In TV shows or other works produced by a team of people, or where a LongRunner has a long succession of different creators, the fandom or part of it sometimes decides to hate one individual creator to an unhinged degree and blame him or her for everything that ever went wrong with the work. Often, the alleged flaws in the person's run/episodes are more generally present in the work as a whole, or habitual to the genre. Still, it is easier to focus the rage upon a single entity, than to admit to that.

Often the result of actual or perceived [[PanderingToTheBase taking sides]] in a BrokenBase situation. Frequently the result of perceived responsibility for a DorkAge or CanonDisContinuity. Can happen when a person becomes a lightning rod for general FanDisillusionment, resulting in them being {{Misblamed}}.

Of course, if you set yourself up as the public face concerning a work, franchise or even a particular decision, you have to expect this to come with the territory. And if you've made a habit of deliberately needling fans in other areas, it is not wise to expect much charity from them.

Contrast ProtectionFromEditors and CreatorWorship.

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[[folder:Anime]]
* An odd example is ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', with the [[CreatorCouple husband and wife team]] of director Mitsuo Fukuda and head script writer Chiaki Morosawa. They are responsible for some of the problems that afflicted the series; rather infamously, late in the show's run an animator blogged about Morosawa's perpetual tardiness with the scripts, which forced them to add lots of {{Padding}}. However, the fandom tends to exaggerate this wildly, and gladly parrots off a number of unflattering and '''never''' confirmed rumors on request, out of pure hatred for both of them ("Fukuda hates America because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and based off Blue Cosmos and ZAFT over them"; "Cagalli got [[{{Chickification}} demoted to extra]] because Morosawa hates her [[Creator/NaomiShindo voice actress]] personally", etc). All this is on top of the accusation that Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne are their MarySue {{Author Avatar}}s, used to explain why they win and look good doing so (The fact that Creator/RieTanaka said that Lacus is a difficult role for her in [[http://www.animevice.com/news/nyaf08-interview-with-rie-tanaka/78/ an interview]] certainly didn't help matters.) Some have even gone so far as to blame [[IllGirl Morosawa's perpetual illness]] for the DevelopmentHell that's delayed the rumored ''SEED'' conclusion movie for over five years - to the creepy point of ''hoping she dies of it as "punishment" for "ruining" the series"'', and there are also rumors about other "fans" '''deliberately mistranslating canon material''' to make Fukuda and Morosawa look worse than they ''truly'' are or were.
* Chiaki Kon is responsible for most of the problems that plagued the anime adaptions of ''{{Higurashi}}'' and ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' (so much so that the original writer had to step on board and supervise the second season of the former). But that doesn't stop the fans of the Sound Novels for portraying her in the most negative light possible and some even take the blame also on StudioDEEN as well, never mind the studio ''only'' produces the anime of the 2 adaptations.
* Many ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fans hold Kubo Tite responsible for the anime fillers (and for the anime in general, including openings/endings), despite the fact that he has nothing to do with the anime aside of sometimes designing characters for fillers. Probably because he's said he's "more involved" with the anime than normal mangakas. But that doesn't mean he has to be much more involved. (In fact, the TroubledProduction of the fourth movie had him asking to have his name removed from the movie credits, as he felt he wasn't involved ''enough'' in it.)
* For that matter, similar to the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' example, manga authors are often credited with/blamed for anything that happens to the animated version of their work. Yes, some like Kubo Tite actually ''do'' have involvement with the anime, but sometimes, they're often blamed for parts of the anime that they don't have any control over, ''especially'' fillers and pacing.
* Creator/ShojiKawamori is a very strange example: around the time ''MacrossFrontier'' was airing, quotes and interviews popped up that annoyed fans so much it started the meme "Kawamori trolled my fandom!" Then it turned out that [[GodNeverSaidThat he never actually said any of those things]], [[http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?p=2585414#post2585414 because they were fiction made up by a disgruntled member of the fandom.]] This doesn't stop people from treating Kawamori like mocking the fandom is his one true love.
* Several shipping moments in the ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime earn a lot of complaints towards Hiro Mashima. Many of them were anime only, or minor, but greatly played up by the anime. One of the biggest ones even came right after the anime staff proved that they weren't consulting with Mashima for every little change they made either.[[note]]They changed a spiky haired silhouette seen in the crowd to a cloaked girl in order to keep consistent with a reveal of who a figure that several characters had been sensing was, only for it to turn out within a few weeks later in the manga that they had been detecting two different people, and it was a man that had been spotted in the crowd.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* While Richard Garfield is largely exempt (he even had a card made of him with the art portraying him as Jesus) from the RAGE of the UnpleasableFanbase, the current head designer of MagicTheGathering Mark Rosewater is often blamed for breaking the game's balance.
** This is especially funny because he's only the lead ''designer'', not the lead of ''development''. While design tries to get in the general area, it's really development's job to hone the balance to just right.
*** He catches blame for ''anything'' players dislike about the game, whether it involves card design or not! Price of packs goes up? Blame Rosewater. Bad piece of artwork? Blame Rosewater.
**** Well, okay, you can blame him for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9771 one bad piece of artwork.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ron Marz reportedly received death threats from GreenLantern fans upset about the ''Emerald Twilight'' storyline (which had the hero going through a FaceHeelTurn, [[EverybodysDeadDave massacring most of the secondary characters]] and then being killed off). This was especially unfair since Marz had the plot [[ExecutiveMeddling imposed on him by more senior writers]]. Marz himself has since gone on the record saying it was [[MoneyDearBoy something he did for pay]], and was rather glad when much of Emerald Twilight was retconned. Also, it was Kevin Dooley who came up with the original concept for ''Emerald Twilight''.
** It was more than just Dooley. ''Several'' DC bigwigs contributed to the ''Emerald Twilight'' we got after they nixed Gerard Jones' original version[[note]](which in a funny bit of irony, was due to the fact that Jones' version "brought up continuity that 'no one would get', ie the Zamarons", which would later become one of the Green Lantern books' greatest strength)[[/note]]. In fact, Paul Levitz, Mike Carlin, Archie Goodwin, and even Denny O'Neil helped Dooley write the outline that Marz was forced to fully write. In fact, infamously in the letters section in ''Green Lantern Vol 3 #50'', a blurb was written that even O'Neil, who had famously written great stories with Hal & the Corps, said that Hal Jordan was "too hard to write" and was "either too nice or a jerk, leaving no lasting impression", while another (from Dooley) stated that Hal was essentially a FlatCharacter and that things were going to be okay since "nobody was talking about [this] book or even cared about it's central character to any great extent".
* Dan Didio, DC Comics editor-in-chief, gets ''huge'' amounts of flack for any unpopular turn any DC title takes. While the man has made more than his share of editorial blunders, he gets the blame for just about everything, regardless of whether it was his idea, another exec's, or the writer's, or whether it was something that happened before he came to DC. His antagonistic statements to fans don't help.
** And now that he's been bumped up to co-publisher, it's likely he'll get a lot more Mis Blame (Bob Harras is now DC's editor-in-chief while Geoff Johns is Chief Creative Officer).
