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[[caption-width-right:300:No matter the story, Creator/HayaoMiyazaki will have someone/something flying.[[labelnote:Clockwise from top left:]]Anime/{{Porco Rosso}}'s plane, the [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Totoros]], [[Anime/KikisDeliveryService Kiki and Jiji abroom]], [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle Howl's castle]], Manga/{{Nausicaa|OfTheValleyOfTheWind}} on her Mehve, [[Anime/CastleInTheSky Sheeta and Pazu in Pazu's 'thopter]], [[Anime/SpiritedAway Chihiro riding Haku]][[/labelnote]]]]

A recurring item found across several works for a director, producer or writer.

For recurring associates, see ProductionPosse. For recurring characters or items identified with a previous movie, see ProductionThrowback and ReusedCharacterDesign. The literary/unintentional equivalent of this is an AuthorCatchphrase, and the actor equivalent of this is just a normal CatchPhrase (e.g. [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger "I'll be back"]]). Does not include overarching SignatureStyle elements of a body of work, {{Signature Shot}}s, or ''explicit'' IconicLogo trademarks, such as Creator/AlfredHitchcock's silhouette or Walt Disney's signature. If the Thumbprint is something the author likes, then it's AuthorAppeal.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* All of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films have at least one scene depicting characters at great heights or on the edges of precipitious drops: most of his films also feature at least one of ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines. Many of his films feature flight as a prominent theme. There are also pigs, and characters that get so angry [[ExpressiveHair their hair levitates]].
** Around half of his stories also tend to have some sort of pacifism or anti war theme, either directly or indirectly, in them.
* This is part of the reason why ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fans love the series. The person in charge of it is a self-admitted fan of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', so he inserted ''a lot'' of HumongousMecha tropes and references into the anime. [[MixAndMatch The resulting fusion]] of {{Magical Girl}}s and HumongousMecha is [[RuleOfCool very cool indeed]].
* MakotoShinkai clearly loves SceneryPorn and cats, including a cat in every one of his films since ''SheAndHerCat'' (normally naming the cats in the later films after the earlier cats).
* Creator/NaokiUrasawa is a noted Germanophile, which is very noticeable giving the settings of his work: Large parts of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', ''MasterKeaton'', and ''{{Pluto}}'' are set in Germany.
* [[Manga/AntiqueBakery Yoshinaga Fumi's]] works are very well regarded for their nuanced and fully realized characters. Yet for some reason all of these characters, no matter their profession or past, share the ability to speak for paragraphs about all the little details behind the [[FoodPorn delicious, mouthwatering dishes]] that always pop up.
* Between both his principal works' tendency to contain a cast of kids exposed to uncomfortable amounts of rape, teenage pregnancy, mental illnesses, parental child abuse and eventually [[KillEmAll a gruesome and pointless death]], and just generally possessing a SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism you could use as a trebuchet, it would seem MohiroKitoh (''{{Narutaru}}'', ''{{Bokurano}}'') is ''[[HumansAreBastards not]]'' [[HumansAreBastards a 'people' person]]. Especially where children are concerned.
** Finally, he's also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking fond of mountain bikes]].
** Also there seems to be a tendency towards aircraft and anything in the air, and perhaps the military.
* In their ''Girls With Guns'' works, BeeTrain always has a female character that wears a pair of red shoes - which started with Kirika in ''Anime/{{Noir}}''.
* Keiichi Sigsawa, author of ''KinosJourney'' and ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia'', goes out of his way to profile in entirely unnecessary detail every weapon and vehicle that comes up, regardless of whether it is important to the plot. And as if that weren't enough, even his ''pen name'' is based on [[http://www.sigsauer.com/Default.aspx a gun brand]].
* Creator/ShirowMasamune loves drawing sexy, scantily clad women, but that hardly sets him apart; what ''does'' is his [[TechnologyPorn obsessive attention to detail regarding near-future/sci-fi weaponry and machines]]. The OtherWiki even has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seburo a page about Seburo]], which is Shirow's ''recurring futuristic small arms manufacturer''.
* If you couldn't tell from the series itself, Hiroyuki Imaishi, the director of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' said in an interview that he liked [[ThisIsADrill drills]] and wanted a show where they were the main character's weapon. This becomes either hilarious or creepy when you see his previous work, ''DeadLeaves'', where one guy has a giant drill (that's drawn just like the ones in TTGL because he's also the character designer for both) ''for a penis''.
* Most of the [[ViewersAreGeniuses ridiculously hard to understand]] math and physics found around ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' (including an important in one of the later novels that is even ''illustrated'') stem from Nagaru Tanigawa (the author of the novels) being a math/physics buff.
** See ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' for something similar.
* Wataru Yoshizumi, the mangaka behind ''MarmaladeBoy'', ''UltraManiac'', ''Mint na Bokura'' and many others likes her tennis. She tends to have at least one of her characters in each of her series be a member of their school tennis club.
* Aside of uniforms and girls with hair decs, HidekazHimaruya loves bunnies.
* Arina Tanemura really likes insane hair.
* Shamelessly lampshaded by Ai Yazawa in her manga ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'', about an arts high school populated by eccentric teens. "''In the Yazawa High School students have an unspoken agreement to dress in the most outrageous way possible. Why? Principal Ai Yazawa just loves outlandish clothes!''". Before becoming a mangaka, she wanted to be a fashion designer, and she's a hardcore fan of Vivienne Westwood. She also loves rock and punk music. It becomes glaringly obvious since ''all'' of her mangas feature [[ParadiseKiss fashion designers]], [[UnlimitedWardrobe massive amounts of different outfits]], designs lifted from Westwood, [[{{Nana}} aspiring musicians and punk rockers]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Creator/TiteKubo is a huge music geek. As a result, he gives many of his characters theme songs from a wide range of styles and nationalities. His chapter and volume titles can be a CallBack to songs and he often finds a way to insert music into character conversations. During the Turn Back The Pendulum arc not only did he have Captain Shinji trying to convince Vice-Captain Aizen that jazz was a brilliant invention but he also created a little character sketch at the end of the relevant volume to tell the reader that jazz didn't actually exist during Shinji's era, coupled with a sketch of Shinji looking absolutely baffled at what he's listening to if jazz doesn't exist.
** Kubo is also a huge fashion fan and takes every opportunity to sketch his characters in many different fashion styles from Japanese garb to punk outfits, tracksuits and boxing gear. Even here, he often finds a way to insert music.
* In a similar vein to Kubo, HirohikoAraki is a big music fan, particularly of western progressive rock. This can be seen in the naming conventions of characters from his master work, ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', with characters sporting such names as {{Dio}} [[MarlonBrando Brando]], [[REOSpeedwagon Robert Edward O. Speedwagon]], {{Vanilla Ice}}, and so forth. He even had a prog-rock song used as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8okVPx2LpCc ending theme of the new anime series]].
** He also seems to have a thing against dogs, as almost every dog that shows up is brutally murdered either to show off the new villain's Stand, or just because. In fact, one of the first things to happen in Jojo's, is Dio [[KickTheDog kicking Jonathan's dog, then later killing him]].
* ''TheWallflower'' author Tomoko Hayakawa practically admits in her author notes that she simply made a series full of stuff she likes: {{Bishonen}}, J-rock performers, horror and gothic pop culture, and the ElegantGothicLolita style.
* [[BeeTrain Kouichi Mashimo]] went to a Jesuit university, knows a lot about the Catholic Church, and likes to feature [[EnemyWithin some]] [[HollywoodAtheist of]] [[RousseauWasRight Aquinas's]] [[TheChurch and]] [[RedemptionQuest Augustine's]] [[GreyAndGrayMorality ideas]] in [[Anime/{{Noir}} his]] [[{{Madlax}} shows]]. He also has a non-sexual love for any ActionGirl (especially [[GirlsWithGuns with a gun]]), being a fairly well-known feminist in Japan.
* Tsutomu Nihei, author of ''{{Blame}}''!, has an obvious obsession with architecture, post-humanism and cyborgs. The latter occasionally verges on fetish territory, and the former is [[MemeticMutation something of a running joke amongst his fans]].
* Creator/AkiraToriyama has a thing for vehicles. Give the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga a lookthrough and count how many of the chapter cover pages not directly related to the storyline feature some kind of detailed vehicle. He outright admitted that the main character of his 1987 one-shot ''SONCHOH'' is the car, and not the old man who drives it. This is also {{Lampshaded}} in an {{omake}} of his ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' manga, where Toriyama's editor calls him out for always drawing some sort of vehicle on the covers and asks him if the main character of the manga is a car.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' scribe Kosuke Fujishima is a ''huge'' fan of exquisitely-detailed machinery, especially that surrounding vehicles, so it's no surprise that all his work features very in-depth discussion and imagery of the same.
