A kind of Fanservice where the presence of a particular gimmick or kink is so widespread and prominent that it is interpreted as a specific reason the creator actually produced the work. Often, this can overlap with a certain philosophy the author espouses; for instance, an "enlightened culture" in The Future may have no nudity taboo, or may have everyone bisexual, remove all body hair at birth, et cetera. Deliberately satirical or political stories often invoke associated Take That moments.
Author Appeal is perhaps the single leading cause of Mary Sue characters and Mega Crossover settings. Beyond just being written from the ground up to appeal to the author's baser interests, most writers can't help but to then derail the storyline and other characters to facilitate the character; that's the line where Author Appeal gets out of hand.
Interestingly, with careful handling Author Appeal can still remain subtext which may not be detected until much later. On the flipside, an audience who enjoys a work specifically because of Author Appeal can be easy to produce work for, if the rarity of such works sufficiently balances out any faults with the work itself. Sometimes Author Appeal nets you not only people with similar interests, but people on the receiving end of those interests who may be flattered to be an object of an author's/fandom's affection.
Compare Fanservice, Author Tract, Writer on Board, Filibuster Freefall, and Mary Suetopia. Inversion of Author Phobia, in which the creator uses their personal dread in a work. Contrast Playing to the Fetishes (the former name for Fanservice) when it seems like the author is acting out a personal fetish but is in fact just playing to a niche demographic. Very common in Fan Fiction.
If a writer's early work contains obvious Author Appeal, and their later work doesn't, this may overlap with Old Shame.
Creator Thumbprints are often this.
See also Write What You Know, which can be similar to and overlap with Author Appeal, but is when the author writes about something because they know about it rather than any particular personal attraction.
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MitsuruAdachireally really really likes baseball, if the fact that nearly every series he's worked on in his illustrious career revolves around it is any indication.
During his writing of the first version of the first story of The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy he was obsessed with cheesy American cop shows and how little sense they make, as well as how the heroes tend to be Designated Hero types. Even though Hitch-Hiker's is a science fiction pastiche, this obsession was responsible for things like the two Cowboy Cop characters (Shooty and Bangbang) who attack the main characters while insisting no-one has to die needlessly and the Tear Jerker death scene of the whale, which was supposed to be a reaction to the callous body count of such shows. There's other things like this as well.
He has pretty big Creator Provincialism for the Home Counties, especially Cambridge and its university culture.
His love of maths and early computer programming inspired the logic-play that defines his sense of humour.
He was fascinated with bad pop-philosophy books - they are a running gag in Hitch-Hiker's and even sneak into his tenure on Doctor Who, where the Doctor is shown to share his love of laughing at them.
Brendan Adkins' ommatidia is a website full of stories that are all 101 words. The relevant portion is where a large amount of those stories involve self-possessed young women with unusual names and esoteric interests, usually involving Speculative Fiction elements.
Ken Akamatsu and cosplay. Just check out Love Hina or Mahou Sensei Negima!. In fact one of the more important students in Negima, Chisame, is a Cosplay Otaku Girl. The whole thing hits its peak during the school festival arc in which everyone is wearing cosplay, and there is a cosplay contest. His wife is also a famous cosplayer. That's why Elegant Gothic Lolita Evangeline dressed up all the characters left behind in school for summer.
Plus, he has gone on record as saying that he prefers more mature, curvier women...then you notice that Love Hina and Negima both have women just like that acting as enablers and/or helpers for others' relationships. Hmmm...
Word of God is that out of all the girls in Negi's class, the one that he'd most want a Pactio withnote Read: make out with is Kakizaki.
He also seems to have a (non-sexual) interest in invincible/immortal characters. Love Hina had a running gag about Keitaro being impossible to kill, Mahou Sensei Negima! featured several immortal/ageless characters including the protagonist at the end, and UQ Holder is all about immortality, to the point that a good chunk of the primary cast, including the primary protagonist, are all immortal.
Alex Ahad, original creator, lead artist, and character designer of Skullgirls, draws a lot of curvy women. A significant portion of characters in the game are also missing eyesnote Squigly is missing one eye, Valentine is either missing an eye or it's heavily damaged enough to wear bandages over it, and Peacock has no eyes. Annie, one of the DLC nominees, is also missing an eye. Early concepts also had Parasoul with a tree growing out of her eye socket!.
Kozue Amano seems to have a thing for cute girl butts; the angle at which she depicts bent-over and crouching girls makes one wonder at times. This was relatively subtle in works such as ARIA , but becomes quite a bit more blatant in her latest work, Amanchu!, in which she loves to hoist her female main characters into tight diving suits.
Brett Anderson of Suede appears to have a thing for extremely skinny women, especially if you go by "She" ("she is bad, she is bored, she is bony") and "She's in Fashion" ("and she's as similar as you can get/to the shape of a cigarette").
The mangaka of Zodiac PI, Natsumi Ando, states in a comment that she loves pretty and long legs on her girls, which is why she likes putting them into mini-skirts a lot.
Andre The Black Nerd likes feet, and in every single interview with a woman, he attempts to get a chance to have them show them or let him rub them.
V. C. Andrews. There isn't a single series published under that name which doesn't include at least one incestuous relationship.
This might extend to the rest of the good people of Gainax as well. Every enemy except for the Giant Spider in FLCL is hand-based (giant hand, giant with extendable hands, giant hand throwing a baseball, giant hand with extra hands on the fingers, ludicrously giant hand) as is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann where the enemies in the last few episodes are giant Hand and Foot spaceships.
And from this we can extrapolate one thing...compensation.
Many of Piers Anthony's books include teenage girls who are involved in nudity and sexual situations, often with adult men; for example, Firefly, and the Mode series.
It should be emphasized that in Firefly, it's a five-year-old girl demanding sex from an adult male. (Her family was extremely screwed up.)
In addition, every Piers Anthony story has to have a woman facing being raped. Often rape is excused as something "normal" or otherwise permitted in society under "special" circumstances.
He puts a bit (rather a lot, actually) of a lampshade on people complaining about sexuality in his books in Xanth's "Adult Conspiracy" — the great act of self-censorship that adults participate in to keep kids from finding out about sex — magically enforced in Xanth, to boot. Going back to "nudity and sexual situations", the most cited example of this is tragically — but appropriately — named "The Color of Her Panties" — wherein a mermaid turns herself into a human for a while, but doesn't realize she should be putting on clothing, and no one really cares too much — until she's given a free pair of panties (magic panties, we should point out, which were designed to knock out would-be assailants), which causes every male in view to pass out from over-stimulation. The Aesop? It's not the nudity that's inherently sexual, but rather theintent or the covering up that adds appeal. Or something.
His Apprentice Adept series explicitly has the main character be born on Proton, a planet populated by naked Serfs (indentured servants) "owned" by clothed Citizens. When the main character, Stile, has sex behind closed doors he dresses his partner to increase her allure, knowing there would be an extreme scandal if they were seen in public with the sheer nightgown, possibly to the point of being thrown off-planet. When he discovers the portal to the magic realm of Phaze, complete with functional clothing and a nudity taboo, Stile is understandably weirded out. Even in Phaze, there's a scene where his third major love interest, Lady Blue, rides a unicorn naked. (The unicorn, who can shapeshift to human, is his second major love interest.)
The Adept books also includes lots of examples of teenage and preteen children being put in the middle of sexual situations, to include 12 year old characters having Sex as Rite-of-Passage.
The fact Anthony unapologetically calls himself a 'dirty old man' shows he is fully aware of this trope, and that anyone who reads his works are full-warned ahead of time what they will encounter therein.
It's even in his Incarnations of Immortality series. One of the main characters of ...And Eternity, Vita, is a teenage prostitute who'd run away from home after being sexually abused by her stepfather who eventually hooks up with an older man. It's more complicated than it sounds, mainly because Vita is host to two other spirits, Orlene and Jolie, at the time the romance is initiated. She does become of age during the course of the book, through Purgatory-related means.
Vita isn't really of age. Purgatory has its own time, and Vita's only a few days older, except legally.
Somewhat orthogonal to all this, the man also seems a bit fixated on selling Honor Before Reason as an actual virtue. Even if it means throwing in an obvious Deus ex Machina or three so the protagonists can somehow get out of the mess their honorable behavior landed them in in the first place...
Detective Conan. Between Ran, Kazuha, Eri, Satou, and Shizuka, one gets the distinct feeling that in Gosho Aoyama's eyes, being able to beat the starch out of an assailant does nothing but add to a woman's attractiveness. Although there is the question of whether this is about BDSM strands, or just not being dependent on the man for every last little thing.
In Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa's own words: "Men should be buff! Women should be vavoom!" This is most obvious with Hohenheim and Scar who are much more muscular than their anime character designs.
Her female character designs: By usual anime standards, they are not particularly skinny. None of the female characters seem to have particularly flat chests, either. Hiromu Arakawa herself has stated that she dislikes overly skinny females, as they look starved and wouldn't have the energy to fight.
He also enjoys Italy, as he set much of Battle Tendency and all of Vento Aureo in the country and made the hero of Steel Ball Run Italian.
Give Terry Austin (comic book artist and inker, best known for collaborating with John Byrne) an opportunity to draw Popeye and he will take it. You can spot the sailor in numerous crowd scenes in 80s Uncanny X-Men issues.
This was referenced in the stretch goals for Pillars of Eternity's Kickstarter. At one level it was promised Chris Avellone would write the romance subplots; at the next level up, it was promised he wouldn't.
Johnny B, the creator of the Jack French games, has a foot fetish. Word of God says that this is the reason why Lucy is barefoot throughout her interview in the second game.
Paolo Bacigalupi (The Windup Girl) enjoys piedophilia (the "i" is very important), pr AFSR, a fetish for dolls, living dolls, and other artificial people. On the milder end, the title character of The Windup Girl is considered extremely desirable because she walks in a jerky fashion like a wind-up toy. On the much less mild end, the title character of The Fluted Girl has holes in her back and a hollow spine and can be played as an instrument. Her owner (there is no other way to put it) has her perform with her twin sister to entertain guests, and both in-universe and in-narration it's portrayed in a blatantly sexual manner.
Iain M. Banks's The Culture is a space-faring, almost nomadic civilization that have no sexual taboos. When asked to provide their "national anthem," their ambassador delivered a song called "Lick Me Out."
That was more of a political thing which is also relatively big with Mr. Banks: The Culture is a society which considers usual symbology as politically undesirable and thus the ambassador had too little of an understanding of the very concept of "national anthem". Said ambassador just gave out the first tune that popped in his/her mind and the damage was done. This was just the melody and as damage control they didn't give out the lyrics afterwards...
All their genetic modifications, the fashion for changing gender at a whim, etc. It's not just the Culture either. The psychopathic sadistic villain from The Algebraist, who has had his genitals genetically altered so he can ejaculate poison or truth serum, immediately springs to mind. Oh, and cannibalism pops up quite a bit in several novels too. (Yes, that IS a fetish. It is not recommended to search for it.)
Sexually sadistic alien species are a recurring theme. The elites of the Azadian apices in The Player of Games carry out (and televise) elaborate and perverse tortures, while the Affront males in Excession castrate their slaves...and genetically modified their own species's females to make sex more painful.
Incest is as common as non-incestuous relationships in Iain (M.) Banks' books. The Steep Approach to Garbadale is about a man's life-long infatuation with his first cousin; Walking on Glass has a subplot about a brother and sister; Use of Weapons has a love triangle involving closely related characters; and A Song of Stone has several sex scenes featuring the narrator and his half-sister. (Or was it his step-sister? Some kind of sister, anyway).
John Barnes does his absolute best to avert this, repeatedly describing the love interests in his stories as being fat, bucktoothed, or otherwise unattractive. Considering how lovingly he describes their negative physical qualities, though, one wonders if he just has a different concept of beauty.
