->''Phrases like "shiver my timbers" and traditional pirate songs like "Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest" were made up by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson for his novel ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', published in 1883 -- over 150 years after the end of the Golden Age of Piracy. We might as well tell you right now that 90 percent of all pirate tropes come from the same book: One-legged pirates, squawking parrots, drunken mutinies... all that stuff can be traced back to ''Treasure Island.
-->-- ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19482_6-absurd-pirate-myths-everyone-believes-thanks-to-movies.html "6 Absurd Pirate Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)"]]

A Trope Maker is the first unambiguous example of a particular trope. Though there may have been [[UrExample similar things in the past]], these are the works that defined their respective tropes.

See also TropeCodifier, which is the example of a trope that defines all other uses. If a TropeCodifier is very different in outlook than the Trope Maker, then the Trope Maker worked on an UnbuiltTrope.

And, of course, don't confuse with UrExample -- the earliest example that has the essence of the trope, but may not have the actual connotations and may be missing details. However, it's the Trope Maker which starts the consistent enough pattern to be called a trope.

To provide a concrete example of all three, the DetectiveStory's Trope Maker is Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's Dupin stories, and Franchise/SherlockHolmes is the TropeCodifier; but the UrExample may well be [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Three_Apples "The Tale Of the Three Apples"]] in ''[[Literature/OneThousandAndOneNights 1001 Nights (The Arabian Nights)]]''.
Related: [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]].

''If you make an entry here, expect some [[OlderThanTheyThink heavy challenges]].''



* Creator/WilliamShakespeare -- See TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, ShoutOutToShakespeare.
* ''Orfeo'' sought to revive Greek theater, in which music played an equally important role to the drama. Although it failed in this regard, it created the notion of a "drama set within music"; inventing opera and all other musical theater. Curiously, ''Orfeo'' is the name of both the UrExample and the TropeCodifier: two separate works written by separate composers.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'' -- The first modern anime to make its way to the United States, it also included the first AnimeThemeSong. It was a creation of OsamuTezuka, who also defined the style of manga and anime for decades with it and other works.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' -- [[InTheNameOfTheMoon Pre-battle speeches]], naked {{Transformation Sequence}}s, [[MonogenderMonsters female]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]], and several other MagicalGirlWarrior tropes owe their existence to her.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' -- Made {{shonen}} anime big in the Western world and probably made most of the tropes it named.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' -- Made and codified several shonen tropes as well as ManlyTears.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- The first HumongousMecha to be piloted by a human, which is why they made a point to show Koji coming out of the robot in the intro. The first SuperRobot to [[RocketPunch launch its fists]] at enemies.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' -- Often considered the first RealRobot show, as it was the first to portray the robots as common military equipment. Later series took this idea further, however (see below). It was also an early anime adopter of AnyoneCanDie.
* ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' -- One of the first {{Shoujo}} series.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' -- Created the entire genre of an UnwantedHarem attached to a CelibateHero.
* ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' and ''Manga/SailorMoon'' -- Was the first to combine the classic MagicalGirl genre with sentai and superhero themes (both by the same author and in-continuity with each other, ''Sailor V'' came first, but was developed in parallel with ''Sailor Moon'', the later becoming better known).
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' -- The origin of the formal FiveManBand concept, which predates even SuperSentai.
* ''Mazinger Z'', ''Gatchaman'', and ''Manga/GetterRobo'' are the three candidates for first CombiningMecha. Mazinger is the weakest of these because while it is two entities coming together to form a whole, there's only one pilot and robot. In addition, while the vehicles in ''Gatchaman'' do combine, it isn't into the humanoid HumongousMecha that we commonly associate with the trope. So, while ''GetterRobo'' was the final chronologically of the three, it was the one that most resembled the trope we know today.
* ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'' -- First TransformingMecha.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' -- The first epic SpaceOpera.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' -- It popularized the TransformingMecha genre; also sometimes considered to be the first "true" RealRobot show, as every mecha was mass-produced, and not a hint of "prototypes" being the focus. Also, MacrossMissileMassacre.
* ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' -- the very first MagicIdolSinger anime.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' -- There's a reason they're called [[TropeNamers Super Heroes.]]