* Eiichiro Oda of ''Manga/OnePiece'' fame very clearly ''loves'' afros. Not only do several major ''One Piece'' characters sport afros, but the story draws attention or uses the afro for comedy in almost every case:
** Gaimon, who is mistaken for a shrub;
** Kuromarimo, who has one afro on his head and three in his beard, fights with afro-shaped balls of hair;
** Strawhat pirate Brook, who is a ''[[DemBones skeleton]]'', still retains his afro because [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum he has deep roots]], and has great emotional attachment to the hair because it will allow his old friend [[spoiler:Laboon]] to recognize him even though he is a skeleton;
** Fleet Admiral Sengoku, despite being TheComicallySerious;
** Emporio Ivankov, who can carry his right hand man in his afro;
** and Luffy wears an afro wig during his fight with Foxy, and everyone except [[OnlySaneMan Nami]] insists that the afro makes him stronger.
** [[WildTake Wild Takes]] and silly expressions in general are another favourite, even if the situation in the story is serious.
* Kozue Amano, the creator of ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' and ''{{Amanchu}}'' clearly has a thing for SceneryPorn [[TropesAreNotBad Nobody complains,]] [[DoingItForTheArt for good reason.]]
* Mori Kaoru is an Anglophile. It definitely shows in the immense attention to the details of upstairs-downstairs dynamics, costume details and setting of ''VictorianRomanceEmma''.
** She highlighted in her latest work ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'' that she is also fascinated by Central Asian costumes and setting. All her female and male characters have exquisitely detailed embroidered clothes.
* Isuna Hasekura, author of the ''SpiceAndWolf'' novels, has a serious thing for economics. It features prominently in both of his works to date. In fact, he took the prize money he got for his first novel to the stock market and is currently writing a manga about day trading.
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[[folder:Art]]
* William-Adolphe Bouguereau, as can be seen at the OtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William-Adolphe_Bouguereau here]], made a career out of painting [[{{Moe}} innocent, pale young girls looking sad and adorable]]. He also had a thing for bare feet, by the way.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld was known for hiding the word Nina (his daughter's name) within the elaborate cross-hatching of his cartoons. A number next to his signature indicated the number of hidden Ninas.
* Keno DonRosa put the acronym [[http://neamar.fr/Res/DUCK/ D.U.C.K. into the first page]] of all of his comics, as a homage to his favorite CarlBarks ("Dedicated to Uncle Carl from Keno").
** Also, he is a recognized Scrooge/Goldie shipper.
* The late comicbook writer Mark Gruenwald apparently loved his home state Wisconsin. In ''CaptainAmerica,'' he made the villain Sidewinder a Wisconsite, while his hero [[ComicBook/{{Quasar}} Quasar]] also hailed from "America's Dairyland". His love for Wisconsin really showed in ''D.P.7.,'' as most of the early issues were set there, and many of the characters were from Wisconsin.
* Likewise, Creator/BrianMichaelBendis really seems to like his hometown of Cleveland, and has set many of his stories there.
* TheFlash's John Broome seemed to have some sort of fixation with second floor burglaries. It has been suggested that maybe he was burgled while living on the second floor and developed it because of that.
* John Callahan has at least two cartoons with quadriplegic protagonists. It's likely because the man himself is also quadriplegic.
* Anything Geoff Johns writes frequently involves a character receiving an injury to their hand or arm.
* Bill Amend of ''FoxTrot'' '''really''' loves his math/computer/geek humor. (He was a Physics major.)
* Paul Dini again, but this one's probably not sexual. He's a gigantic zoology buff, which accounts for a great deal of the animal references he tends to make in his scripts. Examples include the inclusion of the extremely obscure ''cassowary'' in "Almost Got 'Im", the conversation between two of Ra's al Ghul's mooks about how crocodiles kill their prey in "Out of the Past", and the fact that Dini got Bruce Timm a STUFFED PIRANHA as drawing reference for "Mad Love".
* Creator/NeilGaiman of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' fame likes mythology, cats, and gothic imagery and/or clothes. And expect stories within stories within stories, and the story will be talking about other stories.
* Mike Mignola has said in interviews that he created ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' because he loves drawing weird monsters, big gorillas and mad-science devices and wanted an excuse to get paid for it.
* DougTenNapel's comics usually have a cat. Even when they aren't main characters or even important to the plot, there's usually at least one scene that prominently features one if not several.
* Legendary comic book artist George Perez has a non-sexual fetish of redesigning characters' costumes to be much more detailed than the average artist is willing to draw. It gets sexual because whenever he draws [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlet Witch]] (whom he has singled out as his [[PerverseSexualLust favorite character to draw]]), he draws her in [[http://sarcasm-hime.net/wanda-ref.jpg this costume]], which references her Roma heritage. Furthermore, this outfit is designed to indicate that Wanda ''does not wear panties'' (the two sections of fabric over her hips are connected by gold loops that rest over bare skin). When asked to provide WordOfGod information that nobody else could give, Perez stated that Wanda prefers to go commando and dared readers to find an instance in which she is proven to be wearing underwear. He even found other ways to subtly convey this sexual trivia - such as showing her wearing a very long t-shirt to bed. It is worth noting that no other artist draws this costume if they can avoid it, although that is likely because of the prohibitive level of detail rather than the designer's fetish appeal.
** Perez just has a fetish for costume design in general. His second-favorite Marvel girl to play with is the Wasp, because he can design any-and-as-many costumes as he damn well pleases for her with no one batting an eye about it. Hilariously enough, though, even with the ''dozens'' of outfits he's given her, ''none'' of the rare {{Stripperific}} costumes she's had were of his design.
*** Not that he couldn't. His design for ''TheNewTeenTitans'' ' [[http://league.jmkprime.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/starfire-326x600.jpg Starfire]]
* D'Israeli's artwork always includes the word 'fishpaste' somewhere, usually as graffiti.
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Bill Watterson]] cites [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]] as one of his main creative influences, and it shows in his art style. A few of the stylistic twists Schulz used in his strip, such as profile shots of characters that show only their eyes and nose but not their mouths, or the use of the word "AUGH" when uttering a cry of surprise or dismay, were adopted by Watterson and later used in ''Calvin and Hobbes.''
* StanLee and his fondness for alliterative names - Peter Parker, Reed Richards, J. Jonah Jameson, Susan Storm, Bruce Banner...
** He's explained that alliterative names were just easier to remember since he was writing tons of books and creating new characters all the time.
* Creator/GarthEnnis has a fondness for Irish and British characters, especially working-class ones.
* Scott Snyder has a penchant for starting every story with--as comics journalist David Brothers says it--the main character relating “[Aged male mentor figure] used to say [anecdote relevant to the plot].”
* Bill Finger, the unsung early writer of the ''Batman'' comics, loved doing stories around giant sized but functional versions of props like typewriters, cigarette lights and similar displays.
* Creator/MarkWaid loves to take formally dark or unhappy characters and brighten their outlook (and the tone of their stories.) In general he favors more positive storytelling and will often address this directly in his plotlines. Examples include Comicbook/TheFlash and Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} both learning to stop worrying and love being superheroes, and Waid's ComicBook/KingdomCome dealing directly with the conflict between light and dark styles of superheroes.
* Creator/JohnByrne likes to use the license plate GNU 556 in various vehicles (including a ''zeppelin'') in different stories. According to him, it's a tribute to a song of British musical comedy duo FlandersAndSwann. He also likes to draw himself in some stories, like he did on FantasticFour, [[Comicbook/TheNewUniverse Starbrand]] and SheHulk (this time, combining with her MediumAwareness and BreakingTheFourthWall). He is also fond of depicting the NeckLift, to the point that some comics fans refer to it as "the Byrne Hold".
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* How can you spot a [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93]] story? Firstly, he loves his GunPorn, especially Kalashnikov rifles and other Soviet weapons. Expect to see stuff about mercenaries, paramilitaries, guerillas, militias, and a positive depictions of civilian gun ownership. Secondly, GratuitousForeignLanguage, especially [[GratuitousRussian Russian, ]]because the author is a Russian Language major in RealLife, but he's also studied [[GratuitousLatin Latin]] and [[GratuitousGerman German.]] Russian cultural and military references abound in his war stories, with many of his characters wearing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telnyashka telnyashka.]] The guy adores his booze, particularly rye whiskey. And he's written a few stories to involve prostitution, as well as male virginity.
* [[Creator/ThatPersonYouMightKnow [=ThatPersonYouMightKnow=]]] ''floods'' his stories with {{Shout Out}}s, ranging from easy spots such as ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' to bizarre 80s game shows like ''Main/{{Interceptor}}''.
* Dahne, the author of ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'', ''loaded'' the story with {{Shout Out}}s, and seems to have a particular interest in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (justifiable in-story, as one of the protagonists is a mecha anime {{Otaku}}), ''PlanescapeTorment'' (which provides the ArcWords), and NorseMythology.