Ira Steven Behr, one of the head writers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, really likes Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Finally, in the seventh season of Deep Space Nine, he introduced a holographic lounge singer who could help solve the crew's problems while crooning "The Way You Look Tonight". At least the characters seemed to like him.
Don Bluth is fond of casting talking mice as protagonists, most notably The Secret of NIMH and An American Tail. He also seems to dislike cats. He does, though, show some cats in a positive light, even if they're typically villainous. It could just be that if you focus on mouse protagonists, then naturally, cats would be the main antagonists.
Stuart J. Brown uses key moments in his stories to express his fondness of classic rock music, by making his leading character, Annyseed, "geek out" and splurge random knowledge or opinions on certain albums or songs.
William S. Burroughs was really fond of Erotic Asphyxiation, which can be seen over his entire body of work, including Naked Lunch. The 'orgasm death gimmick' as it became known, was greatly expanded upon in The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded and Nova Express, was strangely absent in The Wild Boys, but returned with a vengeance in Cities of The Red Night, where it was a major plot point. It's completely absent in The Black Rider, too.
The above books also bring to light Burroughs's fondness for teenage boys, particularly blonds and redheads.
For the longest time, fans of author/game designer Jack Butler simply assumed that he had something against women, as everything he wrote included at least one brazenly abusive and violent woman who was usually stupid and prejudiced in some way as well. When he finally admitted to have been the victim of nearly two decades of domestic abuse at the hands of his wife, things became much, much clearer.
Ross Campbell of Wet Moon demifame. He loves plump women and very full lips. Even the lead of Water Baby, who is thin, has the "bee-stung" look about her.
He also very clearly loves piercings.
Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy novels, in addition to being about a society where Everyone Is Bi and prostitution is seen as a sacred calling, feature a lot of BDSM. Oddly, this seems to be the only real fetish as such that anyone practises - there's vanilla sex and bondage, but no foot fetishism or cross-dressing.
The author has said that the BDSM aspect was done as a subversion of the Damsel in Distress cliché and that she was completely unfamiliar with it prior to researching the books.
You aren't escaping bisexuality, though. Of the nine novels Jacqueline Carey's written, seven of them have a bisexual protagonist.
She's up to ten of twelve now (with two more on the way).
A great many of the books written by Jack Chalker involve one or more people transforming, often into large-breasted women, though there's also a lot of Body Horror too.
The best-known works by Howard Chaykin both involve male, promiscuous Jewish protagonists. It borders on being an Author Avatar, as there isn't much physically separating the main characters of American Flagg and American Century.
It has been stated here that "Parts of images that are most often lovingly detailed and realistically crafted in Chick Tracts: Toilets and gay men's muscles. I'm not sure what conclusion to draw from this."
When a pornstar revealed that Claremont had allegedly hired one of his colleagues to dress up as Storm (a strong female character he wrote) and do things to him involving copious amount of lubricant, many people were grossed out, but only a few were surprised.
In addition to strong women beating up men, he also introduced the Hellfire Club. The leader of the group, Sebastian Shaw, has the power to get stronger the more you hit him. The two lead women, Selene and Emma Frost, both wear dominatrix outfits and have hypnotic powers.
The outfits in question (and the portrayal of the Hellfire Club, as well as 'Emma' as a name for the HC's queen) are derived from The Avengers episode "A Touch of Brimstone", earlier shown in the U.S.
In addition to having female characters going from ingenue to dominant bruiser, Chris Claremont is also fond of having female characters go through some bizarre body modifications. Whether it's Psylocke being transformed from a Caucasian woman to an Asian one, to Storm being reduced in age to a young girl, to Polaris going through a change in her powers that turn her into towering amazonian powerhouse, to Sue Storm from the Fantastic Four being transformed into an alien being, to Kitty Pryde on the Exiles having her body transformed into versions from alternate dimensions (including Cat Girl), to Caitlin Fairchild being turned into a shape-changing goo monster, to Jean Grey getting her arms replaced with a bunch of tentacles, to the completely separate occasion Callisto got her arms replaced with a bunch of tentacles, females undergoing some unwarranted physical change are a pretty common occurrence in his works.
Claremont also has a tendency for shy females to dress far more provocatively and show off their body a lot more. Sometimes this is just something like Kitty Pryde having to wear tighter clothes because she has nothing else to wear. Other times this features Rogue dressing very provocatively while undercover, under the rationale that "people won't be paying attention to her face."
He also seems to have a bit of a fetish with bondage and S&M themes, even outside the Hellfire Club characters. When Claremont is writing, don't be surprised to see leather and leashes pop up.
There's also his proclivity for filling his books with extremely close female friendships and other Les Yay elements to the point where it's only half-jokingly stated that every woman is a lesbian, or at least bisexual, when written by Claremont.
Eoin Colfer seems to be quite the environmentalist, as evidenced by the heavy Green Aesops that can be found in the Artemis Fowl series. The narrative would often go into the horrific outcomes of pollution and how Humans Are the Real Monsters for all their environmentally destructive ways. Also for killing animals for consumption and espousing the virtues of the green and vegetarian lifestyle of the fairies. He also goes on at length about amazing green innovations made by a master criminal and his son.
Cornova seems to have a thing for gore and intricate battle sequences.
Michael Crichton may have a...fixation with people using the bathroom, especially women. It generally doesn't derail the plot or get heavily detailed, and often it comes up to add verisimilitude to crazy situations, but it tends to come up at least once a book... often two or three.
Ironically, the most famous example of someone in a Crichton work using the bathroom—Gennaro's ill-fated toilet trip in Jurassic Park-isn't even in the Crichton novel on which it's based.
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
This is also common in Piers Anthony novels. Some have more than ten separate references to "bathroom activities."
Amid all the Signature Style (i.e. Body Horror and Fan Disservice), it may be hard to spot, but David Cronenberg loves cars and car accidents. Shivers, his debut, has a car crash in a parking lot. Rabid's plot is kicked off by a motorcycle accident. Fast Company is about racecar drivers. The Brood has the protagonist worrying that his drunken father-in-law will drive off a bridge. Revok's escape scene in Scanners involves psychically incapacitating drivers, causing them to crash. Crash is about people who have a sexual fetish for car accidents. So there you go. It's also fun to notice how many of his movie's protagonists are thin, lightly-build guys, matching his own appearance.
Robert Crumb and buttocks. Anyone who's read his comments knows it's true, at least he's refreshingly honest about it.
Clive Cussler seems to really like blue and green eyed characters. He really, really loves anything to do with the sea and classic cars.
The manga group CLAMP has an amazingly diverse array of manga for everyone, but there's several... odd little quirks that pop up in most of them:
The biggest one is the Eye Scream. It happens in every single one of CLAMP's manga, save one (mostly because it has a younger target audience than most of their works do)
Love in the CLAMP-verse transcends everything. Especially gender. Especially.
The character and background artist, Mokona, seems to enjoy drawing half-naked women, whether it be for sex appeal or Fan Disservice. A well-known example of the latter is in RG Veda, their first manga, where one female character is stabbed brutally in the chest, with only a small piece of fabric covering her chest...
Paula Danziger had hippie culture. Her hippie-parent characters were wise, benevolent, talented and genuinely cared about their children's opinions, even though they knew exactly where to draw the line in terms of behaviour. They were often single parents or lived with their partner rather than being married. By contrast, if the main character's parents were married, worked for The Man, played golf, went shopping for clothes every weekend or loved city life, they were likely to be neurotic/perfectionist/Extreme Doormat mothers, or abusive, cruel, neglectful fathers, usually on the brink of divorce. A good example of the contrast is Phoebe's newly divorced parents in The Divorce Express; her father is a virtuous and environmentally conscious artist, while her mother is a materialistic, nagging, superficial manipulator. Both The Divorce Express and its sequel, It's an Aardvark Eat Turtle World make it very clear that the reader is meant to sympathise with her father.
In the same vein, Hippie Teachers were the only decent teachers in the entire school, with the rest being Sadist Teachers and jobsworths who couldn't care less about the students in their care.
Author Madeira Darling has a thing for pretty dominant men in dresses, long pretty hair, and BDSM...considering she writes BDSM erotica this may be justified.
The Doctor Who episode "Gridlock" included a marriage between a woman and an anthropomorphic cat. They even had kittens. The same episode also featured two old ladies who were married.
Gay horror film director David DeCoteau was originally notorious for the amount of gratuitous female nudity in his works, but has become well-known in recent years for including equally gratuitous male homoerotica in almost all of his films. And by that, we mean male models in their underwear getting frisky no matter what the film is actually about.
Star Wars author Troy Denning has written many books for the expanded universe - and all of them have involved torture, bondage, and/or dismemberment. Often repeatedly. He describes injuries with the loving detail of a romance novelist explaining body parts.
Edgar Degas drew or painted many, many, MANY images of women bathing, usually from the same angle (Toplessness from the Back, turned so that one breast is visible). The poses sometimes vary, the backgrounds vary, sometimes there's a maid, but there's always a Toplessness from the Back pose and there's usually long luxurious hair being combed, flipped, or otherwise emphasized as well.
Several of Philip K. Dick's novels set in the future have a bare breasted woman in them, often an important character. Nobody comments on it, so it can be assumed to be normal in those societies. There's no compelling plot reason for it, but to his credit he avoids it in societies where it would be inappropriate (e.g., the present day, the alternate world where the Axis won, or controlling and repressive societies).
The female, dark-haired, small, neurotic, violent alter ego of the author. He has been recorded as suggesting that this represents some dreams he had of his twin sister who died at 5 weeks old.
Spenser Doherty, co-creator of The Twilight Chronicles, loves the band Garbage. “Tell Me Where It Hurts”, “Cherry Lips”, and “Cup of Coffee” have all been featured on the show. Word of God says “Special” was cut from an episode.
Surprisingly enough, Fyodor Dostoevsky seemed to have a thing for the Tsundere archetype: it shows up in a number of his books, and at least one of his lovers was a particularly virulent type A. This being Dostoevsky, they often fit the Sour Outside, Sad Inside archetype and are used as a means to explore the conflict between overbearing pride and existential despair.
English Western author J.T. Edson seemed to have a fetish for Cat Fights judging from how often he managed to shoehorn them into his novels. The most egregious example involved a character who had a collection of paintings of catfights that had taken place in the author's previous novels, including ones that no one but the participants had been there to witness.
Garth Ennis loves to include two things in his comic books: anal sex, and grievous head wounds. It is a rare issue of Preacher that did not include anal sex or someone being shot in the head, or both.
Roland Emmerichloves demolishing cities/famous landmarks. He also seems to really enjoy destroying the White House, having done so three times in his career (he came close in White House Down, but merely shot the place up a lot, though the Pentagon and Air Force One get destroyed), and possibly more, depending on what happens in the Independence Day sequels.
Falcoon, producer of The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, has admitted that he likes designing female characters with large chests, so it's small wonder that the Maximum Impact games feature a lot of Gainaxing and Jiggle Physics. This is especially noticeable with the characters Falcoon designed himself, like Lien Neville (whose chest receives a lot of the focus in cutscenes).
But it becomes a larger wonder if you know that Falcoon is gay...
Not just sex, and not just historical figures. Tarzan, Phileas Fogg...he likes building on pre-existing concepts or using pre-existing characters.
He also tends to have characters which surprisingly have the same initials as he does.
FATAL, a Tabletop RPG, tries to justify this by claiming historical accuracy and realism...badly. Even ignoring it's a game with magic and orcs in a bastardized version of medieval Europe, it's possible to cut a man's uterus in this game, and while we're busy with the impossible you can do it without harming any intervening skin, muscle, or other organs that might be in the way. The misogynistic approach to (gratuitously detailed) sexuality pushes it past offensively stupid into stupidly offensive. Here's a more complete assessment (NSFW for language).
