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Perspective

This wiki is written in an "in-universe" perspective. Any "out-of-universe" info or "real world perspective" info is written in an article’s Background Information, unless the article is referring to something in the real world, such as the articles for Adam West or Keith David. Articles such as those should be marked with a "Real world perspective" template.

Articles

Creating a new article from scratch can be a very daunting task. To help you get started, we have provided templates to use as guidelines for you to copy and paste into article.

Articles should have the following elements:

  • Incomplete articles should be given the stub template.
  • The first appearance of the articles title within the text should be in bold type.
  • Words that are themselves titles of additional articles should be linked.
  • If using a quote use one of the following:
* Template:Quote
* Template:Cquote
  • Internal links add to the cohesion and utility of The SuperFriends Wiki by allowing readers to deepen their understanding of a topic by conveniently accessing other articles. These links should be included where it is most likely that readers might want to use them; for example, in article leads, the beginnings of new sections, table cells, and image captions.
  • There are various ways of writing 'SuperFriends', but for the purposes of this wiki in order to have uniformity, all instances of the word 'SuperFriends' should be spelled thusly.
- Michael Mogg, founder
  • Tense: Plot summaries on individual episode pages are written in present-tense narrative. This should be maintained unless obvious years or past events are mentioned.
  • Shorter articles not needing a stub template should contain a short bio and a picture of object, etc.
Adapted from Wikipedia


Character Articles

Generally, any character or any guest character with a name qualifies to have their own page.

A character article should contain the following sections in order:

  • Heading: If Character is a ‘SuperFriends’ or ‘Legion of Doom’ team member place appropriate heading above main bio page as follows:
(Copy and Paste as you see it)
  • <h3>'''[[Justice League of America | SuperFriends]] Team Member'''</h3>
  • <h3>'''[[Legion of Doom]] Team Member'''</h3>
  • Using Character Template: The Infobox should only contain canon information, i.e., information stated or seen on-screen, or confirmed off-screen. For instance, the ‘voice-actors name’, if known.
  • Please use appropriate Character Infobox:
  • Intro Section: No title necessary. This intro section serves as an introduction. Limit to one to two sentences summarizing who the article is about. Unknown information or non-canon information should be relegated to the notes section and cited accordingly. Listing the voice-actors name is not necessary.
  • History: If history of character is known (from what has been revealed on screen only) put that info here and fill it out accordingly. Also, be clear about who the alias is, etc.
  • Background Information: this section is for out-of-universe information, or continuity information from continuity-related shows here. These types of shows can be found listed on our page: SuperFriends in Other Media. This section is also a perfect place to add history of character from the DC Universe (specifically Earth-One). This section may be omitted where no information exists.
  • Powers & Abilities: List appropriate powers and special abilities in a bulleted list. This section may be omitted if the character has no special powers or abilities.
  • If known – Weakness: List appropriate weaknesses in a bulleted list
  • Episode Appearances: List them in a in a bulleted list. If necessary use the following template: Template:Scroll box
  • Notes: Place any other facts known about character here. For example: history of character, creators, etc.
  • Team member info section: no title necessary
  • If SuperFriends member use the following Infobox:
  • If Legion of Doom Member member use the following Infobox:
  • External Links: If needed, have a section for any links to well-known fan sites, or other sites with information on the character.
  • Appearances in Other Media: If character has known counterparts in other media place a few in this section, using the following templates (in this order):
Repeat if necessary.

Episodes

Each episode is to have its own information in this order:

  • Infobox template: The following template should appear at the top of the episode page (when creating a new page), before the sections listed below: Template:Episode
  • Summaries: No heading necessary - Summaries may be original from a real-world prospective and should briefly cover each plotline in the episode.
  • Plot: This section is to provide a more detailed explanation of mostly every scene in the episode but generally do not contain direct lines of dialogue exchange. Pictures enhance this section tremendously. Plots are written in present tense. Try to avoid describing every tiny detail and action. All recaps should be original.
  • Continuity (or if needed ‘Discontinuity): Continuity is for things in the episode (such as characters, lines of dialogue, or objects) that refer to other episodes. Discontinuity sections include things that directly contradict something in another episode.
  • Continuity in Other Media: For more on ‘other media’ see our page: SuperFriends in Other Media
  • Cast: In this section we will list heroes, villains, guest roles and uncredited voice actors.
  • The following table should be used:
  V o i c e   A c t o r       R o l e
 Danny Dark     Superman
 Olan Soule     Batman
 Casey Kasem     Robin
 Shannon Farnon     Wonder Woman
 Norman Alden     Aquaman
 Frank Welker     Marvin White
 Sherry Alberoni     Wendy Harris
 Frank Welker     Wonder Dog
  G u e s t   C a s t  
      Sir Cedric Cedric
      Power Pirate / Anthro 


  • Episode Title: This section explains the significance of the episode title for each episode.
  • Notes: Notes are a bulleted list of objective observations for the episode. For example, notes can provide more information to things referenced in the episode, further explanations, or amusing facts. Also, things that might not be obvious to the viewer or glaringly obvious production errors can be pointed out in the Notes section as well. Plot details covered in the recap are not notes. Reviews, opinions, or details that can be argued or discussed can be put on the Talk page instead.
  • Quotes: Quotes are those from the episode the editor feels are significant. The editor should record them exactly as they are spoken. Put the speaker in bold. Also note that character names should be linked. This section should use the appropriate template:
  • External links: This section is for other places online that provide additional details on the specific episode. TV.com is usually included, but any site can be listed.


