Help:RPF pages

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This help page provides instructions for how to create, organize and develop articles about RPF fandoms.

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RPF fandoms focus on "real" people such as actors, musicians, sports players, pundits, politicians, or historical figures.

To create an RPF page, see also Help:Starting a new page and Help:Naming Conventions.

Note: Actor-based fandoms such as Canada fandom or Kiefer/Lou are not RPF fandoms, even though they are organized around real people, if the fan activity is about the fictional characters that the actors play rather than the actors themselves.

Fandom pages

Since real people can be involved in more than one endeavor, there is a lot of overlap in RPF fandoms. The fandom can be defined by a particular project (Lotrips is made up of the cast of The Lord of the Rings) or by the persons involved (Christian Kane). You might find, for example, that you need to create a separate page for Adam Lambert, American Idol and Glam RPF.

Depending on the fandom, you may want to use the RPF fandom template or the Person template.

See Help:Fandoms By Source Text for more help on fandom pages.


Add the Celebrities & Real People category, or the appropriate subcategory, to the main fandom page. For example, The Phantom Menace RPS should be categorized under Actor RPF.

If the fandom has its own fandom category, the category, and not the page, would be placed under the appropriate Celebrities & Real People subcat (e.g. Category:One Direction is a subcategory under Category:Music RPF).

Some RPF fandoms, like Star Trek RPF, are closely tied to an FPF fandom, so these can get the same category (especially if there are only a few wiki pages about the RPF). For example, Merlin RPF gets the Merlin category. In contrast, J2 has its own category.


The real people who are the subjects of RPF fandoms can appear as characters in RPF fanworks. When writing about a real person's appearances in fanworks, add the information to the page about the person, but clarify that you are discussing fiction, not their biography. For example, the article about Nick Grimshaw leads with a brief explanation about who he is, then has separate sections for shipping, characterization in fanworks, and other fan activity related to him.

Use the person template on pages about individual people, regardless of whether they appear in RPF.

If the page discusses the person in RPF, include the Celebrities & Real People category or one of its subcategories. For example, Ewan McGregor would be categorized under Actor RPF. If there is a fandom category for the RPF fandom the person belongs to, include the fandom category instead. For example, Sidney Crosby is in the Hockey RPF category.

Note that not all Fanlore articles about celebrities are RPF pages. For example, Orlando Jones's page is mainly about him being knowledgeable about fandom and talking to fans on social media. There is an enormous amount of fan interest in Tom Hiddleston on Tumblr that isn't fanfic. Pages about actors don't need to be about RPF, but there should be a fandom-related reason why there is a page about an industry person.

See Help:Characters and Help:People pages for more.

Relationship pages

You can create pages about ships or gen relationships between real people. See Help:Relationship pages.

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