->''"[[Creator/BrianKVaughan Vaughan]] was last seen working on a revival of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' over at [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo]], which is tantamount to wearing a sign around your neck saying 'I am not Creator/AlanMoore, please kick me'."''
-->-- '''Paul O'Brien''', ''[[http://www.housetoastonish.com/ The X-Axis]]''

One fun aspect of being a fan is that you can ascribe the WordOfGod selectively. Sure, Alice may own the franchise, but it's Bob--the writer, the producer, whatever--who left such an indelible impression on the property that, in your opinion, Bob is who made it ''good''.

This trope is, naturally, more common with long-running properties with multiple creators, which is why there are so many examples from American ComicBooks. When a character like Franchise/{{Superman}} or Franchise/{{Batman}} has literally thousands of stories told by hundreds of writers over a period of many decades, it's not surprising that this trope comes into play.

Compare AdaptationDisplacement, CantUnHearIt, and CoveredUp. When done with a singular character, it may be a result of being the CreatorsFavorite. Contrast RunningTheAsylum, where such people are often regarded as [[WickedStepmother evil step-parents]], and OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight, where fans think a work is better when its creator is actively involved in it.
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* ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' (a.k.a. ''StarBlazers'') suffers from an effective custody battle between its original creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki and the legendary LeijiMatsumoto (who rewrote much of the premise as soon as he joined the project, and has the critics and most of the fanbase on his side). Both creators have attempted their own {{Revival}}s of ''Yamato'', with various degrees of success.
* ''TenchiMuyo'': The many {{Alternate Universe}}s of the franchise tend to be associated with their creators. Masaki Kajishima is currently responsible for the OVA continuity, the most beloved by the fanbase; however, the mixed response to the newest set of releases has left some fans longing for Hiroki Hayashi, co-creator of the original six episodes and creator of ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
** Hayashi's an interesting case. He along with Naoko Hasegawa were largely responsible for setting the tone for the first OVA releases. After they left, fans have noted a downward slide in quality in the series. It could be said that Hayashi [[HyperCompetentSidekick played]] Irvin Kershner to Kajishima's George Lucas. Whatever talent Kajishima has at creating ideas, he needs someone to keep him focused off of [[GodModeSue all powerful]] [[AuthorAvatar author avatars]] and an excessive focus on [[UnwantedHarem fanservice fantasy.]]
*** On the other hand, Hayashi is said to have had some spectacularly bad ideas for the continuation of the OVA storyline. It seems that Kajishima and Hayashi really need to work together so that each can veto the other's stupider concepts.
* ''GetterRobo'' is a bit of a convoluted example. The basic premise was thought up by GoNagai, but pretty much everything else was done by KenIshikawa. Most people usually think of it as a Go Nagai series, though, since a) he's more famous, b) it's produced by his company, DynamicProductions and c) the art style Ishikawa used for the first few installments of the series is identical to Nagai's, though his artwork became slightly more [[JackKirby Kirby]]-esque than Nagai's as time went on.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Jessie, James, and Meowth are a good, but little-known example of this. Takeshi Shudo, the show's original head writer, created the trio. Even though the characters have appeared in all but a few episodes of the show to date, when you watch the episodes and movies he wrote, it's clear who created the trio and truly knows what they're all about. In fact, he's written [[http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Translating_the_Blog_Entries_of_Mr._Shudo many, many blog articles]] in Japanese concerning Team Rocket, their origins, personalities, and even philosophy (!), and stated he does not like the RunningGag character route they took after his departure from the anime.
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* Creator/FrankFrazetta's paintings of Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian are what made him the iconic character he is today. The first ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan]]'' film intentionally drew more from Frazetta's art than Creator/RobertEHoward's stories.
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* Creator/CarlBarks is largely seen as the father of the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, to the point that Disney broke its tradition of not heavily featuring artists' names on its comic covers. This is buoyed by the fact that ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', much beloved by nostalgic [[TheEighties 1980s]] babies, is mostly taken from Barks' work. To better understand this, consider that before him, all WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck stories run without NegativeContinuity. Now, Barks stories are considered continuity that almost all writers follow.
** The largest of Barksists is obviously Creator/DonRosa, who, while not exactly crying CanonDisContinuity at other duck artists, mostly only follows Barks' comics as {{Canon}}.
* ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'' has John Ostrander, who took the idea of a team of {{Boxed Crook}}s and made it ''work''.
* The team of Marv Wolfman and Creator/GeorgePerez didn't create ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', but their much-celebrated run is responsible for the title as we know it today, and is the basis of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans animated version]].
** Similarly, Roy Thomas is the adopted father of Golden Age DC heroes, with James Robinson, David S. Goyer and especially Creator/GeoffJohns taking over this role since the new millennium.
* Many of the characters featured in the [=Giffen=]/[=DeMatteis=] era of the ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' were never as beloved before or since that run--so much so that the most recent ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' series (which some consider better than most of the stories told in JLI, although Your Mileage May Vary) constantly refers back to that time, as does Justice League: Generation Lost.
* Similarly, Creator/SteveDitko created ComicBook/TheQuestion as a mouthpiece for Creator/AynRand's UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} philosophy, but Dennis O'Neil's run on him in the 1980s is considered the definitive version of the character, a martial artist with insatiable curiosity.
** Others simply consider this groundwork for the Franchise/{{DCAU}} version. This leads to the conundrum that since the DCAU's Question is clearly inspired by [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] (who, of course, was written partly as an {{Expy}} for ComicBook/TheQuestion), one wonders whether Creator/AlanMoore is in the running for the MyRealDaddy status of a character ''he never actually wrote for''.
* Creator/ChrisClaremont is the same for ''Comicbook/XMen'', pushing it from a failed SilverAge idea into the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's biggest cash cow. SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} can especially be considered his "baby". While the character existed long before he came along (having been introduced in the very first issue), he was, in his original form, your typical over-the-top villain ''and then some''. It was Claremont who fleshed him out into the WellIntentionedExtremist we know him as today, before bringing him through an affecting HeelFaceTurn (This turned out to be [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor the first of many, though]]). To the fans, he's known as the "Father of X(-men)".
** Subverted with Fabian Nicieza; while he is largely seen as the definitive writer for Comicbook/{{Gambit}} (writing his original series), Claremont's take on Gambit is still considered by many to be the superior version as far as the fact that Claremont's Gambit was a happy-go lucky thief as opposed to Nicieza's brooding angst-filled version. It also helps that Claremont loved pairing ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Gambit up together as a platonic duo whereas Nicieza preferred pairing Gambit up with Rogue for wangst-fueled storylines.
*** Note that it was platonic because Storm had been artificially aged down to a prepubescent girl at the time. Also it was JimLee who first paired Gambit up with Rogue when he was artist and co-plotter of the early issues of the second X-Men series. In the first issue there's a panel showing Rogue and Gambit flirting in the Danger Room. Writer Claremont completely ignores this and has Rogue instead give some exposition on how the Danger Room works. Once Claremont left after issue 3, Lee was free to push the Gambit/Rogue romance and it continued after '''he''' left.
** For the ''X-Men'' film series, Creator/BryanSinger. The ''X-Men'' movies he directed (or produced, in the case of ''First Class'') are well-received. The others, not so much.
* Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} is this for ComicBook/BlackPanther, to the point that it's made it nearly impossible for any other writer to have success with the character. ReginaldHudlin's series did OK... right up until he stopped copying Priest and started trying to do his own thing, at which point sales immediately tanked. This is an odd case, because Priest's run didn't sell particularly well, but has nonetheless become the go-to interpretation of the character.
* Most people who know ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' consider Creator/AndreFranquin as the series' father, regardless of whether or not they know it existed before: Franquin made it the Spirou we remember, and artists Tome and Janry were faithful to that (except maybe towards the end).
* Starting right at the beginning, Bill Finger actually did ''far'' more to create Franchise/{{Batman}} himself than his more famous boss, Bob Kane. It was Finger, the writer, who came up with the idea of Batman being a detective, of him wearing a black cape and [[TheCowl cowl]] instead of a red cape and DominoMask, the Bruce Wayne secret identity, Robin, Catwoman, the Joker and the name "Gotham City". Without such contributions, "the Bat-Man" most likely would be long forgotten by now, yet Kane is still usually given sole credit for the character, because he undermined Finger's contribution for his entire life, as well as contractually ensuring ''only'' he could be credited for creating Batman.
** Franchise/{{Batman}} fans tend to be divided over which 'reboot' of the character best redefined him for the new generation; Creator/FrankMiller's bleak near-{{Deconstruction}} ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', or Creator/BruceTimm and Alan Burnett's more family-friendly but still FilmNoir-flavored ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', which kicked off the [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]].
