table format is considered ideal.

For more information, see Help:Table markup.

Table style

Listed below are examples of "standard" tables used throughout the site. If you want to implement a new table on a page, see if you can use one of the existing ones. If not, please suggest another way of table formatting on the talk page, or link to the article in which you created the new table.

Each section below contains a table as an example. If you want to use a table design, simply click on the "edit" link of that section and copy the code.

NOTE - be sure to use the appropriate True Blood Wiki template when creating your tables!

Sidebars for untemplated infoboxes

{| class="wiki-sidebar"<br> |-<br> | class="sb-both" colspan="2" |Map_of_Bon-Temps.jpg|250px<br> |-<br> | class="sb-left" | Heading:<br> | class="sb-right" | Content cell one<br> |-<br> | class="sb-left" | Heading:<br> | class="sb-right" | Content cell two<br> |}

Sidebars are tables that appear at the right side of a page, starting at the top. They are typically about 200 pixels wide and consist of two columns of table cells with a heading in each left cell and content in each right cell.

CSS classes

Use the following CSS classes to style a sidebar:

  • class="wiki-sidebar" for the table
  • class="sb-left" for each left cell
  • class="sb-right" for each right cell
  • class="sb-both" combined with colspan="2" for cells that are supposed to span both columns (used, for example, for images)

Further formatting guidelines

Sidebars should have no, one (at the top) or two (at the top and at the bottom) images. If images are used, they should be resized to be exactly 200 pixels wide. A caption may be attached to the image (see example code by editing this section).


Navigation tables are added at the end of articles, usually to link to other articles regarding a common topic (for example, other episodes of the same season). They are typically implemented via a template.

NOTE - be sure to use the appropriate True Blood Wiki template when creating your tables!


Title of navigation table
Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | ...
(if necessary, more than one table row can be used)

If no further formatting (several table columns with different formatting) is necessary, this navigation table can be used. It is even possible to use more than one column. Inthat case use the additional formatting colspan="X" in the title line, where "X" is the number of columns to be used below.

CSS classes

Use the following CSS class to style a simple navigation table:

  • class="nav-simple" for the table

Dash style

Dashes and hyphens can be used in a number of ways, including to connect words, split sentences, and show a range of numbers. True Blood Wiki has chosen to use the standard hyphen (-) to connect words and for number ranges. Instead of the standard long dash to split sentences, True Blood Wiki has chosen to use the shorter dash in this respect. This is rendered with the &ndash; code, which renders a dash such as –.


When quoting a person in an article, and the quote is at least a full sentence, the quotation should be "italicized and quoted." Quotation marks should reside on the outside of italicized text.

Bill said, "Oh, but you have many other very juicy arteries. There's one in the groin that's a particular favorite of mine."

However, if the quote is just a single word or a sentence fragment, it should not be italicized.

Bill asks Sookie, "What are you?"

For quotes around titles, any punctuation that is not part of the title should follow the quote. Always use the episode template to transclude the episode title into an article.

Bill first debuted in the Season 1 episode {{ep|1x01}}


Bill first debuted in the Season 1 episode "Strange Love".

For uniformity and to avoid problems with the wiki software and the search utility, use straight quotation marks and apostrophes, and avoid curved marks such as the backtick or so-called "smart quotes". Punctuation marks should be placed inside of the quotation marks, unless the quotation marks surround a title (i.e., episode, comic, etc.), as shown in the third example above.

See also

  • Almost all episode listings have a list of Memorable quotes.

Alternate timelines

For "in-universe" articles, alternate timeline information should be distinct from the rest of the information. To allow for this, all references to alternate timeline information should be in italics with no indentation.

If it is clearly stated at the beginning of the article that it is in an alternate timeline, italicizing the entire article is not necessary as there is no need to distinguish it from the "real timeline."

Background information and comments

On occasion, it is necessary or appropriate to include commentary about an unusual or contested point of information in an article. If there is a sufficient amount of information, it should be contained in a separate section, named:


See also


See Manual of Style/Cite your sources for reference formatting.

"See Also"

Informational references to related articles that have not been linked to from free links in the article itself are best handled by the "see also" header.

See Also: Werewolves, Werepanthers (Note that you shouldn't indent the "see also" line in actual use.)

Alternatively, you can use a "See also" section header to list the links in a more explicit fashion as a section of the article:

===See Also===

If an article consists of several sections and a "see also" refers to the entire article, making it a separate section helps emphasize that the links refer to the entire article, rather than simply the last section alone.

Other styles

There are undoubtedly styles that this tutorial does not cover. Although I tried to keep this article simple, consider adding a new section to help new (and old!) readers out in creating styles for articles.

When all else fails, I recommend referring to the "official" resources for styles, such as Wikipedia's Manual of Style, The Chicago Manual of Style or Fowler's Modern English Usage.

Keep it simple

Above all else, you are encouraged to keep your articles simple! Don't try to get too fancy with your markup (like embedding tables within tables). The easier the markup is, the easier it will be for anyone to edit the article later on. Our first goal is to reliably and accurately display the information. The goal of wiki markup is to keep the articles simple and to emphasize the information as much as possible. We prefer content over form!

