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Counterparts are characters from other animated franchises each of whom is comparable to the character on whose character page s/he is listed.

Character pages themselves are comparable to biographies of living persons and therefore must be factually correct and, when necessary, supported by verifiable sources.[1] Thus, the only section of a character page that is open to imagination and creativity is the Counterparts section, to which this policy applies.

The following is official policy at Scratchpad.

Rules regarding Counterpart sections

Quantity 
There is no limit to the number of counterparts that may be listed on a character’s character page, so long as those added satisfy the rest of the rules outlined here.
Gender 
Counterparts of either gender are allowed. But, female counterparts and male counterparts must be listed in separate sections (e.g., Girl version and Boy version).
Personality 
Counterparts must have strongly similar temperament and personality to the character on whose character page they appear. For example: Good guys (“heroes”) are matched to other good guys; bad guys (“villains”) are matched to other bad guys.
However, you may create an “opposites” section. For example: Bad guys would be listed as anti-counterparts to good guys in a Villains section.[2]
Deletion 
You may never delete counterparts from a character page, no matter how much you may dislike them.[3] Scratchpad is a collaborative environment. There are two exceptions to this rule:
  1. Gender
    • If an oppositely gendered character is listed in the counterparts section, it must be moved to the correct gender’s section as soon as you become aware of it. For example, a female listed in the counterparts section of a male’s character page must be moved to the female section.
  2. Temperament/Personality
    • If an inappropriately tempered character is listed in the counterparts section, it must be moved to the correct section as soon as you become aware of it.
Examples
  • A villain listed in the counterparts section of a hero’s character page must be moved to the Villains section.
  • An old, aged counterpart listed on a young character’s page must be removed.
  • A penniless counterpart listed on a wealthy character’s page must be removed.
  • A physically weak counterpart listed on a physically strong character’s page must be removed.
  • and so on …
Warnings 
Character pages are not the same as one’s personal parody pages. Character pages are the result of the collaborative effort of many Scratchpad contributors. Therefore, you must never add warnings of any sort to a character page the purpose of which is to discourage the contributions of other editors. Such warnings would only be redundant as they would offer nothing more than is already contained in this policy. The only exception would be the insertion of the {{Counterparts policy}} template at the start of the counterparts section on a character page.

Template for counterpart sections

As a reminder to people that this policy applies, insert the {{Counterparts policy}} template at the very start of a character page’s counterparts section. If there is more than one counterparts section insert the template at the start of each.

When placed at the top of a character page’s counterparts section, {{Counterparts policy}} produces the following:

This template will categorize into Category:Counterpart sections, monitored.

References

  1. For example, a verifiable source would be necessary were one article contributor to challenge another over the accuracy of text added to a character page.
  2. Be aware that characters may have many personality traits in addition to good/bad, hero/villain. These may include: vain, pompous, strong/weak, old/young, etc., etc.
  3. Obviously, duplicates may be deleted with this edit summary: duplicate.

See also