* {{Ri2}}'s most well known fics are DarkerAndEdgier continuations of works like ''KingdomHearts'' or ''[[FanFic/LatiasJourney Pokemon]]'' that tend to [[GoingCosmic Go Cosmic]] near the end. Also, a character named "Mewgle" that tends to show up for a cameo appearance or some sort of sub-plot.
* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes!angst and Holmes!torture]] are something of a {{Motif}} in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', a series by Tropers/AleineSkyfire and Riandra, whose Sherlockian novels (''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'' and ''Fanfic/AStudyInRegret'', respectively) deal very heavily with these subjects.
* With the exception of short vignettes (and not always then), stories by the ''{{WesternAnimation/Total Drama}}'' fanfic writer, Tropers/{{Gideoncrawle}} include at least one reference to a Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta. His pen name is also a [[Theatre/{{Ruddigore}} G&S reference]].
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2204901/Nimbus-Llewelyn Nimbus Llewelyn]] has a penchant for lots and lots of references to ''ThePrincessBride''.
** [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] generally abound, most particularly either to MarvelComics or to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', depending on what fandom the story is written in.
** Also prone to sending minor villains shooting over the MoralEventHorizon, and looking at what happens if you break a powerful hero and let them loose on the world.
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[[folder:Film]]
* As an homage to Creator/AlHirschfeld, artists working on the "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'' (which was inspired by Hirschfeld's drawings) added their names within the backgrounds as FreezeFrameBonus. They even throw in a couple of Ninas for good measure.
* In the days of silent films, studios used to hide their names in the set to guard against other studios stealing the scenes for their own films (and to defend against accusations thereof).
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock would [[CreatorCameo appear]] as a bystander in all of his films. When he found out that people would watch the films for his cameo, and get distracted from the story, he started making his appearance in the first few minutes. There's other stuff, too, like villians dying from falling from great heights, tall 'cool' blondes, and the {{MacGuffin}}.
* Similarly, StanLee appears in every movie based on one of his {{Super Hero}}es.
* Creator/SamRaimi's [father's?] old Oldsmobile, dubbed "The Classic", is in many of his films. For example, it was Uncle Ben's car in ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}''.
* Creator/FrankCapra and that crow.
* Creator/MartinScorsese's films often feature Catholic imagery, guilt-ridden protagonists, and the Madonna-Whore complex in regards to love interests.
* Creator/ChristopherNolan's films would be a third shorter if he left out all the [[SceneryPorn birds-eye view cityscapes]].
** [[Film/{{Inception}} Inception]] can be seen as a "Nolan's greatest hits" in terms of director trademarks. Metaphysical motifs? Check. Things that are not what they seem? Check. Character side story serving as metaphor for protagonist or film overall? Check. Twist ending to a character story or film? Check.
** At least one of the main characters will carry a small, innocent-looking object around (such as [[Film/TheDarkKnight a playing card, a coin]], [[Film/ThePrestige a bouncing ball]], or a [[Film/{{Inception}} spinning top]]) which we are treated to many close-up shots of.
** MichaelCaine holds the record for acting in most Nolan films with five as of 2013 (The Dark Knight Saga (3), The Prestige, Inception). He will extend that record to six with 2014's Interstellar.
** And if Creator/CillianMurphy is in the movie, at some point he will have a bag over his head.
** The Dark Knight Saga and Inception even have their own credits FONT.
* Film producer Jon Peters appears to really like {{Giant Spider}}s, as noted in our article on ExecutiveMeddling.
* Creator/TimBurton has a few:
** His films contain strange hands -- severed hands, mutilated hands, [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic hands]], gloved hands, and artistic representations of hands -- in far greater proportion than is common. The only remotely sexual connotation attaches to the leather-glove fetishism in ''Batman''. ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' uses the lyric "bony fingers" three times.
** Burton also likes German Expressionist cinema (Johnny Depp LooksLikeCesare in over half of Burton's films), which is a visible influence of his work. Sometimes he admits this, like how Christopher Walken's character in ''Batman Returns'' is named "[[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Max Schreck]]". This also feeds into his lower-level fixation with [[GothSpirals spirals]]. Spiral hair, spiral feathers, spiral coattails, spiral plants, spiral embroidery... maybe he eats a lot of curly fries or something. And stripes. Especially on snakes.
** [[MonsterClown Scary clowns]], dark woods, tile floors...
** And Burton seems to have a thing for dogs, as there are some dropped into every one of his movies at some point.
** And that's the subtle stuff, we'll not even get into his main character is nearly always a sensitive outsider shunned by the masses. That defines himself prior to achieving the fame... [[PanderingToTheBase and]] [[EmoTeen his target audience]].
* KevinSmith always stuffs his films with his favorite things: ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Jaws'', hockey and comic book references, and talks about "unnatural" sex acts. He has a thing for [[{{Meganekko}} girls with glasses]], brought on by his wife. There are also ''Degrassi'' references.
* As a boy, Creator/WesCraven was bullied by a kid named [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Fred Krueger]]. Before this name became attached to Craven's most iconic baddie, his earlier film ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' contains a villainous rapist named Krug.
* Screenwriter/director Richard Curtis seems to have a thing for Americans. Aside from the ''Literature/BridgetJones'' films, which were adapted from another medium and was a collaboration with several other writers, every theatrically released film he's ever written has been a British comedy featuring at least one American character, though that maybe due to the UK cinematic convention of having an inexplicable American in the cast to coax the US market.
** Ironically in ''LoveActually'' he has the British prime minister played by Hugh Grant give an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the American President played by Billy Bob Thornton.
* The films of Creator/GuillermoDelToro always include slime, aspects of clock punk (or at least, clocks), things in jars (often PeopleJars), and references to Roman Catholicism. The supernatural is extremely common, and he's also greatly interested in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar.
* Creator/RobertZemeckis likes {{Historical In Joke}}s as well as putting real people in his films, either by getting the real person or by combining [[FakeShemp editing tricks]] with StockFootage.
** In a documentary made for the 2002 ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' [=DVD=], Zemeckis said he always felt the best TimeTravel stories were ''TheTimeMachine'' and ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. Seven years later, he came out with his own version of the latter.
** Which brings us to MotionCapture.
** Casting actors, often the lead, [[ActingForTwo in multiple parts]] (Michael J. Fox in ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part II'', Tom Hanks in ''ThePolarExpress'', Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman in ''A Christmas Carol'') and having them interact with each other.
* Creator/DarioArgento's films usually have protagonists who are involved in the arts or some creative profession, and are foreigners.
** Jessica Harper in ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' and Jennifer Connelly in ''{{Phenomena}}'' are based on Disney's Snow White.
* Creator/DavidLynch seems to really enjoy scenes of women singing. There's the Lady in the Radiator from ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'', Dorothy Vallens in ''BlueVelvet'', the biker bar chick in ''TwinPeaks'' and the whole Club Silencio scene in ''MulhollandDrive'', though all these instances are probably done for atmosphere more than anything else.
** Also likes: facial injuries/deformity, shots of the road taken while driving, blinking/strobing lights, red curtains, and fixed shots of the elderly moving slowly. Oh, and terrifying imagery in abundance.
** That's besides his whole "dark underbelly of suburbia" thing, the dominant theme in much of his work.
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers seem obsessed with hair, or at any rate like to portray characters who are, and/or characters with bizarre or terrible haircuts.
** They are also fond of: regional accents, scenes with dogs, failed kidnappings, suitcases full of money, powerful men behind desks, shots of walking feet, and [[ImplacableMan Implacable Men]] who verge on being {{Physical God}}s.
** Less obvious but none the less notable, at least seven of their films feature a car wreck where one of the main characters is the driver or did something to cause the wreck.
* If Creator/MelGibson is starring in a film, chances are his character will like dogs.
** Mel Gibson's attachment to a film, as star or director, does tend to suggest the presence of torture and suffering. ''MadMax'' and the hacksaw, ''LethalWeapon'' and the electric sponges in the shower, lots of ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'', ''{{Payback}}'', the end of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. On the other side of the lens, there's some in ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', and there's ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
* Every GeorgeLucas movie features the number 1138 at some point, as homage to his first film, ''Film/THX1138''.
** Most have at least one scene with a speeding vehicle (''Film/THX1138'', ''AmericanGraffiti'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', etc.). Though this may have less to do with AuthorAppeal and more to do with the majority of his films being action films, where speeding vehicles can be expected.
** The number 327 is also frequently encountered, although it's not clear why. One theory is that Lucas' first car was a Chevy 327.
* [[{{Pixar}} Lee Unkrich]] really likes monkeys. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Guess what shows up twice in his directorial debut]] ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''?
** And speaking of {{Pixar}}, nearly every film by the company will contain a reference to Pizza Planet or A113 (more info under Western Animation).
* Creator/StevenSpielberg's first film, ''Film/{{Duel}}'', used a dinosaur roar sound effect as the tanker truck goes over the cliff, which he has incorporated into the climax of every film he's made ever since.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick liked filming [[http://kubrickfilms.tripod.com/id35.html bathroom scenes]], often in connection with character death.