** It can honestly be said that Timm, Burnett, and Creator/PaulDini were Mr. Freeze's daddies for giving him a tragic backstory, and in this vein, also Mike Mignola. He designed Mr. Freeze for the animated series.
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's origin story in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. Although Joker was already re-defined as we know him in the 70's, for example by Steve Englehart.
** And before all of this, Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams brought Batman back from the silly camp of the 60s (both [[SilverAge in print]] and [[Series/{{Batman}} on screen]]) to being the darker character people know him as today.
** Bill Finger and Dick Sprang may have created The Riddler, but Frank Gorshin's portrayal of him on the 1960s Batman TV show is what made him a major member of Batman's RoguesGallery for years to come. Some portrayals of him have dialed back the camp, but without Gorshin's manic popularity, there would be no Riddler today. He was also the one who designed the character's now-iconic "green suit and bowler hat" look, because he hated wearing the original spandex outfit.
** Though Poison Ivy has been around since the 60s, before Creator/NeilGaiman's Secret Origins issue about her she had little personality beyond being a FemmeFatale. Gaiman established her plant obsession and detachment from humanity, which have endured as her defining character traits.
* Creator/AlanMoore was not the first or the last comics writer to work on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', but virtually everyone regards his run as the definitive one.
** When people talk about both ComicBook/{{Marvelman}} and ComicBook/{{Supreme}}, it's almost always his take on the characters they're talking about.
** He would be one for Glory, but his plans for her never went beyond issue #0 and finally the title has been snatched from him by Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell, who rewrote her entire history and redesigned as something much cooler than MsFanservice she always was.
** He also happened to be on the other end of this trope at least once. Back when he was writing ComicBook/WildCATS he created an antagonist known as T.A.O., but these days when somebody talks about this character it's probably in context of Creator/EdBrubaker's ''{{ComicBook/Sleeper}}''.
* Similarly, the character of [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], who Moore created during his tenure with Swampy before being spun off into his own series, has this relationship with Creator/GarthEnnis.
** Jamie Delano and/or MikeCarey are also in the running for this.
** Ennis also has Real Daddy status for ComicBook/ThePunisher, being one of the first to nail down a consistent characterization of the vigilante in his 2000 reboot.
*** Before Garth Ennis came along, Creator/ChuckDixon's lengthy run on Punisher's solo title cemented the character who started out as a guest appearance in Comicbook/SpiderMan.
* And just like Moore is remembered for ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', Creator/SteveGerber's reimagining of similarly-swampy hero ''Comicbook/ManThing'' is considered definitive.
* Similarly, ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' isn't much talked about where Creator/GrantMorrison isn't involved.
** Nor is ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol''.
*** And the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. Suffice to say, if you call them the JLA (and not [[InitialismTitle for the sake of expediency]]), you're a Morrison fan. If you call them the Justice League, it's the DCAU or others.
* For ''ComicBook/IronMan'', the original creators like Creator/StanLee, Creator/JackKirby and Don Heck created much of the elements of the character, it was the team of David Michelinie and Bob Layton in the late 1970s and early 1980s who established the definitive modern take of the character. This includes inserting Jim Rhodes, the specialized armors, and Stark's emotional frailty problem, especially concerning alcohol.
** Rhodey is especially notable for taking over as Iron Man for a while after their run. Michelinie clearly didn't like this idea (the first thing he did when he returned to the title was get Rhodey out of the Iron Man suit), but it stuck; Tony soon gave Rhodey a unique suit with the codename Comicbook/WarMachine, which he still uses today.
** Michelinie and Layton had ''two'' runs, the first of which contained "Demon In A Bottle", the second of which contained "Armor Wars". They got to define Iron Man, and then go back and ''re''define him a few years later.
** Also while Iron Man's archenemy, the Mandarin, was created by Lee and Heck, the character suffered severely due to ValuesDissonance and was in danger of being phased out entirely. Matt Fraction used his epic-length ''Invincible Iron Man'' run to completely overhaul the character, ditching the YellowPeril elements and making him a brilliant MagnificentBastard villain who was basically Iron Man's [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Moriarty]]. He redefined the character and brought him back from the brink of obscurity.
* Likewise, Stan Lee and Bill Everett (with some elements from Wally Wood) may have created ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', but today, Creator/FrankMiller's vision of him is unquestionably the definitive one.
* Greg Farshtey started out as the writer for the ''Franchise/{{Lego}} Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' comics (in addition to writing for Lego's magazine and catalogs) before expanding to almost all of the line's written story material, from the novels to online serials. Not only that, but Farshtey lets fans contact him personally with questions, leading to a few bits of AscendedFanon. He will also reveal tidbits of info before they "officially break" if someone asks the right question.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} was originally created by RobLiefeld as an {{Expy}} of DC's Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}. But then two people happened:
** Fabian Nicieza injected Wade with a sense of humour that quickly made him popular enough to support a regular series written by Joe Kelly. (This was practically a habit for Nicieza, who fleshed out other Liefeld character designs into lasting characters, including Comicbook/{{Cable}}, Shatterstar and Domino.)
** Joe Kelly wrote Deadpool's first ongoing series, giving him a larger supporting cast (now also including T-Ray and Blind Al in addition to Nicieza creation Weasel), a more detailed origin story, and his penchant for breaking the fourth wall.
* ''ComicBook/NickFury'' = Jim Steranko.
* ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]]'' writers tend to have, appropriately enough, long runs. Cary Bates was ''the'' Barry Allen writer, with around 150 issues to his credit during his 13 years on the title. And although Wally West owes a lot to Bill Messner-Loebs and Creator/GeoffJohns, his Real Daddy is without a doubt Creator/MarkWaid. Waid added Jay Garrick and other speedsters to the supporting cast, brought an epic feel with the introduction of the Speed Force, and made Wally one of the most relatable heroes around; he brought ''The Flash'' back from B-list to A-list status, and the title has stayed there ever since.
** At the least, Johns gets parental rights to the Flash Rogues. Under his pen, they went from a group of gimmicky, two-dimensional characters into one of the more twisted, yet complex rogues galleries in the DC Universe.
* The ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' will always be defined by the immortal hundred-issue starting run of Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. Second place goes to Creator/JohnByrne, who wrote and drew the definitive ''modern'' FF.
** Out of all people who worked on the Marvel's First Family after Byrne, two most fondly remembered runs, who had the lasting impact and helped redefine the characters for new audience are respectively Creator/MarkWaid's and JonathanHickman's.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' arguably have Roy Thomas; Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby may have created the title, but Thomas created the definitive original Avengers character, ComicBook/TheVision, and two of its major recurring villains the Grim Reaper and Ultron and introduced a number of ideas, characters, and tropes to the franchise that are used to this very day. Even the 2003 redefinition by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis calls back to the Thomas era fairly often.
* Franchise/WonderWoman was created by William Marston, but for the modern take on the character, Creator/GeorgePerez and his PostCrisis recreation of the character is definitive. A number of fans also put Creator/GregRucka or Creator/GailSimone's run on a similar level.
* Creator/WaltSimonson. [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]].
* Fans are divided on just who Comicbook/SpiderMan's Real Daddy is, both in terms of the artist and the writer. Depending on who you ask, Spidey's definitive artist is either co-creator Creator/SteveDitko or John Romita, Sr., and Spidey's definitive writer is either co-creator Creator/StanLee or J.M. [=DeMatteis=]. And then there's the endless debates over whether Creator/StanLee or his artists (primarily Ditko and Romita) deserve more credit for the original SilverAge stories. All three debates have a tendency to turn quite vicious.
** If alternate continuities are allowed, the Creator/BrianMichaelBendis is in the running for writing ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. His quality on other titles is debated, but nearly everyone agrees that USM is consistently pitch-perfect.
** There's also the battle over Comicbook/{{Venom}}, split between JimShooter (who introduced the black costume in ''ComicBook/SecretWars''), Randy Schueller (a fan who drew up the black costume), Mike Zeck (who finalized and introduced the costume), David Michelinie (who created Eddie Brock and merged him with the symbiote) and Todd [=McFarlane=] (who designed Venom). This was bitter enough to prompt [=McFarlane=] to leave Marvel and start Creator/ImageComics. Michelinie is usually given the MyRealDaddy status.
* Speaking of Creator/BrianMichaelBendis, while the character can be [[BaseBreaker polarizing]], ComicBook/LukeCage has become more of a mainstream character under his pen.
** On that note, Mary Joe Duffy is considered to be the reason ''[[LukeCageHeroForHire Power Man]] and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]'' is such a fondly-remembered series. And, as mentioned below, Creator/MattFraction and Creator/EdBrubaker are are this for Iron Fist.
* Creator/SteveDitko may have created ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, but it was Dan Slott that made her into the character that she is today.
