Appearance tags constitute a method by which editors can make clarifications about the nature of a subject's addition in an article's "Appearances" section.

Appearances are divided in two categories: major and minor appearances. When a subject makes a major appearance, they either appear physically in the story, or their non-physical appearance is relevant to the plot (like a video call, for instace). Minor appearances consists of when the subject appears in the story but isn't actually present (they might appear in an illusion, a photograph, in a recording, in a statue modelled after their likeness, comatose or as a corpse, for example). Appearances in flashbacks that only recapitulate past events without offering new information are also considered minor.

The following is the format to add an appearance tag as part of an appearance listing:

* {{WRITE TAG HERE|[[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man (Tony Stark)]]}}

An example:

* {{1st|[[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man (Tony Stark)]]}}

The example above will appear displayed like this:

If a subject appears but there is no need to point out anything about the nature of their appearance, simply use the A template:

* {{a|[[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man (Tony Stark)]]}}

In this case, it will appear like this:

If you wish to place more than one tag, place the first one as shown in the first example, and write the rest to the right of the appearance listing:

* {{1st|[[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man (Tony Stark)]]}} {{Flashback}} {{Origin}}

It will appear like this:

For further information on the use and formatting of the tags listed below, click on the links and visit the tags' templates.

Major Appearance Tags

  • A / a - The basic appearance tag. Its only purpose is to automatically generate a category to indicate the presence of a subject in a story, it will not display any actual tags.
  • Apn - The appearance listing will display navigation arrows linking to a subject's previous and next appearance with regards to the story of the article in which they're listed.
  • 1st - Used to indicate that the subject being listed is appearing for the first time
    • It will be displayed like this: (First appearance)
  • 1st Real Name - Used to point out that in this appearance, a subject's real name is being revealed for the first time, either because their real name was unknown until then or because they had only been presented with a false name or an alias
    • It will be displayed like this: (Real name first revealed)
  • 1stas - Used to denote that an established subject is appearing for the first time using a new name or alias.
    • It will be displated like this: (First appearance as TEXT HERE)
  • 1stChron - Used to indicate that it's a subject's first appearance chronologically.
    • It will be displayed like this: (First appearance chronologically)
  • 1stFull - Explains a subject's first full appearance after having previously appeared only partially (shadowed, or on a screen).
    • It will be displayed like this: (First full appearance)
  • 1stHist - Denotes a subject's first historical appearance.
    • It will be displayed like this: (First appearance historically)
  • ApDeath - Points out that a character has seemingly perished. It is to be used only when there's room for uncertainty regarding a character's ultimate fate.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Apparent death)
  • Cameo - Used to indicate that the subject's appearance is a cameo.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Cameo)
  • ChronoFB - When a subject appears in different points of their history throughout a story via flashbacks, this template is used if one wishes to elaborate on the chronology of the flashbacks.
  • Chronology - When a subject appears in different points of their history throughout a story, this template is used if one wishes to elaborate on the chronology of the appearances.
  • Death - Used to signify that a character dies or is shown to die. Even if the character is revealed to have survived in a later story, as long as the author(s) intended for the death to be perceived as genuine, this tag should be used instead of ApDeath.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Death)
  • Defunct - This tag explains that a team or organization becomes defunct in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Defunct)
  • Destroyed - Indicates that an item, location or vehicle appears destroyed in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Destroyed)
  • Destruction - Denotes that an item, location or vehicle is destroyed in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Destruction)
  • Disbands - This tag is used to point out that a team or organization is disbanded in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Disbands)
  • Final - Used to explain that the appearance listed is the subject's final appearance.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Final appearance)
  • Final Dies - This tag denotes that the appearance listed is a character's final appearance, and that they have died as well.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Final appearance; dies)
  • Flashback - This tag denotes that a subjectr appears both in a story's main story and flashback(s).
    • It will be displayed like this: (Main story and flashback)
  • Flashback and Flashforward - Used to indicate that a subject appears in the main story, in flashback(s) and flashforward(s)
    • It will be displayed like this: (Main story, flashback, and flashforward)
  • Flashforward - This tag denotes that a subject appears both in a story's main story and flashforward(s).
    • It will be displayed like this: (Main story and flashforward)
  • FlashforwardOnly - Used to point out that a subject only appears in flashforward(s).
    • It will be displayed like this: (Only in flashforward)
  • FlashOnly - Explains that a subject only appears in flashback(s).
    • It will be displayed like this: (Only in flashback)
  • Ghost - Signifies that a character appears as a ghost.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Ghost)
  • Green / g - This template can be used to create custom tags in order to denote something particular about a subject's appearance without a corresponding pre-existing appearance tag.
    • It will be displayed like this: (CUSTOM TEXT HERE)
  • Joins - Indicates that a character is becoming part of a team or organization under which their appearance is nested.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Joins team)
  • Last - Similar to Final, it's used to signify that the appearance listed is the subject's last appearance.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Last appearance)
  • Leaves - Indicates that a character is leaving a team or organization under which their appearance is nested.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Leaves team)
  • Only - Points out that a subject's appearance is their only appearance ever.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Only appearance)
  • Only Dies - This tag explains that a subject's appearance is their only appearance ever, and that they have died.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Only appearance; dies)
  • OnScreen - Used to signify that the subject appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only. Their appearance must be relevant (e.g. a video-call, a video testimony, an appearance on TV, to name a few examples). For instances in which the character's appearance is akin to a photograph, the template OnScreenOnly should be used instead.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Origin - This tag indicates that a subject's origin is revealed in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Origin revealed)
  • Possessed - Explains that a character is being possessed.
    • It will be displayed like this:
  • PossessedBy - Used to denote character is being possessed, and establishes the possessor's identity.
    • It will be displayed like this:
  • Possesses - Indicates that a character is possessing another, and displays the possesse's name.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Possesses POSSESSEE'S NAME HERE)
  • Rebirth - This tag signifies that a character has been brought back to life.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Rebirth)
  • Recap - Explains that the subject is appearing in both the main story and a recap of past events.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Main story and recap)
  • Repaired - Used to indicate that an item, vehicle or robot has been repaired after destruction.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Repaired)
  • Resurrection - Similarly to Rebirth, this tag denotes that a character has been brought back to life in the story.
  • RevealedAs - Used to denote a character's revelation as somebody or something else different from who or what they were believed to be.
    • It will be displated like this: (Revealed as TEXT HERE)
  • Shadow - This tag explains that the subject is appearing under shadows, a method typically used to conceal the subject's appearance or identity.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Shadow only)
  • Unnamed - Used when the subject appears without a name, usually because its name hadn't been revealed at the time of the story whose appearances are being listed.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Unnamed)