** CRM-114 shows up a bunch.
** Kubrick was also fond of doing TheOner in most of his films.
* When Creator/QuentinTarantino heard it was being discontinued, he saved one last box of Fruit Brute cereal and tries to have a character eating it in every film he makes. He also has his own fictional brands, including Red Apple Cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burger. He also likes having stylized and often [[NauseaFuel nauseatingly]] [[{{Gorn}} gory]] action scenes (though hilariously, he still found [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Mr. Creosote]] to be a bit too much to stomach).
** He has a history of [[CreatorCameo hiding himself as an extra, often times someone who dies]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' sound tech Ben Burtt is the driving force of the resurgent popularity of the WilhelmScream.
* Most films directed by Creator/JohnLandis (with the notable exception of ''Film/AnimalHouse'') feature the phrase "See You Next Wednesday." Even the Music/MichaelJackson "Music/{{Thriller}}" video incorporates it in background dialogue.
* All of John Glen's Film/JamesBond movies feature DisturbedDoves.
* JohnWoo is also fond of the doves, and since ''Film/TheKiller'', they've shown up in all his work.
* Stephen Sommers ''loves'' scenes with people getting swallowed up by quicksand and the ilk (see ''Film/TheJungleBook'', ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' and the Sommers-produced ''TheScorpionKing'').
* Creator/JamesCameron has feet shots and many a ActionGirl in his films.
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Coffee?]] Creator/ColemanFrancis [[Film/TheSkydivers loves coffee!]]
** Light aircraft and vigilantism.
* It's not a Chris Buck movie until at least two parents meet [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} horrible]], ''[[WesternAnimation/SurfsUp horrible]]'' [[Disney/{{Frozen}} deaths]].
** He also seems to enjoy PluckyComicRelief characters who are [[BlackComedy blissfully unaware of the things that could kill them]], such as [[WesternAnimation/SurfsUp Chicken Joe]] and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Olaf]].
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* Ian Livingstone, co-creator of the ''FightingFantasy'' gamebook series, seems to enjoy sailboat racing, given how he's snuck {{Author Avatar}}s of himself and his teammates as minor characters in some of the gamebooks he's written. He appears as one of the crew members who can ferry the hero to Kaad in ''Return To Firetop Mountain'', and the rest of the crew have real-life names that are spelled phonetically ("Eeyun" instead of Ian, "Ndroo" instead of Drew, etc.), and also appears as an innkeeper who reminisces about his sailing days to the hero in ''Armies of Death''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/RobertFrost loves nature, and can or will not, in particular, shut up about trees.
** He also had a thing for Iambic meter, but that's possibly more a stylistic choice than AuthorAppeal.
* The ''Literature/{{Arthur}}'' writer, Marc Brown, has put the names of his children in several places that need text. And some that don't.
* An in-story example: The Creator/GordonKorman novel ''Son of Interflux'' has an art student who always includes a camel in his paintings, no matter what it's a painting of. His teacher finds it immensely irritating.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' is one of the oft-most cited literary examples, with almost all of the authority figures in the main character's life having [[AuthorFilibuster page long monologues that consist of Heinlein's own philosophies]], such as his views on nuclear weapons, the military, and matters of national defense -- at least, at that time (his political views changed drastically over the years). ''The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress'' and ''Stranger In A Strange Land'' also feature such monologues.
** See his entry in FoodPorn.
** Many of his books includes scenes where a man spanks a woman.
* Creator/HPLovecraft: He had a list of phobias as long as your arm. His xenophobia (see "the Horror at Red Hook"), fear of the ocean, and reported fish allergy contributed to his fear of the alien and the aquatic. He seemed to have a thing about tentacles, finding them more or less the embodiment of all that is disgusting. He was a racist, hating everyone who wasn't a white Englishman, holding even English-Americans in contempt. His stories contain no strong female characters, and sexuality is always horrifying in his work, but he could describe a building more lovingly than Shakespeare describing his Fair Lord. However, while the "Lovecraft as asexual weirdo" idea is so ingrained, it may be surprising to learn that he was married for a time, and while it didn't last, his wife was explicitly quoted saying yes, they had sex, and yes, he was "adequately excellent" at it.
** He would also faint if the temperature would drop too much (cf. ''Cool Air'') and he loved cats.
** Also, most of his protagonists are solitary men who have little or no obvious employment, yet never lack money; Lovecraft came from an upper-class family that fell into poverty while he was a child. As a result he spent his whole life in chronic lack of money, but unable to get work that would match his social status. There's clearly some wish-fulfillment going on.
** The really surprising thing about Lovecraft's marriage is that his wife was Jewish. True, no particularly anti-Semitic tropes appear in his work, but it seems weird for someone so xenophobic to make an exception.
* Creator/JRRTolkien liked nature, which came with a direct correlation to his dislike of the encroachment of the ever expanding industrial England into the English countryside. Trees just put up a better fight than flowers. Tolkien also nearly died as a child due to a bite from a spider, while he said he had no memory of the event, it seems likely that there's a connection to the fact that every story set in Middle-Earth has at least one GiantSpider[=/=]quasi-EldritchAbomination... ''things'' as enemies.
* Creator/AynRand admits that the men in her novels are intended to be the ideal man, an [[AuthorTract important aspect of her writing]].
* Creator/RobertAntonWilson's novels are an excuse to write extensive analyses about his personal philosophies, and explore various schools of mysticism he's been involved with - however, he manages to do it in entertaining and amusing manner. He also occasionally lampshades his tendencies to this with characters commenting about books that start telling a story, and end with an essay of philosophy.
** He also loved James Joyce's books, and several times included them, or the man himself into the plots of his various books. In ''Schroedinger's Cat''-trilogy he even features a utopian alternate universe where Joyce became the Pope, changed the entire nature of the Catholic Church to a more modern value-system, and prevented UsefulNotes/WorldWarII!
* The authors of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series really, really like their telephone conversations. In fact there's probably as much talking on the phone as there is talking face-to-face in the earlier books.
** Their love of explaining the difficulties of getting from Point A to Point B. Over a billion people have just disappeared, but I'm going to worry about how hard it is to get to New York.
* Creator/SMStirling's many books consistently feature detailed description of subjuguation and slavery; ridiculous amounts of detail about weaponry (guns or bows and arrows depending on the setting). However, if you're writing adventure fiction in which the main characters are warriors or soldiers, and do a lot of fighting, this is pretty well inevitable. Not only does the situation demand it, but specialists whose careers and lives depend on their trade tend to be -interested- in their gear -- contemporary US soldiers even have a slang term for guys who spend a lot of their own money on non-issue equipment because they're perfectionists: geardo. It's like writing about Pre-Raphaelite painters; they're going to be thinking about paint, canvas, lighting, models, and perspective a lot. Another thing is that if you're writing about pre/post gundpowder warriors, you're writing about professional athletes; the superior ones will have exceptional physiques and they will work very, very hard at conditioning and training. In a way it's like writing about rugby or basketball players, only with edged weapons and more maiming and death. And cannibalism, but that depends on whether there's an extreme famine going on.
** Much of Stirling's work is a homage to the "heroic MightyWhitey explorer" genre of pulp fiction, so this is a cross between AuthorAppeal and ShoutOut.
** Another common vein in Stirling's works is the prevalence of "survivalists." In the Franchise/{{Terminator}} novels, they were the few survivors of Skynet's attack on humanity, and in the Literature/{{Emberverse}} most survivors were people who lived off the grid.
** He also seems to be very fond of the concept of the country squire, whether in the form of a [[Literature/TheDraka Draka]] landholder, a Prime of one of the Thirty Families of New Virginia (from his novel ''Conquistador''), a Commander of post-change Britain in the Literature/{{Emberverse}}, a zamindar of the [[Literature/ThePeshawarLancers Angrezi Raj]], or a Hereditary Supervisor of the [[Literature/TheGeneral Civil Government]].
** However, his real thumbprint is his FoodPorn. It occurs in all his books, from the fifth millenium to the Emberverse.
* Piers Anthony; Sure, the Xanth books are filled with puns, but they lurk in other books too, plus the {{MeaningfulName}}s. And he loves logic puzzles; more than once has the climax of a book hinged on the protagonist figuring out a logic puzzle. (Off the top of my head: ''Golem in the Gears'', the Prisoners' Dilemma; ''With a Tangled Skein'', the TwelveCoinsPuzzle.)
** ''Macroscope'' involved the game ''sprouts''.
* Many of Creator/NeilGaiman's stories involve talking cats, imposter mothers, and eye trauma.
** His main (male) characters usually start as incompetent ThisLoserIsYou and [[TookALevelInBadass level up]] through the story (seen in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', ''Literature/AmericanGods'', ''Literature/GoodOmens'').
