SmashWiki:Trivia

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It sure is hard to figure out exactly what constitutes trivia, isn’t it? — Masahiro Sakurai [1]

Trivia sections are to be used for miscellaneous facts that don't fit in anywhere else in a mainspace article, but are still sufficiently noteworthy to merit mention. SmashWiki allows trivia sections, but it seems that users have a tendency to throw random facts into a trivia section instead of placing it in a more appropriate place within the bulk of the article, or tend to fill a trivia section with whatever observation pops into their mind. The main goal of this guideline is to explain when it is appropriate for a fact to be in a trivia section, as well as to improve the existing trivia sections over the whole of the wiki.

Primary guideline[edit]

Trivia should only go under a trivia section if it doesn't belong in any other category of data within the article.

What makes a good piece of trivia[edit]

  • Noteworthiness. Saying something unusual about a character model? A unique fact about a character's move? Add it.
  • Truth. All trivia must be verified.
  • Detail. Make sure the piece of trivia is fully explained and not left unclear.
  • As explained previously, facts that can be part of the body of the article should be a part of it -- not in the trivia section.

What makes a bad piece of trivia - with examples[edit]

  • Ambiguity. "The Ice Climbers' ice move can KO on occasion." Which ice move? Ice Shot? Blizzard? And what occasion? These need explaining, or else the line should be removed.
  • Irrelevance. "Despite moving like a human, Fox has a tail!" and the like should always be removed.
  • Obvious. "Bowser has a hard head, which he uses for some moves." Anything that can be deduced from simple observation is interesting to no one, and will only serve to inflate a trivia section.
  • Opinion. "Falcon Punch is the most epic move ever." Your opinion can be whatever you want it to be, but it doesn't belong in the mainspace of this wiki.
  • Speculative. "Donkey Kong's white costume may be a reference to some minor side character no one remembers in his short lived TV series." If it "might be" or "possibly is", it doesn't belong. SmashWiki is not speculative.
  • Falsehoods. "Sonic can be unlocked in Melee, it just hasn't been done yet." Straightforward; if it's not true, take it down.
  • Volatility. "Sakurai confirmed Skull Kid as an Assist Trophy, this means Zelda is the only universe along with Mario to have more than one assist trophy." Information that is based on incomplete information (such as information from an unreleased game) and is likely to change or be rendered non-notable in the near future should not be added as trivia. Trivia based on other temporary information that is subject to change should also not be added.
  • Repetition. Check to make sure your fact isn't already somewhere in the article before adding it.
  • Uninteresting. "Despite being very weak, Diddy Kong's up smash in Brawl can KO in Sudden Death." Even if a piece of trivia doesn't fall under any of the above, it still shouldn't be added if it's just plain uninteresting. While it is subjective what constitutes as "uninteresting", as a general rule of thumb, avoid adding any observations of the banal, or stating some minor fact that's not at all unique to the fact's subject (such as the example used here).

Other guidelines[edit]

  • Trivia must be on the right page. For instance, a minor glitch involving Aether belongs on Aether and not on Ike (SSBB) or Ike.
  • If a trivia section is overly long and you would like other members of the community to help trim it, tag the section with {{trivia}}:
Cleanup This trivia section is excessively long.
Relevant facts should be integrated into the body of the article and unnecessary ones should be removed.
You can discuss this issue on the talk page or edit this page to improve it.