Minor Appearance Tags

  • Minor - The basic minor appearance tag. Its only purpose is to automatically generate a category to indicate the minor presence of a subject in a story, it will not display any actual tags.
  • BTS - This tag is used to indicate that a character's actions off-panel have directly affected the story, but they don't actually appear.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Behind the scenes)
  • Carving - Used the denote that the subject appeared in a carving.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Carving)
  • Corpse - Indicates that a character's corpse is appearing in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Corpse)
  • Drawing - This tag points out that the subject only appeared in a drawing.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Drawing)
  • Dream - Used to denote that the subject only appeared in a character's dream
    • It will be displayed like this: (Dream)
  • Illusion - This tag explains that the subject only appeared as part of an illusion.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Illusion)
  • OnScreenOnly - Used to signify that the subject appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only without any relevance to the story (e.g. a data profile, a holographic portrait, to name a few). For instances in which the relevance of the character's appearance can be compared to an actual physical appearance of the character, the template OnScreen should be used instead.
    • It will be displayed like this: (On-screen)
  • Photo - Denotes that the subject only appears in a photograph.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Photo)
  • Poster - This tag signifies that the subject only appears in a poster.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Poster)
  • RecapOnly - Used to explain that the subject only appears in a recap of past events.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Recap)
  • Statue - This tag points out that the subject's likeness only appeared in a statue.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Statue)
  • Toy - Indicates that the subject only appeared in the form of a toy.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Toy)
  • Vision - Used to signify that the subject only appeared in a vision.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Vision)
  • Voice - This tag is used to indicate that only a character's voice is heard in the story.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Voice)

Others

  • Mentioned - This template generates a Mentioned category, it's used for subjects that don't appear in the story, and are only mentioned.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Mentioned)
  • Invoked - This tag generates the same category as Mentioned, but is used to specify that the subject was mentioned in the context of an invocation, usually for religious, magical or spiritual purposes.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Invoked)
  • Deceased - Used in conjunction with Mentioned, this tag denotes that a character has been mentioned in the context of their death.
    • It will be displayed like this: (Deceased)
  • Topical Reference - Used either for an appearance or a mention, this tag indicates that the appearance or the mention of the subject should be considered a topical reference.
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