** On a more "meta" level, he is also very, very fond of playing with the inside/outside aspect of things (i.e. what you thought was outside was really inside something bigger, or you were the one being inside all along - and not just in spatial terms) as well as the concept of stories within stories. For example, one Sandman book has the protagonist telling a barman the story about a time he got stranded in a strange inn, where people told each other stories to pass the time. One of the travellers tells a story about a boat voyage, during which Hob Gadling tells the protagonist of ''that'' story another story. That's 4 levels of indentation, 5 if you count "Neil Gaiman telling the reader the story of that guy telling the barman...". And in that same Sandman book, a character the protagonist of the book met is telling a story about a meeting he had with someone, who told a story about his mistress, who in THAT story started telling many stories...one of which was a story about a bunch of travelers stuck at an inn, telling stories to pass the time. Yes, it was recursive to that extent, and boy, was Gaiman proud of managing to include the moment. Gaiman's also a huge mythology nut and loves to reference a huge range of tales from almost any culture you can think of, particularly if at some point they were [[{{Bowdlerization}} bowdlerised]] and the original forms were much darker and more gruesome. TheFairFolk are treated as the trope describes, the original (and deeply {{squick}}y) tale of Red Riding Hood makes an appearance and a thematic point in ''Sandman'', ''Literature/AmericanGods'' and ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' are probably set in the same continuity and are all about myths being real and alive (and trying to stay that way), and Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself and his King's Men perform ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' for the entities it was based upon, during which some members of the audience have to be reminded not to eat the performers.
* Creator/FrankHerbert's consistent themes: hallucinatory experiences as a spiritual journey of discovery (usually by means of some substance,) and resentment toward/competition with a father figure.
* Creator/CordwainerSmith loved to include cats (including an early, Western example of the CatGirl trope) and references to Chinese culture in his science fiction stories.
* Creator/MercedesLackey loves to include birds and intelligent avian creatures in her fantasy novels. Valdemar has gryphons, ''tervardi,'' and the Tayledras ("Hawkbrothers") and their semi-intelligent [[BondCreatures bond birds]]; the [[Literature/BardicVoices Free Bards books]] all have bird-themed titles; and ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'' has a minor character who's interested in falconry, who later received a short story of her own.
** Also, something like 80% of her villains are rapists.
* In all the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, by Creator/JKRowling, spiders and socks are mentioned in passing several times, and both becoming huge plot points in the second book. There's even a giant talking spider character named Aragog. She also made a whole family of [[RedHeadedHero red headed heroes]] to counter the negative stereotypes of 'gingers' in the UK. She also made their last name "Weasley" specifically because she likes weasels and thinks they get a bad rap. By her own admission, Rowling likes odd and/or interesting names and words. She says that she "collects" them. Also, almost ''every'' character in the series has either a MeaningfulName or just an odd, medieval-style one, the titular character being one of the only exceptions. And as Creator/StephenKing once snarked, "Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
* Brian Jacques fills his ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novels with [[FoodPorn pages upon pages of descriptions of the food]] the characters eat. So many different kinds of scones. There are also incredibly archaic riddles bordering on MoonLogicPuzzle and lots and LOTS of songs, the stories themselves being recounted by a storyteller/historian that has a connection to it, and having two stories that switch focus until they're both tied up in the end.
* If [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries [=McCoy=]]] appears in a Creator/DianeDuane novel, you can reasonably expect him to be awesome. This may or may not be related to the fact that the good doctor is ''smokin'''.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold loves riverboating on the Ohio, and more than half of ''The Sharing Knife: Passage'' focuses on this pastime. Also horses and gardening.
* Dan Simmons's novels are all love letters to his favorite literary works. The ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' contain an almost obscene number of references to John Keats. His ''Ilium'' and ''Olympus'' duology is based on Literature/TheIliad and Shakespeare while managing to fit in a great deal of discussion about Creator/MarcelProust.
* Every single book in Creator/JamesEllroy's ''L.A. Quartet'' has a different serial killer and a different incestuous relationship. Ellroy is pretty upfront about his mental baggage: his beautiful mother, to whom he was sexually attracted, was brutally murdered when he was a child. They never found the killer. He has a memoir about this.
* Everything by Leo Frankowski has both sexual and non-sexual AuthorAppeal. Especially ''Conrad's Time Machine'', a book whose plot is as follows: Two AuthorAvatar s hang out together inventing a time machine, and spend the majority of the book whisked away to an tropical island where they become fabulously wealthy, enjoy the services of an UnwantedHarem, and finish inventing their time machine. It's also filled with quotes from Frankowski's own favorite authors, especially Heinlein.
* Creator/AndreNorton: cats (AKA the "Brothers in Fur") and psychic/psionic powers (telepathy, psychometry, etc.).
* Creator/DianaWynneJones and Wales/the Welsh language. There's also a lot of magical or quasi-magical cats to be found in her work.
* Creator/RobertForward's ''Literature/Camelot30K'' is a hard science fiction novel that exists merely to showcase his elements-pooping one-eyed shrimp aliens and their {{Expy}} KingArthur society. Characterization, writing, pacing, dialog, and plausibility are all sacrificed just so Forward can play with his StarfishAliens.
* Creator/DavidWeber seems to have a thing for baseball. It's one thing when it shows up on [[Literature/HonorHarrington Grayson]], but it is also the favored sport on Literature/{{Safehold}}. The latter is especially bizarre, given that Safehold is at a Renaissance tech level. Weber also seems to have a thing for hexapodal mammalian and reptilian creatures, see the six legged animals of the planet Sphinx in the Literature/HonorHarrington series and most of the native fauna on Safehold.
* Creator/JamesLeeBurke uses references to scent in his descriptions of people and places to a noticeably unusual degree.
* Creator/AnneRice seems to have a thing for European culture and overall history. And she likes describing elaborate clothing. She really likes describing clothing.
* Creator/RogerZelazny really has a thing for martial arts, especially fencing, tying things into mythology, and having the protagonist be a smoker. This comes from his own life, as he managed to be both a heavy smoker and study a number of the fighting arts. When he quit smoking in the '80s, his characters stopped as well. Vehicle accidents (much of his short Fiction,) Immortality (''Literature/LordOfLight'', "And Call Me Conrad", etc.) twisting myths into interesting shapes (especially the Faust Legend, but most of his books are centered on one mythology, examples including Vedic, Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Zoroastrian, and Lovecraftian) and a world ruled by robots after the death of the human race (too many short stories to count.)
* [[Literature/NUMASeries Clive Cussler]] almost always has a cameo of himself assisting the heroes in some way.
* Creator/StevenBrust is another writer with a taste (pardon the pun) for FoodPorn. He also has a thing (taken from Hungarian folklore iirc) for canny coachman characters. There's a couple in the Literature/{{Dragaera}} series, and in ''Literature/FreedomAndNecessity'', the protagonist disguises himself as a coachman at the beginning of the novel. Brust was also previously involved in music, so there are a number of musician characters in his books and one book has a lot of carefully disguised allusions to the Music/GratefulDead.
* Creator/RoaldDahl loved nostalgia for his childhood, and [[FoodPorn food]]. Almost all of his books revolve around food in some way, and most of the {{Happy Ending}}s his heroes get are based on food in some way.
* Along with his obsession of going into absurd detail with characters getting diarrhea, periods, and wet trousers (possibly deliberate {{Squick}}), Creator/StephenKing ''also'' seems bent on all his stories being in Maine.
** And if they aren't set there, they will definitely include some passing reference to the state at some point.
** King also has a great fondness for protagonists who have either a dead sibling or a dead spouse.
* The oeuvre of Creator/ChinaMieville is [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation one]] [[Literature/{{Kraken}} great]] [[Literature/IronCouncil big]] [[Literature/TheScar twisted]] [[Literature/UnLunDun love]] [[Literature/BasLagCycle letter]] to the city of London.
* Creator/DaleBrown was a former bomber crewman, so most of his {{Cool Plane}}s are bombers.
* Creator/EoinColfer and Ireland.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's second husband was an archaeologist. Several of her novels in the 1930s and 40s involve archaeology.
* Creator/ChuckPalahniuk seems to have a thing for furniture stores and describing houses. And so far everyone of his books has mentioned the color cornflower blue. Palahniuk also loves loading his books with factoids, in the original sense: little factual statements that ''seem'' reasonable, but aren't true. The cleaning/cooking tips in ''Survivor'' are the archetypal example.
* Are you the protagonist of a Creator/DavidGemmell novel? Then your life will resemble the following description: A usually older man who used to be a warrior, but has turned his back on war after seeing and committing horrible acts. He has retreated to a place of solitude, like a monastary or a cabin in the mountains. This character will debate the morality of killing and war with himself and other characters. He might wonder if there really is a god in Heaven. Then, something terrible will happen and our hero once more takes up his sword and fights, but this time it's for a good cause! This is followed by him cleaving his way through enemies like a one-man army. [[TheHeroDies Dying at the end of the story is optional.]]