* Paul Levitz is frequently considered this for ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''. Occasionally JimShooter is cited.
* Creator/PeterDavid often gets this with ''[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]'', adding a lot of depth and characterization to Bruce Banner and other supporting characters.
** He also gets this with several characters in ComicBook/XFactor, with David taking the credit for taking a team of CListFodder & making them interesting characters. Some examples:
*** Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man) was originally a purely gimmicky character, his power being that he could make multiple clones of himself. Only Creator/PeterDavid ever bothered to take full advantage of this concept and turn Madrox into an interesting character.
*** Layla Miller was originally the MacGuffinGirl in the ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' CrisisCrossover. Under Creator/PeterDavid, she's moved from [[OracularUrchin knowing stuff]], to [[spoiler:[[SheIsAllGrownUp travelling to the future as a tweenager & returning an attractive young woman]] who is dealing with the fact that her power ''isn't'' knowing the future, but [[BlessedWithSuck the ability to bring beings back from recent death]], [[CameBackWrong but without a conscience]]]].
*** Shatterstar went from being a throwaway Creator/RobLiefeld creation from the 1990s, to a LargeHam EnsembleDarkHorse [[BiTheWay bisexual]] interested in AnythingThatMoves. Liefeld himself is not happy about the sexuality part.
* Between adding her to replace Ben Grimm in the ComicBook/FantasticFour and her solo title, which was one of the longest running featuring a female character as the star, Creator/JohnByrne better defines ComicBook/SheHulk than her creator, Creator/StanLee.
* Creator/MattFraction and Creator/EdBrubaker's run on ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'', which laid down a lot of new ground for the character and was almost universally praised.
* Although Marv Wolfman created ComicBook/{{Blade}} in 1973, {{David S Goyer}}'s film version of the character significantly altered his origin and mythos and helped popularize him. The comic was altered to better reflect film continuity.
* The Image/[=WildStorm=] team ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' was originally created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi, but Creator/WarrenEllis' DarkerAndEdgier run on the title is considered the point where it [[GrowingTheBeard Grew The Beard]]. ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' spun off from characters, plotlines, and themes introduced in Ellis' run -- which basically speaks for itself.
** [=DV8=] were created by Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and Scott J. Campbell as bunch of PsychoRangers for ComicBook/{{Gen13}}. Once Ellis got his hands on them, in only eight issues he made them much more complicated and interesting, and every writer that took their series later followed his footsteps. Fourteen years later however, he would pass the title of their real daddy to Creator/BrianWood, who earned it thanks to extremely popular ''Gods And Monsters'' miniseries.
* Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic was originally written by Bob Budiansky, but it was the work of Simon Furman, who started out writing {{filler}} strips for the UK reprint, that is the most celebrated and respected today. In fact, Furman has probably had more influence on the entire ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' mythos than any other writer.
** Meanwhile IDW's ''Transformers'' continuity began under Furman's pen and was built on by Shane Mccarthy and Mike Costa when his run was CutShort. However it was the combined work of James Roberts and John Barber who pulled the verse out of a lengthy DorkAge and redefined the series with their [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye critically acclaim]][[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise ed books]]. They singlehandedly transformed the IDW comics from a franchise footnote to one of the most acclaimed comics in years.
* Superboy-Prime has Creator/GeoffJohns. During the ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar, Superboy-Prime was one of the scariest, most sympathetic and yet unforgivable villains. He actually came across as a person who was so lost he might never be found. He was also the villain who you WANTED to see killed by the real Superman. Notably, he's actually considered damn near unreadable whenever anyone else is writing him.
* Also, Hank Henshaw, under Creator/GeoffJohns' capable stewardship (Also part of the Sinestro Corps War), is one of the best villainous tearjerkers EVER.
* While Siegel and Shuster created Franchise/{{Superman}}, Mort Weisinger had the biggest influence over what Superman would become during the SilverAge and BronzeAge. Creator/JohnByrne then {{ReTool}}ed Superman for the modern era (setting his selection of powers pretty much in stone, though the [[PowerCreepPowerSeep power seep]] didn't stick.
** [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer]] has as much claim to the character as the aforementioned three - from his works in the WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons we get "Faster than a Speeding Bullet, More Powerful than a Locomotive, Able to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound," and even the fact that Superman can fly (animating the super-jumping he'd originally been intended to do was a pain in the arse, so Fleischer just said "forget it - he's Superman, so he can fly!")
** Creator/ElliotSMaggin for the BronzeAge Franchise/{{Superman}}. He was the only comic writer who also wrote novels about the character and tried to greatly expand the mythos of Superman.
* Creator/JackKirby and Creator/StanLee created Marvel's Hercules, no question, but Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak have really made the character their own in the pages of ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules''.
** Before Van Lente and Pak, Real Daddy status probably would've gone to Bob Layton whose ''Hercules: Prince of Power'' miniseries in the early 1980s established Herc as the loutish, womanizing BoisterousBruiser we all know and love.
* While Marjorie Henderson Buell created ComicStrip/LittleLulu for the ''Saturday Evening Post'', it was John Stanley's nearly 15-year run on the Little Lulu comic books which in-arguably defined the character.
* ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey has Creator/GailSimone. She pulled the series out of the nosedive caused by Creator/ChuckDixon's departure and used it to make ComicBook/BlackCanary, ComicBook/{{Huntress}} and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Oracle]] three of the most well-developed heroines ever.
** Simone also has this distinction for most of her ComicBook/SecretSix team, but especially Cat-Man.
* Jim Starlin didn't create [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] or ComicBook/AdamWarlock, but his interpretations of the characters eclipse what came before.
* Creator/GeoffJohns is undoubtedly this for the entire Franchise/GreenLantern mythos. This is especially true for Hal Jordan and SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}}, who Johns had turned into one of the most complex and prominent villains in the DCU.
** Creator/BruceTimm [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} and co.]] can be considered this for John Stewart.
* A minor example: when Mike [=McMahon=] started drawing ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', he gave the Judges a chunkier, more menacing look than Carlos Ezquerra's original vision. This look proved so popular that even subsequent Ezquerra-drawn strips used it.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow has had three major parental adoptions in his career: Dennis O'Neill and Neal Adams, whose teaming him with Green Lantern transformed him from a rip-off of Franchise/{{Batman}} to the social conscience of the DC Universe. Mike Grell whose ''Longbow Hunters'' series made him an urban RobinHood fighting the villains of the 1980s. And Creator/KevinSmith, whose mini-series of him effectively removed all the detritus that had become attached to the character during the DarkAge.
** His New 52 real daddy is by far Jeff Lemire, who managed to save his failing book and turn it into a major seller.
* LarryHama's run on ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s solo title pretty much created the character as he is today. He delved into the psychology without over-elaborating backstory. Since his run ended the backstory has been elaborated into oblivion.
** Conversely, Hama is sometimes seen as introducing the FranchiseOriginalSin for Wolvie. Throughout the 1980s, Wolverine would regularly mention people and events from his past. An 1986 ComicBook/AlphaFlight storyline by Bill Mantlo established that he had a memory gap concerning who or what bonded adamantium to his skeleton, but other than that he did not have a particularly complex past. In 1991, it was Larry Hama who established the backstory about "memory implants" and started having multiple contradictory flashbacks playing out in Wolvie's mind. Wolverines backstory grew increasingly convoluted.
** An example of Hama's penmanship would be the character Silver Fox. She was created in 1989 by Creator/ChrisClaremont as Wolverine's common-law wife in the late 19th or early 20th century. She was killed by Sabretooth in what was supposed to be the first encounter of these two mutants, and her death was what caused their rivalry. Larry Hama added contradictory flashbacks which had Silver Fox alive later in the 20th century, sometimes as an ally and sometimes as as enemy of Wolverine. Then introduced Silver Fox alive and well in the present day, as a high-ranking member of ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}. She was eventually killed for the second time, but the contradictory details concerning her identity and history were never really resolved.
* Wolverine actually has several candidate Daddies.
** Back in 1974, original creator Len Wein established that Wolverine's powers were his "natural-born speed, strength, and savagery."
** In 1976, Creator/ChrisClaremont revealed that his claws were part of his body, rather than his uniform as previously thought, and introduced his SuperSenses. In 1977, Claremont created the first civilian identity for Wolvie when a random character calls him "Logan". Claremont and Creator/JohnByrne first hinted that Wolvie has "unbreakable bones in 1978, and revealed in 1979 that his entire skeleton is laced with adamantium. The original idea for the name "Logan" was that only a select few people knew about in and the X-Men were not among them. In 1980, Claremont and Byrne had Nightcrawler become the first X-Man to find out and soon enough the rest of the team started using it for their teammate. Also in 1980, the two of them introduced the backstory that James and Heather Hudson found Wolverine in a feral state and managed to help him recover his humanity. In 1981, Claremont and Byrne introduced Wolvie's HealingFactor.
