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On Heroes Wiki, characters are categorized by season.
All characters who appear in episodes are classified as either a main character, a recurring character, or a minor character. Likewise, actors and actresses have corresponding classifications: principal cast, supporting cast, and guest stars. Please note that with the exception of principal cast/main characters, other classifications are not "officially" recognized by NBC. Characters and actors are simply classified by Heroes Wiki for categorization and organization purposes.
Each season, NBC announces the contracted principal cast members. The characters they play are considered main characters. Therefore, only characters listed as "main characters" by NBC should be categorized as main characters.
- If an actor is promoted to a principal cast member in the middle of the season (e.g. Jack Coleman during Season One), that actor's character (e.g. Noah Bennet) should be added to the main portal for the season in which he appears (e.g. Portal:Main Characters/Season One) and navbar (e.g. Template:Characterseason1) used for that season's character.
- If an actor is no longer a principal cast member in the middle of the season (e.g. Tawny Cypress), the actor's character (e.g. Simone Deveaux) should not be removed from the main characters portal or navbar for that season. However, if the actor is no longer a main character in subsequent seasons, the portals and navbars for those subsequent seasons should reflect this. Additionally, the actor should be placed in Portal:Former Principal Cast.
If a non-main character has a certain number of appearances in a season, he or she will be classified as recurring characters. These characters are listed as recurring characters in the portals and navbars. This classification is only pertinent to Heroes Wiki and should not be seen as a reflection of the character's importance or the billing/crediting of the actor. The following table shows how many appearances a character needs in one season to be considered "recurring". Note that shorter seasons require less appearances.
|Season|| Number of appearances|
for a character to be
|Season One||4 appearances|
|Season Two||3 appearances|
|Season Three||4 appearances|
|Season Four||4 appearances|
Note that the actor should appear for the given amount of times in that season. Hence, a character may be considered a recurring character in one season but not in another (e.g. Meredith Gordon is a recurring character in Season Three but not in Season One). Likewise, a character's total number of appearances for a season should not be combined with their appearances in an another season when determining whether or not the character is a recurring character. For instance, Monty and Simon Petrelli both appeared four times in the first two seasons, but they only appeared three times in Season One, and once in Season Two. Hence they are both considered minor characters for both of those seasons.
The actors who portray recurring characters should be considered supporting cast.
All characters that appear in Heroes, if not classified as a main or recurring, are classified as "minor characters" and are placed in the alphabetically-sorted minor character portal for that season. Minor characters are not linked individually on the character navbar, as recurring and main characters are. Note that this classification is only pertinent to Heroes Wiki and should not be seen as a reflection of the character's importance or the billing/crediting of the actor.
All characters that do not appear in Heroes episodes but do appear one or more Heroes online webisodes should be listed as a webisode character. They should be added to Portal:Webisode Characters and Template:Webisode. As well, the actor who portrays a webisode character who does not appear in a Heroes episode should be considered part of the webisode cast.
All characters that do not appear in Heroes episodes or webisodes but do appear in the Heroes graphic novels should be listed as a graphic novel characters. Each graphic novel character should belong to the portal of the main character it is related to. For example, Yoji Hayata appears in a Daphne-centric graphic novel, so he is placed in Portal:Daphne-Related Graphic Novel Characters, and is added to Template:GN Daphne. If a graphic novel character's novel does not have more than a total of four characters that can be placed in a portal (e.g. Carole), then the graphic novel character is placed in Portal:Miscellaneous Graphic Novel Characters. If a character appears in more than one novel with different centric characters, there should be a discussion about which portal the character should be placed. (The novel in which the character plays a "bigger" or "more memorable" role should generally be the determining factor.)
All characters that do not appear in Heroes episodes, webisodes, or graphic novels but do appear one or more Heroes online iStories should be listed as an iStory character. Each iStory character should belong to the portal(s) of the iStory volume(s) in which he/she appears. For example, Chief Parker appears in several chapters of The Civilian, so he is placed in Portal:The Civilian Characters and added to Template:The Civilian. If an iStory character appears in multiple iStory volumes, then he is placed in the portals of all the volumes in which he/she appears. For example, "The Watcher" appears in Slow Burn as well as Purpose, so he is placed in both Portal:Slow Burn Characters and Portal:Purpose Characters, and is added to both Template:Slow Burn and Template:Purpose.
All Heroes-related characters that appear online, but not in Heroes episodes, webisodes, graphic novels, or iStories should be listed as a Heroes Evolutions character. However, if the Heroes Evolutions character has a live actor, they should still be considered a Heroes Evolutions character, even if they appear in a graphic novel (e.g. Brian). All Heroes Evolutions characters should be added to Portal:Evolutions Characters and Template:Evolutions. As well, the actor who portrays a Heroes Evolutions character should be considered part of the Heroes Evolutions cast.
Once a character is confirmed to have died in Heroes, his page should be updated. Past tense can be used in the character's lead section and in the abilities section. The navbar entry for the character should be italicized to show that the character is deceased. Also, the character's portal entry should be italicized and faded by adding
|deceased=true, to clearly show that the character is deceased.
If a character that appears in multiple seasons dies, he is only listed as "deceased" in the navbars or portals of the season in which he died. For example, since Kaito Nakamura died in Season Two, the Season One character navbar and portal should still list Kaito as alive since he was alive during Season One. The only navbars and portals that should reflect his deceased status are the season in which he died (Season Two) and any season beyond that in which he may have appeared.
Portals of characters should be sorted by season and by character type. In all portals, characters should be alphabetically listed. This includes the individual character-related portals for graphic novel characters.
A new character navigational bar, or navbar, is created for each season. Navbar entries should be alphabetically sorted.