This is the very work that practically begins a creator's career and gives them success in their medium. This is the [[TitleDrop Breakthrough Hit]].

For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts, although these early attempts may end up being VindicatedByHistory. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of ToughActToFollow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough. More often than not, creators (musicians in particular) often dread the idea of a BlackSheepHit becoming their breakthrough, as what is intended to be a one-off experiment in other areas could result in the publisher forcing them to follow that style from that point forward.

Compare KillerApp (equivalent for game systems), StarMakingRole (equivalent for actors), and GatewaySeries (equivalent for an entire genre or multimedia franchise). Contrast CreatorKiller and OneHitWonder.

!!Media with their own sub-pages:
* BreakthroughHit/{{Music}}
* BreakthroughHit/VideoGames

!!Other examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

[[folder: Authors and Artists ]]

* ''Manga/ZombiePowder'' for Creator/TiteKubo in his own country, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' worldwide.
* Likewise, ''Butsu Zone'' for Hiroyuki Takei country-wide, ''Manga/ShamanKing'' internationally.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' for Bisco Hatori; prior to it, she had written some shojo which was never well-known.
* ''Manga/DrSlump'' for Creator/AkiraToriyama in his home country. He would later make it big worldwide with ''Manga/DragonBall''.
* ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'' for Creator/HideakiAnno and Creator/StudioGainax. Later, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' became an even bigger breakthrough for both.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' for Creator/KenAkamatsu.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' for Creator/YoshihiroTogashi.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' for Creator/NaokoTakeuchi.
* ''Manga/MazingerZ'' for Creator/GoNagai.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' for Creator/RumikoTakahashi.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' for Creator/MasashiKishimoto.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'' for Kazuki Takahashi in his home country; ''Anime/YuGiOh Duelist'' worldwide.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' for Takeshi Konomi.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' for Creator/GenUrobuchi.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' for Creator/SevenArcs.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' for Creator/EiichiroOda after a slew of one shot mangas.
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'' for Hiro Mashima.
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' for Creator/HayaoMiyazaki.
* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' for Creator/HirohikoAraki. Specifically, it was [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] that established his fame as one of the most renowned mangaka, with the first two parts being VindicatedByHistory later.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' for Natsuki Takaya.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' for Tetsuo Hara (artist) and Buronson (writer).
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' for Creator/HiromuArakawa.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' for Creator/MasamiKurumada.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' for Kouta Hirano.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' for Kiyohiko Azuma.
* ''Manga/AstroBoy'' for Creator/OsamuTezuka.
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' for Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo.
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' for Creator/NaokiUrasawa.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' for Takeshi Obata (artist) and Tsugumi Ohba (writer).
* ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' for Creator/{{CLAMP}}.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' for Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki.
* ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' for Creator/OhGreat.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' (and its accompanying movies) for Creator/{{Sunrise}}.
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' for Creator/ShotaroIshinomori in animation. ''Franchise/KamenRider'' was his big break in LiveActionTV.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' for Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''[='=]s anime adaptation for Creator/ShinichiWatanabe (no relation to the above).
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' for Creator/YoshitoshiABe.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' for Creator/LynnOkamoto.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' for Creator/StudioTrigger.
* ''{{Anime/Noir}}'' for Creator/BeeTrain and Music/YukiKajiura.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' for Creator/KenjiKamiyama.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' for Tamiki Wakaki (also doubles as a CareerResurrection on his part.)
* ''Manga/FlunkPunkRumble'' for Miki Yoshikawa.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' for Creator/ShojiKawamori.
* ''Manga/LupinIII'' for Monkey Punch.
* ''Anime/VoicesOfADistantStar'' for Creator/MakotoShinkai, though ''Anime/YourName'' elevated him to an even greater level of international mainstream notice. The latter also greatly increased RADWIMPS's visibility worldwide.
* ''Manga/{{ION}}'' for Creator/ArinaTanemura.
* The ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' film series for Creator/{{Ufotable}}.


