Creators Pet: Anime

  • ARIA has Aria Pokoteng, the "Mars cat" that functions as the president of Aria Company. He's not particularly smart or funny, and can only speak using annoying baby talk. This gets even more obvious in the anime adaptation, where his constant loud interruptions often get in the way of the interactions between the other characters. Still, he gets shoved in almost every scene, and the characters in the story can't help but proclaim how cute and interesting he is.
  • Beyblade: Daichi in the the third and final season. Basically a exaggerated Copy Cat Sue of Takao with a very irritating voice who gets just as much spotlight, leaving Max, Rei and Kai with less screentime.
  • Bleach: For the Invading Army arc, the writers created Nozomi. With Rukia's personality and Orihime's Healing Hands, Rukia and Orihime had no role beyond shilling her. Kon's canon modsoul background was rewritten to justify Nozomi's existence, give her Yumichika's unique Energy Absorption ability (but stronger) and make her Kon's Love Interest (reducing Ichigo's role from Main Character to sidekick). Faster than even Ichigo's unique development, she took only 1.5 days to go from powerless to saving Yamamoto's life from enemies too powerful for even him to defeat. The writers also broke their own rules for modsoul death (instantaneous reversion to pill-state) to give her a protracted Heroic Sacrifice everyone could weep over.
  • Code Geass: During R2, Rolo was perceived as receiving more screen time in the early episodes over many other better liked characters. Apparently the female staff members were said to be especially fond of him. Subverted when he was ultimately Rescued from the Scrappy Heap via an awesome yet heart-wrenching Heroic Sacrifice.
    • The first season initially led some fans to resent Suzaku for his Moral Myopia and nonsensical idealism that constantly got in Lelouch's way, with several believing the creators were somehow trying to favor him. However, this too was subverted in time: Suzaku was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after a lot of suffering and he eventually came to abandon the more annoying parts of his idealism, which made him tolerable or even likable in the eyes of many detractors.
    • Ohgi would also qualify. The most dramatic Ensemble Darkhorse fall from grace in recent memory, Ohgi went from a Voice Of Reason to an ever-increasing liability, from his carelessness with Villetta who he was infatuated by, to his controversial actions towards the end of the second season didn't help at all, with his betrayal of Lelouch and selling out to his evil brother of all people. Unlike Rolo, the now more clearsighted Suzaku, and the remorseful, suicidal Lelouch, who was largely led to this point because of said betrayal, Ohgi changed for the worse and received a happy ending with the equally if not more culpable Villetta that many fans felt was neither earned nor justified.
  • Darker Than Black: Suou Pavlichenko in the second season. She gets much more attention than the original protagonist, which is particularly jarring since Hei's personality has changed drastically (and not for the better) with the explanation relegated to the OVAs released with the DVDs. Suou herself doesn't have a very distinctive personality and is often used as a vehicle for lolicon subtext and fanservice, alienating viewers who aren't interested. Some go so far as to say she singlehandedly ruined what could have been an interesting story; others just feel some of her screentime could have been better spent focusing on established major characters like Yin, Hei, or Kirihara. She also breaks what being a contractor is like as she goes back and forth between being a contractor and a regular girl. She's a Magical Girl in a setting that doesn't have them.
  • D.Gray-Man has developed their own Creator's Pet in the form of Johnny. Initially a very minor and forgettable character that would appear among the other members of the Science Department. But clearly through the power of the mangaka's love, Johnny's role in the manga increased tenfold after the arc with Noah's Ark, appearing more in the manga than the second main protagonists Lavi and Lenalee. And while he is supposed to be a normal human, he seems to live through several near death experiences and injuries that are fatal to more minor characters, much to the chagrin to the fanbase. When he isn't nearly dying, he is crying or thinking about Allen Walker (the main protagonist) in a very obsessive way. We're also supposed to assume that Allen and Johnny are close friends, though this friendship was never seen developed on screen even though 80-90% of the manga focuses on Allen's life and experiences in the Order. To find a fan who loves Johnny is extremely rare in the fanbase, most seem to simply wish for him to go away and for Hoshino to remember she has other characters.
  • Dragon Ball Z gives us Broly. Not so much for his anime appearances (though he does show in three movies, getting more ridiculous on each of them), where he's more of a Base Breaker. However, he certainly qualifies for his video game roles, where he keeps on getting more and more absurd stuff to do (Bonus Boss on a game that covers waaay before he even makes sense to show up in? Sure! Super Saiyan 3 transformation? Why not! And have him in every game!). Note Americans love him, so he doesn't count on there, but on other places, especially Japan (where mocking him is a meme), he's this.
    • Broly's creator even openly criticized Battle of Gods solely for the fact that the character of Beerus, who is well received by the fans, wasn't as "scary" as Broly, and that the movie "reduced Broly to a pushover". Sure, ignore all the other heroes and villains established as clearly stronger, why dontcha? It ain't Watanabe or Toriyama's fault you created Broly too early and didn't capitalize on the whole Dark Saiyajin Messiah / God of Destruction motif that was staring you in the face when you had the chance…
  • Agon of Eyeshield 21 became this to many fans during the World Cup. To elaborate, Agon's original purpose was to be the heel of the series. While every other antagonist was a lovably quirky Worthy Opponent, Agon was a completely unsympathetic Jerk Jock. Unfortunately, it seemed that Inagaki and Murata found his character to be Affably Evil and was thus promoted to Token Evil Teammate, and the was Character Focus of the arc (sharing the position with Gao). Regardless of whether you hated him, loved him, or loved to hate him, pretty much all fans agree that Agon shouldn't have gotten as much attention as he did (even more then the main character).