All you need to know about FATAL can be summed up in author Byron Hall's response to the charge that he had created a "date rape RPG," which was the succinct and revealing "where is dating included?" The same attempted rebuttal had him continuing to claim historical accuracy even whilst all but admitting that he was doing it for the lulz.
One has to wonder about Phil Foglio. As well-done as Girl Genius is, Agatha does spend a lot of time in nothing but lacy bra and bloomers...which is outright tame compared to the pornography he's done. And all the female characters in Girl Genius have big chests and big hips.
Remember that Girl Genius is a collaboration between him and his wife. A recent filler sequence took several pages to present a fashion show of several characters in the form of paper dolls, and in the commentary, Kaja expressed delight at having an excuse to show the characters in the sort of corsetry she only occasionally works into the main story. So it's not just Phil.
Girl Genius is one of the world's few truly equal-opportunity fanservice providers. The princes end up (deliciously) naked about as often as Agatha winds up in corsets and teddies.
Almost every movie featuring Jon Favreau will include his amateur MMA skills.
George Formby seems to insert A LOT of references to his home town Wigan into his music despite it being relatively unknown outside the United Kingdom.
Leo Frankowski and the Conrad Stargard series. Frankly, the series has enough appeals to fit into every single category on this page.
It was bad enough the final books of the Conrad Stargard series are self-published. The books didn't sell and the publisher got sick of his Self InsertAuthor Avatar.
Frank Frazetta liked big butts on women. He also liked nudity or near-nudity and extreme sexual dimorphism.
Stephen Fry's novels usually include and address male homosexuality to at least some extent. Even just acting, in Sherlock Holmes he manages to add an irrelevant scene of Mycroft talking about how gay he is.
Ryu Fujisaki's works reveal that he has something for clowns. Just check Houshin Engi. Almost every character will appear wearing gigantic shoes, big rounded (propably spherical) buttons, fluffy gloves, parachute pants, harlequin-like hats, stars and/or stripes, some of them even with big rounded noses, etc. Just look for the self-portrait cartoon he uses at the end of every volume of the series.
Kosuke Fujishima of Ah! My Goddess has a thing for exquisitely detailed machinery.
If you're watching a Lucio Fulci movie about zombies...it's going to include bloody gory deaths of some kind. (He used to direct Spaghetti Westerns) It was also rather amusing when he made fun of his own sick mind in a later movie!
Mark Gatiss also likes addressing his own homosexuality, both in his work on The League of Gentlemen (in which he rather savagely rips into the concept of the Fag Hag) and in his detective novels, which star a dashing bisexual chap named Lucifer Box.
Shoji Gatoh (creator of Full Metal Panic!) seems to have a...thing for overt homoerotic overtones. Arguably more so than lesbian overtones. He even made one novel sidestory dedicated to getting Tsubaki to confess (albeit accidentally) to Sousuke, in what appears to be an effort to clarify to the readers that Sousuke (along with Tsubaki) would be the submissive one in a gay relationship. And then there's his fascination and love for the villain Gauron, whom he kept bringing back to life (while many, many fans were screaming why he liked Gauron so much to bring him back). And every time Gauron makes an appearance, Gatoh makes it more and more obvious that the idea of Gauron with Sousuke appeals to him. Including a gratuitous part in the novels where Gauron graphically describes how he fantasized killing and raping Sousuke. And then there's that episode in Lucky Star that Gatoh had a hand in, where Kagami picks up a graphic Yaoi doujinshi of Gauron and a Bound and Gagged Sousuke. It's safe to say that countless viewers cried for Brain Bleach, and the only possible reason why Gatoh even thought of it was because he...liked it.
The comics of Melinda Gebbie (longtime girlfriend, now wife of Alan Moore) usually have some sort of girl-on-girl action. An interesting example would be an issue of Supreme wherein two versions of the same story were shown. Chris Sprouse drew a traditional superhero fight, her version looked more like a catfight.
All her work on AARGH!, an LGBTQ benefit oneshot comics anthology published by Alan Moore.
For that matter, lesbians also tend to pop up quite frequently in Alan Moore's works as well.
Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series has a disturbing focus on rape, with it almost happening (or actually happening to someone less important) at least once a book. There isn't a single female character within the series of several 500+ page books who has not been raped, nearly raped, threatened with rape, or revealed to have been raped in the past. In a scene in the sixth book, the protagonist's wife, linked to a female antagonist to feel what she feels, experiences very rough sex that the other is going through. She reflects that there was always an undercurrent of such things in her sex life with her husband, but nothing like this...
It's not only Goodkind's women who get this treatment. Richard, the Marty Stu protagonist of the series, spends a large chunk of time in the first book being horrifically raped by...
The brigade of women who do nothing but wear leather fetish gear and torture men is also a big chunk of Author Appeal here.
Lean On Me creator Jade Gordon admits to having a thing for male-to-female transsexuals and crossdressers, and her comic centers around a romance between her Author Avatar and a beautiful transgirl.
Works by the late Mark Gruenwald, particularly his Captain America run, also often featured subtle to not-so-subtle instances on a frequent basis. This could range from standard rope/chain/mechanical devices bondage scenes to a scene where a semi-nude Red Skull had the villainess Viper strap him to a "torture wheel" that would inflict pain on him, which the Viper had full control over. He even pointed out that he was interested in seeing how far the Viper would actually go!
Rob Halford from Judas Priest has a thing for S&M leather clothes, as seen in his concert shows and songs (one could say he's 'hell bent, hell bent for leather). He made black leather clothes very popular in the Heavy Metal community. That look came from the Underground Gay Scene; he kept his homosexuality a secret for decades. However the fans may have figured it out a long time ago.
Laurell K. Hamilton spends considerable text describing clothing worn by Anita Blake.
In any James Bond movie directed by Guy Hamilton, James will be rougher with the women than usual.
As is pointed out elsewhere, almost anything by Hanako Games has Les Yay in it somewhere.
Yoshiki Hayashi has quite a few, but Ho Yay and BDSM have been around since almost the beginning. Leather as well, though it's usually his other band members wearing it. He tends to like remixing parts of his earlier works, not out of laziness but of liking the work enough to want to do more with it, yet never being satisfied. Models and the Dominatrix also make frequent appearances.
Nathaniel Hawthorne liked writing about orphans, distant parents, and the plight of women. Also, his works have a lot of incest. A lot of incest.
Hugh Hefner likes blondes. Most of the women he's dated in recent memory have been blonde, and there are also a disproportionately high number of blonde Playboy playmates.
Robert A. Heinlein made a hobby of this in his various works, enough so that each particular item deserves its own entry.
Red-Headed Hero and Heroes Want Redheads: His wife, Virginia, was a redhead. This hair color is a standout feature of almost all the female love interests in his works and a number of the males. Moreover, twin redheads are similarly common.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Heinlein was a cat lover and cats show up throughout most of his novels. Anyone who is mean to cats is certain to be a villain.
Nudism and Skinny Dipping: Heinlein was a practicing nudist and many of his protagonists are as well.
Wife Husbandry and Precocious Crush: Several novels involve underage or newly of-age girls throwing themselves at the protagonist, who is frequently a parental figure. In many cases they reveal that they've been waiting years for the opportunity to be noticed, invokingShe Is All Grown Up.
Free-Love Future: This derives from and is inspired by all of the above. It sometimes extends into Eternal Sexual Freedom by projecting this value system onto past protagonists — for example, Lazarus Long's family on Earth.
Kinky Spanking: A large number of works feature spanking as a fetish. Flogging as a punishment shows up from time to time (e.g. in Starship Troopers) but is not fetishized.
Author Tract: Heinlein's politics became more and more Libertarian as he got older and it's clear to see in his work.
It is impossible to read the work of Gilbert Hernandez and not get the impression that he has a massive thing for women with gigantic breasts and hips and tiny waists.
Jaime Hernandez has been accused of fetishising lesbians, based on the number of self-identified lesbian characters in his Love And Rockets work and the frequency with which they turn out to occasionally shag men as well. When the accusations started getting nasty, he suddenly revealed that two long-established male buddy characters sometimes blew each other, making it more of an equal-opportunity Everyone Is Bi.
Unless, it was an attempt at an Author's Saving Throw, since it had never been hinted at until he came under fire.
Frank Herbert's later books in the Dune series fall prey to this trope. At first the story is about political intrigue and cultural clashing... and then by the fifth book or so it all collapses into what are BDSM dominatrices taking over the galaxy through their powers of orgasm.
Hoo-boy, those guys who wrote the comics at Heroic Publishing sure love incest! Flare, Eternity Smith, Icicle, Champions...
It is claimed that Hellsing mangaka Kouta Hirano based the design of Rip van Winkle (no, not that one) on a mix of his fetishes.
If you cross-reference with the other female characters then you can definitely see a pattern emerging: Glasses or sunglasses (Rip, Yumiko, Integra, Heinkel), gloves (almost EVERY character, male and female), androgyny (Rip, Integra, Heinkel and Zorin all wear mens clothes; Seras would look like a boy if not for her exceptionally large breasts, and do we even need to discuss Schrodinger?) stupidly large weapon (Rip's musket, Seras' "Harkonnen," Zorin's Scythe...). Hmn...
Daigo Ikeno, the artist behind the Street Fighter series, is responsible for Chun-Li's thighs increasing in girth with each game, as he loves him some big ol' thighs. The producer of the series, Yoshinori Ono, prefers thinner women, so Ikeno has admitted that he's often delivered thinner designs at the start of development and slowly made Chun-Li's legs thicker with each new drawing. Then, once he's sent his final design to the 3D model crew, it would be far too late for Ono to do anything about it. (It's all in good fun, though, and the two men have had a good laugh about it.) So prominent is Ikeno's love of thick thighs that Street Fighter X Tekken featured Nina Williams as having some pretty thick thighs herself, even though they are more slender in Tekken.
Attack on Titan showcases Hajime Isayama's love of people with lean muscular builds. In particular, Mikasa, in art where she wears a tank top, is built like brick house.
Daisuke Ishiwatari loves him some rock, especially classic 80s rock like Queen. His magnum opus, Guilty Gear, is testament to this, with an absolutely rocking soundtrack (composed by Ishiwatari), his Author Avatar (whom he voiced) being named after a Queen song, and various other characters named after rock musicians and bands, such as Zappa and Slayer.
Jeph Jacques, creator of Questionable Content, is obsessed with girls with psychological issues, and the entire cast of his webcomic except for a small handful of male characters is filled with just that. He also loves skinny girls, though a lot of focus gets put on a pair of curvier womens' busts. His love of short hair was so noted that he admitted it in a post, promising to not cut all of a character's long hair off right away like he usually does.
Niklas Jansson, has a tendency to draw girls with exposed midriffs, white low-leg panties (it's even in his deviantArt name), and white thigh-highs with knee-high boots. Even when he's doing his game "redesigns", these will pop up, regardless of setting. For example, count the girls dressed such in Kawaiik.
Among comics fans, Geoff Johns is well-known for loving two things: the DC comics of the '70s, and people getting their arms ripped off.
The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan's sprawling epic fantasy series. The plot continually depends on slavery, servitude, and subordination; the plot winds up depending on a magic leash that allows its owner to inflict pain or pleasure on their slaves at will. Almost all relations between a man and a woman have elements of submission and constraint.
He also seems to have a thing for powerful women falling to lowly positions, doing housework and such. Queen Morgase and Siuan Sanche, in particular, spring to mind. And that's not counting the villainous women getting their degrading comeuppance.