For this and other reasons, HTML markup should be avoided in most circumstances.

Spelling and style choices

Because True Blood is an American production, True Blood Wiki has chosen to use American spellings of words rather than British spellings. Some examples of the common misspellings have been collected to help you out. Note that this also applies to grammar and usage.

Note that when referring to the beverage, its name is Tru Blood and not True Blood.

When referring to years, use "AD" and "BC" rather than their modern equivalents, "CE" and "BCE." As True Blood does not mention the more modern abbreviations but does make mention of "AD" and "BC", these are what True Blood Wiki has chosen to use. These are not intended as slights in any way at all and have simply been chosen to simplify matters.

In addition, when discussing an item or character of prominence that usually includes the definitive article the (The Sun, The First Taste, etc.) the stylistic choice has been to use "The Sun" or "The First Taste" (capitalizing "the") because the item or character has taken that as his "name." This is also true for other items such as The Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Names that end in "s" or an "s"-sound should not have an "apostrophe s" ('s) added in the possessive form. Names that end in "x" or "z" should have an "apostrophe s" unless they are either silent or sound like an "s".


Be sure to explain jargon when you include it in an article. Not all visitors who read your article will be hard-core fans who already know many of the details of True Blood, so they might not understand all of the terms that the series frequently use.

The simplest way to explain jargon is to create a link to a separate article where that term is explained. For example, rather than explaining what a Vampire is, link to it instead. This way, many articles can all use the same terms and each link to the same single article where that term is explained.

(It would be great if you could also explain the jargon you use to explain the jargon, but that might be pushing it a bit. True Blood Wiki assumes that visitors are at least familiar with the basic technology and settings of the various series, so it's not essential that all jargon be explained.)

Image and Video Galleries



Creating a Gallery


The very last item that should appear on a character or cast member page (with the exception of the Default sort template) should be the Appearances template. While select pages possess a need to possess an Appearances table, others do not. For pages that do not, the page should end with the last paragraph after the page's final header. For pages that do, the Appearances template must be added by adding:

{{Season One Appearances}}
{{Season Two Appearances}}

The template must be "activated" by including the episode in which the object in question (character, cast member, etc.) plays a role. This may be done in two different ways, and the ways may be used in conjunction with one another.

The first method of adding an attribute is by separating each appearance by a "|" and the word yes. The word "yes" must appear in the correct sequence in order for the Appearances order to be accurate.


{{Season One Appearances|yes}} for the first episode.
{{Season One Appearances||yes}} for the second episode.
{{Season One Appearances|||yes}} for the third episode.
{{Season One Appearances|yes||yes}} for the first and third episodes.

The second method of adding an attribute is by typing the number of the episode and the "=yes" attribute. Each episode must be separated by a "|". This method is helpful when adding an episode which falls later in the season's run.


{{Season One Appearances|7=yes}} for the seventh episode.
{{Season One Appearances|8=yes}} for the eighth episode.
{{Season One Appearances|11=yes}} for the eleventh episode.
{{Season One Appearances|10=yes|11=yes}} for the tenth and eleventh episodes.

These methods of adding attributes to the Appearances template may be used in conjunction with one another.


{{Season One Appearances|||yes||yes|10=yes|11=yes}} for the third, fifth, tenth and eleventh episodes.

Special Notes


DefaultSort should technically be the last item on a character or cast member's page. This helps the wiki engine to better categorize the character or cast member's name when displayed on category pages. This is also useful when a character is generally referred to under a different name, and it is desirable for that name to be used when searching for a character or cast member.

To use DefaultSort, type the following directly after the Appearances table:

{{DefaultSort:Last Name, First Name}}, inserting the character or cast members' Last and First names into the appropriate space in the template.

The Perfect Article

The perfect True Blood Wiki article...

  • ...begins with a clear definition of the article's subject. The article needs to explicitly describe the topic in clear and succinct language that gives the reader a clear idea of what the rest of the article will cover. The definition is often an introduction to the subject.
  • ...uses simple and unambiguous language. Although True Blood Wiki is primarily intended for other True Blood fans, it should also be readily accessible for non-fans. This means that jargon should be explained, and the context should be established, to make the setting and background abundantly clear for all readers.
  • long. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but long articles are considered better because they can cover the given topic much more thoroughly. This may not be possible for all articles, of course, because information may not be available for all aspects of the subject. However, where such information is available, it should always be included.
  • well-documented. It's crucial to document references to individual episodes, as well as cite other sources that may be referred to in the course of the article.
  • well-written. This almost always means that the article has gone through many, many revisions to fix small grammar and spelling mistakes, to remove vague language, and to reorganize the text for a more logical progression. Often, the later revisions of the article have very little (if any) resemblance to the original submission.
  • well-structured. The article should begin with a clear introduction, and follow a logical progression of descriptions to thoroughly cover all aspects of the subject. Sections should almost always be used to divide the material into appropriate parts.
  • ...includes contributions from many members. The best articles contain knowledge that has been submitted by a wide range of fans from all across the world, with different perspectives on the material.
  • written in an interesting, engaging style. Long, rambling sentences should be avoided – the goal of every article is to inform and entertain the reader.