[[folder: Distributors (International) ]]

* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' was Creator/SentaiFilmworks' first major license after the collapse of Creator/ADVFilms.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' (both its manga and anime) was one of Creator/VizMedia's first big successes as a publisher.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' for Creator/FUNimation.
* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' light novel series for Creator/YenPress.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
!!Created the property
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #1 for Creator/DCComics, which featured the debut of Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'' for Creator/AlanMoore.
* ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' for Creator/JackKirby.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' for Creator/StanLee.
* ''Comicbook/{{Marvels}}'' for Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss.
* ''The Amazing Comicbook/SpiderMan'' for Creator/SteveDitko.
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' for Creator/NeilGaiman (though his greater body of work is in regular literature).
* ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' for Creator/MikeCarey.
* ''Comicbook/AmericanVampire'' for Creator/ScottSnyder.
* ''{{ComicBook/Preacher}}'' for Creator/GarthEnnis.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' for Bryan Lee O'Malley.
* ''ComicBook/{{Phonogram}}'' for Creator/KieronGillen.
* ''ComicBook/{{Casanova}}'' for Creator/MattFraction.
* ''ComicBook/TheSixthGun'' for Creator/CullenBunn.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' for Creator/BrianKVaughan
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' for Creator/WarrenEllis.
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' for Creator/BrianAzzarello.
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' for Creator/RobertKirkman.
!!These creators did not create the property, but the rather first made their name for their work with said property.
* ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans The New Teen Titans]]'' for Creator/MarvWolfman (an update of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] property).
* ''The Uncanny ComicBook/XMen'' for Creator/ChrisClaremont, Creator/JohnByrne, and Creator/JimLee.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' for Creator/FrankMiller.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' for Creator/JohnBuscema and Creator/GeorgePerez (separate runs).
* ''Comicbook/TheFlash'' for Creator/GeoffJohns and Creator/MarkWaid (separate runs).
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' for NealAdams and Creator/ChuckDixon (separate runs).
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern/ComicBook/GreenArrow'' for Creator/DennisONeil.
* ''ComicBook/NickFury Agent Of SHIELD'' for JimSteranko.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' and ''Daredevil'' for Creator/BrianMichaelBendis.
* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' for Creator/GailSimone.
* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' for Creator/GregRucka and Creator/EdBrubaker.
* ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' and ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' for Creator/GrantMorrison.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' for Creator/JonathanHickman.
* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' for Andy Lanning.
* ''Batman: Gates of Gotham'' and ''Nightwing'' for Kyle Higgins.
* ''[[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]]'' for Creator/KellySueDeConnick.
* ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'' for Creator/GWillowWilson.
* ''ComicBook/BlackWidow'' for Creator/NathanEdmondson.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' for Creator/RogerStern.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' for David Micheline.
* ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' for Creator/PeterDavid.
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' for Creator/JoeKelly.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheLongHalloween Batman: The Long Halloween]]'' for Creator/JephLoeb and Tim Sale.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' for Creator/JasonAaron.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' for Creator/WaltDisney in the feature-length animated film industry.
* After breaking away from Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/DonBluth had his breakthrough with ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' for Creator/{{Pixar}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' or ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' for Creator/DreamWorksAnimation.
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman'' for Lauren Montgomery.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' for Creator/BrandonVietti.
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights'' for Creator/JayOliva.
* ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' for Creator/RalphBakshi.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' for Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' for Creator/BlueSkyStudios.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' for Illumination Entertainment.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' for Creator/JamesCameron.
* The ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' (''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', ''Film/ForaFewDollarsMore'', and ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'') for Creator/SergioLeone.
* ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' for Creator/GeorgeLucas. However, ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars: A New Hope]]'' made him such a household name that it's often forgotten that it was advertised as being "from the director of ''American Graffiti''."
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' for Creator/StevenSpielberg. It was actually his fifth film; his firsts, ''Film/TheSugarlandExpress'', and ''Film/{{Duel}}'' and a host of other TV movies he directed are long forgotten today.
* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' for Creator/RidleyScott. While his debut film ''Film/TheDuelists'' is critically well regarded, it's been largely forgotten by mainstream audiences.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' put Creator/PeterJackson on the world stage, though ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' is the film that brought him to Hollywood.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' for Creator/QuentinTarantino. ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' became a retroactive cult classic off of the success of ''Pulp Fiction''.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' for Creator/FrancisFordCoppola. He won an Oscar for his screenwriting in 1970's ''Film/{{Patton}}'', but he was still considered an unknown quantity when he helmed ''The Godfather''.
