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Italics can be confusing as different publications have different style guides. Here's a guide to using italics as per the FANDOM style.

Italics in Headlines

As WordPress won't allow us to use regular italics in our headlines (this is what you input at the very top of the article, not in the body of the article), we've had to adapt a way to indicate to our readers when we're talking about a franchise, title or an episode of a TV show. Here's how that works:

Type

Style Example
Franchises No punctuation Star Wars, Call of Duty
Movie/TV/Game/Comic/Book/Album titles 'Title' 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare'
TV episode/Song title/Book chapter/ Game DLC title "Title" The 'Seinfeld' episode “The Soup Nazi”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Italics in Body

Using italics in the body of an article is similar to how it works with headlines except, you know, with actual italics involved. Here's how it works:

Type Style Example
Franchises No punctuation Star Wars, Call of Duty
Movie/TV/Game/Comic/Book/Album titles Title Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
TV episode/Song title/Book chapter/ Game DLC title "Title" Seinfeld’s “The Soup Nazi”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Other Things To Italicize

There's a whole heap of things that do/don't need to be italicized and for the most part we (try to) adhere to the AP style, so if you're ever unsure, get in touch with one of your friendly editors or just Google it. At any rate, here are a few things you may come across in your adventures in FANDOM Contributing that DO need to be italicized:

  • Artworks (Like the Mona Lisa)
  • Names of ships (yes, this includes spaceships, ie the USS Enterprise)
  • Newspapers
  • Foreign words that haven’t been assimilated into English and would be unfamiliar to the reader ie “doppelgänger” = no itals, kamsahamnida (Korean for "thank-you") = itals
  • When you want to emphasize something (please don’t use all caps)