* Although you can trace the idea of a masked hero with a secret identity all the way through pulp fiction back to Victorian literature, George Brenner's The Clock, first seen in Funny Pages #6 and Funny Picture Stories #1 (both published in 1936), was the first masked crimefighter in comics and introduced tropes like the secret identity and socially respectable alter ego, the crimefighting sidekick, and the use of gadgets by the heroes to the medium. To date the character only appears in references, and has fallen into the public domain.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' -- Created and introduced many UrbanFantasy tropes such as PostModernMagik and BlueCollarWarlock. Also started characters being {{Exiled From Continuity}}, with the protagonist John Constantine as {{Ur Example}}.

* '' Sallie Gardner at a Gallop'' -- Depending on how exactly we choose to define "film", this might be the very first, produced in 1878. ''Film/RoundhayGardenScene'' from 1888 would then be the oldest '''surviving''' film.
* ''The Sneeze'' -- The first thing ever to be caught on actual film (as opposed to paper, like earlier experiments were).
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' -- CircusOfFear, LooksLikeCesare, CuckoosNest, TwistEnding.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' -- GunKata.
* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' -- Generally considered the first FilmNoir.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' -- First example of ItsAWonderfulPlot, for which it also is the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]].
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' was the first wide-release film, opening in hundreds of theaters at once instead of a gradual release with the movie travelling from town to town. As a result, it was the first SummerBlockbuster.
* ''Film/SevenSamurai'' -- Contained a lot of film firsts, such as recruiting a group of quirky heroes to achieve a goal and introducing the main protagonist in a way unrelated to the plot. Sometimes is considered to be the first modern action movie or first modern epic movie.
* ''Film/SinceYouWentAway'' -- First use of the TrainStationGoodbye.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (and by extension, {{Pixar}} themselves) -- Bringing the AllCGICartoon to the big screen.
* ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' -- Created the PsychicNosebleed and YourHeadASplode as part of its BodyHorror take on PsychicPowers.
* ''Film/CatPeople'' -- CatScare. But despite the name, they used a bus.
* ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'' -- Generally considered to be the first epic movie.
* ''Film/BirthOfANation'' created the modern Hollywood movie as it stands today.
* ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Godzilla]] (1954)'' -- TheTokyoFireball was created by, and is a staple of, everybody's favorite [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} giant radioactive lizard]]. He also invented {{kaiju}} and {{tokusatsu}}!
* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' -- CowboyCop. [[UnbuiltTrope Unbuilt]] as his behavior royally screws up the case.
* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' -- Not the first SuperheroMovie by any means, but it was the first true SummerBlockbuster to feature a comic-book hero as its lead.
* ''Film/BladeRunner'' -- Invented cyberpunk in film, along with [[{{Neuromancer}} Gibson]].
* ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' -- The first Western.
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise is the oldest joke in the history of motion pictures, dating back to ''The Sprinkler Sprinkled'' (1895), one of the pioneering short films made by [[Film/LumiereFilms the Lumiere brothers]].
* Akira Kurosawa made everything we know about {{chanbara}}.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- One of first movies to utilize the UsedFuture in film and popularized the SpaceWestern. Along with ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', it also effectively created the concept of the SummerBlockbuster.
* ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' -- RogueJuror
* ''Film/TheKid'' -- First film {{Dramedy}}.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' was the first English-language full-length animated film.
** ''El Apstol'', from 1917, was the first feature-length animated film.
* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' -- DinosaurDoggieBone.
* ''Film/DrStrangelove''-- RidingTheBomb
* Creator/JayneMansfield is probably the Trope Maker for DarkSkinnedBlond, partly because Hollywood movies were just switching over to color when she came along (1955).
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' invented the {{Mockumentary}} genre.

* Various legends and folktales from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries about Countess Elizabeth Bathory provide the origins the BloodBath myth for rejuvenating beauty and youth.

* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' -- [[OlderThanDirt One of the earliest known written stories.]] If there's a written story that was written before it, we don't know about it. Essentially, as far as modern civilization is concerned, ''The Epic of Gilgamesh'' was the Trope Maker for every trope in the story.
* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' -- Formally introduced fantasy to the OrderVersusChaos dichotomy, which Dungeons and Dragons codified into the Alignment System that we all know and love (or loathe) today.
* Creator/JRRTolkien --
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'' -- Created the HighFantasy genre. He's the reason OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame, and kicked off (well, codified) the whole ElvesVsDwarves thing.
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' -- Created the HeroicFantasy genre, especially its DarkerAndEdgier [[LowFantasy variants]]. Arguably has a basis in [[SuperStrength Samson]] from Literature/TheBible.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe -- Normally known as a {{horror}} writer, he also invented the modern [[MysteryFiction detective story]] and modern science fiction.