** In 1983, Dennis O'Neil created the notion that the adamantium-lacing process was created by Japanese mastermind Lord Dawkwind, and also introduced Darkwind's daughter Yuriko. As Lady Deathstryke, Yuriko would become an essential addition to Wolverine's RoguesGallery.
** In 1986, Bill Mantlo established the mystery about who or what gave Wolvie his adamantium, and also introduced the notion that Wolvie is [[OlderThanTheyLook Older than he Looks]]. Specifically, Mantlo established Wolverine as a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran. In 1990, both Claremont and Larry Hama picked up on the reference and fleshed out his World War II background in two separate stories. Also in 1990, Jo Duffy created an origin story for Wolvie which has him cast out by humans and managing to survive on his own in the wilderness of Canada. While later contradicted by other origins, this basic element has stayed with the character through BroadStrokes adaptations.
** In 1991, Larry Hama introduced the concept of Wolverine's memory implants and essentially gave him a MultipleChoicePast. Also in 1991, Barry Windsor-Smith published a 12-part origin story about the mysterious project which gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton and turned him into a LivingWeapon. The story was called "Weapon X" because that was the codename for the test subject, Wolverine. The name "Weapon X Program" was established by Larry Hama in 1992.
** The origin by Barry Windsor-Smith hinted that Wolverine had bone claws prior to his encounter with the Program. Once Wolverine lost the adamantium in 1993, it was Larry Hama who fleshed out the concept and established that the claws were part of the original mutation. He also worked out what these less-durable claws could and could not do.
** Finally the definite origin story foe Wolverine, the real name "James Howlett", and his family background were all established by Paul Jenkins in 2001.
* ComicBook/{{Nova}} was a forgotten B-list hero before Creator/DanAbnett and Andy Lanning ([=DnA=]) took over the character for the original ''Comicbook/{{Annihilation}}'' crossover. They effectively transformed what was a Franchise/GreenLantern {{expy}} into a deep and interesting character, taking him from guilt-ridden survivor all the way to becoming a grizzled war veteran and even later on the social conscience and oftentimes OnlySaneMan of the cosmic side of the Marvel universe.
** [=DnA=] are pretty much trying to do this with the entire cosmic side of Marvel, starting with their revival of the ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' using both B-list cosmic characters and the original members and their later adoption of Comicbook/TheInhumans and later former X-Men staples, [[PettingZooPeople the Shiar]].
* Renee Montoya was originally just a minor character from WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries who got lucky enough to get introduced into the main canon. However, it was only when Creator/GregRucka started writing for her that she slowly turned into an awesome, multi-layered detective. For details, see ComicBook/GothamCentral, ComicBook/FiftyTwo, and ComicBook/TheQuestion.
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Dick Grayson]] was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger shortly after his mentor in 1940, and he was well-defined in his "Comicbook/{{Robin}}" persona until he was turned into ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} during Marv Wolfman and Creator/GeorgePerez's successful run on ''Teen Titans'' in 1984. He struggled to find a niche after that, but it is Creator/ChuckDixon's run on the 1996 ''Nightwing'' series, that is considered to be the defining run that codified the character ever since.
** Likewise Chuck Dixon is undoubtedly considered this for the third Robin, Tim Drake thanks to three miniseries and a 100 issue run on Tim's ongoing title.
** Chuck Dixon himself considers himself this for his creation [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Stephanie Brown]] aka "the Spoiler", stating on his forum that he doesn't read anyone else's stories with the character because she's so alive in his head that any other interpretation wouldn't feel right.
*** Despite that, a good majority of her fans tend to see Bryan Q Miller, who wrote her ongoing series, as this; while Dixon is often respected for creating her and would be this without question otherwise, BQM managed to become synonymous with the character, and make her a competent hero on her own when many saw her as a sidekick's sidekick.
* James Robinson's Comicbook/{{Starman}} and Creator/NeilGaiman's ComicBook/TheSandman put those two names on the map.
** Even though Neil Gaiman created the version of [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] from ComicBook/TheSandman, it's {{Mike Carey}}'s run on the spin-off {{Comicbook/Lucifer}} that really defined the character.
** Also, ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic were started by Neil Gaiman, but it was John Ney Rieber who wrote the series [[GrowingtheBeard in which Tim Hunter really came into his own, and gave the series a world and mythology of its own.]]
** And note that that's ''multiple'' Starmen for Robinson. He has stated that he believes he did more to develop Ted Knight's character in four issues of ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'' than anyone had in fifty years of history before that, and he's really not bragging; it's just the truth.
* Joe Simon and Creator/JackKirby created the ComicBook/CaptainAmerica character, but it wasn't until Creator/StanLee (also working with Kirby) brought him back from obscurity and created his signature "Man Out of Time" story that Cap really became a character people could relate to. Modern Cap writer Creator/EdBrubaker is credited with reinventing Captain America again for the modern comics world the same way Lee reinvented him for the SilverAge. Typically, this isn't universal, and others might give that status to Mark Gruenwald or Creator/MarkWaid for their own lengthy runs on the character.
** Creator/EdBrubaker is credited for making ComicBook/BuckyBarnes popular, turning him from a JokeCharacter who was a blatant attempt at copying the success of Robin to a darker, and more serious and complex character who went on to become a BreakoutCharacter under Brubaker's pen.
** The writers of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' mentioned Brubaker's run as the primary inspiration for their take on Bucky. Brubaker was also consulted by the directors of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. It's to the point that Brubaker actually had a cameo in the movie itself.
* Possibly similar to Brubaker, Creator/JuddWinick didn't create Jason Todd, but he did bring him back from the dead as the Red Hood while writing for ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', and made him [[TookALevelInBadass badass]] and [[TearJerker a little sympathetic]].
* ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}} was created by WillEisner, Chuck Cuidera, and Bob Powell, but the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Blackhawk is most often associated with artist Reed Crandall.
* Peter Milligan for ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan''. He completely reinvented Creator/SteveDitko's character, and now hardly anyone remembers what the original was like.
* Inverted for Len Wein, who co-created ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, the [[ComicBook/XMen "All-New" X-Men]], and Comicbook/SwampThing, only to see them achieve greatness under other writers. He also wrote some of the earliest Comicbook/ManThing and [[ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} Dr. Barbara 'Bobbi' Morse]] stories. While Wein's stories were significant in establishing their backstories and some key elements of the characters, again the characters gained greater fame under either writers.
** In a well-regarded run of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Wein introduced the 1970s incarnations of the ComicBook/SevenSoldiers and the Comicbook/FreedomFighters. Again, other writers are more associated with either team.
** He was also one of the co-creators of super-villain [[ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga Michael Korvac]]. The character is best remembered for a Creator/JimShooter storyline and his debut story is fairly obscure.
* Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost created ComicBook/{{X 23}}, but didn't introduce her to the Franchise/MarvelUniverse (she's a CanonImmigrant), putting her in the hands of Creator/JoeQuesada and later Creator/ChrisClaremont, probably with the intention of invoking this trope; when it didn't work, they started writing her themselves. While their take was seen as superior to Quesada's and Claremont's and laid groundwork on the character, it still had its share of problems. It was Marjorie Liu's run on Laura's solo title that definitely did a lot to make fans like a character that had previously (often derisively) been called Girlverine and MarySue.
** Liu is also this for Logan's other offspring, {{Daken}} - it was once she joined his creator, Daniel Way, at writing the character, that he became the DepravedBisexual MagnificentBastard {{Troll}} people love. To be fair, BrianMichaelBendis putting him on DarkAvengers and other writers using him for cameos with the rest of the team probably helped a bit.
** Kyle and Yost however are this for Pixie, who was created as a background character in [[ComicBook/NewMutants New Mutants and New X-Men: Academy X]] by Nunzio [=DeFilippis=] and Christina Weir; even through her few short appearances already gained her fans, it were Kyle and Yost who pushed her into first place and made her so popular amoung fandom and other writers she was the only member of the cast that mostly avoided being DemotedToExtra when the series ended.
** Weir and [=DeFilippis=] on the other hand were this for two characters they took under their wings when their book changed from New Mutants to Academy X - Icarus and Dust. Icarus debuted in a 1984 ''ROMSpaceKnight'' as an extra, created by Bill Mantlo, and remained an obscure background character until 2004. Then writer ChuckAusten cast him as a main character in the storyline ''She Lies With Angels'', which unfortunately was one of the most hated stories in his, already controversial, X-Men run. When Icarus turned up as a cast member in New Mutants, he was not exactly a popular addition. As for Dust, her original portrayal by her creator, Creator/GrantMorrison, was full of UnfortunateImplications. Neither was well-liked until Weir and [=DeFilippis=] gave them rounded personalities and started building a close friendship and possible romance between them.
