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Full NameWikipe-tan
Universe/OriginFutaba Channel
Hair colorLight Blue
Eye colorBlue

Wikipe-tan is a personification of Wikipedia.


On February 22 2003, an anonymous user started a discussion about ideas for a Wikipedia mascot[1]. More than 20 ideas were proposed, though it was only about three years later that another anonymous user suggested Wikipe-tan on January 5 2006, mentioning at the same time OS-tans[2].

She was designed by Wikipedia user Kasuga, who is also an admin on the Japanese site, and published on the Futaba Channel around January 5 2006; it is unclear whether the suggestion on the mascot page above already referred to her, or if Kasuga drew her a few days later, since the original Futaba pages do not exist anymore and were not archived.


According to a Request for a Wikipedia Adminship made on April's Fool 2017, she is an AI[3].

As the embodiment of Wikipedia community Wikipe-tan can be trusted to always perform as per consensus. She is very friendly, with over 10 years of experience with over 5 million articles created. There really is no part of the project that Wikipe-tan has not worked on.

She has two sisters, Commons-tan and Wikiquote-tan, who personify Wikimedia projects that are related to Wikipedia.


There is no official Wikipedia mascot, so she only has an unofficial status. She is still used on some sections of Wikipedia like the WikiProject Anime and manga or Admin coaching, and illustrates some anime related articles in various languages.

Other notable mascot propositions include the Wikipede and the Miwiki, both even having more votes on the mascot suggestions page than Wikipe-tan (respectively 45 and 35 vs 31).

External Links

Notes and References

  1. Original version of the Wikipedia mascot entry on the Wikimedia Meta Wiki
  2. Current version of the Wikipedia mascot entry, Wikipe-tan section
  3. User:Xaosflux/Requests for adminship/Wikipe-tan on Wikipedia