* Pulp Magazines -- Created WeirdScience
* Creator/HGWells -- One of the earliest science fiction writers, many science fiction tropes originated in his novels and short stories.
** His short story "The Chronic Argonauts" (1888) and novel ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' (1895) are the source of the term "time machine", and thus a Trope Maker for TimeTravel -- but not the UrExample, because a few authors had time machines before Wells.
** ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' (1898) is the first large-scale alien invasion in literature.
* Creator/JulesVerne's ''Journey to the Center of the Earth'' is considered the first sci-fi story, although there are {{Ur Example}}s.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' took UsedFuture to the logical extreme and has been copied countless times.
* Creator/HPLovecraft -- Created [[CosmicHorrorStory Lovecraftian horror]], although there are a few {{Ur Example}}s.
* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' -- The familiar strapped-into-a-chair-with-your-eyelids-taped-open method of [[{{Brainwashed}} Brainwashing]].
* ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' made the OminousFloatingSpaceship trope.
* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' -- Arguably created the first Supervillain BigBad, Professor Moriarty, and the SherlockScan.
* Nick Carter created the a boy sidekick, and the RoguesGallery.
* ''Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales'' -- James Fenimore Cooper's Hawkeye was the trope maker for TheGunslinger and the romantic concept of the [[WildWest American Frontier]]. Trope codifier, not the trope maker, for the concept of the NobleSavage / MagicalNativeAmerican.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' -- Made many Spanish tropes. The first {{Deconstruction}}, many critics consider it the first modern novel too, because it wasn't about ponies and princesses and was written by a commoner, not a nobleman.
* ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' -- Created the SpaceOpera genre.
** Also responsible for PoweredArmor. StarshipTroopers became the TropeCodifier.
* ''Vernor Vinge'' -- Invented computer-networking-as-virtual-reality (later [[TropeCodifier codified]] by [[{{Neuromancer}} Gibson]].)
* ''Literature/TheVampyre''. The first vampire literature in the English language. Lord Ruthven was a DaywalkingVampire who [[VampiricDraining drank blood]], [[VampiresAreSexGods was incredibly seductive]], and of [[VampiresAreRich aristocratic stock]]. When slain he would simply [[{{Immortality}} rise from death]] upon the next moon.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov -- Most science fiction in the past 50 years, particularly the robot subgenre, owes a lot to Asimov. Even StarWars is based on ''Literature/{{Foundation}}''.
* Creator/MarkTwain -- Can be argued that he was the first ''true'' American novelist in style, though not the first American-born writer (i.e. Henry James, Washington Irving, EdgarAllanPoe), but his style was much less dependent on the European style of writing. He can be counted as both a Trope Maker and TropeCodifier of American literature
** ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' -- Made multi-ethnic protagonist teams okay, particularly the source of BlackBestFriend. Remember, this was written not too long after the Civil War, with racism still heavy in the United States.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', along with his Venus books, defined PlanetaryRomance.
* ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'' -- Created the JuryOfTheDamned.
* Creator/LFrankBaum's ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' - Kicked off the whole Worldbuilding thing.
* The works of Creator/WilliamGibson: Acknowledged as the father of {{Cyberpunk}} and many related tropes.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche's ''Also Sprach Zarathustra'' arguably created the MonsterClown with the evil-and-murderous-yet-holier-than-thou jester-man, No-Name-the-Clown.
* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' by Chaucer is recognized as one of the first uses of satire and sarcasm in English.
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' -- Defined the hero's journey for every protagonist from Middle-English on.
* ''A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord, 19--'' is this for the {{Dystopia}}.
* Hiroshi Aramata's ''Literature/TeitoMonogatari'' is widely credited as the first modern Japanese fantasy novel to heavily feature {{onmyodo}} mysticism, which became a major trope in Japanese pop culture.
* Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's ''In a Glass Darkly'' (1872) had the first OccultDetective with Dr. Martin Hesselius, and also created the LesbianVampire with ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'', one of the segments of ''In a Glass Darkly''.
* ''Communion'' by Whitley Strieber, the allegedly true story of the author's experience of a UFO abduction, includes the first noted reference to an extra-terrestrial AnalProbing in public media and has inspired just about every joke about rectal probes, much to Strieber's dismay, ever since.