* Creator/FloydGottfredson is often considered the [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mouse]] Counterpart to Creator/CarlBarks. Though the Disney shorts eventually toned down Mickey's character, Gottfredson maintained MickeyMouse 's adventurous spirit for several decades, which are considered an influence on modern interpretations of Mickey.
* Creator/KieronGillen has quickly become this for a few characters.
** His take on Mr Sinister, as a CrazyAwesome MadScientist has been embraced as the most interesting the character has been in years.
** His take on Comicbook/{{Loki}} in both [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and JourneyIntoMystery came with massive amounts of character development as both an adult and a child.
** America Chavez debuted in Creator/JoeCasey and Nick Dragotta's ''Vengeance'' miniseries. Creator/JamieMcKelvie's CivvieSpandex redesign in their 2013 run of ComicBook/YoungAvengers turned her into a BreakoutCharacter.
* Artemis Crock was a fairly forgettable enemy of ComicBook/InfinityInc and the [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]. Then ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' used her as a main character, bringing her to a whole new audience and hinging a lot of the show's mystery and plot development on her. Co-Producers Brandon Vietti and Creator/GregWeisman deserve equal credit here-- Vietti was the one who suggested they use a female archer, instead of Speedy I, Roy Harper, and Creator/GregWeisman suggested Artemis rather than any of ComicBook/GreenArrow's associated female archers. They reasoned that her parents being two supervillains, Sportsmaster and Huntress, would be a good touchstone-- then decided that super assassin Cheshire/Jade Nguyen would be an interesting addition to the family unit, and thus gave Artemis and her mother a RaceLift, making them Vietnamese.
** Whether or not they'll become this for Miss Martian, M'gann M'orzz, is still up in the air. Their decision to turn her into a StepfordSmiler instead of someone who is ''just that perky'' and her relationship with Superboy was picked up by Bryan Q. Miller's Smallville Season 11 comics, although her reasoning for being such and her human disguise's origins differ significantly, both use the idea of her as a flawed but eager heroine. It's still up in the air because M'gann has appeared exactly ''once'' in comics since the show gained traction, and while it was in her Young Justice-exclusive "stealth" costume, not her original skirt and heels, she was later edited out in reprintings.
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Scourge the Hedgehog started out as a one-note MirrorUniverse EvilTwin of Sonic who wore shades, a leather jacket and boots (for extra blandness, he was also called either "Evil Sonic" or "Anti-Sonic"). Under the guidance of Ian Flynn, he was given a massive makeover, a total 180 in evil personality-ness, and, for extra pain, did this to his entire team. However, Ken Penders, the writer who "created" the original one-note characters claimed the characters as part of his lawsuit, and they may be removed from the comic's new continuity (since many of his characters & stories had to be gutted out).
* When Vibe was introduced, he was a breakdancing stereotype. However, thanks to the New 52 reboot and the writing of Sterling Gates, he has become a much more likable and relatable character with a small, yet dedicated, fanbase.
* Legion was created by Creator/ChrisClaremont as ComicBook/NewMutants opponent and was, since then, written by many people. But Simon Spurrier was the one who gave him a complete revamp and reintroduced him as a MagnificentBastard on the pages of ''X-Men: Legacy'' vol.2, which quickly gave the character a dedicated fanbase.
* NickSpencer is on his way to become this for the entire cast of his ''Superior Foes of Spider-Man'' series - he already gave Boomerang and Beetle (who was a one-shot JokeCharacter created by Creator/EdBrubaker) more CharacterDevelopment and backstory than anyone before him.
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* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops may have been started by Innortal on Fanfic.net , but Saphroneth on Space Battles codified the rules and published the massive MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic collaborative loops, making him the go to authority for the mechanics of the setting.
* ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' (the original story, that is) was written by Blaze, but after he [[DeadFic left the story unfinished]] and later [[OldShame disowned it completely]] while stating that he felt its [[RecursiveFanfiction fan-made spinoffs]] were better written, several different writers have been considered TCB's "real parent." Depending entirely on preference, it could either be writers known for their {{Deconstruction}}s or the authors that play the premise straight.
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* While Tomoyuki Tanaka is credited as being the creator of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', it is often director Ishiro Honda who gets the most praise amongst the fandom regarding the film series.
** And also often special effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya.
* While Creator/IanFleming created Franchise/JamesBond, his version was very much an AntiHero (Creator/DanielCraig is very close). Terence Young was really the creator of the suave Creator/SeanConnery Bond we all love. His instruction to Sean was to imitate him.
** Also the ''James Bond'' Theme. The authorship has been disputed for years with composer John Barry arguing in court Monty Norman's claim of authorship and ultimately losing before he died. Monty Norman definitely did come up with the melody, borrowing it from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6EuzGhIyRQ "Good Sign, Bad Sign"]] a song he wrote for the musical "A House for Mr Biswas" but Barry's orchestration, with it's electric guitar intro and big brassy sound was what made it popular.
* Nicholas Meyer's work on the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan second]], [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome fourth]] and [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry sixth]] ''Star Trek'' movies; he's credited with pretty much defining the original series movie era, with his overall tone and atmosphere showing anytime that time period is shown in the subsequent TV shows.
* Serious InternetBackdraft can result over discussions on whether the greater part of the credit for the creation of the ''StarWars'' universe should go to GeorgeLucas or his producer Gary Kurtz. While Lucas wrote and directed ''ANewHope'' by himself, supporters of Kurtz argue that without the latter doing quality control, the final product would've turned out decidedly SoBadItsGood. Since that final product was never made, it's unlikely this debate will be going away anytime soon. This is about the one topic the Expanded Universe is ''less'' confusing on; see below.
** In addition, George Lucas's wife at the time, Marcia Lucas is another figure argued to have been just as important (if not moreso) than her husband. After the initial cut assembled by British editor John Jympson turned out to be absolute crap, George asked Marcia (an experienced editor in her own right, who worked on ''Film/TaxiDriver'', among other films) to recut the film from scratch. Knowing that her husband's insistence on keeping useless bits of exposition and technical dialogue had been as much of a problem as Jympson's flaccid editing style, Marcia only agreed to do it on the condition that she had complete control over the edit, and that George couldn't make any suggestions until she and co-editors Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew had assembled a complete edit. George agreed, resulting in the cut that eventually made cinemas and was a big hit.
** Don't forget about the author AlanDeanFoster, who co-wrote ''From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and came up with all of the settings of the Original Trilogy
** For an example of how bad the first Star Wars could have been, one needs only look at the original theatrical trailer, which somehow managed to make the film look like a schlocky low-budget cross between Star Trek and a bad rubber-suit monster movie.
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': ZigZagged with OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight, one may argue that the Bourne series [[HasTwoMommies has two daddies]] with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass. With ''The Bourne Identity'', Liman gave the film a unique style, but it was Greengrass who would flesh it out in its sequels ''The Bourne Supremacy'' and ''The Bourne Ultimatum'', with Liman still involved as executive producer, garnering even greater acclaim. But when Greengrass turned down the offer to direct ''The Bourne Legacy'', Creator/MattDamon left with him, saying he wouldn't do any more movies without him, and Liman left too. This is part of why ''Legacy'' hasn't been as well-received as its predecessors.
* Although every one of the ''Franchise/CarryOn'' films was produced by Peter Rogers and directed by Gerald Thomas, and the core cast remained largely unchanged throughout the series' run, it was scriptwriter Talbot Rothwell whom most fans regard as having really made the films what they were. The early, Norman Hudis-scripted films (up to and including ''Carry On Cruising'') are regarded as middling, while the films made after Rothwell retired due to ill health (from ''Carry On Behind'' onward) are viewed as downright terrible.[[note]] It didn't help that Rothwell's departure coincided with those of long-running cast members Sid James, Hattie Jacques, and Barbara Windsor.[[/note]]
* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' franchise was technically created by Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller, the producer-director and writer (respectively) of [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 the first movie]], and they are named as such in the credits of all the sequels. However, Miller did not have any involvement with the sequels and has said that he dislikes them, and Cunningham didn't return to the series until the ninth installment, ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday''. Thus, neither of them created the series' most famous attributes, namely Jason Voorhees as the invincible killer wearing a hockey mask and wielding a machete. If anyone could be claimed as the true creative leader of the series, it'd be either Steve Miner - both a co-producer of the first film and producer-director of the first two sequels, and thus the guy who gave us killer-Jason and his iconic costume - or Frank Mancuso Jr., who produced all of the sequels at Paramount.