* And it's pretty much the same as JoeQuesada. Again, he did do some really bad stuff, just that many other things are the fault of others like Miller and Bendis. His antagonistic statements to fans don't help either.
* DwayneMcDuffie during his run on ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. Fans would blame [=McDuffie=] for every change that happened in the series, such as John Stewart's inclusion over fan favorite [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]]. In response to these complaints, [=McDuffie=] started a question and answer thread on message boards, where he would answer fans' questions. It was here that he revealed a lot of roster changes were the result of [[ExecutiveMeddling Editorial Interference]]. Though, after all his comments were [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21073 compiled]], DC Staff were not happy and he was promptly taken off the title.
** What's especially odd is that he got the job after doing so well on the cartoon, but not allowed to do much in the comic. Neither fans nor staff forgave him for this.
* Ken Penders for fans of the ''[[ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comics. Whether it was for the much-disputed events of Endgame (the twist ending was a direct order from Sega), the DorkAge that some say plagued the comic, or his later attempt to claim ownership of the characters he created despite them being obviously derivative of Sega's creations (and that it was Work-for-Hire) and later ''suing Sega'', he attracts a lot of vitriol in the fandom. This tends to overshadow his contributions which were once widely appreciated by the fandom and still have an impact on the book today.
* Every writer who followed BrianKVaughn on ''{{Runaways}}'' has been blamed by at least some of the fans for the book's decline in quality, but the last writer, Kathryn Immonen, probably receives the most hate - for all that the fans may have disagreed on the decisions made by the other writers, [[spoiler:killing Old Lace]] was an almost universally-loathed decision.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Creator/SteveKloves, the screenwriter of all the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[Film/HarryPotter movies]] (except [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the fifth]]), gets blamed for deviating from the books too much. This is despite earlier drafts of scripts being rather more faithful to the books than what appeared on screen, [[ExecutiveMeddling indicating other things at work]].
* Despite the many, ''many'' times that he's apologized and felt shame for what he did, JoelSchumacher's name is synonymous to Satan in the ears of many ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fans due to him directing the execrable ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. Most of the blame can be given to the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] for trying to shove [[MerchandiseDriven product placement]] into the movie, and Akiva Goldsman for creating the blizzard of puns that Mr. Freeze spouted.
** Creator/JoelSchumacher has also stated that the Batman films were so heavily storyboarded before hand that his creativity as a director was limited.
** Creator/GeorgeClooney has also apologized for his part in the film, though he was really only doing what he was told. The movie's soundtrack seems to blame Clooney for the disaster; SoulCoughing's "The Bug" has a bridge of the line "George Clooney is Satan" over and over again.
** Schumacher also gets most of the blame from fans who didn't like ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004''. Or he shares it with AndrewLloydWebber, depending on who you talk to.
* A more general example is how whenever a movie is considered bad, the first target for criticism is always the director, even though hundreds of people work on any given movie.
* Then, of course, there's Creator/GeorgeLucas, who has ''ruined'' StarWars ''FOREVER'' every day since the 1990s and twice on Sundays. Undoubtedly, this is due to his taking the stance that any unpopular changes to the trilogy are specifically consistent with his original vision, leading many to assume he has a hand in unpopular spin-offs he had nothing to do with, besides cashing the checks.
** This is particularly noticeable whenever Lucas is blamed for anything in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, which he is almost entirely uninvolved in (as he has stated many times) and which he doesn't even ''really'' think of as canon (though Lucasfilm itself does). With a few notable exceptions (''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', ''TheForceUnleashed'', etc.) and the occasional executive decision (like the controversial "no Wookiee Jedi" decision) Lucas plays no part in the expanded universe and isn't even generally aware of what's going on; for instance, according to Del Rey's editor Lucas has been told Luke was married to Mara but wasn't informed about Luke and Mara's son.
** In any film where he and Creator/StevenSpielberg collaborate, he takes blame for whatever people didn't like about it far more than Spielberg does. In the DVD extras on ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' Spielberg himself seems to throw a little blame Lucas' way. ("I really don't want to do a movie about aliens, George, I already did two. So he says all right, and comes back, 'Okay, now they're not aliens.' Great! 'They're ''interdimensional beings.''" *Spielberg Facepalm*). Although Spielberg did take credit for the much-hated fridge-nuking scene, which is unsurprisingly often blamed on Lucas.
*** Lucas later said Spielberg was only trying to "protect" him by taking the blame. Lucas said he had to convince Spielberg and that he actually made up a dossier with evidence from scientists that if the fridge was lead lined and if he didn't break his neck, the odds of surviving would be "50-50".
** And just to add to the pile, Lucas generally gets the blame among film snobs for ending the "New Hollywood" of daring, auteur driven films with his crappy little sci-fi megahit. Somehow those arguments tend not to bring up Spielberg, who pioneered the summer blockbuster; or that right around when Star Wars came out, the directors that defined the '70s weren't exactly hitting critical home runs.
* Creator/TimBurton received flak from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' fans over [[Film/AliceInWonderland the 2010 movie's]] script. However, Burton is merely the director. In no way was he involved with the writing of the script, merely the direction of it. What makes this ridiculous is that the film was produced by [[{{Disney}} one of the companies most notorious for]] ExecutiveMeddling, ''yet most people assume it's all Burton''. Except for his fans. [[FanDumb Sometimes they're stupid like that.]]
* Brett Ratner picks up a ''lot'' of hate from fans of the ''X-Men'' for his role in directing ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Said fans tend to ignore the fact that Ratner joined the film's production at a relatively late stage (replacing Matthew Vaughn, who had been attached to direct for most of the film's development phase), thus minimizing the amount of creative input he could have possibly had to the movie.
* Catherine Hardwicke got this on the first ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' film, though most of the film's problems were beyond her control (such as the writing and the lack of a budget to work with). She was later fired by the studio after signing on for the sequel because she asked for a higher budget.
* Pretty much anyone (not just the FanDumb) who didn't like the [[TransformersFilmSeries live action Transformers]] films will heap most if not all of the blame on director Creator/MichaelBay, to the extent that the series was nicknamed "Bayformers" by its detractors. This is particularly unjustified in the case of ROTF, where a lot of issues completely beyond Bay's control (such as a writer's strike) played a significant role in the end result.
** Speaking of Bay, given he is a partner in horror studio Platinum Dunes (best known for remakes such as ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' and ''Film/FridayThe13th2009''), the blame for every movie they make is put on him.
* Creator/JeanPierreJeunet on ''Film/AlienResurrection''. He was brought in late into a troubled production and ended up being thrown under the bus by Fox for the film's failure despite most of the film's problems being the fault of either the studio or the [[JossWhedon screenwriters]]. The experience caused Jeunet to swear off Hollywood, and he hasn't returned since.
* Creator/DavidFincher suffered this on ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''. From what is known about what happened, Fincher was brought in late to the production (after several directors and writers, including Renny Harlin and Vincent Ward, left the production due to creative differences). Fincher had to contend with overzealous studio executives who attempted to tell him what and what not to shoot, very little room to alter the script (which was several different drafts bashed together into a vaguely coherent narrative) - which in turn forced him to continually rewrite pages to match already-shot footage, reshoots and the experience of being locked out of the 20th Century Fox editing room during post-production. Almost 20 years later, you can still find fans who lay the entire blame of the film's aesthetic and plot on Fincher - who, at the very least, did what he could to try and salvage the film. An interview with Fincher in the early 00's had him explain that he would have started entirely from scratch if he had his way.