* ''Ysengrimus'' -- It had the very first use of WorldOfFunnyAnimals and was also the very first work to feature {{YIFF}}. Considering that the book came out around 1148-1149, that is a hell of an accomplishment.
* ''Somnium'' -- Considered by a few to be the very first Science-fiction novel ever made. The book in question was one of the very last books that the astronome Kepler ever wrote and used many scientific theories he proved during his lifetime as explanations in the book (such as explaining the movement of planets to note how the main character in the book would look from the moon to the earth).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' -- among the first of many American sitcoms to feature all of the following things: on location production, lack of a laugh track and the single camera setup. The fact that it was a children's show on a [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} cable network]] meant that most were unaware of this new style of sitcom until ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' (the TropeCodifier) helped popularize it in the late 1990's.
** ''Pete & Pete'' is more or less tied as the Trope Maker with ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'', which started around the same time. However, since ''Larry'' was not only broadcast on a cable channel but [[{{Creator/HBO}} one you had to pay extra for]], that meant that ''fewer'' people outside of its small cult audience were likely aware of the shared innovations of ''Sanders''.
** You're probably asking yourself "but what about ''Series/{{MASH}}''?", well, [[UrExample that's a different trope]] altogether (and it also drastically predates all other shows with this style by ''decades'', it being very ahead of its time in that respect).
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Family An American Family]]'' -- The first contemporary RealityTV program.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' was said to have inspired the first MagicalGirl anime.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'' laid the groundwork for similar fantasy, MonsterOfTheWeek shows such as ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' and ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh''. Before it there were afterschool specials populated with one-shot characters, there were ensemble dramas with teenage characters and there were teen {{Sitcom}}s, but it was the first TeenDrama.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' is the maker and [[TropeCodifier codifier]] of the FawltyTowersPlot. Even though [[TooGoodToLast it only ran for twelve episodes]], it's still considered one of the most influential sitcoms of all time.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_French_Chef The French Chef]]'' with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Child Julia Child]] was the first nationwide CookingShow and Child was the world's first actual "celebrity chef", predating Britain's Graham Kerr by a decade.
* ''Series/GoodTimes'' -- Wilona Woods was ''the'' SassyBlackWoman and the DropInCharacter.
* ''Series/GuidingLight'' -- The world's first SoapOpera, originating in 1937 on CBS Radio and making the move to TV in 1952. It finally ceased production in 2009.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' -- The first syndicated {{Sitcom}}. Almost every single "wacky" sitcom situation that you can think of was either born on this show or at least popularized by it.
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' -- paved the roads of every Creator/DisneyChannel sitcom post-2000s with its format.
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' -- The definitive work in [[EdutainmentShow educational television programming]].
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' -- Created the word "Pythonesque"; made "surrealism", "sex jokes" and "British comedy" go hand in hand from then on. ''The'' quintessential British comedy around the world.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' -- Believe it or not, technically it was the first SpaceWestern, as that's how Gene Roddenberry pitched it. Popularized SpaceOpera and created [[RubberForeheadAliens quite]] [[SpockSpeak a few]] [[RedShirt tropes]] [[BeamMeUpScotty of its own.]]
* ''Tales Of Tomorrow'' -- This nearly forgotten series was TV's first GenreAnthology.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk_Soup Talk Soup]]'' -- Started the snarky pop culture daily (at the time)/weekly clip show. First aired in 1991, ended in 2002. Revived in 2004 as ''TheSoup'', spun off ''The Dish'', ''Sports Soup'' and ''Web Soup''. It has imitators in ''Infomania'' and ''Tosh.0''
* ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' -- Invented the Sports Anthology genre. The sports nets like ESPN wouldn't exist without it.
* ''Series/{{Password}}'' First game show to have a definitive BonusRound.

* Bill Monroe created bluegrass.
* Ougenweide created Medieval Rock/Metal music by combining medieval texts and melodies with modern Rock and Hard Rock.
* Music/TheBeatles, with almost every subgenre of rock music after them. Musicologically speaking, in this day and age, to say a certain rock band is "Beatles-like" is redundant.
** With Richard Lester, they made the first music videos with the films ''AHardDaysNight'' and ''{{Help}}'' and with their promos for ''Rain'' and ''Paperback Writer''. {{MTV}} credited Dick Lester as the father of music videos. His response was [[DeadpanSnarker asking for a blood test]].