* Creator/CliffordSimak has a load of these.
** His idea of time and time travelling is hard to describe and easy to identify, the main result of it is an infinite amount of parallel Earths existing, separated only by a fraction of time. So time travelling is going into another dimension.
** A party of people going somewhere, disappearing one by one, the protagonist, the love interest and usually some kind of subhuman companion staying in the end. The party very often includes some sort of a really advanced alien. Cliff is usually very fond of making those parties as wacky and misfit as possible.
** Semantics. If someone is explicitly using advanced semantics to manipulate people, you are reading a Clifford Simak book, no exceptions.
** World peace, pacifism, humanism.
** American countryside.
** Decentralized human society.
** Ridiculously advanced alien society. One that's usually willing to teach other, lesser races, including humanity, or at least has a huge library of some sort.
** Robot civilizations.
** StarfishAliens. Silent gelatinous cubes that manipulate space and time and communicate with mathematical equations is a perfectly normal thing for Clifford.
** Virginia. Small and boring towns where something weird happens, for the first time ever.
* Creator/SpiderRobinson is a huge fan of Creator/RobertAHeinlein, and one of Heinlein's most ardent defenders. Needless to say, there are many similarities between Heinlein's work and Robinson's, particularly involving individual liberty, free love, and {{Shaggy Dog Stor|y}}ies ending in truly terrible puns. This is most evident in the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series and its various spinoffs.
* Creator/PeterDavid has a number of these. Many of his ''Franchise/StarTrek'' books at least once mention Alexander the Great, for instance.
* Creator/MelisaMichaels:
** UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} (Gypsy) culture appears in many of her works. In the ''Skyrider'' series, the belt has been populated heavily by Rom, and in ''Through the Eyes of the Dead'', the murder investigation involves several Rom families living in San Francisco.
** {{Hawaii}}an pidgin pops up regularly in her works; Melisa lived for many years on Oahu. The TranslationConvention version of the Belter pidgin in the ''Skyrider'' series, for example, is strongly reminiscent of Hawaiian pidgin.
* A MessianicArchetype, a NietzscheWannabe, a [[TheCasanova Casanova]] / CasanovaWannabe / DirtyOldMan, and a {{Tsundere}} walk into a Russian salon. [[ThePhilosopher They then proceed to debate the meaning of life]] [[ContemplateOurNavels for 1000 pages]]. One of them gets killed. Congratulations, you have the plot of any Creator/FyodorDostoevsky novel.
* Creator/JimButcher has a thing for [[WorldOfSnark snark]], [[WorldOfBadass badassery]], CrazyAwesome {{Guile Hero}}es, and {{Gambit Pileup}}s involving all of the above.
* Creator/TerryPratchett has copious amounts of LampshadeHanging, {{Stealth Pun}}s, and benign contempt for the common man.[[note]]Also, footnotes.[[/note]]
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* British comedian Creator/RikMayall seems to like politics. Various references to the subject pop up in every episode of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', ''FilthyRichAndCatflap'' and ''{{Bottom}}''. So playing the lead role in ''Series/TheNewStatesman'' must have been a dream come true for him.
* Jerry {{Seinfeld}}--both the actor and character--likes {{Superman}}. [[{{Seinfeld}} It]] [[OnceAnEpisode shows]].
* TinaFey and the other writers of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' like to make ''Franchise/StarWars'' references. In season 2, they got Carrie Fisher to guest star and say, "Help me, Liz Lemon... you're my only hope!"
* Creator/BryanFuller likes the macabre like fish like water: ''two'' of his shows (''DeadLikeMe'' and ''PushingDaisies'') have used death as a metaphor for adulthood. He loves giving his female leads {{tomboyish name}}s, for whatever reason.
* Steve Smith, co-creator, producer and co-head writer of ''TheRedGreenShow'', seems to be a car buff in real life and many of the show's gags involve cars and trucks of some sort. {{Shout Out}}s and {{Take That}}s directed at various makes and models (the Chrysler K-Car is a recurring target) are an additional EasterEgg for automotive aficionadoes.
** Along with that, Steve Smith even {{Lampshaded}} the number of gags that involve beer in one form or another. When cars and beer are the basis for so much of the humor, is it any wonder the show was such a hit among middle-aged blue collar guys?
* Inevitable ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples:
** Creator/TerryNation: "evolution" depicted as a [[GoalOrientedEvolution predictable force with inherent drives]], man-eating plants, planets with meaningful names, biological warfare and plagues in general, characters called "Tarrant", Daleks.
** MalcolmHulke: GreyAndGrayMorality, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, avoidance of AlwaysChaoticEvil aliens.
** RobertHolmes: cynicism (sometimes to localised CrapsackWorld levels), "double act" guest characters, GettingCrapPastTheRadar fart jokes, references to Earth-Humans as "Tellurians", bureaucratic villains, plain ol' scary stuff.
** PipAndJaneBaker: SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, anvillicious {{Green Aesop}}s
** EricSaward: KillEmAll, CrapsackWorld, badass soldiers (or mercenaries) in large numbers, FacialHorror, Cybermen
** BarryLetts: Buddhism, [[GreenAesop environmentalism]]
** Andrew Cartmel: Moral ambiguity, heavy use of the GambitIndex, villains with explicitly right-wing political motivations, social satire.
** Creator/RussellTDavies: [=LGBT=] allusions, family members woven into plot, evil middle-aged women, people named "Smith" and "Jones", living disembodied heads, self-aware {{Camp}}, interracial couples.
** Creator/StevenMoffat: Time travel used inside the story, telephones, hot snarky women, aliens whose main ability invokes ParanoiaFuel, terror, doppelgangers, people who use "psychopath" as a badge of honour. A couple of these traits bleed into ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' as well.
* JossWhedon has admitted he has a thing for super-powered young women.
** ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' gave us Buffy, Faith, Willow, and eventually hundreds of young women around the world.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' then gave us Cordelia, who became a Power before the age of 23.
** ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' gives us Echo, whose in-born ability is some sort of brain thing, which over time translates to a kind of CharlesAtlasSuperpower when she becomes capable of almost infinitely broad expertise.
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has River Tam, a mind-reading human weapon.
* If it's a show by Stephen Poliakoff, you can bet that photography will be involved somehow.
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[[folder: Multi-Media]]
* Jhonen Vasquez (''InvaderZim'' and ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'') gives frequent homages to ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', ''TheFly'' (both the original and Creator/DavidCronenberg's version), ''{{Scanners}}'', and video games in his comics/ TV show. He's also a fan of [[HumongousMecha giant robots]], space in general, horrifying imagery, BodyHorror, and certain words, most notably: ''[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]]'', ''cheese'', ''piggies'', ''tacos'', ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'', ''moose'', ''noodles'', ''dooky'', ''nachos'', and ''bunnies''. He even stated at ComicCon '07 that he's fascinated with plotlines of people who are "controlled and used" by others (Johnny and the Doughboys, Devi and Sickness), and that he also hates dogs and little kids (sans [[JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac Squee]]).
* NickCave loves flowers, violence, horror, poetry, and religious debate. He also enjoys portraying the DeepSouth, although it would be a stretch to say that he loved it.
* Glenn Danzig enjoys singing about death, Satan, and demons.
* MamoruOshii really likes Basset Hounds. He also has a thing for tanks in the rain.
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[[folder:Music]]
* John Flansburgh of Music/TheyMightBeGiants appears to enjoy writing about cranial trauma, while John Linnell likes personifying inanimate objects.
* Rapper Music/{{DMX}} is known for his love for dogs, which makes its way into many of his songs. His fifth album, ''Grand Champ'', took it a bit further and stated that they can't just be any dogs, but pitbulls.
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] likes pigs. A lot.
* Mozart seemed to really like writing parts for basses and sopranos, as evidenced by many of his most famous characters, such as Figaro, Sarastro, Osmin, Leporello, the Queen of the Night, Constanze, and Zerlina. He also liked ToiletHumour.
* Music/PinkFloyd's Roger Waters' father, a pacifist, was killed in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo in 1944 in Anzio, Italy. This proved to be a pivotal event in Roger's life. As a result, themes of war, politics, miscommunication, isolation and mortality often occur in his work in Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, especially starting with ''Music/TheWall''.
** Other common Music/PinkFloyd[=/=]Waters themes include madness, the music industry and [[DrugsAreBad the dangers of recreational drugs]], all of which played a part in the breakdown of founder Syd Barrett, and reoccurred after the band's success in TheSeventies.
*** Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as ''Music/TheWall'', ''The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking'', the song, "When The Tigers Broke Free" (which was written for the movie version of ''Music/TheWall'') and much of ''The Final Cut'' (partially featuring unused songs written for the movie and film incarnations of ''Music/TheWall'') were all written within the space of 1978-1979, during Waters' mid-life CreatorBreakdown period, and contain similar lyrical and musical themes as a result. Music/PinkFloyd were alleged to have had a choice between recording ''Music/TheWall'' and ''Pros And Cons'' as the official followup to ''Animals''. Music/PinkFloyd chose ''Music/TheWall'' as it seemed like a more universal concept than the ''very'' personal ''Pros And Cons''.