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' for Creator/MartinScorsese. He had two major releases prior to the film: ''Film/MeanStreets'' and ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore.'' The former, while highly praised and a modern-day classic, was a flop upon release, whereas the latter, although more successful and Oscar-winning, didn't exactly have Scorsese's directorial work at the center of the acclaim. ''Taxi Driver'' is viewed as the film that made him a household name.
* ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'' for Creator/BrianDePalma. After a series of independent studio films, ''Carrie'' became his first hit.
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' for Creator/KevinSmith. It was an indie film, but it made his name and led to big-budget projects.
* ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' for Creator/RobertZemeckis. At the time, Zemeckis was known for directing two commercial flops and writing the screenplay to Steven Spielberg's ''Film/NineteenFortyOne''. ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' was a further breakthough for him afterwards.
* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' for Creator/JohnCarpenter. Many of his earlier films are now seen as cult classics, but Carpenter's first genuine hit came with the 1978 slasher.
* ''Film/RosemarysBaby'' for Creator/RomanPolanski.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' for Creator/JohnLandis.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' for Creator/BryanSinger and screenwriter Christopher [=McQuarrie=].
* ''Film/{{Pi}}'' for Creator/DarrenAronofsky. This indie film was lauded by critics and made his name in the industry.
* ''Film/{{Memento}}'' for Creator/ChristopherNolan, although he didn't really become a household name until ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* ''Film/ElMariachi'' and later ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' for Creator/RobertRodriguez.
* ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' for Creator/WoodyAllen. As a writer/director, it was ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun''.
* ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' for Creator/OliverStone. He was an established screenwriter at the time, known for his work in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' and ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982.'' ''Platoon'' was his first hit as a director.
* ''Film/{{Laura}}'' was the film that made Creator/OttoPreminger's career as a producer-director, though he had not only directed several previous films but produced one as well (''In the Meantime, Darling'').
* ''Film/BoogieNights'' for Creator/PaulThomasAnderson. ''Film/HardEight'', his first feature film, never made it past a limited release.
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' for Creator/KyleNewman.
* ''Film/{{RoboCop|1987}}'' for Creator/PaulVerhoeven internationally. He was well known in the Netherlands for years.
* ''Film/ThreeKings'' for Creator/DavidORussell. He enjoyed an ever more successful period starting with ''Film/TheFighter'' in 2010.
* ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' for Creator/JohnBadham. ''The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars,'' his first film, went largely unnoticed.
* ''Film/TheOmen1976'' for Creator/RichardDonner.
* ''Film/{{Splash}}'' for Creator/RonHoward as a director. ''Film/NightShift'' was a moderate hit for him, but is today remembered for ''That's What Friends Are For,'' which became a future hit collaboration for Dionne Warwick, Music/EltonJohn, Music/StevieWonder, and Gladys Knight.
* ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' for Creator/SpikeLee.
* ''Film/BadBoys'' for Creator/MichaelBay.
* ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' for Creator/AdrianLyne.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' for Creator/JohnMcTiernan.
* ''Film/TopGun'' for Creator/TonyScott.
* ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' for Creator/IvanReitman.
* ''Film/DasBoot'' for Creator/WolfgangPetersen.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' made Creator/NicolasWindingRefn's name in Hollywood, though he was already very popular in Denmark for ''Film/{{Pusher}}''.
* ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'' for Creator/StevenSoderbergh.
* ''Film/SenseAndSensibility'' for Creator/AngLee in Hollywood.
* ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' for Creator/SidneyLumet.
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' for Creator/DavidFincher.
* ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'' for Creator/MikeNichols.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' for Creator/GarethEdwards.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' for Creator/LloydKaufman.
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' for Creator/WalterHill.
* ''Film/{{Klute}}'' for Creator/AlanJPakula.
* ''Film/{{Diner}}'' for Creator/BarryLevinson.
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' for Creator/SamMendes.
* ''Film/TheSixthSense'' for Creator/MNightShyamalan.
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' for Creator/RobReiner.
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' for Creator/DavidYates.
* ''Film/{{Elf}}'' for Creator/JonFavreau.
* ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' for James Gunn.
* ''Film/AntMan'' for Peyton Reed.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'' for Creator/OrsonWelles. Also for Music/BernardHerrmann.
* ''Film/TheKilling'' for Creator/StanleyKubrick.
* ''Film/RideTheHighCountry'' for Creator/SamPeckinpah.
* ''Film/TheProducers'' for Creator/MelBrooks.
* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' for Creator/JohnHuston.
* ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' for Creator/GuyRitchie and Creator/MatthewVaughn.
* ''Film/BloodSimple'' for Creator/TheCoenBrothers.
* ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfAntoineDoinel Les 400 coups]]'' for Creator/FrancoisTruffaut.
* ''Film/{{Breathless}}'' for Creator/JeanLucGodard.
* ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' for Creator/JohnWoo.
* '' Film/TheEvilDead'' for Creator/SamRaimi.
* ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' for Creator/DavidLynch.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' for Creator/TheFarrellyBrothers.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' for Creator/TimBurton.
* ''Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod'' for Creator/WernerHerzog.
* ''Film/ShallowGrave'' for Creator/DannyBoyle.
* ''Film/{{Badlands}}'' for Creator/TerrenceMalick.
* ''Film/{{Bound}}'' for Creator/TheWachowskis.
* ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' for Creator/WesCraven.
* ''Film/DrugstoreCowboy'' for Creator/GusVanSant.
* ''Film/MadMax'' for Creator/GeorgeMiller.
* ''Film/{{Cronos}}'' for Creator/GuillermoDelToro.
* ''Film/BobAndCarolAndTedAndAlice'' for Creator/PaulMazursky.
* ''Film/RushHour'' for Creator/BrettRatner.

* ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' for Creator/DanBrown.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' for Creator/StephenieMeyer.
* ''Literature/TortillaFlat'' for Creator/JohnSteinbeck.
* ''Nightfall'' for Creator/IsaacAsimov. As he himself described it "The writing of 'Nightfall' was a watershed in my professional career ... I was suddenly taken seriously and the world of science fiction became aware that I existed. As the years passed, in fact, it became evident that I had written a 'classic'".
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'' for Creator/JRRTolkien.
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' for Creator/CSLewis.
* ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' for Creator/RoaldDahl.
* ''Literature/EndersGame'' for Creator/OrsonScottCard.
* ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain'' for Creator/MichaelCrichton.
* ''Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg'' for Creator/DrSeuss.
** While ''Horton'' was his most popular book at the time, it was when ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' hit the shelves that he became a household name.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' for Creator/SuzanneCollins. Her previous book series, ''The Underland Chronicles'', was not very successful and did not gain retroactive recognition upon "The Hunger Games"' success.
* ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' for Creator/StephenKing. Although it was released on a low print run, its successful movie adaptation brought newfound attention onto the book and King.
* Miguel de Cervantes was regarded as a very mediocre playwright and author of a mildly successful pastoral romance before he published ''Literature/DonQuixote''. The rest is history.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' for Creator/JKRowling.
* ''{{Literature/The Dresden Files}}'' for Creator/JimButcher.
* ''{{Literature/The Adventures of Tom Sawyer}}'' for Creator/MarkTwain.
* ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'' for Creator/TomClancy.
* ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'' for Creator/JohnGreen. He has had many popular books before this, but this was his first massive hit and the book that really brought him into public eye. In 2014 alone, only the ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' trilogy has been able to rival it in sales.
* ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'' for Creator/GeorgeRRMartin (although it was the TV adaptation, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' that got him mainstream recognition).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' for Creator/DanAbnett.

