Shotaro Ishinomori, born Shotaro Onodera, (1938-1998) was one of the most influential men in Japanese entertainment, being dubbed "the King of Manga" and held the title in drawing more comic pages than any other manga author. In his youth he was the president of a manga study group and got his first big break working as an assistant to Creator/OsamuTezuka himself (who famously remarked that Ishinomori, then going by the name Onodera, resembled a talking potato) on the ''Denkou The Invisible Robot'' story in ''Manga/AstroBoy''. On the manga and anime side, he created ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', which was one of the first animated super-teams.

But more famously in the west, he created ''Franchise/KamenRider'', one of the major live-action {{Tokusatsu}} franchises. KR was based on Ishinomori's ''Manga/SkullMan'' manga, which is now currently being remade by his protege, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, who was specifically commissioned to do so. He also created ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', launching the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, which stands alongside ''Kamen Rider'' as a major live-action Toku franchise, though he had little to do with it after ''Series/JAKQDengekitai''[[note]]In fact, ''Goranger'' and ''JAKQ'' were merely considered spiritual predecessors to ''Super Sentai'' for a long time instead of actual installments[[/note]].

Due to the large number of superheroes he created, many of them were much grimmer and more "realistic" than what the competition was putting out at the time while still retaining an endearing sense of over-the-top garishness.

!!Notable Ishinomori Series:

* ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne''
* ''Akumaizer 3''
* ''Series/BishoujoKamenPoitrine''
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''
* A manga [[BandToon based on]] DavidBowie, with appearances from Mick Jagger!
* ''Daitetsujin 17''
* ''Anime/DaikyouryuNoJidai''
* ''Fantasy World Jun''
* ''Flying Phantom Ship''
* ''Ganbare Robocon''
* ''Anime/{{Gilgamesh}}''
* ''Henshin Ninja Arashi''
* ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger''
* ''Inazuman''
* ''Series/JAKQDengekitai''
* ''Series/KaiketsuZubat''
* ''Franchise/KamenRider''
* ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''
* ''Kyoudai Ken Byclosser''
* An OELManga [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda adaptation]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''
* ''[[Manga/JapanInc Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon]]''
* ''Rainbow Sentai Robin''
* ''Series/RobotDetective''
* ''Sabu to Ichi Torimonohikae''
* ''Series/SeiunKamenMachineman''
* ''Manga/SkullMan''
* ''Series/SpaceIronmenKyodain''
* ''Series/{{Voicelugger}}'' (the last series he worked on before his death)
!!Commmon Tropes in his works:

* CreatorCameo: He appears as a fisherman and MrExposition in the ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' movie and a scientist in ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue''.
* HenshinHero: The undisputed king of this trope.
* HollywoodCyborg: Who needs [[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} radioactive spiders]] or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour cosmic rays]] when there's tons of perfectly "realistic" ways to give your heroes superpowers? Like lots and lots of [[{{Zeerust}} transistors]].
* PhlebotinumRebel: A recurring theme in many of his works, starting with ''009'', Ishinomori could be considered the patron saint of this trope.
* PlayingWithSyringes: By the same token, his bad guys tend to resemble the stars of a Medical Fetishist's wet dreams.
* SaintlyChurch: Ishinomori's depictions of Christianity were always very respectful.
* ShoutOut: Modern ''Kamen Rider'' series occasionally reference the franchise creator:
** Yuusuke Onodera, the new [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', has Ishinomori's original surname; Shotaro Hidari, the hero of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', obviously shares his first name.
** ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderWizardAndFourzeMovieWarUltimatum'''s theme song is named "Forest of Rocks", a direct English translation of "Ishinomori".
** In ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'', Ishinomori is one of the historical figures that Ghost can draw power from (potentially, anyway; the Ghost Driver is programmed for it but Drivers always have extra sounds that are never used in the show). A minor character is also named Onodera, the same as ''Decade'''s Kuuga was.