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Hopefully I'm allowed to post this here.. Anywho, I have a question! I can't seem to locate any rules on it, so I'd appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction. I've seen pages where the title of characters in tales (such as The Hopping Pot) have the title of the story in parentheses (such as with Old man (The Wizard and the Hopping Pot)). Writing it now, I note the fact that his lack of a proper name might have something to do with it. However, if it's because all unnamed characters from tales should have a parentheses indicating their origin, shouldn't Old man's donkey or Old man's family have these indications as well? I'd appreciate any insight, and apologies if it has already been adressed in policies. I reallty couldn't locate such a discussion.

Cheers! --Luxali (talk) 21:25, October 30, 2013 (UTC)

This inconsistency is something that's been present for a long time, and you're correct: as far as I'm aware it has yet to be discussed. There's no logical reason why parenthesis should be used in these titles, unless needed for disambiguation sake (as in Warlock (The Warlock's Hairy Heart)). The rest should be removed, in my opinion. But there's no official policy on this that I'm aware of. Good chance to discuss it here and make one! -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 21:38, October 30, 2013 (UTC)
In that case, I agree that they should be removed unless used for disambiguation sake. As you pointed out, there's no logical reason for them otherwise. --Luxali (talk) 23:17, October 30, 2013 (UTC)
I agree. It's unwritten convention that parenthetical remarks in article titles serve only as disambiguation. If no other article shares the name of the article in question, then no such notation is required. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 23:31, October 30, 2013 (UTC)