* Music/DavidBowie loves writing and singing about apocalypses, dystopias, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cocaine]]. And science fiction/space-inspired subject matter shows up so often in his work that it became the basis for an article in ''TheOnion'', "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nasa-launches-david-bowie-concept-mission%2C2907/ NASA Launches David Bowie Concept Mission]]".
* Music/OlivierMessiaen was a lifelong birdwatcher, and traveled around the world to learn bird calls he could incorporate into his compositions.
* Music/LeonardBernstein seems to have had a passion for ferocious percussion assaults, as demonstrated in the opening scene of ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', the Credo of ''Mass'' (which at its climax has the percussionists "ad lib. hitting everything in sight"), and the prologue of ''A Quiet Place''; this may also explain why ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', whose original production got by with just two percussionists, has as many as five drum parts at once in the published full score. Bernstein also liked transferring rhythmic motifs to relatively pitched drums, as in "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs," the prologue of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', several sections of ''Mass'' and the first movement of "Divertimento for Orchestra" (which calls for snare drums in four pitches).
* With the exception of her first album, every single one of Music/ShiinaRingo's official albums' track listings is symmetrical (excluding bonus tracks). She also frequently deliberately gives her albums meaningful running times; for example, her MagnumOpus ''Karuki Samen Kuri no Kana'' runs for 44 minutes and 44.4 seconds, in conjunction with the album's FourIsDeath theme.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/GregKmiec always includes a solid red post on his playfields. The tradition started in TheSeventies, when Creator/{{Bally}} refused to identify their designers for fear of competitors poaching their talent. Kmiec included a single plastic red post (at the time reserved for bingo games) as a way around the edict.
* Creator/PatLawlor's pinball games almost always include some reference to "The Power", either as part of in-game dialogue or as an actual playfield element.
** He also often has an illustration of a person holding a joystick with a red fire button.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[{{Wrestling/VinceRusso}} Vince Russo]] loves pole matches. If you see a pole match in a Wrestling/{{WWE}}, {{WCW}}, or {{TNA}} show, Russo's booking this match. The pole matches are also for the craziest things. These include a rat, a bottle of Viagra, Judy Bagwell (they needed to use a forklift), a pinata, and the keys to Mick Foley's office, among other things.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Gary Gygax, co-creator of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** Mushrooms. The game has a variety of fungoid monsters: ascomoid, basidirond, phycomid, shrieker, ustilagor, violet fungi, Zuggtmoy the demoness lady of fungi, etc. For examples of mushrooms appearing in adventures, see MagicMushroom and FungusHumongous.
** Shades of the color purple (violet, amethyst, heliotrope, lavender, lilac, magenta, mauve, plum, puce, etc.)
*** They appear repeatedly in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' modules B2 ''The TabletopGame/KeepOnTheBorderlands'', G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King'', D3 ''Vault of the Drow'', [=EX2=] ''The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror'', S1 ''Tomb of Horrors'', T1-4 ''Temple of Elemental Evil'', [=WG4=] ''The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun'', [=WG5=] ''Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure'' and [=WG6=] ''Isle of the Ape''. In some cases they appeared so many times it appeared that Gygax had suffered a "purplegasm".
*** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' monsters associated with purple: azer (love purple gems), bar-igura demons (can change its color to purple), crysmals (can be deep violet colored), drow (violet eyes) forester's bane plant (stalks are purple), mind flayer/illithid (mauve skin), myconids (can be purple, animator spores create a purple fungus), ogres (purple eyes), phoenix (plumage, beaks and claws are partially violet), purple worm, retch plants (globes can be violet or lilac), shade (eyes can have a purple iris and pupil), storm giant (could have violet skin and purple eyes), twilight bloom (has purple flowers), violet fungi, Wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing plant (eyes can be violet).
** Gygax also made a number of Lovecraftian references in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', as evidenced by such creatures as the Kuo-Toa (inspired by Lovecraft's Deep Ones), the Aboleth (inspired by some sort of Great Old One), the Illithids (which are a race of Cthulhus without the bat wings), the Elder Elemental God (shown in G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King'' as being shaped like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chthonian_%28Cthulhu_Mythos%29 Chthonian]]) and certain elements of terror in the temple of the EldritchAbomination gods. He outright acknowledged Lovecraft as an important influence on D&D. Gygax needed a lot of content to make the game work, so he drew from a very large number of sources. He didn't ''quite'' make D&D into an AllMythsAreTrue setting, but he came pretty close.
** Also his fantastically large and baroque vocabulary, which might have had an element of showing off. Such as "quaff", "dweomer", "draught", "chapeau", "billet", etc. Certain phrases such as "Of course", "Let us say" and "So to speak", as well
** And polearms... Ever want to know why [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0136.html the glaive-guisarme seems to crop up in D&D so much]]?
* James Jacobs, one of the major contributors to ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', really likes dinosaurs. In general, the Paizo creative team seems to like dinosaurs; Lovecraftian abominations; horror, pulp adventure, and sci-fi elements; and putting the iconic characters in [[CostumePorn elaborate outfits]].
* WhiteWolf, the writers of ''TabletopGame/WarcraftTheRoleplayingGame'', made it very obvious they preferred Humans, Elves, and Dwarves over the other races (especially [[DemotedToExtra the Trolls]] and the [[CanonDiscontinuity entirely absent]] Draenei) in the series. Even in the Horde Player's guide, they'd go on about elves, dwarves, and humans.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare loves comparing things to gardening, falconry, and hunting with dogs. He also loves crossdressing characters, but that was a fairly common schtick at the time. When he was writing, women were not permitted to be actors, and as such [[RecursiveCrossdressing all of the female characters ''were'' men]], and he thought it would be funny to make jokes based on that.
** His continual description of rebellion and social breakdown in terms of cannibalism/self-consumption. Although perhaps this belongs in the 'Miscellaneous Paraphilia' section.
** In many plays he has a designated metaphor that keeps cropping up. For instance, ''Hamlet'' is full of references to disease, [[TheScottishTrope the one set in Scotland]] has lots of mentions of birds of prey, and so on.
* Tom Stoppard frequently references Creator/WilliamShakespeare. The guy who wrote a play deconstructing Hamlet with two of its [[RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead bit players as the main characters]]
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0KnkU1cZz4 Totaka's Song]], a short, 19 note tune hidden in almost every game [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazumi_Totaka Kazumi Totaka]] has worked on as a composer, and first discovered in the tank game ''X''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLMAgcGA8Dw These]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biLfTqQA5T8 three]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBO8EZSNH3A videos]] document but a fraction of the time and effort gamers have invested in finding the melody.
* Creator/ShinjiMikami from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' fame has a thing for masked wrestlers and {{Sentai}} as demonstrated in games where he can actually get away with it. ''(VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' had MASK de Smith and the Punishing Rangers AKA The Handsome Men, ''VideoGame/GodHand'' had Mr. Gorilla Mask and the Mad Midget Five.
* Goichi Suda AKA {{Suda51}} likes MindScrew A LOT. He also seems to have a thing for gratuitious gore, semi-futuristic decadent places with slashes of Magical Realism, and rave music. He also seems to love lucha libre, as seen in ''NoMoreHeroes'', where the player character collects luchadore masks (who all have names like "La Guerra, Jr.") and learns new wrestling moves from finding masks with notes in them Suda51 even wears a luchador outfit in some press releases. And as mentioned above, there is MASK de Smith, who is a luchador.
* By this time, it's became quite obvious that Square-Enix designer Tetsuya Nomura is obsessed with [[EverythingsBetterWithZippers zippers]] and [[TooManyBelts belts]]. And as of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', he has added earrings to his obsession, as only four characters out of twenty lack them, and only because two of those are covered head to toe in ludicrously huge armor. But even that is dubious defense, as even Garland, whose helmet covers his entire head, wears earrings ''on the helmet'' where the ears would be.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' Czar Koji "IGA" Igarashi seems to have a weird fixation with furniture, namely [[SlouchofVillainy chairs]]. Dracula always waits for the Belmont sitting in his throne before the final fight. His son Alucard and Soma [[spoiler: who's his reincarnation]] can also catch some rest sitting down in the many chairs they encounter.
** An example comes from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' where former henchman Hector can collect more than 10 different types of chairs scattered all around the stages and store them in the aptly named "Weary Chair Room".
** Also, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance''. Most ''Castlevania'' heroes can collect weapons, magical items, and such. Juste Belmont collects random items of furniture and decorates an empty room of the castle with them. You know, the castle he intends to ''destroy''.