* Yet another film in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise, ''{{Film/Prometheus}}'', has suffered this too in the form of everyone blaming the story's problems on Damon Lindelof, even though he only rewrote drafts by Jon Spaihts and Creator/RidleyScott had one of the largest roles in creating the story.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''StarWars'', R.A. Salvatore got criticisms up to and including death threats for writing the death of Chewbacca, even though it was collectively agreed upon by the higher ups that [[TonightSomeoneDies someone had to die]] to establish that AnyoneCanDie in ''NewJediOrder'', and GL did not expressly tell them not to kill him. One can only imagine what would have happened had the higher ups been allowed to kill off their first (tentative) target, Luke Skywalker. This was reportedly nixed by GeorgeLucas himself.
** Karen Traviss is savaged by a number of fans and ex-fans alike of the StarWars ExpandedUniverse, but a number of what they dislike about "her" writing is not necessarily due to her. For example, [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale the numbers of the Grand Army of the Republic vs. the Trade Federation's droid army are 3 million and 4 QUADRILLION]], respectively. These are not Traviss's numbers, however; she was told to use them by the people in charge of canon for the Clone Wars era, and she did.
*** Perhaps as a form of irony, the former was the one that first penned the clone numbers[[note]]whether they were his numbers or Lucas' is open for debate, as movie novelizations supposedly have closer consultations with Lucas[[/note]] the latter is blamed for (see the ''AttackOfTheClones'' novelization).
*** In fact, the numbers of the droids are repeatedly questioned and written off as propaganda by several characters in her novels. And she at least tries to justify the low numbers of the Grand Army of the Republic.
* Among parts of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' FanDumb, Victoria Holmes gets blamed for everything [[UnpleasableFanbase that they think is wrong with the series]]. Insults range from calling her sexist, insulting almost every word that comes out of her mouth, and the most mindboggling of them all: Fans claiming that she steals all the credit from the other authors, despite the fact that they think she deserves to receive all the blame.
** Their hatred of her is even more confusing since she is responsible for all the concepts and ideas behind the series, which the fans love, as well as the plotting and creating the characters. Kate and Cherith, on the other hand, are responsible for the actual writing of the books, which is generally agreed upon to be SoOkayItsAverage.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A large portion of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fandom, long after the series' conclusion in 2003, can still be guaranteed to meltdown at the name of Marti Noxon, who they believe personally ensured that Season Six sucked. David Fury and Steven [=DeKnight=] sometimes also get this, although in their cases it's more down to off-screen interactions with fans that went bad.
** And some fans squarely place the blame on JossWhedon for dissatisfaction with the UPN years. Or [[BrokenBase anything else]].
* ''Series/ICarly'': DanSchneider. Usually by shippers, and also those who are upset by ''{{Victorious}}'', his most recent work.
** And now people upset that Victorious has been cancelled for the Series/SamAndCat SpinOff.
* For different factions of ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans, either Creator/JohnNathanTurner, Eric Saward, Colin Baker, Sylvester [=McCoy=] or Bonnie Langford are personally responsible for everything that went wrong with the show in the later 1980s, up to and including the cancellation in 1989. In the new series, certain old school fans believe that RussellTDavies personally planned his every sentence to defecate on their cornflakes (despite the fact there wouldn't ''be'' a new series without him).
** The John Nathan-Turner example is particularly odd, as he was producer for a whole decade and there are nearly no fans who hate every single episode of that time. Amazingly, though, they find weird ways to argue JNT only had significant influence ''on the episodes they didn't like''. Stuff like "Oh, for the first couple of years he was finding his feet and had a lot of help. For the last couple of years he'd given up and Andrew Cartmel did all the work." It's all a little far-fetched.
*** Although a lot of this is skewed in the telling to fit existing prejudices and to unfairly cast blame or deny credit, some of this is not ''entirely'' far removed from the truth. The latter, for instance; it's well documented that by the late-1980s Nathan-Turner was more than eager to move on from ''Doctor Who'' but for various reasons was kept in the job against his well (partly because no one else wanted it), so his enthusiasm was not exactly at it's highest.
** Some of the 'blame JN-T / Colin Baker for everything' stems from an interview Eric Saward gave to a fanzine in 1986, in which among other comments he basically called Nathan-Turner a complete incompetent and outright said that he thought Colin Baker was terrible in the role of the Doctor and should never have been cast. Plenty of fans were quick to use this as evidence that Nathan-Turner and Baker were complete incompetents who were deliberately ruining the show, apparently not stopping to consider that not only were Saward's actions incredibly unprofessional but that, as script editor, he had his own axes to grind and responsibilities for what was going on behind the scenes, both of which were curiously downplayed.
** Naturally, now that Steven Moffat has taken over, the official role of ''Series/DoctorWho'' Chief Scapegoat has passed to him. As well as the old-school types who blamed Russell T. Davies for absolutely everything bad ever, they're now joined by a certain subset of hardcore [=RTD=] fans who seem to feel that he's destroying everything that [=RTD=] worked for and planning every single thing he does to destroy the show and spite them personally.
* A sizable portion of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fandom hates and despises Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. They are referred to jointly as "Bermaga", and much of the fanbase rejoiced that those two weren't involved in [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 movie]] in any way shape or form.
** Some people hate Ira Steven Behr for taking a franchise about exploration and science fiction and turning it into a [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine space soap opera]].
** Fred Freiberger inherited ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' from GeneRoddenberry for its 1968-1969 season. Yes, season three, which OPENED with "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]" and later gave us "Plato's Stepchildren". This was also the season in which their per-episode budget was cut by (approximately) sixty thousand dollars, several of the original writers had left, and the show was moved to [[FridayNightDeathSlot Friday night at 10]]. There was no fourth season. Freiberger was quoted in an interview in the mid-nineties that to the effect that he'd spent three years in a German POW camp during WWII, but that his time with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was well into its third decade, since many fans of the original series have continued to blame him for the show's cancellation.
** Gene Roddenberry himself has been spared this, [[DeadArtistsAreBetter though his sudden passing may have something to do with that]]. The two areas he had the most control of post-TOS were the first movie and the first season of Next Generation, both of which are reviled by most fans. Yet ''Trek'' fans seem to mostly forgive him for these (at least compared to what many ''Star Wars'' fans think of George Lucas).
* Of both ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Joe Mallozi and Paul Mullie have fallen into this too, even so far as fans looking down on an episode ''just because they wrote it''.
* Jim Mallon came in for a lot of this during ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s run, getting a reputation as a tyrannical producer who had personal issues with just about every cast member, resulting in each cast member being fired. It seems slightly more plausible when you consider that Mallon himself was the longest running original cast member, not relinquishing the role of Gypsy until mid-way through the eighth season... But when you consider that people accused him of firing ''Joel Hodgson'', it seems a little silly -- Hodgson ''created'' the show, confessed shortly before his departure that he was getting a little bored with it, and agreed to come back for a cameo appearance in the final season.