He also tends to write a rather interesting kind of pornography. Clothing Pornography - Just read some of his later books where he goes into pages-long descriptions of clothes that are never mentioned again.
There are a lot of revered rites that involve naked women. Point: the breast-baring "I am a woman" scene, which is alluded to have involved "more thorough" proof in backstory.
The "humorous" Mat and Tylin subplot, where none of the characters bat an eyelid at Mat falling into a relationship where his consent is questionable at best (and where several characters think it's just what he deserves).
Many female characters of the series are punished (or threatened to be) with spankings, whippings, birchings,...happens several times to Morgase.
The same thing happened in most of Jordan's Conan the Barbarian novels, to the point of being one step away from a Gor pastiche. Most of the heroines wound up naked, mind-controlled, in bondage and/or spanked at some point.
In Conan The Invincible, Red Sonja Expy Karela The Red Hawk was forcibly stripped and bound by bandits. She was also mind-controlled into dancing in the nude (and possibly more) by an evil wizard. The same wizard freely admitting to having a boot fetish, and forced Karela to strip down so she was wearing nothing but her leather boots. And she ended the novel nude except for a metal collar, on a slave chain, begging Conan to buy her.
Conan The Triumphant centered upon Al'Kiir; the demon-god of female subjugation who required a steady stream of female souls to "play" with. Al'Kiir was said to prefer very strong-willed women as "brides" and his rituals required sacrifices to be stripped, oiled with some kind of aphrodisiac, chained down and whipped. Naturally Karela wound up on the altar by the novel's end...
The Conan books at least were considered an Old Shame on Jordan's part, originally published under a different name.
If Robert Jordan's above noted fetishes weren't enough, discreet lesbian relationships ("pillow friends") are referred to with increasing frequency among the various all-female organizations, especially among Aes Sedai, due to Situational Sexuality. Most Tower initiates grow out of this once they become full Aes Sedai; some of them don't, and Galina Casban verges on Psycho Lesbian at some points, but most Aes Sedai are simply asexual.
Hiraku Kaneko loves two things in his anime series: Gigantic breasts and copious amounts of fanservice...usually involving gigantic breasts, so expect a lot boob shots and bouncing breasts. All of the series he's directed (Seikon No Qwaser, Manyu Hikencho, Kagaku na Yatsura, Maken-ki! ova and season 2) are adaptations of extremely raunchy works with multiple characters sporting breasts at least the size of their heads.
His tastes have apparent before he started directing as well. He worked on the animation for Eiken, Godannar, Witchblade, and Dragonaut. All of those series mainly known for their abundance of scantily-clad busty characters.
He was one of the many character designers for the Queen's Blade visual combat books. He did the character design of Cattleya, who, in terms of size breast size, dwarfs most of the cast who are also busty.
Lloyd Kaufman of Troma (The Toxic Avenger) Entertainment likes his Gorn, girls and especially in combination. He's not alone, as he finds many actresses and models who love appearing blood-splattered and faux-mangled. Promoting this as a defining quality of Troma blurs the line between Author Appeal and Playing To The Fetishes.
Guy Gavriel Kay has the extremely obvious fetishes of male submission (complete with pillows and silken ropes) and Mardi Gras-type festivals involving anonymous sex.
His greatest fetish is Stephen King. Seriously, take a look at his stories' main characters and check the following list: writer, famous writer, smoker, had a car accident, alcoholic or drug abuser (sometimes recovering).
And if that wasn't enough to convince you...well, can we just say The Dark Tower? You write what you know, right?
In the rare instance one of his books isn't set it Maine, it will probably take place in Colorado.
In Donald Kingsbury's Psychohistorical Crisis has several pairings of adult or even middle-aged male characters with underage female characters.
Yukito Kishiro of Gunnm fame just loves to destroy the human brain. Dramatically. He allso likes to tear his hapless main character to pieces over and over again. Kishiro is a self admitted pervert.
Masashi Kishimoto has obviously an foot fetish and likes drawing toes. Pretty much every character besides the samurai (who live in a snow region) wear sandals. And he also likes exotic eye designs.
Mohiro Kitoh, creator of Narutaru and Bokurano, seems to have a thing for feet with long, almost finger-like, flexible toes. Most of his characters, especially the younger ones, have them and show them off by being bare-footed a lot, even though such feet are relatively rare in reality.
Are you a character in a Kazuo Koike manga? Better start urinating. On yourself, if possible. And hey, would it kill you to drink some urine, too?
In Metal Gear Solid, the main character is forced to identify a female soldier by her distinctive hip-shaking walk, which was extremely well hand-animated. There's an extended close-up of her buttocks filling the screen as she runs away in slow motion and motion-blur. She can be seen sans trousers depending on how long it takes you to trigger a certain cutscene, where she pinches her own buttocks after Snake comments on how she has 'a great butt'. She spends the final battle in a coma, lying on her side, tied up, buttocks thrust towards Snake. A certain male soldier is found naked and unconscious with his buttocks in the air. The Twin Snakes ups the ante by having Snake show himself off for the cameras in the Briefing scene, a particularly weird shot being of him with his arms resting on a bed, his legs straight, and his buttocks lifted right up to two of the four cameras, as he calmly discusses the mission.
In Metal Gear Solid 2, Solid Snake and Raiden both wear obscenely tight outfits which stretch flatteringly over muscles, but cling very, very tightly to every cleft and dimple of their buttocks. You can even see their underwear lines through their suits (neither of them wear anything particularly substantial). Emma wears skintight cycling shorts which hug her flatteringly, and Fortune wears a tight swimsuit - they bothered to shape the way the cut of the swimsuit changes the shape of her buttocks. Raiden spends a couple of areas completely naked, and, due to the camera angle, his buttocks are very prominent. The climactic scene of the game involves a shot where Snake is attempting to break out of handcuffs, requiring a gratuitous close-up of his hands and buttocks as he shakes them from side to side, in a sequence which lasts a good thirty seconds.
The tightness around the buttocks is faithfully reproduced in the action figure.
In Metal Gear Solid 3, the camera adores EVA's buttocks almost as much as it loves her breasts, to the point where listing individual - or even egregious - examples is impossible. Bringing her up in the Cure viewer can, depending on the time on your PS2 clock, reveal her doing a Stripperiffic posing routine in her underwear.
The less said about the Beauty and the Beast unit in Metal Gear Solid 4, the better. And Snake manages to pull off a Thong of Shielding despite being very old. The opening scene to Act 2 involves Snake crawling along the ground in a disarmingly...undulatory way, with the camera focused on his buttocks the whole time. The scene lasts a good two minutes.
When asked in an interview if he and Snake had anything in common, Kojima responded that 'we both think we have nice asses for our age'. There's really nothing more to say.
The Sneaking Suit in MGS has straps that draw attention to Solid Snake's crotch. The Sneaking Suit in MGS2 has straps that draw attention to Solid Snake's crotch. Raiden's "Skull Suit" has a prominent crotch bulge for no good reason. The Sneaking Suit in MGS3 has straps that draw attention to Naked Snake's crotch. Volgin's "cage match" outfit has bandoleers that cross his hips just above his crotch, and one that hangs down right in front of it. In MGS4, Old Snake has the straps and a bulge. Raiden has a bulge, which is especially odd considering he's a cyborg with no reproductive abilities whatsoever. The art for the Audio Drama? Crotch straps. Big Boss in Peace Walker and the Portable Ops series? Crotch straps. Monster Hunter Freedom 3? Well, Snake doesn't appear. But you can get the outfit for your cat. And yes, crotch straps. Despite not actually wearing any pants.◊
Heinrich Kramer, the author of the Malleus Maleficarum, was so obsessed with demon rape that he got tossed from every monastery he got sent to after he drove the monks up the wall by talking nonstop about it.
Tite Kubo, author of Zombie Powder and Bleach, seems to have rather a lot of characters getting an arm lopped off, often temporarily. Oh, and he appreciates a high degree of bustiness in his ladies.
And he apparently likes to get his muscular and very attractive male characters undressed. It's telling that in Bleach, fanservicey Clothing Damage only ever happens to male characters (usually Ichigo). Then again, some female characters happen to wear so little clothes (Harribel, Nelliel and Lilynette especially) it can become difficult to find something appropriate to rip off. Most female characters, including main characters Rukia, Orihime, and all shinigami women, tend to be always fully dressed.
He also has a seeming addiction to putting any and all of his characters, male or female, into countless, often very, very flashy outfits.
Stanley Kubrick's movies frequently have major scenes taking place in a bathroom, someone spitting or salivating, extreme close-ups of intensely emotional faces, and "the glare"—head tilted forward with eyes looking up.
Koji Kumeta has a couple of appeals that seem to be present in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. It might be just part of the general weirdness, but there's several scenes that sort of randomly show a dominatrix prostitute "doing her thing" and the character of Ms. Chie was shown to be a sadomasochist. On the non-sexual side, the whole series showcases meticulously selected Awesome Anachronistic Apparel and has a Retro Universe feel. There's a similar Fan of the Past vibe in the characters- Ikkyu "loves everything old", Nozomu is very knowledgeable of both classic literature and older pop culture, Harumi has an encyclopedic knowledge of manga history. Finally, it's quite likely that many of the numerous character filibusters reflect Kumeta's opinions.
The presence of barely nubile young girls the Twain more often than not lust upon...
If you're watching a Sergio Leone film and there's a female character in it, you can bet that she'll be raped at some point, or that she's a prostitute. Or both.
This is pretty standard for all Spaghetti Westerns. For example, the first Django movie opens with a scene, which goes on for nearly 10 minutes, of a semi-naked woman being tied up and whipped by a group of men. She was being punished for sleeping with a Mexican.
George Lucas wrote Leia as a 14 year-old in a romantic relationship with an older Luke Skywalker in the first draft of Star Wars. He then was very enthusiastic about Indiana Jones having met, romanced and abandoned Marion when she was 14 while brainstorming Raiders of the Lost Ark with Kasdan and Spielberg; this is not stated outright in the final film but it's implied that Marion was very young and Indy took advantage of her when she says "I was a child. I was in love. It was wrong and you knew it!"·(the official Ultimate Guide says that she was 16 and Indy 10 years older). Finally, Amidala was 14 years old when she met Anakin in The Phantom Menace, although he was actually younger than her (9) and no romance took place until the next movie, set 10 years after that.
Maffewreeeealy likes CHIKARA, and wants his followers to like it, too. More than one of the Botchamania videos have had allusions to the small, independent wrestling promotion; even their main website links to Chikara's page.
Though that's probably because CHIKARA pays him and is the main sponsor of Botchamania videos.
Sondra Marshak's Star Trek novels are all about the importance of physical strength as the ultimate resolving factor. One gets the distinct feeling (particularly after having ploughed laboriously through either The Price of the Phoenix or The Prometheus Design) that she was brutally bullied in school and/or had a tough time in Phys Ed, to the point that she is obsessed with strength.
Wonder Woman, in its original form, was heavily based on the author William Marston's belief that a little BDSM now and then was a healthy way of sublimating the aggression in a relationship. Oh, and bondage leads to world peace. It was startlingly blatant for the 1940s. Amusingly, attacks by Media Watchdogs cracking down on comics were treated more as a misinterpreted annoyance than any outright denials of its themes.
George RR Martin seems to really like writing about incest. A lot. To the point that one of the first questions on one of the "You Know You've Read Too Much ASOIAF When..." lists floating around the Internet is: "You no longer view incest as inherently wrong as long as they love each other." Although it tends to be committed by the bad guys.
He has some disturbing shit out there but the only major recurring theme he has is a bunch of stories that have the protagonist losing a woman to his best friend, something that he openly states happened to him and he wrote a lot of depressed stories that featured the idea.