!!Light Novel Series
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' for Creator/KazumaKamachi.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' for Reki Kawahara.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' for its creator, Norman Lear, and its four principal cast members: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. The four actors had guest roles and so forth before the show that made them household names.
* ''Series/AllThat'' for Creator/DanSchneider.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' for Creator/DickWolf.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' for Creator/JossWhedon, Creator/JaneEspenson and David Greenwalt. It also gave a start for Steven S. [=DeKnight=] (''Series/{{Spartacus}}'' and ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'') and Drew Goddard (''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'').
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' for Jerry Bruckheimer as a TV producer (since he was already famous for his film work).
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' started Rob Thomas's career as a television producer, although his book ''Rats Saw God'' started his career as a novelist.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' for Tim Kring (although his previous series ''CrossingJordan'' lasted longer).
* ''Series/MagnumPI'' for Creator/DonaldPBellisario.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' for Creator/JJAbrams (though he'd already written or co-written several films and this wasn't his first series, having previously co-created ''Series/{{Felicity}}'' and created ''Series/{{Alias}}'').
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' for Haim Saban.
* ''Series/DoubleDare1986'' for Marc Summers and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}.
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' for Creator/MarkBurnett.
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' for ChuckLorre (though he was already known for ''Series/GraceUnderFire'' and ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'').
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' for Shonda Rhimes.
* ''Series/HRPufnstuf'' for Creator/SidAndMartyKrofft.
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' for Creator/{{Netflix}} as a provider of original programming.
* ''Series/MadMen'' for Creator/{{AMC}}.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' for Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. Berlanti and Guggenheim worked on the less successful but still well-received ''Series/EliStone'' beforehand, while Kreisberg was a writer for various shows.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for David Benioff and DB Weiss. Benioff was a prolific author and screenwriter and was probably best known for his screenplay to ''Film/{{Troy}}'', which while very successful hasn't made a fraction of ''Game of Thrones'' cultural impact. Weiss was also and author and screenwriter, but didn't have much to his resume at the time of the show's launch.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' for Bryan Fuller.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' for Chris Carter. It also gave a start for Vince Gilligan and Michelle [=MacLaren=] (both on ''Series/BreakingBad'').
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' for Gilligan, [=MacLaren=], plus Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz, Peter Gould, Sam Catlin, Gennifer Hutchison and Moira Walley-Beckett.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' for Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' for Mitchell Hurwitz. It also gave a start for Joe and Anthony Russo (''Series/{{Community}}'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'').
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' for Dan Harmon.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'' for Creator/{{Hulu}} as a provider of original programming.
* ''Series/{{Transparent}}'' for Amazon Prime.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' for Jim Davis.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' for Charles M. Schulz.
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' for George Herriman.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' for Bill Watterson.
* ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' for Creator/AlCapp.

* ''Pinball/StarWarsDataEast'' for Creator/JohnBorg.
* ''Pinball/MonsterBash'' for Creator/GeorgeGomez.
* ''[[Pinball/{{Wizard}} Wizard!]]'' for Creator/GregKmiec.
* ''Pinball/FunHouse'' for Creator/PatLawlor.
* ''Pinball/TheatreOfMagic'' for Creator/JohnPopadiuk.
* ''Pinball/{{Flash}}'' for Creator/SteveRitchie.
* ''Pinball/{{Contact}}'' for Creator/HarryWilliams.
* Based on early playtests, ''Pinball/BigBangBar'' was expected to be this for Creator/CapcomPinball, but the division was closed before it was released.