* Music/TheWho directly created PunkRock, and also innovated in hard rock. Along with Music/LedZeppelin, made heavier rock and metal as we know it.
** Despite there being one before it (by the same group, no less), ''{{Tommy}}'' by TheWho is the first--is ''the'' rock opera. (Well, okay, TheWho had done two other things before which you might call rock operas--"A Quick One, While He's Away", "Rael"--but the former was a track long and the latter two tracks so neither counts.)
** Additionally, Music/TheWho[[XMeetsY +]]Music/TheBeatles=PowerPop.
* Music/TheYardbirds are practically a who's-who of blues-rock guitarists (at different times, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page numbered amongst their members). They popularized riff-driven songs and pioneered the use of fuzz, distortion, feedback and innovative recording techniques. And evolved into...
* ...Music/LedZeppelin, who created heavy metal, along with HeavyMithril, and Viking Metal.
** Music/BlueCheer really need to get the credit for creating heavy metal the way the early bands played it. Their influence was heavily evident in the most popular of the early metal bands, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/GrandFunkRailroad, and Music/IronButterfly. That influence extended through Music/{{Motorhead}} and Music/{{Venom}}.
* Credit Prog Rock to Music/KingCrimson, Music/{{Yes}}, Music/ProcolHarum and Music/TheMoodyBlues.
** Music/TheMoodyBlues also invented symphonic rock.
** Procol Harum may also have created EpicRocking. Some might also name Music/FrankZappa or Music/TheBeatles for creating prog.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, the first band to really experiment with electronic music. You might even say they were the first "new-wave" music group.
** Prior to this, electronic instruments were used in neo-classical compositions. The first all-electronic composition was [[OlderThanTheyThink recorded in the late 1930s]].
* Music/BlackSabbath, the first band to use detuned guitar in a metal context, although they are more of the trope codifiers, because they took disparate elements (dark lyrical themes, riff and guitar-driven music, heavy distortion, drug abuse, and tough attitude) and put them together to create what's known today as "heavy metal".
* Music/IronMaiden and Music/JudasPriest first blended hard rock with heavy metal.
* Music/PinkFloyd established progressive rock as psychedelic.
* Music/XJapan is arguably the creator of VisualKei (or at least, the first band to collect all of its elements into one band concept and name it a name similar to "VisualKei")
** By extension, Music/YoshikiHayashi, by being the first person to name it as such, is the Trope Maker and [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] of VisualKei.
* "The Four Seasons", by Vivaldi, was the world's first symphony, defining classical music forever.
* Beethoven was the world's first Romantic composer. And Debussy defines the Modern movement that followed the Romantic.
* While the biggest influences on StonerMetal had been around for a while before the genre itself formed, {{Kyuss}} and Sleep were the first bands to actually make music in that style.
* Even though there were some innovative music videos before they came along, Russell Mulcahy and the directing team of Godley and Creme (former bandmates in 10cc) were the Trope Makers as far as creative, groundbreaking music videos go. Back when even Michael Jackson was just doing in-studio "performance" videos, Mulcahy was shooting filmic videos on location and Godley and Creme were using innovative visual effects and creating whole stories for their videos that put the focus away from straightforward performance videos.
* Music/TheStooges are the Trope Makers when it comes to punk rock. While there may have been other artists before who laid the groundwork for punk, they were among the first to put all the pieces together and perform what could reliably be considered punk rock.
* Music/{{REM}} essentially created the AlternativeRock genre with their debut single, the original "Radio Free Europe." As noted in one biography, the single "...marked the point in time where post-punk turned into alternative rock."
* On a more limited level The Music/VelvetUnderground more or less invented the ObligatoryBondageSong with "Venus in Furs" (on their debut album ''The Velvet Underground & Nico'').
** Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, Music/TomLehrer's "TheMasochismTango" is an UnbuiltTrope version.
* Music/YellowMagicOrchestra was the first SynthPop band. While Music/{{Kraftwerk}} was the first to do live performances of electronic music, YMO was the first to do it without playing up the instruments' novelty.
* Lk [[HeavyMetalUmlaut mlts]]? Thnk Music/BlueOysterCult.
* Music/{{Queensryche}}, Music/FatesWarning and Music/DreamTheater are generally considered to be the first three ProgressiveMetal bands.
** {{Rush}} was the pioneer in blending HardRock and ProgressiveRock, and no wonder many progressive metal bands cite Rush as an influence.
