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General Rules

File extension

Images on the DCAU Wiki should generally uploaded in the .png form, due to its lossless data compression.

Copyright information

  1. All images must have clear source info as to where the image is from. For this, they need to have an {{filebox}} properly filled out.
  2. Images taken from fansites need to be acknowledged;
    • If those sites have a special license to use copyrighted images, do not take them without explicit permission;
      • If they use images under fair use auspices, it's common netiquette to ask permission to use said images, albeit not mandatory.
Note: Images lacking a proper copyright information and/or license will be flagged with the {{unknown}} template. The respective uploader will be notified with an automated warning message telling him what his image is missing and how to fix it. This template categorizes these images into the media with missing information category during three days and after that it switches them over to the candidates for deletion category. Once the three days deadline is exceeded, images are deleted on sight.

Types of Images

  1. Images, with few exceptions (Voice actors, production crew), should come from DCAU episodes/movies or from drawings related to the DCAU by production crew.
    • Fan made images in the DCAU style will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Formats and Cropping

  1. Images should remain unaltered. Any changes of color levels, shading, brightness, contrast, alpha, etc., should be avoided, unless justified and according to consensus.
  2. Screenshots should preferably be submitted in their original ratio (4:3 or 16:9), unless they could benefit from cropping.
    • If an image contains empty space or elements other than the subject being depicted, the image should be cropped to isolate the subject with respect given to the guidelines concerning closeups.


  1. The image should be of the highest quality available. HD screen-captures are preferred, with other formats being secondary. In the case of duplicate images, the highest quality image is kept.
    • Compression artifacts or aliasing problems are not a reason to substitute a DVD capture with a different shot, but they are grounds to replace it with the same shot without such flaws.
  2. The image should be an accurate, dignifying representation of the character.
  3. The infobox image should depict the character's most recognizable likeness, unless consensus dictates otherwise. Characters that underwent significant physical changes across seasons can feature multiple profile images via image galleries.
    • Images should not include crude or vulgar moments. These moments are rare, but a handful do exist and should be avoided unless addressing a specific point. Examples include "private parts" featured prominently in an image, panty or codpiece shots, etc.
  4. The character in the infobox should be standing still, which includes all kind of absence of movement (characters should not be talking).
  5. If an article contains three images or more (including the infobox), an image from the character's torso is sufficient for the infobox. At least one of the images in the article should depict the character's full body, or the images as a group should show enough angles to give a full impression of the character. An article with two or fewer images should have a full body shot, or as close to one as possible, in the infobox. Extreme facial closeups should be avoided.


The following are merely guidelines, and should be implemented taking in consideration the length of the article:
  1. Solo Appearance/Minor Reoccurring (infrequent characters like Audrey, Sewer King, and Kyle Rayner) warrant 1-3 photos;
  2. Reoccurring (most "regular" rogues) warrant 2-5ish photos;
  3. Major Reoccurring (characters that appeared often enough to have a significant impact) warrant 4-7 photos;
  4. Major Characters (heroes and villains that defined the shows and portrayed various aspects of their personality throughout) should have 10 or more.


Replacing (overwriting an image) can take place when the original file is of low resolution/quality. In this case, the original picture must be replaced by the exact same version (with better quality).