[[folder:Radio Drama]]
* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' for Creator/DouglasAdams.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' for Creator/RichardGarfield and Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' for Creator/GaryGygax and Creator/{{TSR}}.
** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3rd Edition'' for Monte Cook.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', a derivative of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5 edition [=OGL=], for Paizo Publishing.
* While ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' made Creator/GamesWorkshop popular enough to begin their own gaming system, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' and ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the strategy game based off it, would be what eventually put them on the map.
** ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' and ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' for Creator/FantasyFlightGames in the TabletopRPG market, though they were already well-established as a BoardGame company beforehand.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' for Creator/WhiteWolf.
* Though already known as a WarGaming company at the time, Game Designers' Workshop is better known today for its first foray into the TabletopRPG market, a little SpaceOpera game called ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' or ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' for Creator/SteveJacksonGames.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' for Hero Games.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' for Green Ronin Publishing.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' for Alderac Entertainment Group.
* ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' for Guardians of Order.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' for Creator/{{Chaosium}}.
* ''TabletopGame/StarWarsTheRoleplayingGame'' for West End Games.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' for Creator/PalladiumBooks.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Fate}}'' for Evil Hat Productions.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' for Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
* Mongoose Publishing's versions of ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' and ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'', which allowed them to branch out from [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons d20/OGL products]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' for R. Talsorian Games.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' for Creator/{{FASA}} Corporation.

* ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'' for Creator/AndrewLloydWebber.
* ''Tancredi'' for Music/GioachinoRossini.
* ''Nabucco'' for Music/GiuseppeVerdi.
* Rodgers and Hart made their breakthrough with ''Garrick Gaieties'', a 1925 revue that began as a benefit concert put on to furnish the Theater Guild's new home.
* ''Rienzi'' was Creator/RichardWagner's third opera and the first to be produced to success. Wagner later disowned it, however.
* ''Theatre/LeCirqueReinvente'' for Creator/CirqueDuSoleil. In hindsight, this show (the company's third) has a lot of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, being conceptually simple compared to what followed, but it was their first show to tour beyond Canada and served as an introduction to the contemporary circus genre for U.S. audiences who mostly knew only the (at the time) fairly stale traditional style performed by Ringling Bros. and the like.
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' for John Kander and Fred Ebb, and Harold Prince as a director. (Prince had been previously involved with the hit shows ''Theatre/ThePajamaGame'', ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' and ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', but only on the producing side.)
* ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}'' for Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.
* Jerome Kern's songs for the 1914 musical ''The Girl from Utah'' moved him into the top tier of Broadway songwriters. Ironically, he wasn't the principal songwriter, which he had been on two less successful previous musicals, though a new MedleyOverture was devoted to his interpolated songs.
* ''Theatre/PeterGrimes'' for Benjamin Britten.
* Agnes de Mille had her first major success on the ballet stage with ''Rodeo'', and shortly thereafter made the breakthrough in musical theatre which had previously eluded her with ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''.
* ''Manon Lescaut'' for Music/GiacomoPuccini.
* ''Theatre/BeyondTheHorizon'' for Creator/EugeneONeill.
* ''Theatre/AllMySons'' for Creator/ArthurMiller.
* ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' for Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein. The two writers were known independently beforehand for productions such as ''Theatre/ShowBoat'' (for Hammerstein) and ''Theatre/AConnecticutYankee'' (for Rodgers), then ''Oklahoma!'' ensured that the two creators would be inseparable in public knowledge from then on.
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' for Creator/StephenSondheim.
* ''Theatre/OnTheTown'' established the Broadway careers of Creator/ComdenAndGreen and Creator/JeromeRobbins, and could have done the same for Music/LeonardBernstein if his mentor Serge Koussevitzky had not convinced him to not dedicate his career to musicals--though this didn't stop him from composing several more.
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' for Peter Stone.
* ''Lucia di Lammermoor'' for Gaetano Donizetti. Several factors helped in making this opera a success. At the time, Gioachino Rossini had retired and Vincenzo Bellini had passed away, which left Donizetti as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera". There was also a large European interest in Scotland's history and culture, especially the romance of the country's violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology.
* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' for Creator/LinManuelMiranda.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' for Creator/LittleKuriboh.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' for Creator/JamesRolfe.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' for Creator/DougWalker and Creator/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. First, the ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' review made such a great impression on the internet, majorly thanks to the [[BerserkButton Bat Credit Card]], but these days, Doug kinda regretted that he could've done better for the review. The one review that solidifies this trope and the time when Doug got the best firm of balance of funny and thoughtful review would be the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' review.
* ''[[WebVideo/{{React}} Kids React]]'' (specifically, to Rebecca Black's "Music/{{Friday}}") for Creator/TheFineBrothers.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' for Creator/RoosterTeeth.
** ''Fails of the Weak'' for their Creator/AchievementHunter division. Later on, ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' for their LetsPlay videos.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' for Creator/TeamFourStar.