He seems to enjoy unusual sex scenes, in general—be it incest, twincest, Ho Yay, Foe Yay, Les Yay, unusual proportions, ugly characters, loveless couples, virgins having awkward first times, borderline lolicon, or even just normal-ish characters who wouldn't ordinarily get to have sex shown on screen (e.g. somewhat pudgy, bad complexion, shorter than average, etc.) Some readers find this a refreshing change from fiction where every love scene involves perfect people having perfect sex, and others find it gross.
There is also a non-sexual example from A Song of Ice and Fire: Martin clearly loves reading and books (granted, that's not such a surprise considering that he's an author), and every character who is depicted as a great reader or lover of literature is sympathetic. At the beginning of the series, we are informed that Winterfell, the ancestral seat of House Stark, is home to one of the greatest libraries in Westeros. Tyrion, by far the most sympathetic Lannister, loves reading. Samwell Tarly loves reading. Rhaegar Targaryen loves reading. Rodrik Harlaw, possibly the only genuinely sympathetic of the Ironborn lords, and the only one who seems to think that there's more to life than raping and pillaging, loves reading. Ser Jorah Mormont gave Daenerys Targaryen books as a wedding gift. In short, not every sympathetic, likeable character is a great reader, but every great reader is a sympathetic, likeable character.
In ASOIAF, he really likes to write about characters that don't conform to the ideal of their society, especially the male-warrior dominated societies presented in the series. He likes writing about bookish people, women, cripples, bastards, the deformed and people who are outsiders in one way or another. He also likes writing about difficult family dynamics, especially if they involve someone feeling that they don't meet the standards set by their family.
Nipples/breastfeeding. The relationship between young Robert Arryn, and his mother Lysa in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is famous for the fact that she breastfeeds him beyond what many would consider the appropriate age - although it's meant to be weird and creepy. In A Feast for Crows alone, Martin fixates on the blackness of various female character's nipples, describing them as "coal black" and having Cersei fixate with one female's nipples and thinking about how she would like to suckle them. Samwell Tarly drinks his paramour's breastmilk. When a man is torturing somebody he comments on how a man's nipples are as sensitive as a woman's and promptly cuts the boy's off. Cersei has a dream where her nipples are cut off and somebody drinks the blood out of them like one would breastmilk.
Another non-sexual example is the copious amounts of Food Porn. There's even a blog about it.
Many readers of the series have joked that if Martin didn't go into such loving detail describing every meal the characters eat, the series would be several hundred pages shorter.
Shirow Masamune appears to have an amputee fetish judging from the number of times his heroines lose an arm. He even makes them cyborgs, so he can dismember them repeatedly!
Shirow did it once and then every single adaptation has included it as a reference. Which means that combined, Maj. Motoko Kusanagi has lost three arms, one leg and two heads!
Brooke McEldowney has long made clear his love of nubile cartoon women (and has a talent for drawing the legs of women), but a recent Story Arc in his web-comic Pibgorn has also featured a lot of shots of said women in bondage and/or outright torture. 9 Chickweed Lane has bondage in it too, which he plays for laughs.
Seth MacFarlane loves puke, poop, pee, and blood. Ever since Fox gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wants, he's made sure that every episode of his shows includes at least one scene with plenty of body fluids and/or waste.
Surprisingly, Todd McFarlane's run on Spider-Man inverts this: Fans assumed all the webbing he drew was for this trope, when he actually hated drawing webbing, but couldn't bring himself not to include it.
Robin McKinley's novels often involve May/September romances. McKinley's husband is 25 years her senior.
WWE chairman Vince McMahon has apparently been pushing for an incest angle for years now, and, at one time, even proposed a storyline that would show himself as the on-screen father of his daughter Stephanie's child (thankfully, Stephanie, as head of WWE's creative committee, was able to veto that one). He appears to have finally gotten his wish with Paul and Katie Lea Burchill, a brother/sister pairing who, when they debuted, had waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much Subtext. Fortunately, the incest portion of the gimmick was eventually dropped, and the Burchills were re-cast as a British Rich Bitch and her overprotective brother. And then became Jobbers, now that they no longer had Vince's interest. While we're on the topic on Vince McMahon, he likes big, muscular men (i.e., bodybuilders). And he will push them, regardless of whether they're talented or not.
Russ Meyer. Bosomania. Catch it! As the years passed, the boobs in his movies just got bigger and bigger.
Stephenie Meyer: The driving force behind characters in the Twilight series, but most especially the protagonists Bella and Edward, is that they have a predestined One True Love with whom they are paired, even before conception! Though Meyer gets a lot of accusations of this, Cleolinda Jones had a more humorous hypothesis. In her summary of Breaking Dawn, Cleo suggests that Renesmee being a "perfect baby" (sleeps most of the day, never cries, can communicate psychically) sounds like the fantasy of a woman who's had three kids ("I haven't slept in days, please God send help").
Frank Miller's work is notorious for almost always featuring at least one female character who is a prostitute (often of the dominatrix type). This tendency of Miller's reached its apotheosis in Sin City (movie and comic), in which a neighborhood of the titular city is wholly populated and governed by prostitutes. (Who nevertheless require a man's help when they get into serious trouble.) He's managed to avert this so far in All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder, which has proven the least tolerable work of his career.
The below-mentioned webcomicShortpacked! made light of this, when Ethan learned that Frank Miller would be directing the then-upcoming film adaptation of The Spirit: 
Ethan: [But] The Spirit isn't about whores. Amber: Correction: it wasn't about whores. Ethan: Oh, the karmic backlash.
On a lighter side, Miller is very fond of All Star Converses which Dwight and Wallace wear in Sin City, as well as The Spirit in the film.
Kentaro Miura's Berserk contains a ridiculously varied palette of battle armor, all drawn in exquisite detail.
There's also the incredibly disturbing sexuality. Rape, violent satanist orgies, rape, incest, more rape, troll rape, demon rape, attempted rape, pedophilia and more rape. Really, rape is practically a currency in Berserk.
And then there's all the Eye Scream. Seriously. Eyeballs popping out all over the place...
Hayao Miyazaki has a fascination with flight, hence why practically all of his works involve flying in some form or another. Even the adaptation of Sherlock Holmes he worked on had flying machines, when there were none to be had in the original source material.
Pigs. He loves pigs. Many of his movies have scenes with pigs. Most prominently Porco Rosso and Spirited Away come to mind. His new movie, The Wind Rises (planned for 2013) will also presumably feature anthropomorphic pigs (because the manga the movie's based on has them) while telling the historical story of the first fighter jet plane.
Alan Moore certainly is fond of depicting sexual relations between young women and older/uglier men whenever he can. He does it in V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, From Hell...he also seems very fond of pornography. Old-time, classic pornography, usually from the Victorian era or the 'Tijuana Bible' style of pornography, granted, but pornography nonetheless. References to and appearances of pornography tend to appear in almost all of his works.
Silk Spectre II dating a much older (though technically timeless) Dr. Manhattan, beginning when she was 16, in Watchmen.
Meanwhile Silk Spectre I proudly keeps a Tijuana Bible of herself as a memento of her crimefighting days, which her daughter finds a bit Squicky.
Then there's Chris Morrison (the webcomic Polymer City Chronicles) and his glaringly obvious love of women with huge muscles and huge breasts.
Indeed, when he included a female that WASN'T of this body type, he rather abruptly ended the storyline involving her, continued the story as if it finished (sort of, he was unclear on the circumstances), and used the unseen events as an excuse to have the character start pumping iron like crazy until she was more buff than your average (male) American Gladiator.
Despite his regard for comics of the '50s and '60s, he's mentioned that he likes trying to inject more diversity into The DCU. His Seven Soldiers series introduced the new, black Golden Guardian, while Final Crisis introduced the Super Young Team and Big Science Action, two teams of heroes from Japan. Batman Inc. also introduced Mr. Unknown, the Batman of Japan, and Batwing, the Batman of Congo.
And bondage. It's especially prevalent in Morrison's earlier works.
Toni Morrison has a thing for necrophilia, and adults breastfeeding other adults. She also has an oral fixation...one chapter of Beloved has an unnamed (but possibly the title) character crammed among the dead on a slave ship, and all she focuses on is a dead man's "pretty white points" of teeth and his sweet breath. Several times before, other characters' breath-scents are brought up.
Let's just say that for Morrissey, "rough trade" is more than just the name of the record label that The Smiths were signed to. There's also his fetish for leather car seats, which he's admitted to in interviews.
Namco and spanking. Actually, butts in general, given characters like Isabella Valentine and Anna Williams from Soulcalibur and Tekken respectively. But spanking seems to be high on the list of things Namco developers would like to do to a butt.
Namco's Tales series seems to throw in a reference to spanking somewhere in every game.
The biggest offender is Tekken 4 featuring Heihachi Mishima in a mawashi; complete with an extreme close-up on his exposed ass during his entrance.
Kinoko Nasu of Type-Moon fame apparently has a thing for eyes, especially the evil ones: at least two of his famous works (Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai) revolve around a main character with abnormal eyes, and guess how his Canaan's powers manifest themselves. He lovingly describes cooking.
Eiichiro Oda loves women with large breasts in Stripperiffic outfits. Many of his characters wear sandals or are barefoot. He also seems to like drawing Gonks, and he puts a lot of details in his panels.
Oh!Great, creator of, among others, Air Gear and Tenjho Tenge. Before he got a series in a major magazine, all of his works were hentai (such as Silky Whip), and Tenjho Tenge has copious amounts of sex. No, really, it must be seen to be believed. The breadth and depth of Fanservice even in Air Gear, his "tamer" series is... incredible.
He also seems to have a thing for people losing limbs, primarily arms, and Eye Patches Of Power, in fact the Mother of Tenjho Tenge's main character has both at the start of the series.
On both game music podcast Nitro Game Injection and its spinoff show GameFuel, the music playlist usually features a disproportionate amount of rock and metal remixes.
Most every episode also has at least one song from a Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man game. If it doesn't, it's usually an episode with a particular theme, or just a huge oversight. Eventually they just decided to embrace it and do a dedicated "Blue Hero" Mega Man/Sonic episode, which was kind of justified, because their guest that week was Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man comic writer Ian Flynn.
Hiroya Oku, creator of GANTZ (a series that has quite a bit of art involving girls with gigantic breasts wearing skintight suits or skimpy outfits or nothing at all) mentioned in the author's notes of one volume that drawing the series is "like masturbation for [him]." In his older series Hen the main character, Chizuru Yoshida, is a girl with an extremely thin body...and breasts as big as rugby balls.
Chuck Palahniuk always manages to get not plot-related gay sex, homoerotic imagery, or at least a guy beating off into his novels. Apart from his obvious love of genital injury...
In an interview, Ben Barnes said something along the lines of "I asked the director, Oliver Parker, why every sex scene involved a mask, whip, knife, handcuffs, or a feather boa, why there was no non-kinky sex in the world of Dorian Gray. He just looked at his shoes. I assume it was plucked from his own bedroom but you'd have to ask him."
Fred Perry's Gold Digger is loaded with toned, voluptuous, scantily clad women who kick ass and are usually rather aggressive in their affections. Like the Foglios, Perry also freely plays equal opportunity with his Fanservice. Combined with the above, you are far more likely to see the girls' drooling over a guy in his works than you are guys drooling over a girl. He apparently (perhaps rightfully) expects the readers to do that for him.
Christopher Pike, he of the big breast fascination. An interesting point, however, is that the main characters of his novels commonly have small frames and they mock the larger breasted secondary characters.
Hollywood producer Jon Peters was obsessed with having a Giant Spider in a film for years. Kevin Smith gleefully recounts in An Evening With Kevin Smith that even the other people at the studio were exasperated with his fixation when he was trying to get it put into a Superman movie Smith was writing. Eventually it found its way into Wild Wild West.
