Narutopedia:Image policy

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Keep in mind that these policies are ultimately guidelines. If it's found that a policy restricts something that the reason the policy was created didn't intend to restrict, then the policy should be changed.

This is the policy for the image uploads.

General notes

Note that results of images breaking these policies depends on which part of the policy and severity of the case. For example one or two poor quality images being uploaded may just get tagged, but a large number of images that add more work for the other editors on the wiki may result in the user being blocked if they don't hold up on the uploads.

You may want to use the Special:Upload function to upload your images, this comes with a pre-set fair use rationale template which you need to fill in as best as possible and select an appropriate file name and licensing to go with the image.

If you are looking for certain images, try using ListFiles.


Re-uploading, by definition, is uploading a new file over an existing one on the wikia. In order to re-upload a new image over an existing one, you will need to navigate to the image details page. Towards the bottom of the page, the option to "Upload a new version of this file" will be located underneath the "File History" section. However, re-uploading should only be done under a few circumstances. Note, however, that there are circumstances where these guidelines may need to be circumvented, therefore, always leave as clear, and detailed a reason for re-uploading as possible.

  • When you upload an entirely new image, do not overwrite any existing images. Always upload new images under a new file name. Uploading images over other images messes up the image page's history and makes it hard to discern between images with proper tagging, and images without tagging that were uploaded over top of images that had proper tagging, which results in an incorrect rationale being left on the page.
  • Make use of the re-upload feature is when you are uploading a better quality image of the same image (same media, same episode/chapter, same scene/page, same basic frame of the episode/manga) on top of another. This of course does not hold for images uploaded under an entirely different file name, depicting a different point in the same scene.
  • Images can be re-uploaded if one is of a poorer quality i.e the image is blurry, the ratio is off, black bars are present on the sides of the image, or overall, when re-uploaded, there's a drastic change in the image's appearance.
    • Try not to re-upload images for unnecessary reasons such as one image being 720p vs. 1080p when there is little to no difference between the two images. The images are supposed to depict a character, scene, ability etc. there is no need to attempt to make every blade of grass in the image visible, no matter how pretty it is. This usually leads to unnecessary revert wars and unproductive time spent on the wikia.
  • Infobox images are generally cropped for the simple reason that they look much better when "squared" in the infobox as opposed to being widescreen.
  • Re-uploading with manga images are a bit different. Generally, English scans are the first to be uploaded, Japanese scans are generally re-uploaded over these followed by tankobōn images when released.
  • This wikia has started placing templates onto images that are uploaded in 1080, 720p. The general instructions of these templates are to be followed, that is to say:
    • An image initially uploaded in any of these formats should not be re-uploaded with an image of inferior quality.
    • If it is a case where you have found an image that is better suited for the depiction of the situation or say an infobox image needs to be cropped, simply upload the image under a new file name or else save the image, crop, and re-upload under a new file name.

Image origins

We only allow official images to be uploaded. Images directly from the anime and manga should only be used. And of course game images for game stuff. However please do not upload a game image for use on a page about something that is also in the anime or manga.

Fan drawn images, fan colourings, and other images that have been edited (other than for simple resizing or cropping), will all be deleted unconditionally.

Image quality

For the most part, when an image is poor quality we just tag it with {{Poor quality}} till someone uploads an image to replace it. However there are some quality things, like .gif images, which we delete immediately. A short list of quality notes:

  • Never upload .gif images, and don't bother converting a .gif into another file format before uploading. We do not need animations, and the .gif format does not handle quality properly. It has a limited colour depth, and as a result the moment you save an image with the .gif format it loses a large amount of quality. We also prefer .png images over .jpg images because .jpg images slowly lose quality each time you save them. Neither of these types of quality loss can be recovered without the original image.
  • Use a good filename. We have {{Poor filename}} and {{Image naming}} for images uploaded with bad filenames. Do not use a semi-colon in the filename.
  • If an image has been tagged with {{720p upload}} or {{1080p upload}}, then only images which have a width and height greater than that listed on those templates are permitted to be used as a reupload. If your image is less than the width/height listed on the template (excluding black bar cropping), your edit will just be reverted.
  • Don't upload anything from; Leafninja uses highly scaled down and poor quality images. While it works for them, we have a very good thumbnail handling system. Uploading anything below full quality reduces the quality of the thumbnails a bit, and it's also kind to use high quality images cause it means that if someone has an issue viewing the thumbnail they can click and view the full quality version themselves.
  • Avoid widescreen shots. Widescreen images sometimes contain black bars, and more importantly the large width of the images disrupts the visibility of thumbnails by increasing the amount of empty space. It's best to clip the image down to what you are actually depicting.
  • Avoid watermarks. If an image is watermarked by a TV Station, then we may just tag it with {{Poor quality|<watermark>}}. However if the image you upload is watermarked by another website we will likely delete it right away.
  • Avoid subtitles and translations made by scanalation groups. When clipping from manga it's best to use the raws, and for anime either use the raw, or use a frame where there is no subtitle, or use a group that uses soft subtitles and formats like .mkv. Subtitles and the edits made by scanalation groups ruin the image, reduces its originality, and also incorporates a fuzzy copyright issue that technically makes those images illegal.
  • If an anime image poorly represents a scene, a manga image should be used in its place if available. Also, coloured manga images without text, are preferable to anime images unless they disrupt the flow of the page.
  • Some notes on Character Images:
    • In the infobox: If there is a discrepancy between the manga image and anime image, then both a manga image and an anime image should be used. Otherwise an anime image alone suffices.
    • Appearance Section: The primary image should be near flawless and show as much of the character in colour as possible, and if possible the image should be from the manga as it is the closest to the original concept of the author.

Legal tagging

See also: Help:Common image pages

Any edit replacing a tagged image with a non-tagged image will be reverted.

Just a legal tangent.

The copyright and rights to Naruto images ALWAYS remain with the creators of the series and their licensors, be that Kishimoto, Studio Pierrot, or Viz. So do understand that whether you get your images directly from a raw, scan them in yourself, capture them from a scanalation or fansub, or borrow them from another website, the copyright of those images always belongs to the creators of the series, despite whatever another site may say.
That being said, it is always good to provide a link back to the original image when you note what your source of the image is.
Also remember that these are about naruto series images. Images drawn by fans don't fall under the same category. However they have trademark issues as well as being very poor depictions of official things so they are not permitted anyways.

Now, for images we use on the wiki, we use images under fair use and fair dealing laws. These laws can protect a limited use of official images but there are restrictions, and to comply properly all images we upload should be tagged with proper fair use information and rationales.

To tag images make use of the {{Fair use}} and {{Fair use rationale}} templates. Also don't forget to add {{Image tags}} and then {{Characters in image}} and/or {{Jutsu in image}}. The old forum topic Forum:Fair use tagging tips... has some very helpful information for coming up with a fair use rationale. All images lacking these templates may be tagged for deletion using {{No license}} and {{No rationale}}. Also see Help:Common image pages for templates for tagging common types of images.

Understand that images used in articles always have preference to properly tagged images. This means that if you upload a image without a fair use rationale, and there is already an image that exists that does have a rationale, that other image will always be preferred even if it is of extremely poor quality and you uploaded one of good quality.

Under fair use laws it is better to use smaller portions of something. However we are only dealing with single frames of large videos. And small clippings out of manga. So as long as you clip manga images down to the actual thing you are trying to get an image of and don't upload videos, it's not something you need to worry about. In fact we prefer that images get uploaded with the highest quality you can get hold of. MediaWiki handles thumbnails on its own, so we don't need to worry about file sizes.


Also note that these images are only permitted for use in articles, you are not allowed to use fair use images in your userpage. Don't bother uploading personal images for your userpage as we don't allow fan images to be uploaded anyways. You are still free to upload most of the stuff you find on Wikimedia Commons and use it here.

Placement in articles

Only properly tagged images can be used in articles. When placing an image inside of an article, never use px sizing. Instead use a |thumb|right| or |thumb|left|. Using px sizes overrides user preferences on the sizing of thumbnails and makes things inconsistent, so we avoid the use of it. The only exception to this rule is for special images locations and icons. Such as the icons in templates and images in infoboxes which require a specific size to be flush with the infobox. Do not place images inside paragraphs.

For infobox images, we always use an image depicting the first appearance of the character. Basically for Naruto Uzumaki we prefer a image of him in Part I, and for Madara Uchiha we prefer an image of him from flashbacks because that is the first appearance we see of him in the show.

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