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* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Creator/TimothyZahn. He ''invented'' it, after all, with Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy - there had been things like ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' and ComicBook/MarvelStarWars and the Han Solo Adventures, but they were largely on a smaller scale than what he wrote, and set much closer to the movies. Unfortunately, most of what authors following him wrote was not on the same level, leading to a genre of fanfic called the "[[FixFic Zahn fix]]". There are EU fans who despise Zahn's work and put Luceno or Hambly or Traviss in this trope.
** Karen Traviss practically invented the clone troopers and Mandalorians from the ground up. Before her, there were a few odds and ends about them, but nothing definite. She even invented the Mandalorian language. There's a reason there was such an uproar when ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' tried to take the Mandalorians and retcon them into something else.
*** The creators of the ''Star Wars: The Essential Atlas'' very quickly exercised damage control and introduced a retcon that explained the massive discrepancies between Traviss' Mandalorians and the Mandalorians of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', with even more detailed rectons provided later in ''Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare''. The fact that for the most part those in charge of the continuity of the ''Star Wars'' franchise are waiting for the animated series to end before introducing retcons to fix canon and revising the Clone Wars timeline, but very quickly provided explanations for the Mandalorian contradiction, speaks volumes of how much Traviss' take on the Mandalorians, controversial though it is, has become popular.
* It's hard to describe this regarding Literature/NancyDrew and Literature/HardyBoys books, since "Carolyn Keene" and "Franklin W. Dixon" were pen names and never actually existed. However, while Edward Stratemeyer was responsible for creating the characters and outlining the stories for the ghostwriters to follow, it was the original ghostwriters Mildred Wirt Benson (for Nancy) and Leslie [=McFarlane=] (for the Hardys) who decided to go a little above the call of duty and develop the characters (however slightly) a little more beyond other [[ExtrudedBookProduct Stratemeyer Syndicate works]] and create the only two series out of the dozens Stratemeyer developed that have any kind of lasting impression today.
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* While Shouzou Uehara was the original head writer of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and the franchise was conceived by ShotaroIshinomori, Hirohisa Soda was responsible for it GrowingTheBeard in [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman 1985]] and then keeping its beard for years. Soda was head writer of every ''Super Sentai'' series from [[Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive 1982]] to [[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman 1990]], and the shows of 1985-1990 are widely considered to be ''the'' definitive ''Super Sentai'', far more than Uehara's shows.
* Although the original version of the film script was written by JossWhedon himself, director Fran Rubel Kuzui made ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' TheMovie what it is: a SoBadItsGood "comedy/horror" that is actually neither. The [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer TV series]] actually created by JossWhedon is what the fans know and love, and people pretty much [[FanonDisContinuity prefer to ignore]] the movie. This makes Joss Buffy's Dad at TWO points.
** Within the ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'', the works produced outside of JossWhedon's direct involvement (ExpandedUniverse) are usually considered part of an AlternateUniverse or [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't happen]]. These usually include the novels and most of the comics besides the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 8/9/10, ''ComicBook/{{Fray}}'', and ''Series/{{Angel}}: After The Fall'' series (though some don't consider any of the comics to be).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', technically created by committee, has had many producers and head writers, but these are a few of the most commonly-cited examples.
** Verity Lambert, the show's very first producer. For starters, she is the one who ensured that some aliens called the Daleks made it to air. In fact, the story ''Human Nature'', which sees The Doctor become a human with no memories of his Time Lord self, claims that his parents were named "Sydney and Verity".
** Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts acted as the script editor and producer for the Creator/JonPertwee era of the show. Dicks is one of the franchise's most prolific writers, penning oodles of novelizations in addition to his TV work, which notably includes 20th anniversary special ''The Five Doctors'' and Patrick Troughton's swansong, ''The War Games''. Their era featured UNIT at its most prominent, and introduced such iconic elements of the show as The Master, the Sontarans, the Autons, and fan-favourite companion Sarah Jane Smith. Barry Letts is the only producer to return to the show in a similar capacity, when he acted as the executive producer for newcomer John Nathan-Turner's first year, and had also worked as a writer and director for a number of stories. Letts' influence bled past his run on the show and had a strong impact on the first year of...
** Robert Holmes and Philip Hinchcliffe, who were respectively the script editor and producer between 1974 and 1977. The era when they were in charge is considered by many to be a Golden Age for the series due to a genuinely frightening "gothic horror" atmosphere, a fan-favourite Doctor (Creator/TomBaker) and popular companions (Sarah, Harry, and Leela), as well as a seemingly endless streak of classic and beloved stories (including, but by no means limited to, ''Genesis of the Daleks'', ''Pyramids of Mars'', ''The Talons of Weng-Chiang'', and ''The Ark in Space''). Holmes has written more individual TV episodes than any other writer, and in 2009 his story ''The Caves of Androzani'' was voted by the readers of ''DoctorWhoMagazine'' as the all-time greatest ''Doctor Who'' story.
** Creator/RussellTDavies and/or Creator/StevenMoffat for those who started with the 2005 revival. RTD brought back the show for a whole new generation and is known for his sense of fun, adventure, and emotion, while those who prefer Moffat appreciate his more complex storylines that place greater emphasis on time travel and The Doctor himself. Moffat is also the only person who has written an episode for every series since the revival.
* ''PowerRangers'' fans informally divide seasons by showrunner or writers at the time. While the contributions of Haim and Cheryl Saban, Shuki Levy, Creator/TonyOliver and others have been noted for ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', any PR fan will tell that the shows that Judd "Chip" Lynn and Jonathan Tzachor produced, alongside head writer/story editor Jackie Marchand, are among PR's Golden Era (1995-[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce 2001]]) and may also include Eddie Guzelian's ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'' in the mix (with Lynn returning to wrap up ''RPM'' in 2009).
* Creator/GeneRoddenberry created ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and wrote numerous episodes (as well as rewriting scripts by others) but it was later revealed that a co-producer on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]], Gene L. Coon, was nearly as important to the series' narrative excellence such as creating the PrimeDirective, the Klingons and Khan Noonien Singh in his own stories as well as (also) doing rewrites for others. (In fact, many of the best known elements of ''Star Trek'' were devised by writers other than Roddenberry, such as the mind meld and the nerve pinch.) Later, it's generally agreed by the fans that ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' and the movies got better once Roddenberry was [[KickedUpstairs promoted to executive consultant.]] While the Trek shows have all had numerous writers, Michael Piller and Ronald D. Moore are typically credited with setting the bar for ''Next Generation'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' respectively. Later, Manny Coto would do a similar thing for ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' (with some help from Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), but in that case it sadly proved too late to save the series from a curtailed run.
* In the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' 25th anniversary special, the trope was played for laughs during the Weekend Update segment with three popular, former anchors. It begins with Chevy Chase talking about how he originated the sketch and how he did it "the best ever." Then Creator/DennisMiller enters and takes issue with that, comparing Chase's one season to his six. ("You might've knocked her up, but I married her.") And then [[Creator/NormMacDonald Norm [=MacDonald=]]] shows up. (Though in a nod to his infamous firing, Norm says he didn't know about the special and just saw them on TV.)
* Contrary to popular belief, Jim Henson was not actually the creator of ''SesameStreet'' (that honor goes to Lloyd Morisset and Joan Ganz Cooney). However, the use of his Muppet characters became arguably one of the defining elements of the show.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was created by Jeffrey Lieber, Creator/JJAbrams and Damon Lindelof - Lieber wrote the original pilot script before Abrams and Lindelof drastically reworked it. While Lindelof is (along with Carlton Cuse) the man who rightly takes the credit or blame for the series among the fans, to the general public Abrams is the name most associated with the series even though he had little to do with it after the first season and in fact only co-wrote one episode other than the pilot (see also most series Abrams produces - how often is ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' called a Creator/JJAbrams show in spite of Eric Kripke being the real main man?).
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' was originally started by Craig Kilborn as a [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "Weekend Update"]]-style comedy show. But in 1999, Jon Stewart became its new host, and under his guidance, the show changed from a light parody of local news to a deep and incisive political satire, held in higher esteem than many mainstream news outlets.
* Anthony Yerkovich is given the sole credit as creator of ''Series/MiamiVice'' but it was executive producer Michael Mann who was behind the groundbreaking look and the show, incorporating feature film-style cinematography and editing and using then-current hit songs on the soundtrack.
* Regardless of the whole debate about whether he or creator Joel Hodgson was the better host of the show, many agree that Michael J. Nelson's arrival as the head writer of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' was one of the biggest factors in helping the first full season of the show take on a much more structured and sophisticated style than the rather loose approach the team used in the "Season 0" broadcast on local channel KTMA.
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* The ''Warhammer40K'' fandom [[InvertedTrope Inverts]] this trope against one [[RunningTheAsylum Matthew Ward]] due to his habit of CharacterShilling and creating GameBreaker units.