ElfQuest didn't start out this way, but gradually introduced Wendy Pini's ideas, which might best be described as a fixation on a Free-Love Future. By the second series, practically Everyone Is Bi including the hero. Although actual scenes never went beyond PG-13 or a mild R, it must have made things interesting for the parents who'd been reading Elfquest to very young children.
Additionally, Rand practiced consensual polyamory during the time she was writing Atlas Shrugged. The heroine of Atlas, Dagny Taggart, has multiple relationships over the course of the novel's plot.
Rand's belief in Brains and Bondage female sexual submission shows in a passage of Atlas Shrugged that describes the diamond bracelet worn by Dagny as giving her "the most feminine of all aspects: the look of being chained." This belief was also expressed in an infamous essay condemning the idea that a woman might want to be President, on the grounds that life without a man to look up to would make a woman "unfeminine, sexless, metaphysically inappropriate, and rationally revolting."
In the Legacy of the Aldenata, an artillery piece is named after Bun-Bun from 'Sluggy Freelance. The crew not only gets away with it, but a random guy they meet just happens to be a big fan. This is after five years of war with a genocidal alien race that has control of most of the planet, yet apparently the Sluggy Freelance servers are still up, or at least a mirror or archive thereof.
In ALL his series you will eventually encounter his musical tastes; Crüxshadows, Evanescence and "March of Cambreadth" put in the most consistent appearances.
Guy Ritchie definitely likes his male characters to do a Shirtless Scene at least once in a movie, preferably during a fight. Their body types are always the same: slender bordering on thin, but with well defined muscles. Plot relevance is optional.
Brad Roberts of the band Crash Test Dummies seems to have been obsessed with adult baby fetishes around the time of Give Yourself A Hand, mentioning them in three songs. Whether he actually had one himself or was simply playing a character (as he often does) is unknown.:
He also really loves obscure pop culture references and collectors. This is especially apparent in Starman where it's not uncommon to see mook henchmen arguing over which Stephen Sondheim play is the best.
Justina Robson's books Mappa Mundi and Living Next Door to the God of Love both have tall, dark male romantic interests who are or appear to be mixed-race and have beautiful long-ish hair. And when the second one crossdresses/transforms into a woman, it's very lovingly described indeed. Knock off the dark and you've also got Zal from Quantum Gravity.
Of the three female regulars, the Ms. Fanservice, Janice Rand, is the one with long hair.
A lieutenant, drunk on an inhibition-lowering virus, gets on the ship's intercom and asks that all female officers wear their hair long about their shoulders
When Khannote KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! is seducing Lieutenant Marla McGivers, he asks that she wear her hair down.
When Saavik wears her hair down for the first time in The Wrath of Khan, both Kirk and Bones notice and compliment her on it. By the way, her hair is mileslong.
Everybody who worked with him was familiar with the "Roddenberry woman" type; long hair, big bust, vacuous expression.
Although they are used in the context of insults, James Rolfe, AKA, The Angry Video Game Nerd, has a lot of references to asses and scatological acts in his videos, one of which appears in the theme song for the show. Most of those acts also have a lot of detail put into describing them.
There are alwaysYaoi Guys in Zee Rose's works or every guy is bi. They're either married, dating, or even just teasing each other - but expect them to get a lot of scenes. Don't believe me? Observe The Princess 99 and then look at her other online published works, especially Gaeadians. Though this might be justifiable since she started out drawing yaoi-oriented doujinshi.
Greg Rucka loves strong, lesbian women, or just strong women in general. His first comic, the creator-owned Whiteout, revolved around Action Girls at the South Pole with deliberateLes Yay between Carrie and Lily. Queen And Country took the same concept and scattered the locations around the world, with only slightly less Les Yay to go around (The primary character of Q&C was originally considered to be Lily from Whiteout, but Rucka eventually decided to make them two independent people). When he wrote Batman Sasha Bordeaux, Bruce Wayne's tough bodyguard girl, became the main character of the book. He (along with Ed Brubaker) evolved Renee Montoya into a lesbian character (or, as they claim, were the first to reveal that she was a lesbian all along) in the critically acclaimed Gotham Central, and he later created the new, lesbian Batwoman. The only thing that keeps people from claiming his work is nothing but titillation for the readers is the fact that it is all so good, and he has the numerous awards (both in and out of the comic industry) to prove it.
And when he stopped writing the Superman book to write said Gotham Central, he made sure to bring Metropolis Special Crimes Unit's lesbian Captain Maggie Sawyer with him. That was a convenient and timely transfer she put in for...
Salman Rushdie appears to have a thing for girls with scars. Considering he was married to Padma Lakshmi (who has a noticeable scar from a childhood auto accident) of Top Chef fame, that's unsurprising.
Ryukishi07 seems to have a thing for legs. Quite a few outfits his female characters wear show them off, such as the Angel Mort waitress outfit in Higurashi and the outfits worn by the Stakes of Purgatory, the Chiesters, and the Einserne Jungfrau in Umineko, all of which incorporate Showgirl Skirts.
What with all the Cute and Psycho and Ax-Crazy women in his stories, it seems likely that Ryukishi07 likes his women crazy, and the crazier, the better.
Author S. Sakurai's other webcomic, the Dead to Begin With dark comedy Muertitos, also features more than its fair share of fan service involving fat chicks or women stuffing themselves.
This is at least an open and deliberate part of the series, frequently lampshaded and foregrounded.
A lot of Richard Sala's comics feature young women who frequently (if not always) go barefoot. Peculia is one example.
Hiroaki Samura seems to have a thing for feet with long, almost finger-like, flexible toes.
Aside from the hands and feet fetish, he also seems to enjoy heavy and downright nasty BDSM, its most extreme form happening in Hyakurin's torture and rape scene (the latter happens offscreen, but is referenced in rather vulgar dialogue). Said "preference" reaches even more disturbing heights in his one-shot Bradherley's Coach and in his series of illustrations called Hidotenashi no Koi (The Love of the Brute).
Dan Schneider apparently likes the sound of people shouting at each other in unison, which has appeared in his shows as early as Drake & Josh.
Also has a blatant foot fetish. Every show he's ever made will include at least one, if not multiple, scenes with a lot of feet shots.
Most of the 41 fan fictions written by shadowlugia249 revolve around people getting transformed into video game characters.
Especially Lugia and Flammie. Occasionally he'll branch off and write something about a skunk or dragon.
Makoto Shinkai seems to love the sight of young women without shoes on. (Then again, a couple times it's used constructively to implicitly convey two characters being emotionally and physically comfortable with one another.) And his 2013 project, The Garden Of Words, is about a shoemaker and the Love Interest he's making shoes for; she has several feet shots in the trailer. If that doesn't prove this thesis, nothing will.
All of his movies have trains. In 5 Centimeters per Second, especially the first "episode," trains are almost as important to the plot as the characters.
Transformation and transgender, though often for humorous purposes, and with much more Lampshade Hanging.
Ellen went through her entire introductory arc while wearing a suit and tie, due to Dan's self admitted fetish for women in men's clothing. (Although Ellen had otherjustifiedreasons as to why she'd wear men's clothing.)
Just try to find an Andy Sidaris film that doesn't include babes with big guns - both types.
Tom Siddell, creator of Gunnerkrigg Court, is a fan of Yuri manga, and themes of it crop up from time to time in his comic. Zimmy and Gamma depend on each other to get by each day, as well as main character Kat going through sexuality confusion after being mistaken for it. Zimmy and Gamma were originally part of another comic Tom was going to do before he started Gunnerkrigg Court, and he has stated he would still like to do it someday after Gunnerkrigg ends.
Siddell also seems to like spiders, between Jack's spider motif, the Whitelegs spirits that possess him, and his own self-depictions invariably featuring spiders. Confirmed in his Tumblr here.
Dan Simmons invariably has some of his character end up having sex in extremely strange places. Including space.
And then, there is the relationship between Fedmahn Kassad and Moneta/Rachel: you would think that a love story between a Palestinian and a Jewish girl would be cute, but Simon managed to make this horrifying: they are both turned on by bloodshed, only have sex during violent battles (sometimes but rarely just before a battle starts), and a lengthy scene describes them losing it to their lust just after a slaughter they caused when you see the girl transforming into a Shrike: a monstrous bio weapon...the author might have been trying to make a point with this one, but the direct result is nightmares.
Slave.In.Utero, the anonymous author of Tower of God, has a strange liking for water. This reaches from the Functional Magic, that works over Phlebotinum that has gaseous to aqueous properties and replaces air, over the "magicians" that are commonly known as Wave Controllers, over animals that are designed in fashion of aquatic beings (most notably eels and sea slugs) to the metaphorsnote Now matter how small it is, a baby shark cannot swim with the sardines., nicknamesnote one character, a humanoid alligator (himself often nicknamed Gator), calls the rest of the cast turtles, another is referred to as Goby and sobriquetsnote Ray Barakuda, Red Rain, Submerged Fish the characters use. Shinsoo and Shinheu, referring to the phlebotinum and the fauna of the tower as a whole, both contain the character for water.
Kevin Smith seems to have a thing for Catholic school girls. First was Trish "The Dish" in Mallrats, then the fact that Chasing Amy was originally penned to be set in high school, then his Author Avatar Randal espousing the advantages of having sex with "barely legal pussy" (They even like it when you go ass to mouth!) and flirting with a pair of schoolgirls in Clerks II.
All the oral sex references (cunnilingus, specifically) are Author Appeal as well. His podcast and live Q&A's discuss this at length.
The heroines in Wilbur Smith novels never shave their armpits and the text is always at pains to draw attention to their underarm hair.
Hairy armpits are historically correct for his Courtenay and Ballantyne series. Western women didn't shave until the early 20th century, and not just because short razors that could safely shave the hollow of the armpit hadn't been invented yet: missing body hair was a sign that the woman had recently been treated with mercury for a venereal disease. His Egyptian series is more complicated, given that some women, mainly great ladies and members of the Pharaoh's harem, always had their body hair removed by tweezing, while poorer women never removed body hair, both because it never occurred to them to do so and because even if it had, they didn't have the time to remove hair or the money for a pair of tweezers. Whether the attention paid to the hair is sexual in nature is another question entirely, one that only Wilbur could answer.
Zack Snyder seems to have a fondness for slowmo fights and more uncomfortably, rape. Sucker Punch, Watchmen, 300 and his upcoming project Army of the Dead have all featured men (or in Army of the Dead’s case zombies) raping women. And while most of these have been adaptations of preexisting comic books, one might start to wonder...
Starting with Sally Kimball in the Encyclopedia Brown series, Donald J. Sobol seems fascinated by women who can beat up men in some of his other works (e.g. Angie's First Case).
Gunsmith Cats would seem to be born in large part out of creator Kenichi Sonoda's preoccupation with barely legal girls and highly detailed firearms and automotives; he actually admitted in one interview that every female character in the manga traces back to one or another of his private obsessions (short girls, dark-skinned girls, girls with glasses, etc. etc. etc.).
Lampshaded by the characters themselves - In one of the early stories, Rally sighs in satisfaction after a session on the target range, and Minnie May *ahem*observes how shooting stimulates her. Later, Minnie May indulges in her fetish for explosives and lets out a similar sigh of satisfaction. Rally takes this opportunity to give her a taste of her own medicine and comments, "ooh, they're like little rocks!"
Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame seem to have a fascination with retarded people, who feature prominently in most of their works, often quite sympathetically. They also seem to find the concept of characters with exaggerated accents who slur words together (i.e., "they tookerjaarbs!") quite hilarious, probably as a result of doing so many voices themselves.
