'''Shotaro Ishinomori''' (1938-1998) was one of the most influential men in Japanese entertainment. In his youth he was the president of a manga study group and got his first big break working as an assistant to OsamuTezuka himself (who famously remarked that Ishinomori, then going by the name Onodera, resembled a talking potato) on the ''Denkou The Invisible Robot'' story in ''Manga/AstroBoy''. On the manga and anime side, he created ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', which was one of the first animated super-teams.

But more importantly, he created ''Franchise/KamenRider'', one of the major live-action {{Tokusatsu}} franchises. KR was based on Ishinomori's ''Manga/SkullMan'' manga, which is now currently being remade by his protege, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, who was specifically commissioned to do so. He also created ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', launching the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, which stands alongside ''Kamen Rider'' as a major live-action Toku franchise, though he had little to do with it after ''Series/JAKQDengekitai''[[note]]In fact, ''Goranger'' and ''JAKQ'' were merely considered spiritual predecessors to ''Super Sentai'' for a long time instead of actual installments[[/note]].

Due to the large number of superheroes he created, many of them much grimmer and more "realistic" than what the competition was putting out at the time while still retaining an endearing sense of over-the-top garishness, he is often considered to be the Japanese equivalent of StanLee.
!!Notable Ishinomori Series:

* ''Anime/ZeroZeroNineOne''
* ''Akumaizer 3''
* ''Series/BishoujoKamenPoitrine''
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''
* ''Daitetsujin 17''
* ''Anime/DaikyouryuNoJidai''
* ''Fantasy World Jun''
* ''Flying Phantom Ship''
* ''Ganbare Robocon''
* ''Anime/{{Gilgamesh}}''
* ''Henshin Ninja Arashi''
* ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger''
* ''Inazuman''
* ''Series/JAKQDengekitai''
* ''Manga/JapanInc''/''MangaNihonKeizaiNyumon''
* ''Series/KaiketsuZubat''
* ''Franchise/KamenRider''
* ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''
* ''Kyoudai Ken Byclosser''
* An OELManga [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda adaptation]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''
* ''Rainbow Sentai Robin''
* ''Series/RobotDetective''
* ''Sabu to Ichi Torimonohikae''
* ''Series/SeiunKamenMachineman''
* ''Manga/SkullMan''
* ''SpaceIronmenKyodain''
* ''Series/{{Voicelugger}}'' (the last series he worked on before his death)
!!Commmon Tropes in his works:

* CorruptChurch: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]; Ishinomori's depictions of Christianity were always very respectful.
* CreatorCameo: He appears as a fisherman and MrExposition in the ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' movie and a scientist in ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue''.
* HenshinHero: The undisputed king of this trope.
* HollywoodCyborg: Who needs [[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} radioactive spiders]] or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour cosmic rays]] when there's tons of perfectly "realistic" ways to give your heroes superpowers? Like lots and lots of [[{{Zeerust}} transistors]].
* PhlebotinumRebel: A recurring theme in many of his works, starting with ''009'', Ishinomori could be considered the patron saint of this trope.
* PlayingWithSyringes: By the same token, his bad guys tend to resemble the stars of a Medical Fetishist's wet dreams.
* ShoutOut: Yuusuke Onodera, the new [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', has Ishinomori's original surname; Shotaro Hidari, the hero of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', obviously shares his first name.
** ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderWizardAndFourzeMovieWarUltimatum'''s theme song is named "Forest of Rocks", a direct English translation of "Ishinomori".