This page will act as a basic style guide for editing and creating articles. Aside from special cases, all the requirements and rules found on this page must be followed. As such, users will need to read and familiarize themselves with the following in order to contribute to articles.
If followed correctly, this manual will act as guidelines to maintain and organize articles in a way that would harmonize the basic layout of each page and eliminate dispute between users regarding the content. The information below should not be added to or altered without proper consensus. Any questions, suggestions or complaints regarding these rules can be placed in the Talk Page.
Regarding Canonical Characters: Any character from Berserk, whether it be from the manga, merchandise, anime, films, or video games, may be permitted to have their own character page if they apply to the following:
Must be involved in the storyline. If the character did not interact with anyone or say anything (including events in the past, future or other dimensions), they do not deserve their own page.
Has been referred to by name. Characters who were featured, but not given names belong in the Unnamed Characters section.
Has appeared in the story for a significant amount of time. In the case of manga, a character who's only appeared or mentioned in a few panels and is not relevant to the current plot, is more than likely not permitted. Characters such as this go in the Minor Characters section. This of course may change if the character is mentioned or brought back again in a later part of the story.
Regarding Off-series Characters:
This includes any characters featured in Kentaro Miura's other works not related to Berserk. These characters may have their own pages if:
They are one of the main protagonists/antagonists of their story.
They are a fictional character. In other words, characters that existed in real-life like Götz von Berlichingen do not apply.
Some exceptions may be made, depending on the importance of the character. If there is enough controversy, characters can be discussed in the Articles Section of the Forums.
Any Location may have it's own page as long as it has:
A name that was stated at some point in the series
Enough information in it regarding it's layout and relevance to the story.
Real life places do not apply, unless they differ significantly in the story. Otherwise, linking to their Wikipedia article is preferred.
These are other pages that can be created:
Groups (Must have canonical name)
Items that serve a purpose in the series and are related to the series
Being an English based Wiki, all edits on articles are expected to be done in English. (The only exception being names written in the original Japanese, placed next to their English counterparts using the Nihongo Template.) This applies to forum posts, blogs or talk pages as well, though User Message Walls are allowed. If a users second language is English and they are not apprised of correct grammar and sentence structure we can only ask that you have someone check over your edits before or after posting them. Edits that are illegible in English will unfortunately have to be deleted. For those wishing to edit in other languages, several other Berserk Wiki's can be found at the very bottom of the Main Page.
Note: To be more specific, this wiki will be using American English . This will help prevent misconception and conflict between users.
Trivia should be legit, interesting facts that don't belong in any other section, though are still relevant to the article. Information from Pop Culture is permitted, but fan speculation should be generally avoided. Well-known and credible theories are acceptable, however (EX: Void possibly being the holy man that destroyed Gaiseric).
The talk page is for conversations regarding maintenance and article correctness only. General conversations, questions and speculations are to be only placed in forums.
Quotes can be placed at the start of a character's page, given they have something unique to say.
A quote in a character page's quotes section should reflect a character's personality, and would typically not have been said by another person given the same situation.
Speculation & Spoilers
In general, do not add speculation or ambiguous information to the article pages. Predictions of future events or theories should be avoided, though are allowed in forum, blog or user pages. While certain types of information may be permitted given enough evidence, any that instigate some form of controversy that can not be resolved are not.
Speculation about a character's origins, such as a historical person or location being the inspiration of or holding strong similarities to a character in Berserk is the only exception and must be included in the Trivia section only.
Spoilers constitute any information unconfirmed by an official source.
Spoilers of unreleased chapters should be avoided until they are officially released.
Spoilers of unreleased anime episodes (including Opening and Ending songs) should be avoided until they are officially released or already shown (such as in a "Next Episode Preview"). Currently, this is the Friday of every week. (7:30 PDT)
Any other Berserk-related information requires evidence in the form of a visual representation or link to a reputable source.
For the most part, only the manga and works written by Kentaro Miura established in the storyline are considered canon. Examples of canon information include the manga, art books, interviews, or possible one-shots.
Non-canon information includes anime, games, and movies.
Non-canon information can be posted on articles, however, it must be labeled as non-canon and separated from canon information.
If there is a discrepancy between sources, remember that Original Manga <- Artbooks <- Interviews <- Anime <- Scanlators (depending on the reliability of the scanlator) <- English Dubs (Such as Viz and Crunchyroll). (Original manga is the best source to use, then artbooks, etc.)
Errors in statistics and dates are prevalent in the series, so decisions are based on most recent, but also consistent information. (Creating a difference between retcons and one-time inaccuracies.)
The Berserk Wiki has several words that should be capitalized when used in articles. These include:
In-Universe: The synopsis/history section of all articles should be written as if they are set in the Berserk Universe. Phrases such as "In XX episode" or "In Part XX" should generally be avoided.
There is only one format to be used on the site, which a simple paragraph format. The formats of other styles including tiered or numbered styles are too complex and prone to disorder and are not supported here.
Please refrain from adding ambiguous content to the articles. While there is possibly more reason to believe where the information is going to lead, until confirmed it is not supported. In other words while we as users may have a reason to logically believe where a story is going or what someone in the story will do, we in fact do not know until it has happened.
Videos uploaded and added to articles should be relevant and help highlight concepts pertaining to the article. Videos should only be uploaded to articles written in Real-World Perspective, including:
Video Game Articles
Generally anything in the Media section of the Navigation bar above
When adding to articles in Berserk Wiki, all new information should be referenced with proper citations. Though most sources should come from the manga, other sources such the anime, artbooks, and interviews of Kentaro Miura himself are permitted.
How to cite:
To cite content, simply add these to the end of the information that needs citing, supplying the the appropriate info. The names of chapters can be found here.
For Manga: <ref>''Chapter #: [[Chapter Name]]'' P. #</ref>
E.g. <ref>''Chapter 75 (Manga): [[Advent]]''</ref>
For Anime: <ref>''Episode 1: [[Episode Name]]''</ref>
For Artbooks: <ref>''Artbook: [[Artbook Name]]'' P. #</ref>
For outside links: <ref>[URL name of article or site]</ref>
E.g. <ref>[https://www.google.com Google]</ref>>
For anything else: <ref>''Reference here''</ref>
When multiple pieces of information share the same reference use:
<ref name="Name">Manga: Chapter 1, P.1</ref>
The name can be anything, but should be relevent to the reference. if referencing a chapter, <ref name="C#"> is typically used, with # being the chapter number.
If the page doesn't already have one, include <references/>. This is where the references using the ref tag will appear.
Information added to the Wiki should typically be phrased in the user's own words and not copy/pasted from other sites unless the original owner is properly credited.