...does not exist.

Although these guidelines are useful in helping to define what the perfect article is, we also realize that it is very hard to meet these standards. Perfection may be the True Blood Wiki's goal, but it's not easily reachable. Remember that perfection is not required – we'd much rather have a large number of good articles than just a few perfect articles. It takes a long time to refine and revise any article towards perfection. Spend more time writing good articles, and just keep the ideals of the perfect article in the back of your mind as you contribute.

See also

Perfection is not required

One of the most disconcerting features of the wiki system is its incompleteness. At any given time, there are probably going to be more pages that are in some stage of incompletion than finished, polished articles. And this is a good thing – it means the wiki is expanding!

This may go against common sense – most people are used to seeing web pages as completed, static works that don't change (and probably don't need to change). When writing a page, you may have the urge to make sure the article is finished and polished before you post it. You need to fight that urge! It's better to have a rough, unfinished article that can be refined and revised instead of no article at all.

The key to the lack of perfection is the opportunity for collaboration. You may only post a rough, vague skeleton of an article (or even less, and just a stub), but that's okay, because other True Blood Wiki:archivists can pitch in and add their own ideas. It's like the old cliché goes – two heads are better than one.

And ultimately, this process will attain perfection, because everyone is working together towards a common goal. That goal is just a lot further off than it might seem.

See also

Before you start editing or creating new pages, we encourage you to read through and understand the following documents (if you haven't already):

  • Introduction - a basic primer to what True Blood Wiki is about and where you should look to find the information you need.
  • Be bold in updating pages - a guideline for a basic attitude you should have towards updating articles.
  • How to edit a page - a basic introduction to wiki markup.
  • Naming conventions- is an article on how to properly name articles.

Guide to Layout

Naming Conventions

Category Trees


NOTE: The order in which the categories are listed is the order in which they should be appear on a character's page. If a character is a part of multiple categories, they should be listed in the order in which they appear.

Parents: Categories | True Blood
[−] Characters‎ (41 C, 468 P)
[+] Humans‎ (2 C, 315 P, 41 F)
[×] Demons‎ (4 P)
[+] Faeries‎ (2 C, 30 P, 1 F) (reserved for females)
[+] Fairies‎ (2 C, 21 P, 2 F) (reserved for males)
[×] Halflings‎ (16 P) (used in conjunction with the Faeries/Fairies and Humans Category)
[+] Shapeshifters‎ (1 C, 10 P, 16 F)
[×] Skinwalkers‎ (2 P)
[+] Telepaths‎ (1 C, 29 P) (used in conjunction with Halflings Category)
[+] Vampires‎ (7 C, 127 P)
[×] Werepanthers‎ (8 P, 8 F)
[+] Werewolves‎ (1 C, 28 P, 5 F)
[×] Packmasters‎ (7 P) (used in conjunction with Werewolves Category)
[×] Witches‎ (25 P, 2 F)
[+] Supernatural‎ (11 C, 213 P, 18 F) (used in conjunction with all categories between Demons and Witches)
[×] Fangbangers‎ (33 P) (used in conjunction with Humans and Vampires categories)
[×] Vampire Authority‎ (25 P)
[+] Vampire Hierarchy‎ (1 C, 32 P)
[×] Vampire sheriffs‎ (9 P) (used in conjunction with Vampire Hierarchy Category)
[×] Sanguinista‎ (13 P)
[×] Magical Creatures‎ (15 P) (reserved for species listings)
[×] Royalty‎ (13 P) (used in conjunction with Humans Category)
[+] Antagonists‎ (92 P)
[×] Main Antagonists‎ (9 P) (used in conjunction with Antagonists Category)
[×] Season 1 characters‎ (84 P)
[×] Season 2 characters‎ (61 P)
[×] Season 3 characters‎ (84 P)
[×] Season 4 characters‎ (124 P, 1 F)
[×] Season 5 characters‎ (162 P, 3 F)
[×] Season 6 characters‎ (88 P)
[×] Season 7 characters‎ (86 P)
[×] Stackhouse Family‎ (15 P) (reserved for members of the Stackhouse Family)
[×] Title‎ (17 P) (reserved for special titled characters)
[×] Fangtasia employees‎ (7 P)
[×] Merlotte's Employees‎ (13 P)
[+] Deceased characters‎ (1 C, 205 P)
[×] Destroyed vampires‎ (65 P) (used in conjunction with Deceased characters Category)
[+] Comic Book Characters‎ (1 C, 10 P)
[×] Comic Book Vampires‎ (5 P) (used in conjunction with Comic Book Characters Category)
[×] Unseen characters‎ (22 P) (reserved for characters that aren't seen throughout the series, but are mentioned)

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