** Mallon earned a {{hatedom}} to the point where, when ''WebVideo/CinematicTitanic'' (a SpiritualSuccessor using most of the "fired" MST3K cast members) released its first episode, it was reportedly released as a torrent under Mallon's name with a note to make it look like he was doing this as revenge against Joel.
** And Mallon has recently gotten heat for starting an MST3K website featuring Flash cartoons of the 'bots, voiced by a different group of actors.
** In recent interviews Hodgson's been more candid in saying that he and Mallon had some major disagreements starting around season 4 (mainly because Mallon was pushing hard for TheMovie and Hodgson wasn't interested), but still emphasizing that his quitting was entirely voluntary and a very difficult decision.
* Doug Naylor gets bashed to no end for Series VII and VIII of ''Series/RedDwarf'', which were written after the splitting-apart of his writing partnership with Rob Grant and were not as well received as the previous six series. The lazy assumption is that Rob Grant was the source of all the best and most sophisticated humour and stories, while Doug Naylor was a lowbrow drooling dead weight leeching off Grant's success. Honestly, one has to assume they've never read Grant's ''Red Dwarf'' novel "Backwards", which contains more gross-out humour than all of Series VII and VIII combined.
** A rather more charitable -- if still probably somewhat simplistic -- interpretation is that Grant was responsible for more of the 'comedy' aspect of the series whereas Naylor focused more on the 'science fiction'. It's notable that these seasons (and Series VII especially) tend to focus more on the science fiction concepts than the humour.
** Alternatively, it could just be that they work better as a team than apart; it's worth noting that Grant's post-''Series/RedDwarf'' CV, while more varied and somewhat better received, hasn't exactly set the world on fire either.
** There were many factors working against Doug Naylor in Series VII and VIII, including last minute budget cuts, the need to make the series more saleable in foreign markets and the temporary departure of Rimmer actor Chris Barrie. Series X, produced on a low budget for cable network Dave, is generally agreed to be of a far higher quality.
* Ryan Murphy, one of the three creators/writers for ''{{Glee}}''. To be fair, he arguably screws up the worst and he's appears to play LyingCreator the most.
** Not helping is the fact that if an artist turns down having a song on "Glee" for whatever reason, Murphy tends to...[[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/26/glee-creator-ryan-murphy-talks-masturbation-says-f-you-kings-of-leon_n_814114.html overreact somewhat]].
* For fans of ''PowerRangers'' everything that went wrong between ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' can be blamed on Executive Producer Bruce Kalish. It didn't help his case that immediately after he left the show ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'' was made which became an instant fan favorite.
** Also not helping Kalish was an interview conducted early on into his taking over the reigns of the show. He made himself the face of the season (in this case, ''SPD''). ''SPD'' is generally considered a polarizing season, so the critics latched onto his earlier statement when expressing their displeasure. As he has admitted, Kalish also hurt himself by not watching ''any'' of the preceding twelve seasons when he took over (though that was reportedly later rectified) and being under the misconception that he was supposed to outright translate (rather than adapt) ''SuperSentai''.
*** Kalish is slowly getting vindicated due though thanks to the revelations of Disney's growing disillusionment with the franchise that led to the episode count and funding cuts and its near-cancellations and the fact his [[CutAndPasteTranslation cut and paste]] tenure's looking more and more ambitious compared to the watered down [[ShotForShotRemake translation]] Series/PowerRangersSamurai. And Jonathan Tzachor was a base breaker in the first Saban Era...
* Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, creators of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', got positively vilified by fans for the general shittiness of season 5, oddly enough, both for creating and for breaking up the Barney/Robin pairing. It went worse after [[EndingAversion the series finale aired]].
* J. J. Abrams got a lot of this from casual fans of ''{{LOST}}'' throughout the run of the series, despite only being involved for about half of its first season, and then again briefly to co-write the third season premiere. Damon Lindelof, who co-wrote the pilot with Abrams, went on to run the series with Carlton Cuse after Abrams left. Fans who were in the loop knew to blame Cuse and Lindelof for their frustrations with the series, but the news media often [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer still referred to it as if it were Abrams' show]]. (To be fair, Abrams was responsible for introducing a few of the show's earliest mysteries, and then leaving it to other writers to explain them.)
* Julian Fellowes has become this among the ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' fandom. Fans even hold him responsible for [[spoiler:Matthew's death, even though Dan Stevens was the one who left the show and it's generally agreed that there was no way to write Matthew out that ''didn't'' involve killing him]]. Of course, they also blame him for plenty of things that ''are'' his fault, such as his [[SpotlightStealingSquad increasing focus on Lady Mary at the expense of other, arguably more interesting characters]] and the fact that the soap opera quotient has been steadily rising over the past two series and [[spoiler: Sybil's death, which - even though the actress was leaving - could have been easily avoided]].
* Julie Plec has gotten this since she took over as head writer of ''The Vampire Diaries''. Roughly half the fandom considers to be worse than a serbian war criminal. She has been blamed for pairing Damon and Elena and accused of treating loved characters poorly (Bonnie comes to mind), and favoritism towards Damon. She has done herself no favors by making various remarks that she considers the onetime AntiVillain Damon to be a hero and believes that his needs come first. Some fans see her as being every bit as dangerous and deluded as Stephanie Meyer.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Greg Farshtey, head of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Story Team since 2005, is often seen by part of the fanbase as the one responsible for the story JumpingTheShark -- which they can never agree when actually happened, only that it was his work. He gets lots of complaints for [[DoingInTheWizard shifting out the fantasy aspects]], but in reality, these had been all planned ahead way before he ever "laid hands" on the story. He's also often held responsible for de-canonizing romance and trying to make the story DarkerAndEdgier. There is ''some'' merit to the complaints: the alleged faults in the later years' characterizations, the writing style of the books and comics and the entirety of the online serials were mostly Greg's doing. And while he did have a large say in the story (particularly in convincing LEGO to expand it beyond their intended single year), the general direction prior to the line's cancellation was always decided upon by the entire Story Team.
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* The ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' "newruns." Creator Lynn Johnston had wanted to retire for real, but the syndicate, not wanting to risk losing a slot on the funny pages to another syndicate's strip, decided to put the strip in reruns, with various things updated for the times. However, the {{retcon}}ning that's been going on in these strips is definitely Johnston's own writing.
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* ProfessionalWrestling has VinceRusso. Although a lot of his ideas (especially in 2000 in WCW) were mind-breakingly bizarre, ''anything'' that is even remotely wrong in TNA is blamed exclusively on him (when he's arguably the sanest of the writers there).
** Likewise, VinceMcMahon tends to get blamed for everything in WWE, as if he's the one who handles everything.
*** Given Vince's reputation for nepotism and micromanagement, the fandom may have a point here.
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* Holden Lee Shearer or John Chambers of ''{{Exalted}}'' get blamed by various circles for various things. Usually it goes like this: if you hate John Chambers, you blame everything bad about Exalted on him and sing praises of Holden. If you don't like Holden, he gets blamed for ruining favorite topics.