** Black Library author Creator/GrahamMcNeill, meanwhile, is considered to be pretty much the definitive source on both the Literature/{{Ultramarines}} and the Literature/IronWarriors.
** Creator/DanAbnett is this to any facet of the lore he touches, but perhaps his most important contribution is his fleshing out of the Imperial Guard, most notably in his ''GauntsGhosts'' books, turning them from a RedshirtArmy who lived and died (in unnecessarily large quantities) by the mantra "WeHaveReserves" to something resembling a competent military force.
** While SandyMitchell's takes on any one character or faction are too openly parodic to be considered definitive, his tendency to poke holes in the setting's oppressively GothicPunk atmosphere by adding familiar domestic touches like tea and rugby telecasts and generally portraying the Imperium of Man less as a decaying, absurdly GrimDark hellhole and more as a corruption and incompetence-riddled but basically functional modern military-industrial state like the UK or America writ large does seem to be starting to take hold.
** By contrast, the grimmer, propagandistic [[ScaryDogmaticAliens communist-inspired]] take on the [[WideEyedIdealist naively idealistic]] Tau Empire popularized by Relic's ''DawnOfWar: Dark Crusade'' RTS has become their definitive characterization. Though here it's more a case of giving the fans what they want, as this had already been part of {{Fanon}} for years.
** Play straight for Ward with his Necrons. And a number of Eldar players started to see this with Ward as he's currently the only writer who writes Eldar win battles.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' creator Masahiro Sakurai didn't work on all of the Kirby titles, and since ''Air Ride'' no longer works on the series. Pretty much his whole (original, platformer) work in the series is the first ''Dream Land'', the NES ''Adventure'', and the fan-favorite ''Super Star''. The other platformers developed during his stay at HAL (''Dream Land 2'', ''Dream Land 3'', and ''Kirby 64'') all feature a different antagonist and a few characters exclusive to the series. Sakurai is still treated as Kirby's owner despite his separation from the company, as evidenced by his signature (which features Kirby) and his input to new titles.
* Creator/ObsidianEntertainment are seen as this by quite a few ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' fans, considering the company was primarily made up of former Black Isle employees.
** Creator/ChrisAvellone, in particular - even though he wasn't involved until ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', as the editor and compiler of The Fallout Bible, he's accepted by many to be the true father.
*** A large part of the reason for this is because VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} is very short and only has a couple of factions. Most of the Fallout universe concepts actually originated in Fallout 2. Fallout 1 set up the general idea for the series, but Fallout 2 took that idea and fleshed it out. Also keep in mind that there is a character in Fallout 1 named after him, so it isn't like he was a new hire for Fallout 2. He just wasn't directly working on Fallout 1 when it was in development.
* Michael Kirkbride, a former writer on ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' team, is often considered this.
* While ShigeruMiyamoto created ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', it was a series of loosely connected games with no real storyline until Eiji Aonuma took over during ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime.'' From then on, the plots became more cohesive and {{continuity nod}}s became more frequent. The games also started to come out more frequently, with a game a year being released from 2000-2008. Of course given Miyamoto's status amongst gamers, Aonuma has to share the spotlight a bit, but most fans only take his WordOfGod as canon.
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series were only a string of loosely-connected titles made by various teams within {{Konami}} until Koji Igarashi took over as producer for the series after ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' and became the godfather, of sorts, of the series canon. The canon may now be split, however, as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' was developed without involvement from Igarashi and is basically a ContinuityReboot. [[note]]Although in actuality, the game is--by Konami's own admission--an InNameOnly installment that was supposed to have been an original (i.e., non-''Castlevania'') game.[[/note]]
* The same case happens with the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series, since until Takanobu Terada took over as the producer of the series in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 G'' for GameBoy, the whole series was designed by many programming teams.
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''. The ImageComics version of Jackie is nothing more than a NinetiesAntiHero [[CanonSue Canon Stu]], but the [[VideoGame/TheDarkness video game incarnation]] is actually a complex and interesting character.
* Keiji Inafune is often identified as the "father of ''VideoGame/MegaMan''" due to his involvement with the franchise since the original NES game. However, Inafune was only a character designer in the original game. Akira Kitamura was the lead designer on ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'' and ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', with Inafune not taking on a loose "creative lead" role until ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''.
* While most of the original credit to the creation of SonicTheHedgehog goes to YujiNaka, this is actually divided between him as the programmer of the [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog original game]], Naoto Oshima, the true creator and designer of the hedgehog, and Hirokazu Yasuhara, the designer of the first game's stages. Sadly, they have all since left [[{{Sega}} Sonic Team]] during certain points of their careers, there.
* While the very first ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' was planned by "Finish" Hiroshi Matsumoto and "Piston" Takashi Nishiyama, who both left {{Capcom}} and to work for {{SNK}} in many of their early fighting games (including all of ''TheKingOfFighters'' games until '99), the ''StreetFighter'' series didn't really take off until ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', which was planned by Akira "Akiman" Yasuda and Akira "Nin Nin" Nishitani (who both previously worked on the original ''FinalFight''). Even then, most of the games during the series' "golden age" were planned by Noritaka "Poo" Funamizu, who worked on ''Super'', ''Super Turbo'', and all of the ''Alpha'' series.
* With the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' marking the first new game in the series since ''{{VideoGame/Metroid}}: Fusion'', creator (or technically, living co-creator) Yoshio Sakamoto has stated the RetroStudios-developed ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series to be more or less a SpinOff series than part of the main story. After seeing his work on ''Metroid: Other M'', many fans decided that they preferred it when Retro was in charge. The fandom is now [[BrokenBase split]] over whether Sakamoto or Retro are better caretakers of the series.
** Gunpei Yokoi also gets this as well. Though he was the creator of the series, it was ultimately Sakamoto who introduced the concept of a maze(and subsequently exploration to the series).
* Though Roberta Williams created the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' series, fans generally consider the [[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Jane]] [[VideoGame/GrayMatter Jensen]]-penned ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' to be by far the best one out of all of them. Most ''KQ'' fangames either are inspired by it or seek to remake earlier games to more closely match it in tone/artistic quality.
* {{Creator/Bungie}} Studios created the foundation for the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series but it was Eric Nylund's ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' that expanded its universe. The Retcons that began to come about from ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' caused a good segment of fans to cry foul over negating ''[=FoR=]'''s continuity. There's still favoritism towards Bungie's end, though, now that 343 Industries owns the series.
* ''ShinMegamiTensei'' has master artist Kazuma Kaneko, whose demon designs have been used in pretty much every game of the franchise. Famous for treating ''every'' god, spirit or demon he draws with respect and care, with plenty of {{Shout Out}}s to their original mythologies.
* In a case of Adopted Daddies, fans of ''Franchise/MegaMan'' wish Nintendo would just buy out the franchise from Capcom due to the company's alleged better treatment of the Blue Bomber as shown in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for 3DS[=/=]Wii U'', including his Nintendo-faithful animations and his Final Smash attack that also acknowledges his legacy.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink This is nothing new for Smash Bros. fans.]] Sonic fans were asking for Nintendo to do the same thing during Sonic's own DorkAge. With the news that Capcom is scheduled for buyout, the chance that Nintendo will gain access anyway is growing.
* The rivalry between developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch on the ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'' series. Infinity Ward were the original creators of the franchise, and were behind ''Call of Duty'', ''Call of Duty 2'', and the genre-defining ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. Treyarch, meanwhile, got off to a terrible start with the much reviled ''Call of Duty 3''; much of that ill-will would follow them in their next game in the series, ''Call Of Duty World At War''. However, in more recent years, Treyarch has received credit for being responsive to fan input and their willingness to experiment, innovate, and take the series in new directions with the likes of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' and especially ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', while Infinity Ward has been criticized for a perceived unwillingness to deviate from their long-time formula, as embodied by the mediocre reception of their latest entry in the series, ''CallOfDutyGhosts''. It doesn't help that many of the leading minds behind the better-regarded Infinity War [=CoD=] titles have moved on to [[VideoGame/TitanFall other things]].
* Richard Garriott rightly gets a lot of credit and respect for creating the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series, but many fans consider the games to have been at their peak when Warren Spector was working alongside Garriott, starting with ''VideoGame/UltimaVI'' and encompassing ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII'', the two ''Worlds of Ultima'' games, and both ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' entries. Plus, Spector has the advantage of not being involved in ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII'' or ''[[VideoGame/UltimaIX IX]]'', which are widely considered the series' DorkAge.
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* Butch Hartman may have created ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', but most fans give major props to the stories and CharacterDevelopment to Steve Marmel who wrote the basic outlines of the first two seasons and contributed scripts to many of its episodes.