* The entire oeuvre of ShoeGazing was essentially a bunch of bands trying to sound like Music/MyBloodyValentine's first album. A significant fraction of modern indie rock is bands trying to sound like their ''second''.
* Music/{{Blur}} are regularly cited as the creators of {{Britpop}}.
* Skream popularized dubstep with what is believed to be the first proper dubstep song called midnight request [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6pTSGvp7T8 line ]]
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Kill 'em All" (specifically "Hit the Lights" the first recorded song from the album, released for the compilation album "Metal Massacre" in 1982) is usually cited as Thrash Metal's Trope Maker, but some give that honor to Venom's "Welcome to Hell," and dub Metallica the TropeCodifier.
* The Age of Love's self-titled ([[OneBookAuthor and only]]) single is widely considered the first true {{trance}} song.
* Creator/SteveRoden is the almighty pioneer of the lowercase genre in which he took {{Ambient}} and {{Minimalism}} and pumped them UpToEleven, {{Iron|y}}ically. His album ''Forms of Paper'' was 50 sheers minutes of silence and ambient noises that he amplified using digital equipment.
* Music/{{Ministry}} was the trope maker of IndustrialMetal.
* Music/{{Cher}}'s "Believe" was the first mainstream song to utilize AutoTune for the "plastic" distortion effect.
* Music/GangOfFour were the first DancePunk band, combining PunkRock with Funk and Dub rhythms.
* Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine, particularly their debut smash "Cruise", are both makers and codifiers of "bro-country", the wave of rock-influenced, party-themed CountryMusic in TheNewTens. In fact, the term "bro-country" was coined in an article about the duo.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' -- Has been called the first PoliceProcedural, originator of the DeathTrap and the RoguesGallery.
* ''Yellow Kid'' -- The first modern newspaper comic, introducing modern speech balloons.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo in Slumberland'' -- Probably the earliest comic ever to use FrameBreak, and it provides a very early example of many PostModernism tropes.
* ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Franklin]]'' -- BlackBestFriend.

* ''Pinball/BaffleBall'' is the first commercially successful "pin game", and launched the entire {{pinball}} genre.
* ''Pinball/BlackKnight2000'' is the first {{Pinball}} game to feature a WizardMode, "The King's Ransom".
* ''Terminator 2: Judgement Day'' is the first {{Pinball}} game with a VideoMode.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The industry itself regarding {{tag team}}s.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Creator/OrsonWelles chose to present his famous radio adaptation of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' as a series of news bulletins and live news coverage of a fictional Martian invasion. He wound up inventing several tropes having to do with use of fictional "news" stories to advance plot, including DeadlineNews, PhonyNewscast, ThisJustIn, WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties, and WeInterruptThisProgram.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Kriegspiel}}'' was the first war game, created by a German nobleman to train his generals in military strategy. The name means "wargame."
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' -- The first pen-and-paper role-playing game put into publication and would countinue to define and set standards for the entire industry. As technology marched on it would influence digital firsts such as ''Ultima'' and ''Rogue'', thus responsible for the entire computer and console RPG genre.
** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was also responsible for ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar''. Everything that series has contributed (such as long anime elf ears) might not have been imagined without it. The creator of ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' (Ryo Mizuno), did for Japan what Gary Gygax did for the West and published ''Sword World'': the most popular Japanese TabletopGame ever. The implications are massive, since ''Sword World'' is said to be the inspiration for later anime, manga, light novels, video games... in addition to the continued success of the current Japanese TabletopGame market.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' was the first major horror RPG, and is the acknowledged Trope Maker of the SanityMeter, a variation of which can be found in almost all horror [=RPGs=] that followed it (e.g. Humanity in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Madness Meters of ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', etc, etc). As with ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', this aspect is often copied in video games as well as tabletops.
* It's a rare [[CardGames collectible card game]] that owes nothing at all to ''MagicTheGathering''. It could be argued that there's no such thing, since Richard Garfield essentially invented (and patented!) the ''idea'' of a game with collectible pieces.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}'' -- Created the console ActionAdventure genre, and the first WideOpenSandbox game.
* ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDark1992'' jumpstarted the SurvivalHorror genre.
* ''VideoGame/Atari2600Superman'' is the very first licensed video game.
* ''VideoGame/BoilingPointRoadToHell'' -- [[WideOpenSandbox Open-world]] [[FirstPersonShooter first-person shooters.]]