** Holden has effectively performed a bait-and-switch with collaborator and fellow Ink Monkey John Mørke, which makes it harder to criticize.
* Mike Mearls of ''DungeonsAndDragons'' gets blamed for every decision that the fans, FanDumb, and {{Fan Hater}}s do not like.
** More specifically, he is blamed for the 4th Edition of D&D being "simplified" and alledgedly focusing entirely on combat mechanics rather than roleplaying mechanics, thus making 4e "more like WoW" than D&D. He's also blamed for eventually killing off 4e entirely at the behest of a "vocal minority" in favor of returning to the allegedly more cumbersome and "inaccessible" rules of previous versions and destroying the "uniqueness" of 4e. He just can't win.
** Monte Cook, his predecessor, is blamed for the "powercreep" and "Munchkining" of versions 3.x of ''DungeonsAndDragons.'' Mearls stated in several design documents and blog posts that the game was designed to reward specific combinations of feats,classes, and skills, as well as setting up "traps" of sub-optimal combinations, in order to reward rule mastery. His statements about the superiority of wizards over all other classes have also earned him some blame from fans about the broken-ness of wizards in those versions.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Matt Ward]] is generally blamed for [[CreatorsPet ruining the]] Ultramarines [[CreatorsPet for the fans]], turning the Grey Knights into {{Purity Sue}}s and making the Necrons into [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[AncientEgypt Egyptians]], though he's likely not the only one to blame.
** He's also blamed with turning the daemonettes of Slaanesh into the hideous... things they are now, compared to their former incarnation (even though he's not on the design team), creating the Joakero (even though they were part of 40k from ''First Edition'' onwards) and general misogyny against the Adeptus Sororitas (the only valid point, really).
*** Many of us actually think that the return of the daemonettes to their original scary androgynous goth-punk look was a great improvement, and blame Juan Diaz for turning them into the cheesy solely-feminine manga bondage tentacle things they were for a while. Daemonettes have always been androgynous in the background, and the temporary change in direction for their models seemed like the worst kind of pandering to hormonal teenage male heterosexuals (even though it was probably just exploring another aesthetic).

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Any poorly received game that is released on any console or format is automatically blamed on Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft, regardless of whether or not those companies had any say in the actual creation of the game beyond funding and maybe localizing it. Likewise, any game that they publish is considered their responsibility. This also happens with other companies that have been known to work with indie or second-party game developers like Square-Enix. To further confound the cycle of hatred and blame, Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft often get blamed for [[NoExportForYou games that don't get released elsewhere in the world]] when it's not ''their'' doing.
* Surprisingly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] with ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''. Some uninformed reviewers blamed TeamNinja for most of the game's controversial bits, when in reality, it was Yoshio Sakamoto, the series co-creator, who was responsible.
** Also played straight with the same franchise and the same guy: because of the BrokenBase that developed around ''Other M'', people are now trying to retroactively label whatever troubles or continuity errors the ''MetroidPrime'' subseries experienced as Sakamoto attempting to "sabotage" the games for not fitting with his "vision". Sakamoto wasn't even involved with the ''Prime'' games (RetroStudios contacted him once in a while, and that's it). Further more, they have even tried to retroactively suggest that he has been killing the series as early as ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', widely considered the crown jewel of the franchise, as well try to deemphasize his actual involvement in any other Metroid game for fear that it might paint his career and abilities in a better light than they're willing to admit.
** As of 2011, Team Ninja was really let off the hook by the fanbase after the head of Team Ninja (Yosuke Hayashi) said his hands were tied by Sakamoto's control of the project and that he, himself, was a life long Metroid fan. Then when the 25th anniversary came and neither Nintendo or Sakamoto did anything about it, Hayashi and Jessica Martin (Samus's VA) both recorded personal messages of congratulations for the series. In addition, Martin, whose acting was controversial at the time, became an active member of the fandom, even recording a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Happy New Years message for the 10/11 New Years to the fandom]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome at the height of the backlash to her acting]], really led to fans warming up to her. Those two things combined really forced the inversion of this trope on it's head and got it all redirected back towards Sakamoto, creating the BrokenBase.
* A lot of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fans blame Eiji Aonuma, the current main producer of the series, of every single thing that is supposedly wrong with the series nowadays. Of course, when they see something that goes right for them, then they praise Miyamoto for it. Classy, isn't it?...
* An arrant case is the hatred towards Creator/SquareEnix over ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals''. The fact that Neverland ''developed'' the game seemed to go unheard of to must fans, who somehow believe the same team that worked on ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' or ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' were working on Lufia...
* The HateDumb of ''{{Pokemon}}'' would have you believe that ShigeruMiyamoto personally designs every single Pokémon and creates every single game - no mention of Game Freak, the company that ''DEVELOPS'' the games. He helped produce the Generation I games and was a friend and mentor of the actual creator Satoshi Tajiri, (a name that most people outside of the Pokemon fandom probably don't seem to recognize) but that was back in the nineties.
** Nintendo also gets yelled at for ''not'' having ''[Insert Game here]'' on the Wii's Virtual Console, despite the fact that the submission is the original publishers' decision and permission. Nintendo merely licenses more games than it actually publishes and develops.
*** And not everyone seems to know that sometimes the publishers aren't actually still around. And sometimes, if they are, they may not ''always'' be second or third-party. (Sony and {{Rare}}, for example.)
** And back to Nintendo again, there are people who believe the company consists solely of Shigeru Miyamoto and nobody else.
* If you want to be a game developer, it's pretty much a safe bet that you should work for ElectronicArts or get them to publish you; that way, any criticisms with your game will be treated like it was all ''EA's'' doing, even if their involvement in the game was limited to financial support and marketing at ''best''. Sure, they've had their screw-ups, but they're not responsible for everything.
* Statesman, also known as Jack Emmert, former lead designer of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', is pretty much the de facto hate target for anything anyone dislikes ([[{{Nerf}} power changes]], necessary or not, game direction, AT design, you name it) until roughly Issue 13, even after Issue 7 when he stepped down to focus on other things. To this day, he ''still'' is reviled, and his habit of being blunt to the point of club didn't help things any.
** This perception of him hasn't improved since he started work on another superhero MMO, ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', which intends to compete with ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. Especially as many of the design details revealed so far indicate that he's ready to make many of the same mistakes all over again.
** Castle is rapidly becoming the new Hate Target for the playerbase, being the guy who works on (and consequently sometimes makes [[{{Nerf}} downward changes]] to) Powers. Keep in mind that eventually, pure distilled FanDumb drove the previous powers guy away from the forums, and Castle is trying really hard not to let that happen to him.
** And now, the trope has come full circle - Matt Miller, AKA Positron, is now being blamed for everything bad about the game.
** MMORPG lead devs in general are likely to end up targets of this. It's perhaps for this reason that the lead developer of Clichequest, the fictional MMO in ''TheNoob'', is portrayed as a SmallNameBigEgo, {{Jerkass}} and PointyHairedBoss.
** Speaking of which, Jack Emmert has teamed up with Bill Roper of ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' infamy for a double dose of extra FanDumb for ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.
* Reggie Fils-Aimé, president of Nintendo of America, tends to get a lot of (mostly) undeserved flack from the ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' community, many of whom seem to have decided that [[FanDumb he's the sole obstacle]] to an English release of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''.