The varied art galleries of bisexual artist Suechan tend to be heavy on furries (especially catgirls), a blend of homoerotic and heteroerotic art, comic book characters, '80s cartoons and the PCs from assorted Tabletop Games. Also, for the purest example of this trope, there's a separate, hidden section of her webpage dedicated to hypnofetishism here.
It's probably a stretch to say Kurt Sutter is obsessed with asses, but there definitely seems to be an atypical amount of butt shots on Sons of Anarchy. There are more than a couple of shots (sometimes per episode) where the camera pans down (one would think) specifically for the purpose of getting a butt in frame, and he does seem to enjoy putting women in thongs. It's also equal opportunity, there's no shortage of man ass, as well. Sutter's wife, Katey Sagal (who plays Gemma) is no slouch in the "T" area but it's the sight of her "A" that gives Half-Sack the Prospect a "MILF chubbie."
John Swartzwelder, a writer on The Simpsons, is a massive Preston Sturges fan and because of that has an accompanying love for hobos, who he has used as a source of humor in a number of episodes he has written.
Hungarian director Istvan Szabo has made several movies focusing on artists collaborating with oppressive governments, notably Mephisto and Taking Sides. Which became Harsher in Hindsight when revealed that Szabo worked as an informant for Hungary's Communist government after the 1956 revolution.
Rumiko Takahashiloves to have couples that do nothing but bicker and argue yet are obviously in love with each other. She also likes to have fun with perverted old men...as well as a particular sign gag.
Like the dude below, she also loves her characters to be barefoot, open to any gender.
His obvious appeal for Humongous Mecha. Is there a single game written by him that DOESN'T feature them, one way or another?
All games in the Xeno series have at least one Robot Girl. Xenogears has Emeralda, Xenosaga has KOS-MOS and T-elos (as well as MOMO), and Xenoblade Chronicles has Fiora.
Natsuki Takaya seems to draw only Bishounen, Bishoujo or characters who look better than average, unless they are old. And most of them are barefoot in houses.
Quentin Tarantino really likes women's feet, and openly admits to having a foot fetish (to the point of writing a scene where he could drink bourbon from Salma Hayek's foot in From Dusk Till Dawn). He also wears his artistic influences on his sleeve and is very open about being inspired/lifting sequences from other films he enjoys. Mostly films from the '70s. He sure does love the '70s.
Team Ninja and the physics behind a lady's upper half (almost always DD). Case in point: DOA Extreme Beach Volleyball.
They worked on Metroid: Other M, starring Samus. It came out about how you would guess.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl beat them to that, actually. Sakurai, anything you'd like to share with us?
Paul Taylor of Wapsi Square has a thing for big and/or strong, sexually aggressive women. All male/female relationships shown have the female as the more powerful or aggressive partner. This sounds like the author talking...
Every one of Craig Thompson's major works so far has featured a main couple snuggling in bed frequently. Sound innocuous? It's not. You can tell from the presentation that the guy is obsessed with this. Goodbye Chunky Rice features a turtle and a rat sharing a bed more than once, Blankets was inspired by the feeling of sharing a bed with someone for the first time and follows through, and the unreleased Haibibi is apparently going to show a lot of this as well.
Also, a subversion of this occurs with traumatizing childhood sexual experiences being featured or mentioned often. (Which apparently stems from the artist and his little brother being raped by a baby sitter.)
Green seems to be his favourite color, as he likes dressing hisprotagonists in green.
There was just something strange going on with Lily Borjarno's hot cocoa-drinking scene late in ∀ Gundam, specifically how one of the militia soldiers reacts to her "cute pink tongue".
Speaking of Gundam, when reading Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam novels, you get the feeling he has a thing for chubby girls. It's very restrained, but there are a few telltale signs. The first time we see Mirai Yashima in the second book it's pointed out she gained some weight since her last appearance. Then there's the novel exclusive character Margaret Blair, who's lovingly described as being very cute & plump. She even becomes Char's girlfriend & he absolutely adores her & decides he wants to start a family with her after the war. This seems somewhat out of character for Char, as every other woman he's been involved with was rather petite.
This can also be seen in reverse with Lady of War Kycillia Zabi. She is meant to be somewhat unattractive, which is accomplished by emphasizing how unnaturally thin she is, with a sharp, angular face, prominent cheekbones & relatively flat chest (in an era where the typical Japanese standard of beauty favoured busty, caucasian-looking women rather than the current moe craze).
Tomino really likes the 'moon-over-earth-over-sun' from 2001: A Space Odyssey, including a visual homage to it in most of his Gundam series' openings.
Yui Toshiki, creator of Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa, a story about a shemale, has some considerable knowledge of gaffs and padding in crossdressing. This shows up again with another work, called My Doll House where the main character is a part time crossdresser. Let's just say it's very obvious this was written by the same author, as some of the other kinks are there too.
The series creator, ZUN, isn't a very good artist, and his male characters are all either non-humanoid or don't appear in the games themselves; on his part, Gensokyo's unbalanced population might be less rooted in Author Appeal than the limits of his abilities. More directly, though, he's notorious to the point of Memetic Mutation for his love of alcohol, which might explain why every Touhou character seems willing to drink at the drop of a hat, even though the human ones sure don't look of age. There's even one who has never been seen sober.
There's also the hats and copious amounts of frills.
Karen Traviss and warriors. She is very very fond of badass characters who are either in the military or in paramilitary organizations, especially when not only are they elite, but they also get some degree of autonomy to go wreck things on their own. She goes on Author Tracts about the nobility of warriors and the military. She also has a burning hatred for noncombatants who nevertheless have an impact on war, such as scientists, senior officers, and such.
And the rest of the EU burns while the Queen Fandalorian fiddles...
Her treatment of the characters in Halo Glasslands. Look at the page and you'll get the point.
Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma mysteries go into loving detail about the laws, religion and society of 7th-century Ireland — understandable as Tremayne is historian Peter Beresford Ellis, who has written much nonfiction about Fidelma's world and is basically using his fiction to explain his research to the general public. He is particularly interested in the progressive elements of Irish society, like its enlightened view of women's rights.
Harry Turtledove's Darkness Series features the country of Zuwayza, whose inhabitants are all black nudists. He also points out quite a few times how in Algarve circumcision is mandatory.
The latter part may have been an inversion based on the fact that the Algarvians play the role of Nazis.
Also, nudism does not normally appear in Harry Turtledove novels; the Zuwayzi are more or less the only example. Now, there are other things, like groin attacks, that he features far more often...
Turtledove also has a tendency to describe his sex scenes in loving, lavish, lurid detail. Sometimes. Sometimes not. Also, Every Inch A King? The main character and his buddy, Max (currently going under the name "Captain Yildrim=Captain Thunderbolt") share a harem. The sex isn't too lurid, but the harem is described as ridiculously happy with the situation.
When describing his characters en flagrante, Turtledove seems particularly fond of "doggie-style" sex — it makes for "slow, lazy love" as he tells us in several different series.
His Fox series has Gerin and Van sharing a woman (not at the same time, they roll dice for the privilege). Eventually the wanton wishbone becomes exclusive to Van (not faithfully, she just doesn't sleep with the Fox anymore) and Gerin the Fox gets a more conventionally exclusive love interest.
Director Tom Tykwer of Run, Lola, Run fame has an admitted Charlie Brown-esque preference for redheads, as demonstrated by the eponymous Lola and the characters of The Plum Girl and Laura in his film adaptation of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, though the latter two were mentioned to have red hair in the novel as well.
Albert Uderzo, artist of Astérix, created the character of Obelix entirely because Uderzo loves drawing huge, burly warriors best. When Goscinny wouldn't let him draw Asterix as one, insisting on having him be a tiny, slight Guile Hero, Uderzo insisted that he needed a friend who was a big burly warrior, and Goscinny reluctantly agreed. Probably because of this reluctance, Obelix does nothing in the first album except allow Asterix to explain things to him, but his role was expanded upon in the next volume and he became arguably the most fleshed-out character in the comic.
Uderzo also enjoys drawing beautiful Statuesque Stunner women. Often when he draws characters who look like this, he lapses into a more photorealistic style for his own amusement.
Makoto Uno loves extremely curvaceous women. All of the series that's he's done the original character design for such as Dragonaut, Witchblade, Gravion feature women with huge breasts and extremely wide hips. No surprise that he's frequently collaborated with Hiraku Kaneko. At one point he had plans for series centering around women with curvaceous builds called Mama paradise but it never came to fruition.
Luchino Visconti's movies are jammed with homoeroticism - nor is he subtle about it. Especially The Damned and Ludwig, which feature gay orgies. Both of which, not coincidentally, star his partner Helmut Berger.
Canadian cartoonist/fantasy artist Style Wager has admitted to be fond of short (but full-bodied) girls, which explains the large number of goblins, halflings, gnomes, dwarfs and anthropomorphic rodents that can be found in his works. Judging from his art, he might also have a weak spot for girls with glasses.
Honmyou Wakou did a pervy (but not quiiiite pornographic) work called Nozoki Ana ("A Peephole"), which was about a guy being roped into alternating days of voyeurism and exhibitionism by his classmate, a young woman. There was more to it, and it was all well in line with the current trend to take Hentai plot devices and clean them up for romantic comedies...until he started publishing Nozomi To Kimio ("Nozomi and Kimio", although Nozomi's name is a pun on peeping), which is about...a guy being roped into alternating days of voyeurism and exhibitionism by his classmate, a young woman. Well then.
Doug Walker freely admits to being a "masochist manwhore", and submission turns up quite a bit in his four main characters; Ask That Guy (despite being a rapist murderer) gleefully admits to loving going down on anyone and anything, Critic is an Amazon Chaser who wanted the women prisoners in Chicago to snuff him, Donnie is the epitome of Really Gets Around who starts off thinking a gun to his head is a gift given as a make-up-gift by his friends, and poor downtrodden bum Chester gets exploited sexually.
Doug also has a childish fascination with Batman. He discussed the films and animated series in overly detail, named Batman his second favorite fictional character of all time and in many sketches you see him dressing up like Batman so many times that it actually becomes a bit disturbing...
David Foster Wallace seems to have a thing for large women. Not overweight, just tall and substantial. From Infinite Jest there's Avril and the USS Millicent Kent, and there's also the artist's wife from the short story "The Suffering Channel."
Adam Warren's love of tying up girls with plentiful backsides is nowhere clearer than his comic Empowered.
Possibly an Inversion, as Emp and the other characters began as commissioned porn. Warren decided to write them into actual characters and so effectively, the plot is the Author Appeal.
His earlier works showed a fondness for transhumanism, cyberpunk, and exotic biotechnology.
Sarah Waters seems very fond of delicately-built blonde women: a lot of the love interests in her earlier works fit that description. Furthermore, redheads only ever seem to show up as background characters and usually have a pretty miserable time of it.
Bill Watterson seems to have a thing for women with shortish brown hair. He has admitted that he designed Susie Derkins' design on the type of woman that he found attractive (or rather, what they must have been like as kids), and Calvin's Mom isn't much different. It's not a coincidence that they're the love interests of the characters Watterson himself most identifies with (Calvin and Hobbes for Susie, Calvin's Dad for Calvin's Mom.)
It's quite a bit more subtle than the polygamy thing or the eternal youth thing in his books (plus the giant penis-shaped starships), but David Weber's thing for petite frequently-pregnant women is worthy of comment. While most of the pregnancies occur offscreen, Katherine Mayhew and Allison Harrington in Honor Harrington have eight to eleven pregnancies and eight live births between the two of them. There's never any discussion of the difficulties this would have on a woman of small size, just comments about how beautiful/elegant they are and how impressive it is that they're into natural pregnancy (given that his wife appears to be significantly smaller than him, and they have three children, this may be a personal fondness)...