Images

  • All of the images of any of the SuperFriends episodes used on this wiki are to use Template:CC-BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License) – no exceptions.
  • Please categorize images according to their category. For more on this check out our page: Categorized Images.
  • To prevent duplicate images, please view the Categorized Images page to double-check to see if your screencap has already been uploaded.
  • If you feel an image should be replaced, please following the directions on the Upload Image page appropriately
  • Feel free to upload multiple images on our Upload Multiple Images page

Superfriends canon

The Superfriends canon refers to everything that's related to the Superfriends, mainly the events that take place on Earth-1A. The whole series. Here is a list of things that are considered canon or at least somewhat connected to the canon.

The comics

The comic book series is part of the canon. Not DC Comics as a whole, just the Super Friends comics. Still, many Superfriends comics make references to other DC comics. Those comics too should be considered canon, but not the entire series. In other words, if a particular Superfriends comic makes reference to JLA#47, then that comic should have an article here, but not #48, because it's not canon. One exception to this rule would be if the story was to be continued in the following issue. Those comics should be considered canon with Earth-1A and Earth-One alike.

Also, the SuperFriends comics reference comics that feature a crossover story with an earth called Earth-Two...we refer to it as Earth-2A, to distinguish it from the Earth-Two from the DC Comics multiverse. Because of this, we are also editing articles from the Superman cartoons from the '40s, which we assume also take place on Earth-2A, based on the fact that they have the same voices from the other Superman cartoons, and because they are obviously based on the Earth-Two version of Superman. And since The universe has crossed over with Earth-1A, it fits into this wiki. This also makes it possible to include the Tom De Haven novel It's Superman!, which was clearly modeled after the 1940s cartoons, and on one version of the cover, the Superman shown was the Superman from those cartoons.

Other continuity related series

Television shows that are listed here are also considered part of the Earth-1A universe. Mainly it's any of the DC classic cartoons from the '60s to the '80s. However there are a few live action shows that are considered part of Earth-1A, and one cartoon from the '90s, the Swamp Thing. Shazam! and other related series[1] are considered part of the canon due to Captain Marvel's appearance in the live-action Superfriends episodes.

Batman

The Batman (TV series) is considered canon by some fans, but as of now, the Superfriends Wiki does not recognize it as canon. If you feel that it is canon, or could easily fit into the canon, then bring your points to the discussion page.

The Scooby-Doo episodes with Batman

These episodes likely take place in the Hanna-Barbara universe, and probably not Earth-1A. (Considering that there's a talking dog and all that). But because Batman and Robin appear, we have a connection at least to that extent, so we're using it here. And since Superman and Wonder Woman appeared in The Brady Kids, we can use them as well.

Super Powers

The Super Powers comics and anything Super Powers are being used on this wiki because they appear to be part of Earth-1A. The comics were written to tie in to the toyline which in turn was reflected in the the last two seasons of Super Friends. There are three volumes of the Super Powers comics, plus the mini-comics. The first two volumes of the series, and the mini-comics both fit into the Earth-1A canon. However, Volume 3 is a loner, as there are too many contradictions for it to possibly fit into the canon of Earth-1A, because of this, we are saying that volume three takes place on a different Earth. The DC Heroes role playing game was also a Super Powers Collection tie-in, but this doesn't necessarily mean that information from that game is COMPLETELY canon in the Earth-1A Universe. Some of the material from the game may be used here, so as long as it doesn't contradict what has already been previously established.

Wildstorm Productions

Any animated production that was produced by Wildstorm Productions, such as WildC.A.T.S and Gen¹³, is also here. We are considering it a separate universe, however it is being used here based on the fact that in DC Comics, the Wildstorm Earth is part of the multiverse, and ever since DC's comic even known as The New 52, the Wildstorm characters are all part of the same Earth.

Fan productions/Fan Fiction

Articles based upon fan productions can be made, but must be categorized correctly. (In other words, characters like Barack Obama, who only appeared in a fan film, should be categorized as a "Fan production character." This is so that people who read the articles will know that these articles are about non-canon material.

Commercials

Commercials, whether considered canon or not, are used here. This includes all of the Cartoon Network commercials, like the ones with Ben 10, the Powerpuff Girls, and many others should be used. Plus we have an article for the Super Powers Toyline Commercials, and any commercial articles that are related to the Super Powers Collection can be created or edited here.

What is not canon?

The mainstream comics (DCU) is not canon. The same is the case with everything else that's ever been seen of DC characters in other media. Such as the DCAU. The DCAU has its' own wiki, and so does DC Comics, which is the DC Database. There are a few other things that are technically not part of the Super Friends universe, but we are still editing on this wiki. Among them are the DC Super Friends and the Wildstorm animated productions. The DC Super Friends may not be canon, but due to the fact that it uses the name "Super Friends," we felt it belonged here. And although the Wildstorm Animated Universe is itself an entirely separate reality that was never referenced (and for that matter never heard of at the time) on the Super Friends, we are using them here because they are from DC Comics, and with their inclusion we have all DC animated productions from the '40s to the '90s. (Not including the DCAU of course.) Just remember, any non-Earth-1A article must be categorized as such. If it's a character from the Wildstorm Animated Universe, it should be categorized: "Wildstorm characters." If it's just a location or something else, it should also be categorized as such. The idea is not to confuse people who aren't too familiar with the Super Friends. We need to be clear about what is what. Not everybody knows that Hanna Barbera’s Super Friends and the DC Super Friends are two completely different entities. If we categorize them separately it will make it much easier for people just starting to learn about the Super Friends and the related universes.

References

  1. This refers to Shazam!, The Secrets of Isis, Space Sentinels, The Freedom Force and The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!
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