** Some [[FanDumb fans]] also claim that he was actively trying to prevent ''Xenoblade'', ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'', and ''VideoGame/PandorasTower'' (the "Operation Rainfall" games) from reaching North America. Just look at the comments made on Nintendo World Report's news page about ''TheLastStory'' being published by XSEED for a North American release... Some fans take it even further, and claim that it's all Reggie's fault that there weren't a lot of games released for the Wii in 2012, despite the fact that NOA ''doesn't make the games.''
* Not one of the more high-profile examples, but there are those who blame any bad bit of level design in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II: Hell on Earth'' on Sandy Petersen. He also worked on quite a bit of the original ''Doom'', but that game is generally more highly revered than its sequel.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fans got angry at Yoshinori Ono when he revealed that not only would ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' be modeled more closely after ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' than ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', but that the character roster wouldn't include any fighters from ''SF III'' due to the setting being a prequel. This was actually an executive mandate from Ono's supervisors, as they wanted to recapture the mainstream popularity and nostalgia of the earlier ''SF II'' games instead of focusing only on core players like the ''SF III'' trilogy. Ono eventually addressed the lack of ''SF III'' fighters by bringing a few of them back for ''Super Street Fighter IV''.
** Due to various fiascoes that popped up over the course of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''[='s=] development, it was not uncommon for fans to shovel the blame on top of Ono either. However, this mostly dissipated due to Ono's genuine zeal when it came to the titles he was working on as well as news that Ono was so overworked by Capcom that he collapsed of exhaustion and had to be rushed to the hospital (he has since recovered and is back on the job).
* The title of scapegoat for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' seems to change every expansion. In the first few years, people generally blamed developers Jeff "Tigole" Kaplan and Alex "Furor" Afrasiabi for any and all of the game's shortcomings. In the Burning Crusade era, this title shifted to Tom "Kalgan" Chilton. Since the release of Wrath of the Lich King, however, players have been calling for Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street's head whenever they're particularly unhappy.
** Though it has to be said that Furor and Tigole actually *were* responsible for the shortcomings of the vanilla version because Blizzard (inexperienced with creating [=MMOs=]) put far too much faith in their judgment, thus creating an endgame that pandered solely to members of big raiding guilds and pidgeonholed all existing classes into specific roles. Only with BC did all of this change.
** Ghostcrawler hate originated pretty much solely due to the now-famous "[[MemeticMutation To the ground!]]" nerf of Retribution Paladins. Oddly enough, Ghostcrawler's existence has rather neatly bisected the community between those that dislike him for [[{{Nerf}} nerfing]]/ruining their favourite class and those that appreciate that at least one member of the development team is supportive enough to at least publicly inform them that their favourite class will be [[{{Nerf}} Nerfed]]/ruined beforehand. That, and he is funny, which in itself is a dividing factor ("OMG be serious!"/"Hahah, cool.").
** Way back in [=WOW=] classic, Eyonix was the laison between the shaman community and developers. Just after promising that shamans were to be reviewed and have some problems fixed, he was laid up in the hospital for weeks. Lacking his input, the developers didn't make the promised changes. He came back to the forums to face a metric ton of hostility, including a wish for him to be hit by a bus. This inspired a "Bus Shock" meme, based on the shaman's fire/frost/earth shock spells.
** Another example for misplaced blame was Tseric. Albeit he was little more than a glorified errand boy for the developers, he took lots of heat for controversial decisions he wasn't responsible for. It didn't help that he usually overplayed his own importance, made promises he couldn't keep, displayed an astonishing amount of ignorance about the classes he was supposed to represent and tried to be a snarky wisecracker towards (partially justified) complainers when it was completely uncalled for.
** A good potion of the fanbase will blame every misstep on Chris Metzen, the Vice President of Creative Development, even when it's obviously outside of his department.
*** Dave "Fargo" Kosak, lead quest designer in ''Cataclysm'' and ''Mists of Pandaria'' and now as of ''Warlords of Draenor'' the Lead Narrative Designer (a new position, no one is quite sure what it entails yet), has replaced Metzen as the scapegoat for any storyline complaints.
* And nowadays, almost everyone's pointing fingers at {{Activision}} for stuff ''[[BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]]'' does. DPS Being "Dumbed down" in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' by making Intellect function the ''same way as Strength and Agility'', meaning Mages will actually ''look'' at it when determining their gear? Activision's fault! Never mind that even ''before'' the merge people were screaming for that.
** Nevermind, either, that Activision-Blizzard is still essentially two distinct entities that are united on paper for record-keeping purposes. Neither group is in charge of the other, and both operate independently. The most that they share besides a letterhead is likely a pool of playtesters and artists.
** And likewise, ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s "Always online". Look at all the comments and you'll see "It's Activision's fault." No, that was ''Blizzard's'' choice.
* Most people who voice disappointment at later ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games tend to heap their scorn on Tetsuya Nomura, despite the fact that Nomura was only the character designer for most of these games and not the director. And even then, he wasn't the sole artist, or even the art director for these games that he's credited with directing. They will even blame him for games he wasn't even involved in, such as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
** This is probably because of at least one interview in which Nomura ''himself'' claimed responsibility for a huge array of overall design decisions in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, despite many of them being nothing to do with character design (and almost certainly nothing to do with him). Scapegoating from within the company, perhaps?
** The same thing happens with the ''KingdomHearts'' series (though there he is at least the director), and some of the HateDumb even seems to claim he does the art for ''DragonQuest''. Chew on ''that'' for a little while.
** This especially got bad for people saying ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' was a "Nomura game" when his involvement was drawing pictures of the characters. He did not direct it, he was not even the sole artist for the game...it even says so '''RIGHT THERE IN THE OPENING CREDITS WITHIN THE FIRST TEN MINUTES OF GAMEPLAY'''. When you're talking about ''XIII'', at ''least'' mention the game he's ''actually'' directing. (Eg. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'')
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' community tends to blame all problems with the game on global online producer Sage Sundi due to him being the target of most interviews about the game. The truth is that the reason interviews are so uninformative is more due to ExecutiveMeddling from the higher-ups. Sundi does know about the problems with the game and has tried to get them fixed but for the most part, the devs don't listen to him.
** Similarly, everything wrong with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is Hiromichi Tanaka's fault, despite who's really responsible for any of the game's many troubles between the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]], the developers, and sheer misfortune being ''very'' muddy indeed. This is somewhat understandable given Tanaka volunteered to take responsibility for all of the game's problems (his fault or otherwise) when he stepped down as producer.. except he ''still'' sometimes gets loudly and [[{{Hatedom}} enthusiastically]] blamed by the community for issues introduced ''since Naoki Yoshida replaced him''.
* John Romero gets a lot of flak for his blunders with ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'', many of them justified, but a lot of the level design's failures can instead be attributed to the head level designer... Romero's ex-wife.
** Not to mention the people calling him some sort of [[SmallNameBigEgo egoist]] for the tag line "JohnRomero Is About to Make You His Bitch", even though that and the general exaggeration of his involvement/how much he did was more marketing than anything else.