  • Sgt. Frog: Joriri, an anime exclusive character. An annoying, one note joke, poor role model who apparently taught many lessons to the young Keroro and friends. Did we mention he wasn't mentioned until 150 + episodes in? Fans tolerated his presence in the fan favorite flashback episodes...until he appeared in the present, bumming it in the base. That officially graduated him into Creator's Pet territory.
  • Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force is a rather bad case of both the protagonist and the villains being this: on one hand, Thoma is a newcomer to the world of Nanoha, but the Remember the New Guy way with which he is introduced, and the fact that he's instantly liked by pretty much every member of Nanoha's team, certainly reek of author bias.
    • Much less ambiguous is the case of the Hückebein, the villains of the piece: they are a bunch of Villain Sues with New Powers as the Plot Demands who have been wiping the floor with Nanoha and her friends ever since their introduction, and show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Only the introduction of the AEC Weapons gave the good guys a slight edge, and even so, the Hückebein are still at an overwhelming advantage. They are also very unsympathetic, slaughtering entire villages and communities while claiming they only do it to survive - but the delight they take in killing simply doesn't mesh with the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds image they're supposed to project. Despite this, the author spends more time focusing on the Hückebein and their escapades than writing about Nanoha and Thoma, and he seems to be genuinely shocked that the readers don't like them.
  • Ojamajo Doremi's own Hana is often used as a plot device for the overall stories of the second and third season. Already most of the fanbase found her to be The Load and generally annoying during her appearances as an infant. The fourth season, when she grows up and joins the Five-Man Band as the Sixth Ranger, takes this Up to Eleven when she is given Canon Sue qualities due to being a full-blooded witch, hence her Special Snowflake Syndrome. Examples to note are the fact that she's so strong she doesn't need to be in Magical Stage, the fact that she's the only one able to fight the Curse of the Brambles, the fact that she's the one who accompanies Baba through the Door to Majo Tourbillon's Heart, and the fact that she's crowned the next Queen of the Witch World. Personality-wise, Hana's just a clumsier and less snarky version of Pop (the other Scrappy). Unlike the latter, she's constantly being doted on by Doremi and the girls, almost every boy in her class has had a crush on her at some point, and she's often given credit for ideas she didn't directly create.
  • Slayers has Pokota, a Bratty Half-Pint trapped in a Ridiculously Cute Critter form and who has an angsty backstory. His personality was said to be based on a character who appeared later on in the Light Novels. This might not have been so bad (though he IS still annoying), but Pokota just so happens to be a Black Mage on par with Lina Inverse and a Magic Knight wielding a replica of the Sword of Light. These two things, plus his bratty behavior and the fact that the plot of Slayers Revolution all but revolves around him definitely makes him a contender for being a Creator's Pet. The worst thing is that while many "guest stars" in the Slayers anime do share similar traits (Filia could be annoying and Xellos has power levels equal to that of a God-Mode Sue), Pokota largely isn't *funny* in a comedy show and yet gets a lot of screen time, a strong sign of a Creator's Pet.
  • Sonic X: Chris Thorndyke. From the second episode onward, Sonic was reduced to a minor supporting character who hardly speaks, while all the attention was on Chris. Characters will only be praised for saving the day if Chris played a part in it, however little (and he'll always be given even praise by the one who did all the work). The way he obsesses over Sonic makes even Amy's attraction look perfectly normal. He also completely usurped Amy's role of Shadow's conscience in the Sonic Adventure 2 adaption, so that he could hog more of the spotlight at the expense of not allowing Amy to show her Hidden Depths.
  • Berry Shirayuki (a.k.a. Berry Sue) from the Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode manga. This was not helped by invoking the very rare instances of replacing a shoujo series' star character without giving the series an explicit Retool. Not helped was that the manga was not written by the original creator and gelled so badly with the original that most people relegate it to Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Transformers Armada: Alexis, Rad and Carlos lived somewhere between Damsel Scrappy and The Kid with the Remote Control for most of the series, then quickly spiraled into Creator's Pet territory when they used their Super Special Awesome powers of Mini-Con communication to single-handedly bring down planet-eating Big Bad Unicron.
  • By the conclusion of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, just about the only people who liked Kotori were the Lolicons, and even many of those seemed to prefer Anna or Rio or Cathy. Many described her as having the personality of a broken tape recorder and about as much use. Despite this, she showed up in every single episode and tagged along on every single mission, under the pretext of moral support, to excuse the fact that she rarely, if ever, contributed to an episode's outcome. She got an ending devoted to her in an arc where she didn't do anything, she was one of the few characters spared by the Barian Emperor arc, and she wound up with a heap of merchandise and even became one of five characters to get her own storyline in Tag Force Special. In said storyline, she even got shilled as a prodigy despite all evidence to the contrary (in her sole onscreen game in the actual series, she lost to an opponent who was trying to lose). And after all this, she wound up being the first female lead in the franchise to confess onscreen and get the guy, despite being probably the first time in the franchise where most of the fandom would have preferred she keep her mouth shut.