Hey PCC, 

I know it may seem like I ask a lot of Qs about fictitious characters, but that's only because I do. 

I know that this is suddenly unsolid ground and with the full implementation of IFLA-LRM this question and its answer may become moot. 

My question is specifically about a construction I noticed in two characters:

Robin, $c the Boy Wonder (Fictitious character)

Krypto, $c the Superdog (Fictitious character)

I was curious about the application of those appellations, and specifically what RDA instruction they were generated by. Judging from the use of comma, and no parentheses, I assumed they were drawn from "Title of Person, RDA 9.4"

Yet I can't see anything in that would allow the recording of "the Boy Wonder" or "the Superdog" as those aren't

 "indicative of royalty, nobility, ecclesiastical rank or office, or a term of address for a person of religious vocation, rank, honour, or office, including initials or abbreviations representing an academic degree, or membership in an organization"

And I further note that neither term is recorded in 368 $d.

Rather these seem to fall under a broad interpretation of's "Other Designation Associated with Person -- Other Designation"

My reading of would then lead to an AAP along the lines of:

Krypto $c (The superdog) (Fictitious character)

Does this seem correct? Or have I erred and 9.4 is broader than i've been interpreting, or perhaps I've erred in an entirely different way!

I'm not trying to pick on the 040 institution here, I spend a lot of time thinking about the NARs for fictitious characters and the best ways to represent them in our authority files, so these two jumped out at me.

in solidarity, 

Netanel Ganin
Metadata Coordinator -- Hebrew Specialty
Brandeis University
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