** All of this culminating in a ridiculous event where ex-Romero fans rallied behind Ion Storm's marketing director for insulting him over the phone in an over the top way...even though the marketing director was ''one of the people responsible for running Ion Storm into the ground and putting the game into DevelopmentHell.''
* You know ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008''? If you're one of the [[LoveItOrHateIt fifty percent that didn't like it]], odds are you blame or know people who blame Ben Mattes for this. For most [[SarcasmMode true PoP fans]] Ben Mattes has been a curse to the franchise ever since he came in with ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'', and built fan expectations for the 2008 game just so he could crush them with the actual product. The kicker? He's the producer!
* Yuji Naka may have been responsible for a number of ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' quality issues during the Classic era, but he'll even get blamed for games he was clearly never involved in. A particularly egregious example of this is giving him flack for 2008's ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', when Naka hadn't even been part of Sonic Team since 2005 (and had little to no involvement with any ''Sonic'' game since ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'').
** Other Classic-era games Naka was never involved in: [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]][[note]]Amusingly, Naoto Ohshima has said that this game (fondly remembered by fans) would have turned out even better had Naka been part of the development team[[/note]], ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]'', any of the 8-bit Master System/Game Gear titles, ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3DFlickiesIsland Sonic 3D Blast]]'', and ''VideoGame/SonicR''.
** Nowadays, the person most likely to get the blame for anything going wrong in the ''Sonic'' franchise is Takashi Iizuka, longtime producer for the series. However, his involvement in some of the series' worst games of Sonic's DorkAge was limited (in the credits for [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic '06]], Iizuka's name only appears in the "Special Thanks" section).
*** If it's not Iizuka drawing the ire of ''Sonic's'' infamously unpleaseable fanbase, it's {{Dimps}}, the developers of all the portable ''Sonic'' titles since 2001. Common complaints tend to focus on the use/misuse of momentum and the overabundance of dash-pads (and cheap death). The fact that the ''Rush'' engine was the base for ''Sonic 4'' caused a large segment of the fandom to go ''ballistic'' even before the game was released.
* Natsume is often blamed for every bad thing in the ''HarvestMoon'' franchise. While their localizations do tend to have glitches the originals don't, features are sometimes taken out, they {{Bowdlerise}}, and their translations are far from perfect, they ''do not'' make the games. Marvelous does, and even then they began with the GameBoyAdvance (before it was in the hands of ''Pack-In-Video'' and later ''Victor Interactive Software''; the latter which was eventually acquired by Marvelous).
* Ever since brought to infamy by WebOriginal/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, LJNToys has been blamed for the (mostly [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames licensed]]) games they published, even though most weren't made by them.
** LordKat actually referenced this during one of his "Until We Win" segments, noting that one particularly bad game, although it had the LJN rainbow on the box, was actually developed by Rare.
* David Gaider is this to certain portions of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fandom, mostly because he is the most well known person involved with the franchise (having written the accompanying books and well as writing for the games). Despite the fact that he is a writer, he will often be blamed for programming mistakes and blamed for characters that he didn't write. When fans aren't blaming him for every fault in the story anyway.
* Insomniac Games have been blamed for ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly'' even though they had nothing to do with it or any of the following Spyro games.
* The cancellation of ''MegaManLegends 3'' has caused absolutely no shortage of anger at {{Capcom}}. Some of that anger, however, was misdirected at KeijiInafune, creator of the MegaMan franchise and leader of the ''Legends 3'' project (this being a game Inafune, himself, wanted to create for years): a major reason for the flack, according to his detractors, is that his leaving Capcom prompted them to cancel ''Legends 3''.
* In the case of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', executive producer Casey Hudson and lead writer Mac Walters has been blamed for nearly every single of the fandom's issues with the game. This stems from one of the writers revealing that Walters & Hudson were the ones behind the ''very'' controversial ending to the game, and didn't reveal their plans to the other writers until it was too late to change things.
** They ''do'' share some of the fandom hate... with EA. Broadly speaking, there are two popular opinions: that it's the entirely and solely fault of EA's {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, or that it's the entirely and solely fault of the writers and their ProtectionFromEditors. The two factions... [[FlameWar don't get along]], especially because they tend to put whoever they aren't blaming on a pedestal, convinced that the game would be perfect if it weren't for those ''other'' guys. The DLC as well as the widely loathed endings were the most common things people blamed EA/Bioware for. All of this though the actual responsability (probably) falls on both parties - Casey Hudson would be to blame for the GainaxEnding, and EA for the attempt to turn a very popular offline franchise into an online cash cow.
* Not even Shigeru Miyamoto himself is immune. His beliefs that video games are meant only for gameplay enjoyment and absolutely nothing else are starting to irritate some fans, which climaxed with ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', which had an ExcusePlot in a ''Paper Mario'' game, a series which is known for intriguing plots and diverse characters. Though it may not be completely his fault in this case, as a VocalMinority on Club Nintendo may have influenced this.
* In the case of {{SNK}}, the illustrators and character designers Nona and Tatsuhiko "Falcoon" Kanaoka have caught ''lots'' of flack from people who don't like their artwork or question their decisions in regards to art and developments in the company's fighting games, specially the much beloved TheKingOfFighters series. In the case of Nona, the fans question his problems with the rest of the KOF staff in regards to his drawing style, which apparently led him to leave SNK as he felt they were asking him to "simplyfy his style"; in the case of Falcoon, people even used the rumors about his supposed homosexuality [[note]](which, understandably, has neither been denied nor confirmed by him in interviews)[[/note]] to pick apart his work as designer and producer.
* Notch, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' gets blamed for nearly any change that fandom hates. Notch had stepped down from the game back in November 2011 and had let Jeb take over, yet people will still praise or hate Notch for anything that changes in the game.
* David Goldfarb, one of the lead developers of ''VideoGame/[[PAYDAYTheHeist PAYDAY 2]]'', routinely gets blamed for any changes made to the game that the fandom doesn't like and they blame the "downfall" of the game on David just because of his previous involvement with the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' games and how David said he had some influence on the developers during the alpha stages of ''PAYDAY 2''. However, most changes made to the game are decided by the development team as a whole rather than just one or two people.
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* While websites are usually ran by a small crew (or the admin numbers is low), sometimes only the creator/head admin gets heat for controversial changes or issues.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This phenomenon, a lot like what happens in RealLife, is lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''
--> '''Hopper''': "First rule of leadership: ''Everything'' is your fault."
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi is widely blamed for the failures of ''TheRippingFriends'' and ''RenAndStimpy: Adult Party Cartoon''--ignoring that the former show suffered from horrific meddling (which included throwing out all of the custom poses that Spumco is known for), and the latter show was pushed to be DarkerAndEdgier due to Spike TV wanting it to be another moneymaker along the lines of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* Showrunner Mike Scully is usually blamed for ''TheSimpsons''' nadir in quality and [[{{Flanderization}} characterization]] in seasons 9-12. Of course, the fans have been saying the most recent season is the worst ever more or less since the series began (Comic Book Guy's catchphrase "worst episode ever" was coined in relation to ''TheSimpsons'' in response to a fourth season episode, the fourth season now being considered to be something of a Golden Age). Also, the last episode he wrote was "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" - which first aired in ''2002''.