* GregWeisman, creator of the Disney ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' series, is an example of the loyalty fans can have to the "real" teller of an ongoing story, when it separates from official sources. When the third season of the show was written largely without his input, altering the tone of the series, fans pretty much [[CanonDisContinuity discarded it entirely]], in favor of a short-lived comics-based revival that was written by Weisman and launched from the end of the second season (starting with a comic-transcription of the one third-season episode he DID write).
* Creator/CraigMcCracken ''or'' Creator/GenndyTartakovsky in regards to ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', depending on who you ask.
** Can't we just say the show [[HasTwoMommies has two daddies]]? It honestly wouldn't be the same without ''either''.
** Likewise, both [=McCracken=] and Tartakovsky, along with the less celebrated Paul Rudish, were all equally responsible for the creation and success of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''.
* Then there's Characters/BugsBunny. While an early version first appeared in "Porky's Hare Hunt" by Ben Hardaway and Carl Dalton, and his first "official" appearance was in "A Wild Hare" by Creator/TexAvery who went on to direct a number of vintage Bugs Bunny cartoons before moving to [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons MGM]], the directors who fleshed him out most were Creator/BobClampett, Creator/FrizFreleng, Creator/RobertMcKimson and perhaps most notably Creator/ChuckJones. To say nothing of the contributions of others at Termite Terrace, like writer Michael Maltese and voice actor Creator/MelBlanc. In "The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie", Bugs commented that, "instead of having millions of children, like your ordinary run-of-the-mill rabbit, I have several fathers."
* RubyGloom, including most of her supporting characters, were created by illustrator Martin Hsu. And while his designs were excellent (except for [[{{Gonk}} his version of Misery]]), it was the writers working for Nelvana who turned Gloomsville's residents into well-defined, fleshed-out characters.
* Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles and made [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage the original comic]] a CultClassic. However, when [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the first animated series]] was being developed, it was writer David Wise[[note]][[NamesTheSame no relation to the musician who once worked at Rare Ltd.]][[/note]] who turned the Turtles from grim and gritty crimefighters into the comical, pizza-loving heroes who made the franchise a smash hit. And Mirage staffers like Dan Berger and Steve Murphy (who both wrote many of the most beloved TMNT comics, both in the original gritty Mirage series and the kid-friendly cartoon-based ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'') and Jim Lawson and Ryan Brown (who respectively created the fan-favorite supporting characters the Rat King and Leatherhead) also put their own stamp on the franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' will always belong to LaurenFaust, who has been ascribed near-godly status by the fandom. After she voluntarily stepped down to creative consultant, most fans have done their best to still turn a warm eye to the new showrunners (namely Meghan [=McCarthy=] and Jayson Thiessen), but she's still considered number one and the ultimate WordOfGod. Faust has even tried to invoke GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld. '''Repeatedly'''. The fans ''still'' regard her as the final word.
** Bonnie Zacherle, the creator of the ''MyLittlePony'' franchise, gets phased out in comparison to Lauren.
* As something of a stock fact, some consider UbIwerks the true creator of MickeyMouse due to the fact that he originally drew and animated him. Yet others still attribute the character to Creator/WaltDisney, since he did give Mickey his personality.
* For many fans, the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' series is the only canon one, as it was the only one actually produced by the creators,ManOfActionStudios. The various sequels (WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce, Ben10UltimateAlien, Ben10Omniverse ), headed by the likes of Glen Murakami, the late Creator/DwayneMcDuffie, Matt Youngberg, and Derrick Wyatt, are shunned.
** There are also many others who prefer Murakami and [=McDuffie=]'s two entries (WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce, Ben10UltimateAlien ) into the franchise due to the DarkerAndEdgier tone and the characters aging, and were outraged when the next series (Ben10Omniverse ) fell into the hands of others and became LighterAndSofter, even when compared to the original series, not to mention DenserAndWackier than any of the previous three, and thus dissociate it.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. ComicBook/KevinConroy ''is'' Batman. And MarkHamill is ''the'' voice of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
** Likewise with ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Creator/ClancyBrown, Creator/MichaelIronside and Creator/CoreyBurton ''are'' SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor, {{Darkseid}} and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, respectively. With Franchise/{{Superman}} himself, fans tend to choose either Creator/TimDaly or ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'''s Creator/GeorgeNewbern.
** Hell, anyone in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. Most notably Creator/SusanEisenberg as Franchise/WonderWoman, Creator/CarlLumbly as ComicBook/MartianManhunter, Creator/PhilLaMarr as John Stewart and Creator/MichaelRosenbaum as [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]].
** Creator/NathanFillion is starting to become this for [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]].
* And on the Marvel side of things: Creator/SteveBlum ''is'' SelfDemonstrating/{{Wolverine}}, Creator/FredTatasciore ''is'' [[SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]], Creator/NolanNorth ''is'' SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, and Creator/JoshKeaton ''is'' Franchise/SpiderMan. Unfortunately, Keaton got unceremoniously booted from his role earlier than those other actors did, with multiple [=VAs=] replacing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Though creators Bob Schooley and Mark [=McCorkle=] get a fair amount of CreatorWorship, the show is generally considered to have GrownTheBeard when Steve Loter began directing the series, elaborating on Ron's character and making Kim a bit more flawed.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'': Despite originally starting out as a comic strip character, Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer made Popeye into one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, at one point eclipsing even ''MickeyMouse''.
** Heck, in the original comic strips, Popeye wasn't even ''introduced'' until about ten years in; the focus of the first decade was Olive Oyl and her boyfriend at the time, Harold Hamgravy, with Olive's brother Castor and her parents Cole and Nana making frequent appearances. If you've ever heard of any of them (except Olive, of course), it wasn't from the cartoons.
* Asajj Ventress may have been created for ''StarWarsCloneWars'' and made numerous appearance in ''Star Wars'' comics, it wasn't until Season 3 of ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' where she became a compelling and interesting character.
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker was conceived of by Creator/WalterLantz and Ben Hardaway, and designed by animation director Alex Lovy, yet many regard the cartoons that the trio worked on in the early-mid [=1940s=] to be mediocre at best, and that it was under subsequent directors ShamusCulhane and especially Dick Lundy under whom the series ''really'' got good.
** Likewise, the original version of fellow Lantz character WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly created by director Paul J. Smith was basically a PaletteSwap of Woody. It was Creator/TexAvery who helped flesh out his character and concept along with creating a much more distinctive design.
* While Creator/MattGroening and Creator/JamesLBrooks get the bulk of credit for creating ''TheSimpsons'', John Ortved in his book ''The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History'' argues that producer and writer Sam Simon deserves at least an equal share of the credit for making the series as good as it was. Simon worked on the series for only the first four seasons but for contractual reasons he still receives credit and royalties from the show.
* For ''Transformers'', Creator/PeterCullen ''is'' Optimus Prime (if he isn't available than it should fall to Garry Chalk), Corey Burton is Shockwave, and Chris Latta is ''definitely'' Starscream ([[AuthorExistenceFailure his death]] prevented him from ever reprising the role, but his iconic voice for the character is mimicked by virtually ''every'' voice actor that succeeded him aside from a few minor exceptions).
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* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]] was created on the Something Awful boards for a Photoshop contest, but he didn't really start catching on until the WebVideo/MarbleHornets web series started. Interestingly, the Marble Hornets Slender Man is a fairly distinct character [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness from the original,]] who was more tied to FairFolk mythology than film, water and fire.
* Both "[[WordSaladTitle Luminous Big Kito]] [[{{Engrish}} Extrusion Nausea Maggots]]" and "Skilevaks" started off as cheap dollar store Halloween decorations made by no-name toy companies, but are now well-loved additions to ''{{Bogleech}}.com'''s loosely connected "Noisy Tenant" mythos.
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* Bill Walsh was this to the San Francisco 49ers, winning 3 Super Bowls under his command. Then George Seifert was chosen to replace him and he never got out of Walsh's shadow.
* While GeorgeWashington and the other Founding Fathers played an important role in forging the United States, some tend to point to the likes of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and TheodoreRoosevelt as being responsible for helping make America what it is today.
** There's also a strong argument that the real creation of the United States wasn't its independence in 1776 but the adoption of the Constitution in 1789. Of course, some figures like Washington and Franklin were present for both events.
* [[SemperFi The United States Marine Corps]] was established in July of 1798. However, most Marines trace the origins of their service to the Continental Marines, established in November of 1775.
** The United States Air Force effectively does the opposite, placing its birth on September 18, 1947, when the Air Force was formally seperated from the US Army, while also laying claim to the accomplishments made by its various predecessor services, including the [[WorldWarII US Army Air Forces]], and ranging all the way back to the Aeronautical Division, US Army Signal Corps, on August 1, 1907.
** Meanwhile, nobody is really sure just when the United States Navy was founded, due to fleets being put together at various places and times during the American Revolution before being taken apart by the Royal Navy.
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