[[folder:Western Animation (excluding Film)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies'':
** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, introduced in 1935's "I Haven't Got a Hat," was their breakthrough star. Incidentally, Porky wasn't the main star of this film: the twin dog duo of Ham and Ex (who sing the title theme), were earmarked as the future stars of Warner Bros. cartoons.
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd: "A Wild Hare," released in 1940. Earlier cartoons had templates of both characters, but this was the first film to feature official versions of the iconic cartoon stars.
** Daffy Duck: "Porky's Duck Hunt" from 1937, in which he was a supporting character who drove Porky Pig nuts.
** Sylvester the Cat: Although his first film was "Life With Feathers" (where a suicidal bird tries to get eaten but the cat refusing because he thinks he's poison), it was the puddy tat's pairing with a certain yellow, blue-eyed canary the Tweety Bird, in "Tweetie Pie" that made our hapless, lisping black-and-white cat a star.
** Foghorn Leghorn: The loud-mouthed rooster's breakthrough was "Walky Talky Hawky."
** Tex Avery: his first big hit was his 6th short "I Love to Singa" (1936).
** Bob Clampett: his first big hit was "Porky in Wackyland" (1938).
* ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' for Creator/WaltDisney.
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' for the Creator/WalterLantz cartoon studio.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' for Creator/KlaskyCsupo studios and Creator/{{Nicktoons}} on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' for Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, and Creator/CraigMcCracken as a writer.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' for Creator/CraigMcCracken as a producer, also giving a start to Creator/LaurenFaust as a writer and director.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} animator Butch Hartman.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' for Alan Burnett, Creator/PaulDini and Creator/BruceTimm.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' for Creator/GregWeisman.
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi had a long career before then, but ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is what made him truly famous.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' for Creator/MattGroening and for the Creator/{{Fox}} network.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' for Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' for Creator/SethMacFarlane. It also gave a start for [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Dan Povenmire]] via its "Road To" episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' for Van Partible. It also gave a start to the aforementioned Creator/SethMacFarlane and Butch Hartman (as well as [[Series/SonnyWithAChance Steve Marmel]]) in the art of writing.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' for Man of Action.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing'' for Creator/ColumbiaCartoons.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and/or ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' for Creator/TheHub network.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' for Creator/BryanKonietzko and Creator/MichaelDanteDiMartino. It also gave a start for Dave Filoni (''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'') and Giancarlo Volpe (''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' for Walt Disney Television Animation.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' for Creator/FreshTV.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' for Alex Hirsch.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' for Creator/DiCEntertainment.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' for Jumbo Pictures.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' for Paul Germain, Joe Ansolabehere, and OneSaturdayMorning.
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' for Creator/ChristopherYost.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan The Spectacular Spider-Man]]'' for Victor Cook and Andrew Robinson.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' for JG Quintel.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' for James Tucker and Michael Jelenic.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' for Mitch Watson.
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' for Jim Krieg.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' for Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Katie Lucas, Matt Michnovetz and Brent Friedman.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' for Pendleton Ward.
* ''WesternAnimation/HuckleberryHound'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' for Creator/HannaBarbera.