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Add {{In-universe}} to an article to tag it as needing this maintenance. {{In-universe|date=October 2023}}

Parameters and categories

The template supports the following optional parameters:

if present, the parameter |section will change the opening wording from "This article describes a work ..." to "This section describes a work ..."
the subject as in "This ____-related article". The subject can be formatted as a wikilink to an article or WikiProject.
if present, described_object replaces "a work or element of fiction".
the cleanup category in which you wish to place the article, in the form [[Category:{{category}} articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction]]. For example, specifying "category=anime and manga" will place the article in Category:Anime and manga articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction.

Standard usage of parameters to sort into existing categories:

  • {{In-universe|subject = anime and manga|category = anime and manga|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = animation|category = animation|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = comics|category = comics|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Discworld|category = Discworld|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Dungeons & Dragons|category = Dungeons & Dragons|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = film|category = film|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = book|category = literature|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Star Trek|category = Star Trek|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Star Wars|category =Star Wars|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Sopranos|category = Sopranos|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = television|category = television|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Three Kingdoms|category = Three Kingdoms|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Middle-earth|category = Tolkien|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Transformers|category = Transformers|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = video game|category = video game|date = October 2023}}
  • {{In-universe|subject = Warhammer|category = Warhammer 40,000|date = October 2023}}

An example of a category that needs improvement:


This template will categorise tagged articles into Category:Articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction, or a dated subcategory thereof.

Tracking categories

See also

Other plot- and fiction-related templates
Other trivia-related templates
General trivia
{{Trivia}} – Suggests relocation of the relevant details in a trivia section, to another section (or article).
{{Trivia section}} – Same as above, but goes at the top of the trivia section, rather than the top of the article.
Relevance and importance
{{Off topic}} – For a section that has wandered from the topic of the article
{{Content}} – For an article or section containing information whose relevance is disputed.
{{Importance section}} – For a section with information that is simply off-topic for the article, and needs removal or relocation to another article.
{{Importance inline}} – For a particular item that is off-topic needs removal or relocation to another article.
{{Refexample}} – For an article or section with poorly cited examples.
{{Better source example}} – For a particular instance of a poorly cited example.
{{Relevance inline}} – For a particular item that doesn't seem to belong in the context at all.
{{Non sequitur}} – For a namedropping of someone or something the relevance of which may not be clear to the reader.
Excessive detail
{{Overly detailed}} – For excessive focus on minute details not of interest to our general readership.
{{Summarize section}} – For sections that are too detailed and need to be summarized.
{{Example farm}} – For excessive use of examples.
{{Too many see alsos}} – For an indiscriminate "See also" section, most of which should be pruned or integrated into the prose.
Topical trivia
{{In popular culture}} – For excessive "popular culture" and "media references" sorts of material.
{{Fiction trivia}} (or {{In-universe}}) – For too many trivial fictional references (or too much "in-universe" detail).
{{Long plot}}, {{All plot}} – For excessively detailed plot summaries.
{{Cleanup book}}, {{Cleanup film}} – For excessive detail about particular types of works (other than plot and fictional or in-universe issues).
{{Game trivia}} – For too much gaming-related trivia.
{{MOSLOW}} – For list that does not follow the Manual of Style for lists of works, e.g. not in chronological order
{{Cleanup university}}, {{Cleanup school}} – For excessive detail about an educational institution.
{{Famous}} – For an indiscriminate list of "famous" people associated in some way with a topic.
{{Localist}} – For local-interest trivia that is unverifiable or otherwise unencyclopedic.
List cleanup
{{Prose}} – Suggests converting into prose a section that consists of a list.
{{Cleanup list}} – For indiscriminate lists that need reduction.
{{List to table}} – For use where a table would be better than a list.