* Shigeru Miyamoto has implemented personal interests into many of his games, including ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' (gardening), ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}'', ''VideoGame/WiiFit'', and ''Wii Music''. Nintendo later banned him from talking about his current hobbies. His earlier works were rather definitely based on his childhood experiences, too. In fact, the premise of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' was based on his exploration of caves as a child. In an interview for a game-developer site, he flat-out tells other designers to base their games on things they like.\\
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Miyamoto has admitted to being a [[TheWestern Western]] fan, which is particularly apparent in the 3D ''Zelda'' games. For example, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' all have [[PowerupMount Epona]], ''Ocarina of Time'' has Lon Lon Ranch, ''Majora's Mask'' has Romani Ranch, and ''Twilight Princess'' has the redesigned Kakariko Village, the Hidden Village, Ordon Ranch and the plot similarities with ''TheSearchers''.\\
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He also designs things so that their function is apparent when looking on them, i.e. TheGoomba was designed so you'd jump on them, and any enemy, or obstacle, with [[SpikesOfDoom spikes]] is something you should avoid. He has said to his production staff "when in doubt, use spikes". This comes from his background in Industrial Design in high school.
* Satoshi Tajiri loved collecting insects as a child. When he first saw the GameBoy's Link Cable, he imagined those very insects he collected crawling along them. With this as inspiration, he went on to create a game that emulated his childhood hobby. That game went on to become a multi-million dollar media franchise. That game: ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pocket Monsters]]''.
* Yuji Horii of ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' fame is a compulsive gambler which is why many of the games in the series have some sort of gambling mini-game in it. (Though its been said that the fact that you can only save in the town's churches is a way to try to make going out in the field/dungeons feel a bit more of a gamble as well.)
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' character designer Daisuke Ishiwatari seems to use belts as a unifying motif minus a few rare cases (Anji Mito has only a sash). [[AuthorAvatar Sol Badguy]] tops the list with 24 belts in his costume design. Funnily enough, the costumes still manage to look pretty cool. He also loves rock music; almost every character in the series is a reference to either a famous rock musician or a band. Music/{{Queen}} seems to be his favorite, with nearly every aspect of [[MartyStu Sol]] referring to ''something'' about either the band itself or Freddie Mercury.
* There are so many Flash and InteractiveFiction games about escaping from a locked room remarkably like, say, a programmer's bedroom (usually complete with bed, closet and computer) that it has become its own ''genre''. This might have to do with a throwback to early adventure games, which seized on the genre because of technical limitations; it's a lot easier to write and code a game about a single room than it is about, say even a small apartment.
* Creator/HideoKojima tells people that instead of being 70% water like normal people, he's 70% movies. As a child, he would often come home to an empty house and sometimes claims that he was raised by movies. As a result, not only do his games homage all his favourite movies to the point where they're almost MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover FanFiction, but many of his characters are also movie fans (although the only one explicitly 'raised' on movies is Raiden and he's anything but an upstanding member of society).
* Games with Viktor Antonov on art direction tend to feature some very signature elements--clashing classical and futuristic architecture, angular blue-grey metal structures, and tall, spindly robotic creatures. ''Half-Life 2'' and ''Dishonored'' practically look like they're set in the same universe.
* Creator/{{Rare}}: Keys, ''enormous'' keys, bigger and heavier than the characters, the most famous being the infamous ice key from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''[=/=] ''Banjo Tooie''. Both ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' feature gigantic gold keys as {{plot coupon}}s; finding or using a key is always a momentous occasion.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''ErikasNewPerfume'' contains certain things that pop up in most of the author's other works, such as FountainOfYouth.
* ''PennyArcade'' is all about things the authors like, but also seems to feature a lot of terrifying [[StarfishAliens aliens]] and [[EldritchAbomination strange creatures]] for little reason.
** Jerry Holkins (Tycho) is a massive Cthulhu nerd. Really, what else can you expect from a mind that writes things like [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/4/10/ this?]]
* ''LivingWithInsanity'': The writer's projects all have couples in them. According to the blog posts, LWI would include more gaming and comic references, but the artist avoids jokes he doesn't understand.
* AndrewHussie likes including horses, or horselike creatures such as centaurs, [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures in]] [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth his]] [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} work]], more often than not exaggerated in musculature (he also paid good money for a picture of a flaming stallion facing a football player, and used to do ironic reviews of muscular horse porn). When questioned about this, he responded that "horses are funny". He also seems to be very fond of hip-hop/rap and the culture surrounding it, perhaps best exemplified with ''[[http://www.andrewhussie.com/comic.php?sec=archive&auth=Andrew&cid=aids/00000.jpg And It Don't Stop]]''.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* There's an unclickable "Joy of Painting" toon on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' that shows Marzipan dressed as Bob Ross painting a picture of a mountain landscape. Matt and Mike Chapman, creators of ''Homestar Runner'', admitted that they only did this because they thought showing GranolaGirl Marzipan with a beard would be funny. A lot of the stuff at ''Homestar Runner'' is based on the creators' childhood. Note the frequent appearance of breakfast cereals and MerchandiseDriven Saturday morning cartoons, the sibling rivalry between Strong Bad and his brother Strong Sad, the characters' VagueAge, and in-universe NightmareFuel.
* How else do you explain the contortion scenes in ''Literature/{{Sapphire}} Episode III''?
* The stories by [=SD40ka=][[note]]No weblink, it's hosted on a {{NSFW}} porn-hosting site[[/note]] often enough star a male computer programmer, who marries/is married to a genius woman, and either or both of them recently served America ''proudly'' in Iraq thank-you-very-much. The characters are ''always'' staunch political conservatives, often actively reshaping the fictional universe into a Republican Paradise. He plugs that his (genius!) characters love the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_Institute Cato Institute]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townhall.com Townhall.com,]] just in passing. There's even the occasional EasyEvangelism of a [[StrawmanPolitical merely misguided (rather than Evil) liberal]]. And everyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, without whom there was a great big hole in their hearts. In fact, it's a lot like the ComicBook/ChickTracts, only with lots of monogamous sex with [[BiggusDickus big penises]].
* Creator/DougWalker ''really'' has a thing for broken, insane jerks who'll never get what they want but they'll keep on trying. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is a perfect example of this, and WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses is getting there (as a more depraved version) with the amount of SanitySlippage he's been put through. You also notice that much of the comedy he enjoys (ranging from DaffyDuck to Series/{{Blackadder}}) is based on this.
* They're best known for their {{Goth}} aesthetic, but Website/BlackPhoenixAlchemyLab also really likes creating perfume inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft (and LovecraftLite) and pirates.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Butch Hartman's love of ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ComicBooks, as well as his hatred of jocks, cheerleaders, popular kids, rich kids and anyone else who picked on him in high school shines throughout his work. This includes ''TheFairlyOddparents'', ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', and the never-picked-up ''Crash Nebula''. He also has a habit of making his protagonists BookDumb losers who are also crazy about space and comic books.
* Greg Weisman is a self-described "Shakespeare nut, probably with the emphasis on 'nut'". ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had Puck, Oberon and Titania, the Weird Sisters and [=MacBeth=] as recurring characters, and another trio known [[AllThereInTheScript in the script]] as Othello, Iago, and Desdemona. Meanwhile, ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has a running subplot about a SchoolPlay of ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' - in particular, "Growing Pains" takes advantage of the auditions to have Shakespeare quotes punctuate the story.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, on the DVD
* Many characters throughout Matt Groening productions have the middle initial "J." (Homer Jay Simpson, Bartholomew J. Simpson, Mona J. Simpson, [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Philip J. Fry, and Hubert J. Farnsworth]]) as a reference to the creator of [[RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle J. Moose]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' co-creator Trey Parker lived in Japan for several years and loves Japanese culture, and as a result the show frequently pokes fun at Japan and its people. Notably the jokes picked up a bit around the time he married his Japanese-American wife (for example, the comment about "a friend marrying an Asian woman" in the ginger kids episode). He also has a music degree, which explains the songs of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (TheMovie was a musical and the early episodes in particular had Chef sing in every episode).
* Creator/SethMacFarlane (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', ''Series/{{Dads}}'') loves ''Franchise/StarWars'', musicals, and he finds deaf people ''hilarious''. Also, either Seth or somebody in his staff has a thing for [[http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Chris_Griffin idiotic]] [[http://americandad.wikia.com/wiki/Barry fat]] [[http://cleveland.wikia.com/wiki/Cleveland_Brown_Jr kids]]. He also loves characters who logically shouldn't be able to talk but do. Like Stewie, Klaus, and Tim the bear. Another sign of this is [=MacFarlane=]'s constant insistence on promoting LGBT-tolerance and anti-racism storylines, only to ''very'' consistently portray LGBT and POC characters as poorly written stereotypes.
* Creator/BradBird works the number A113--a reference to a room at [=CalArts=] used by animation and graphic design students--into all of his projects: ''Family Dog'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episodes, ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. This has since become a widespread animation in-joke.
* One ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' writer has a disproportionate number of mental breakdown episodes.
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