* ''{{Cabal}}''-- A shooting game that spawned a lot of clones such as ''Blood Bros'' and ''VideoGame/WildGuns''.
* ''CastleWolfenstein'' -- First StealthBasedGame.
* ''ColossalCave'' -- Created the InteractiveFiction[=/=]AdventureGame genre (it's even the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] on the latter).
* ''{{Columns}}'' -- MatchThreeGame
* ''dnd'' -- The game is notable for having the very first [[BossBattles boss battle]] in a video game ever.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' created many tropes of the SpaceMarine genre.
* ''DragonQuest'' -- The first RPG with a menu based battle system.
* ''VideoGame/DragonSlayer'' -- Often considered the first ActionRPG and it influenced ActionAdventure games as well. Published in 1984 by NihonFalcom for {{PC88}}, it introduced the core gameplay that series such as ''VideoGame/{{Hydlide}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' would expand upon: underground labyrinths, an overworld, item inventory, and puzzle dungeons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'' -- Credited as being the first truly open-ended videogame, as well as being the first truly 3D game for home computers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stonkers}}''[[note]]Added point & click interface, as well as the real-time action[[/note]], ''VideoGame/NetherEarth''[[note]]Added unit production, ability to capture or destroy buildings and resource management[[/note]] and ''VideoGame/TheAncientArtOfWar''[[note]]From sci-fi to the historical setting, as well as deeper abilitities to manipulate the resources[[/note]] -- Co-makers of the RealTimeStrategy genre, despite how little-known they were compared to the latter ''DuneII'' (which was mistakenly considered as a Trope Maker of the genre, rather than being TropeCodifier / GenrePopularizer).
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' -- Pioneered many {{RPG}} tropes.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' -- Introduced the modern trend of heavy {{CGI}} in most {{JRPG}}s.
* ''FireEmblem'' -- Defined the Strategy RPG genre.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' -- Established many of the tropes of later FPS games.
* ''Hunter'' -- The first 3D GTA-like. It also introduced the concept of free roam in a 3D-world as early as 1991.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hydlide}}'' -- One of the first {{Action RPG}}s and one of the first {{Eastern RPG}}s.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' -- More or less defined the standard of the FPS genre on game consoles, establishes or popularizes many tropes seen in later FPS games.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' -- Popularized and defined the standard of the WideOpenSandbox game.
* ''I, Robot'' -- First game to use polygon-based graphics, camera control and a sandbox option. All of this in [[OlderThanTheyThink 1983]]!
* ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' -- Pioneered the usage of CelShading in video games.
* ''VisualNovel/KanaLittleSister'' -- Defined the {{utsuge}}-tropes in Japanese {{visual novel}}s for the English audience.
* ''VideoGame/KarateChamp'' -- First FightingGame.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' -- The first true example of Mouselook.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' -- Invented the stealth-based games, and also has some primitive third-person [[TakeCover cover shooter]] gameplay, which was later codified with VideoGame/RainbowSix and GearsOfWar.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' -- Invented the {{Metroidvania}} genre.
* ''ModemWars'' was the first networked multiplayer game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' -- Launched the BeautifulVoid subgenre, and popularized SceneryPorn in PC games.
* ''VideoGame/MysteryHouse'' is the very first graphical adventure.
* ''VideoGame/TheOutfoxies'', an obscure {{Namco}} game, created the PlatformFighter genre that would later be popularized by ''SuperSmashBros''.
* ''VideoGame/PacMan'' -- The first MazeGame.
* ''VideoGame/PinballConstructionSet'' -- the first GameMaker.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' -- The first successful ArcadeGame, and the first home {{Video Game System|s}}, laying out many of the basics.
* PrincessMaker -- The first modern presentation of a galge with romantic elements aimed directly towards the player. Released in 1991 for the PC-9800. One year later saw the release of [[http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8D%92%E6%A5%AD_%E3%80%9CGraduation%E3%80%9C Graduation]], introducing the now common school setting and female classmates. TokimekiMemorial came about in 1994: it was the revolutionizing dating sim that presented winnable girls with complex personalities and challenging standards to win their love.
* ''Videogame/RailroadTycoon'' -- Created the business simulation Tycoon genre.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' -- Y'see, there's this type of game called a {{Roguelike}}... Also called "dungeon-crawlers".
* ''[[KunioKun Nekketsu Kouha Kunio Kun/Renegade]]'' - established the foundations of the BeatEmUp genre as we know it, or the "belt-scrolling" beat-em-ups at the very least, which was built upon by VideoGame/DoubleDragon and [[RiverCityRansom its own sequel]].