** Creator Matt Groening also gets a big heap of blame from unhappy fans. The primary complaint is that he should have ended the show years ago. But Matt was complaining as early as season 5 that how long TheSimpsons continues is totally out of his hands. He doesn't have the power to end the show and never did. That's Fox's call. He instead went on to create ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and be heaped with praised for taking a more hands-on approach.
** Current showrunner Al Jean gets a lot of blame for the latest quality drop, especially considering the fact that he has ''been'' the showrunner for over seven years, far longer than anyone else, not to mention that Al Jean was, with then-partner Mike Reiss, showrunner on Seasons 3 and 4, as well as some episodes produced on the side for Season 6 when they did ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' and Seasons 8 & 9 when they did ''TeenAngel'' for {{Disney}}. Jean decided to return to ''The Simpsons'' in Season 10 when he felt he wanted to return to the show, and Reiss has since returned to ''The Simpsons'' as a co-producer.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' head writer Bob Skir is generally blamed for not doing much to make the series a continuation of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', even though then MainframeEntertainment president Dan Didio (yes, THAT Dan Didio) told him ''not to watch WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' before becoming involved. His strong online presence at the time backlashed (in part thanks to the jerkass admin of his message board) into him getting most of the blame, while his writing partner Marty Isenberg, who kepts a low profile, was spared most of the flak (and went on to be the head writer for TransformersAnimated).
* Creator/SethMacFarlane is mistakingly thought to be responsible for everything and anything wrong with the UnCancelled ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''. Everything good is someone else's work. Fans of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' in particular seem to believe the show is superior and that this is because Seth has checked out of it. [[DeadpanSnarker His power over all three shows is equal.]]
** You know "Not All Dogs go to Heaven"? The one that's most criticized here for being an AuthorTract for Macfarlane? [[http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Not_All_Dogs_Go_To_Heaven Yeah, he neither wrote nor directed that episode.]] Same with the second-most-criticized episode, [[http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Road_to_the_Multiverse Road to the Multiverse.]] Both episodes were directed by Greg Colton, and the writers of "Heaven" and "Multiverse" were then-showrunner Danny Smith and Wellesley Wild, respectively.
** Whether or not he's credited as writing or directing an individual episode isn't as important as one might think. As the executive producer, he oversees the creation of the scripts and approves them before they enter into production, sometimes rewriting them. That said, the original writer(s) tend to escape any blame in favor of targeting Seth.
*** Also, it is not uncommon for a showrunner or producer to do rewrites or make contributions to an episode but forgo a formal writing credit.
** He is very frequently MisBlamed for the chicken fights and repeated callbacks. Per DVDCommentary, he's not a big fan of either and must be convinced by the rest of the writing staff that those jokes should go in to a given episode.
** He even gets blamed for FOX's cash-grab DVD releases. [[SarcasmMode Which is totally within his control and has never been mocked or bitched about on the show itself at all.]]
* Creator/DonBluth has often been blamed for allowing several of his movies to have been made into sequels. While ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel Goes West]]'' is sometimes considered watchable (partly due to Nostalgia reasons), all the other stuff—especially ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH 2''—is often blamed on him. Other than ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'', Bluth had nothing to do with any of these sequels. [[labelnote:Funny fact]]Bluth once said that if he ever ''did'' direct a follow-up to ''Secret of NIMH'', he listed a few ideas that were present in the actual sequel, but flipped around—i.e. he wanted ''Timothy'' to be the villain and ''Martin'' to be the protagonist.[[/labelnote]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do-Well"]], a controversal episode, induced so many PeripheryDemographic fans to rant against its credited writer, Merriwether Williams, that the lead moderator of EquestriaDaily (the fandom's major news and fanwork blog) had to [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/pre-episode-pony-service-announcement.html tell the fans to cut it out]]. Never mind the huge chain of people from then-executive producer Creator/LaurenFaust down to each individual writer and animator who are actually responsible for each episode. The success of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy Wonderbolts Academy]]" seems to have caused the hate to die down to an extent, however.
*** And then "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Bats]]" proved a perfect example of this trope in action. The episode was originally misattributed to Meghan [=McCarthy=], and was fairly well-recieved. When she came out and said it wasn't her, but Merriwether Williams, who wrote it, the fandom was suddenly much more inclined to point out the episode's flaws. Makes you wonder if some of her earlier episodes would have been better recieved had they also been miscredited to someone else.
** And after Faust stepped down, some fans started making new showrunner Meghan [=McCarthy=] out to be a creatively bankrupt Hasbro shill[[note]]you know, just like they said Lauren Faust was when she started[[/note]] obsessed with pandering to fans by approving what are ''clearly'' [[OriginalCharacter OC]] pony designs[[note]]i.e. any pony with the slightest bit of creative flair[[/note]] and having popular antagonist Trixie or even--SHOCK! GASP!--''background ponies''[[note]]Specifically, Cloudchaser and Roid Rage, two rather unique ponies, appearing in "Wonderbolts Academy". The irony is they had even fewer lines than in their initial appearance[[/note]] reappear!
** People who dislike the infamous [[spoiler: Alicorn Twilight]] twist in the Season 3 finale often place the entirety of the blame on the episode's head writer, M.A. Larson, despite the fact that the writers decided ''as a team'' on the direction to take the show. More moderate members of the fanbase recognize that the decision wasn't entirely his, and that at worst all he can be blamed for is trying to cram too much material into a single episode.
* [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter and Ed Catmull]] have fallen into this among some Creator/{{Pixar}} fans and especially DisneyAnimatedCanon fans sometime after ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' was released. For example, they have gotten a ton of flack for changing ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'''s title into ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', canceling the production of ''Newt'', ordering up sequels to previous Pixar films like ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', putting any fairy tale projects in development at Disney on hold, and changing the hand-drawn project ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' into a CGI film titled ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. John was already under fire before ''Princess and the Frog'' for firing Chris Sanders and reconfiguring ''American Dog'' into ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
* Chris [=McCulloch=] (aka "Jackson Publick", of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'') got the brunt of the hate and blame over several contested writing decisions in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' season 2. While he was story editor and did have the last say on the scripts, some of the ideas that the fans had blamed him for or insisted were ExecutiveMeddling (revelations of backstories, some personality changes, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Lord Stingray]]) wound up actually being the creators' own intent, as they'd wanted to try to break away from a repetitive formula (although the network also encouraged them to find a newer direction as well).
* When it comes to ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', almost all of the post-''Island'' recurring writers fall victim to this for one reason or another. Terry [=McGurrin=], Laurie Elliott, and Ed [=MacDonald=] are the biggest examples of this trope and the fact that all three contributed to ''All-Stars'' doesn't help.
* Somvilay Xayaphone has not been treated well by the AdventureTime fandom lately. Ever since Rebecca Sugar left, He's been repeatedly blamed for the decline of the series's overall quality, particularly for Finn's CharacterDerailment and [[spoiler:the breakup of Finn & Flame Princess]]. The fact that he wrote for "The Red Throne", arguably one of the most loathed episodes in the series, did not help.
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