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  • Hey H-Man. I deleted the category you created for alternate universe characters since there's no real need to make a general fanon category for for characters in one fanon. Also, it was for original characters within a certain genre, and we don't have "background story characters (fanon)" or "one-shot characters (fanon)."

    The category can always be undeleted, so if you disagree, we can always have a discussion about recreation.

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    • It isn't meant for single fanon characters. I just so happened to tag all the AU characters from a single fanon. The idea is for everyone else to use the cat to tag their out-of-place characters.

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    • But why would AU-story characters get a category in contrast to other genres, who don't have separate categories for their characters?

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    • I believe AU characters should because unlike one-shot and background story characters, the AU characters are much more noticeable because they clearly do not belong to the fanon at the outset.

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    • Hm...perhaps. It's a fuzzy line, though. AU characters could mean characters in an alternate avatarverse (which would mean most fanon characters), a completely different universe (like in a crossover) or in something like HotN or A:TLAR. Would the category really be useful if it was so widespread?

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    • The "Alternative universe (fanon)" category is interpreted very broad on this wiki, encompassing every world that is not the Avatar wold as it was introduced in either series (also meaning future evolutions of that world). That category encompasses new worlds where there is an Avatar (like HotN) or the real world (like Alone). All those are AU stories on this wiki, but that does not mean that the characters of those stories are "Alternative universe characters (fanon)" as the category implied. To make both the characters category and the story category coincide, the "AU character" category would have to encompass every character that was not introduced in either series -which is too broad. Or if we would actually limit the scope of that category and solely include crossover characters, then the applicability would be very limited and thus not be necessary. Just my two cents.

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    • I feel you're misinterpreting my thought process ARG. When I mean AU characters, I mean those that exist intentionally in one fanon, but say that they somehow arrived in another fanon or universe. Take the characters I had initially categorized as part of the category. Each of them are AU characters because they originally belonged to the Teen Titans universe before being sucked through a portal of some sort and ending up in the Avatar world. Another example of an AU character I believe would be character Tengu, since he appears in fanons outside of his Avatar: Wanted storyline if I remember correctly.

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    • Tengu would likely be a bad example, as the fanons he appeared in were all written from a Wanted-verse pov, even though not being part of the original Wanted-story.

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    • So this would be characters that happen to travel from one universe to another within a fanon. That sounds like it would include every character in Vortex. Or would this be solely for characters from completely different universes like Teen Titans who came to the Avatarverse? That's a fairly limited category that I'm not sure too many would search for. There's the ones you added, one of the characters from The Weatherbenders and a couple from Avatar: Choices, though I'm not sure they have character pages.

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    • Something along the lines of both. Heck if Aang made an appearance in WANWTE he'd be considered AU.

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    • How would an Aang appearance in WANWTE be AU? WANWTE takes place in the ATLAverse. That's like saying any canon character in a fanon is AU.

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    • Personally, I find that a way too broad description, which would then effectively take away any navigational benefit that comes from categorization.

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    • I guess not then. But strictly speaking, the AU category would be for characters who exist outside of their original fanon or universal settings.

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    • Yes, I understand that, but it is just that which would make it too broad imo as there are often subtle nods from one author to a character of another universe, which would then also fall under this category. But that's just my take on it.

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    • To prevent that, such a character would probably have to physically appear in the extraneous fanons to be considered AU; it wouldn't be warranted if they were simply mentioned.

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    • The nods often are appearances, but that's just an example of why I think that this category would be way too broad to actually serve a navigational purpose.

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