* ''VideoGame/RType'' -- Introduced the idea of a formal system of powerups each of which did a specific thing (as opposed to the ''Gradius'' system of using powerups as currency). Introduced the idea of a controllable AttackDrone, and the ReflectingLaser, ChargedAttack and BattleshipRaid tropes. People also note that it was the first 2D-shooter with an organic feel to it (meaning that it felt like you were inside the body of a monster).
* ''VideoGame/ScorchedEarth'' -- Turn-based Artillery.
* ''ShinMegamiTensei'' -- Created the {{Mons}} RPG sub-genre. Its source material, ''DigitalDevilStory'', is a brutal {{deconstruction}} of the genre, making it {{unbuilt|Trope}}.
** ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'' was also revolutionary in its handling of apocalyptic disasters, angels, gods, demons, balance of power and morality in the face of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' -- Created the {{Sandbox}}/SimulationGame genre (or at least popularized it).
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'' -- Pioneered the MascotWithAttitude.
* ''SpaceInvaders'' -- Created the ShootEmUp genre. In addition, it was the first video game with a difficulty curve - by accident! The more sprites on the screen, the slower the game ran. As players eliminated enemy ships, those remaining moved faster, becoming harder to hit.
* ''SpaceWar'' -- The first real VideoGame!
* ''VideoGame/StarRaiders'' -- The first first-person space simulator.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' -- Created the idea of a gallery of fighters from which you could pick and fight against. Also, stages.
* ''SuperMarioBros.'' -- More or less ''[[TropeCodifier defined]]'' the {{Platformer}} genre.
** And did platforming first in any case in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' -- Did what ''Super Mario Bros.'' did... [[InSpace In 3D]], thereby creating the 3D platformer.
* SuperMaruo is the very first unlicensed video game.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' -- Created the MascotFighter genre.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' -- Truly popularised the PuzzleGame. A good majority of puzzle games are Tetris-like.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' -- Created many of the tropes of 3D ActionAdventure games.
* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' -- Created the {{RPG}} genre (and WesternRPG in particular) with ''VideoGame/UltimaI: The First Age of Darkness'', FirstPersonShooter with ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld: The Stygian Abyss'', and {{MMORPG}} with ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline''.
* ''VirtuaFighter'' -- The first successful 3D FightingGame, and one of the first to use more realistic fighting styles as opposed to KiAttacks and projectiles.
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' -- The first popular FPS.
* ''VideoGame/YieArKungFu'' -- The first FightingGame to feature [[LifeMeter health bars]], [[ActionGirl female fighters]], more than one VictoryPose for any fighter, {{groin attack}}s, a MirrorMatch (the final opponent has the same moveset as the protagonist), and fighters of different fighting styles (though each is an extension of kung-fu).

* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' -- One of the first and longest-running webcomics; the first and best example of WorldOfWeirdness and CerebusSyndrome.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' -- If not the first TwoGamersOnACouch gaming {{webcomic}}, then one of the mainstays. Almost all other gaming webcomics can claim to have been inspired by ''Penny Arcade'' and its format in some way.
** ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' -- Made the tropes for the majority of [[SpriteComic sprite comics]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' -- the [[UrExample Ur-]]AbridgedSeries.
* Machinima/RedVsBlue, the first modern Machinima.
* {{WebOriginal/Chrontendo}} is the very first work in the chronogaming genre.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' -- The first BandToon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' -- The first animated {{Sitcom}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinkyDink and You'' -- The first MerchandiseDriven cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' -- First true sound cartoon, first real use of MickeyMousing.
* Short theatrical animation such as ClassicDisneyShorts, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and FleischerStudios shorts created countless animation tropes, so many that this entire page could be filled with nothing but examples of this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' -- The first GrossoutShow. Also the first to make extensive use of GrossUpCloseUp.
* ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'' -- First use of the RogerRabbitEffect
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' -- PowerUpFood. He also may be an UrExample of the modern SuperHero, in a way.
* ''WeaternAnimation/DaffyDuck'' -- The first real ScrewySquirrel cartoon character.
* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' -- First clear example of a {{morally ambiguous duck|torate}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' -- First example of a ScoobyDooHoax in animation, in the episode "Felix the Ghost Breaker"(1923).
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo (1911 short)'' -- First AnimatedAdaptation.