He also seems to have an odd need for Hold Your Hippogriffs expressions, replacing perfectly serviceable cliches with their IN SPACE equivalents for no good reason. This is exclusive to Weber's work on the series; on the novels written or co-written by others, no "hippogriffs" are usually in sight.
So far every star nation in the Honorverse firmly supports and uses the death penalty where it comes up, while more specifically, the method of execution is hanging. No character or government, not even from the quarters you'd expect, is shown to question or oppose it.
In both the Honorverse and Safehold series, baseball has spread to the stars and pages of prose are dedicated to the sport.
Margaret Weis tends to make sure her books emphasize the need for the characters to embrace the God (or gods) of the setting. At least one of her series even had the most evil characters be explicitly atheist.
TL Welker's Heartcore is rife with fanservice and author appeal, in particular, women who are quite shapely, just to name the biggest one.
Welker also enjoys paizuri and Naughty Tentacles, both of which feature prominently in her [[Rule34 NSFW donation incentive pictures]].
Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine loves the idea of drowning, which appears in many of her songs, like "Swimming", "What the Water Gave Me", "Never Let Me Go", and so on.
The man seems (virtually by his own admission) incapable of writing anything that doesn't feature at least one short-statured, petitely-built, very young woman/teenage girl with some angsty emotional issues or even sanity problems who can kick the living crap out of people three times her size for one reason or another. If they're not the main character, they'll at least be a prominent supporting role.
Kitty Pryde of X-Men was a Buffy-esque young student teachernote Kitty's age does have a long-lasting tendency to change as the plot demands seemingly just to fit this appeal. He also introduced Armor, a young Japanese-American girl who acted as a foil/partner to Wolverine, just like Kitty used to.
In interviews about his (later abandoned) Wonder Woman film project that the title character would "obviously have to be quite young", in bizarre dissonance with every depiction of the famous Wonder WOMAN character ever seen.
For Toy Story he proposed the very Whedonesque idea of featuring Barbie as an Action Girl who would have been, in his own words, "T2's Sarah Connor in a pink convertible." Mattel, the company which owns Barbie, thought the film would bomb and wouldn't give them the rights. (Mattel changed their minds about that by the time Toy Story 2 rolled around.) Toy Story 3 featured Barbie in a fairly competent role.
The Avengers has Black Widow in a starring role, who was actually introduced in Iron Man 2, Waif-Fu and all. She gets some significant character development now that she's a main character. And if that weren't enough, we have Cobie Smulders as Black Widow's SHIELD colleague Maria Hill.
Too, he seems to have a thing about incredibly skinny young women who've been driven mad by horrible suffering but are still kind-of hot.
Drusilla was tortured to madness by Angelus.
Fred was traumatized and broken after being held as a slave to demons in a hell dimension.
River was sent to a government-sponsored academy that cut into her brain and ravaged her mind to try to turn her into a weapon.
He even singled-out a dead X-Men character who fit the pattern to reappear in a hallucination, even though she'd appeared on about one page in a previous writer's comic and been immediately killed. (Negasonic Teenage Warhead)
He also gets criticized sometimes for his portrayal of lesbians and bisexual women being an author fantasy. He always sticks to the straight male fantasy of the Lipstick Lesbian. Surely there are abnormally attractivebutch lesbians out there, but he always stops just short of it. Willow, who assumes a sort of male gender pose in season six (with respect to traditional lesbian gender roles in fiction, especially if you count Tara as a Woman in the Refrigerator), still has an essentially feminine presentation. She even lampshades this in "Once More, With Feeling". This could be more about everyone on his shows usually being abnormally attractive anyway.
Whedon's also been accused of having a foot fetish.
In Firefly River was seen barefoot quite often, complete with lingering close-up shots of them.note In his Serenity commentary he called "River's Feet" the eleventh character of the show (the ship herself being the tenth)
In Firefly there is an episode where a barefoot Kaylee even playfully pushes one against Simon's cheek. The same thing happens in Heart of Gold between a prostitute and Jayne.
Once Fred joins the cast of Angel she always seems to be wearing thong sandals that leave practically her whole foot exposed. And in "Conviction", the first episode of Season Five, which Whedon himself directed, there's a scene in which the opening group shot is blatantly centered on and composed around Fred's bare feet put up on a stool or table.
In Shiny Happy People when the newly-born (but adult) Jasmine walks around in the nude, with the shot lingering quite a while on Gina Torres's admittedly well-formed feet.
Dollhouse also did this quite a lot, what with the dolls wandering around barefoot all the time.
There's even a couple of lingering shots of feet in The Cabin in the Woods, although the feet are in shoes at the time.
The Avengers has a lingering close-up shot of Black Widow's feet in flimsy stockings at the end of her introductory fight scene, and very soon afterwards there's a scene between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts in which Pepper is barefoot throughout. That may be justified; unlike every other scene in the Marvel universe featuring her, she's actually relaxed and out of businesswear. Also, she's an inch taller than Robert Downey Jr., even out of heels. When she's seen again at the end of the film, in the same room, she wears ballet flats.
He also seems to have a love of mind-control plots, especially human programming. It's hard to tell if it's more of a theme or a kink, but Dollhouse sometimes felt like a TV show designed to explore the ramifications of the fetish.
He seems to have an anti-appeal for tattoos and piercings. Almost every time a character in a Whedon work has a tattoo, piercing or other body modification, that character will be a villain, a reformed villain, or extremely self-destructive and unstable. The only exceptions are Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter's real lower-back tattoo, which they managed to cover up throughout Buffy, but gave up on in Angel) and Kennedy.
And lastly, Mr. Whedon also seems particularly fond of writing characters with abusive, neglectful, or otherwise lousy parents, usually fathers:
Buffy's father is a deadbeat who left her mother to raise her.
Xander's father is alcoholic and physically abusive.
Tara's father is a Straw Misogynist who went so far as to lie to her about women in their family being part demon in order to make them obedient.
Willow's mother is absent, and more interested in her flights of fancy than her daughter.
Wesley's father is overbearing and unappreciative of Wesley, causing Wesley to have some deep insecurities.
Angel's father, while not as extreme, behaved similarly.
In the Angel episode "Guise Will be Guise" a wealthy man is keeping his daughter celibate to be a Virgin Sacrifice to a demon.
In another Angel episode, "Untouched", a girl with telekinetic powers (see above) is found to have been sexually abused by her father.
Lorne's parents lament that they "ate the wrong child."
Robin's father is absent and his mother is shown to be so devoted to her duty as the Slayer she does not think about Robin, and gets herself killed in a fight, leaving him as an orphan, although she's portrayed far more sympathetically than the other examples.
And then there's Simon and River's parents from Firefly, who seemed more concerned about their status than about their daughter, and wouldn't believe Simon about what River was going through in the Academy.
Tennessee Williams, mid-1900s gay playwright and author of A Streetcar Named Desire had a thing for writing passionate, gorgeous Bishōnen leading men in their mid to late twenties, and, if possible, naked from the waist up (he included a bedroom in a suspiciously high number of his plays where it was very convenient for them to be half-naked). He would write a half-page paragraph describing everything from how they moved to what they were dressed in, while giving the women about one sentence description (i.e. the bare minimum, usually with more description on the clothes than the person in them). When you have lines like, "His body shows no sign of decline, yet it's the kind of a body that white silk pyjamas are, or ought, to be made for", it's a little hard to avoid. Still, he wrote amazing plays and integrated his own Author Appeal into them so well that it not only became justifiable but essential to the play (and hence achieving the goal of all fiction writers since the beginning of time).
He also likes writing romantic female characters who are ill-suited to living in the real world. The Glass Menagerie, which is largely autobiographical, suggests that his came from Williams' feeling of guilt over running out on his family (particularly his painfully-shy sister), whom he was supporting.
Marv Wolfman has also done this. The most glaring example being Spider-Woman's capture by a vigilante named The Hangman, who ties and gags her and leaves her in his dungeon because he believes that "all women are frail", and he must therefore protect her from the evil world. This is particularly bizarre considering her capture was a cliffhanger ending for the Hangman's first appearance, but following her escape from his dungeon at the beginning of the next issue, he's not heard from again for several years, and when he actually returns, he was an ALLY, thus making the entire sequence utterly pointless in terms of relevance for the plot other than self-serving purposes.
Ed Wood. While there's a blatant example of deliberate polemic in Glen or Glenda? (whose cross-dressing main character he played under a pseudonym), the author's personal love of transvestitism pops its head up in virtually every single movie. (Nice example: Tor Johnson fondling an angora sweater in Bride of the Monster.)
Jane Yolen usually avoids this, but her submission to the anthology A Starfarer's Dozen spends several pages describing exactly how it feels to slowly turn into an animal, using incredibly sensual language for a work not marketed to adults.
She also demonstrates in her Pit Dragon Chronicles a fondness for both draconic birthing and draconic unbirthing. One instance of birthing is portrayed as Fan Disservice, but only because the birth went wrong — when the problem is treated and the birth proceeds, the restoration of the natural course is again described in near-sexual terms.
Mine Yoshizaki, creator of Sgt. Frog is a macrophile, somebody attracted to giants. The main evidence for this is that he actually did write/draw an adult work about a giant naked woman, and in the anime, the presence of the size-changing "Flash Spoon" in later episodes, plus the general size-related issues with the series.
Like the manga chapter where Keroro shrinks himself, his platoon mates, and Fuyuki so they can all go swimming in an old kiddie pool. Natsumi and Koyuki show up, having decided not to brave the crowds at the local water park, and decide to play in the pool...while Fuyuki and the frogs are still shrunk and still in it. For extra Fanservice, Giroro even gets sat upon by a giant, bikini-clad Natsumi.
If you follow his other works, as well as the occasional stuff he throws into the manga via the mad scientist frog, you can tell he's also got a thing for mind control, transformation, age progression, People Puppets, as well as completely inappropriate clothing styles (a nurse in a bikini top and maebari, for example). Lets just say that Keroro Gunsou is the Totally Spies! of the eastern world.
Derek the Bard of Warning Readers Advisory likes to insert a lot of references to the Cthulhu Mythos, tabletop games (particularly Warhammer 40k), and Blue Oyster Cult into his show.
The Lyr altworld (landing page SFW but other pages on the site are unpredictable) is supposed to be an exploration of intelligent life on a large Earthlike planet with a thicker atmosphere and an eccentric orbit. However, it rapidly degenerates into an excuse to show the reader furry porn. Repeatedly. With occasional attempts at justification based on the social structures of bonobos (who do in fact engage in copious social sex), and the, uh, "fact" that species with wings can't fight, i.e. because a broken wing would be more disastrous to a flying species than a broken leg would be to a ground-bound species. There's even an explanation for Animesque eyes shoehorned in - large lashes and clear eyelids to protect the eyes of said flying species.
Property Of Gwen and Lowroad 75 both fit in, as series where the main premise is the size of the main characters' breasts. Lowroad 75 is fanservice to the extreme.
In fact, the Lowroad artist has admitted, on his Deviantart account, that Lowroad was just an excuse to pander to his fans and/or himself. He's now working on a new comic, which isn't much different, but the main character is at least more realistically proportioned...
Supernatural seems to have a thing for equal-opportunity submission. Almost half of the Season Two promos had the pretty-boy leads in hooker poses, at least three quarters of episodes (so far) have had bondage or wall-pinnage of some description and you also have Dean's relationship to John (which is D/S in a nutshell), Sam and Dean's powerplay in Hunted, anything involving mind control (whether it was making the girl undress in Simon Said or forcing Ellen to put the gun to her head in All Hell Breaks Loose), Gordon going after Dean in Fresh Blood, Meg-In-Sam's near-rape of Jo in Born Under A Bad Sign and the monsters' treatment of the female victims in both Skin and No Exit.
The fact that one of the writers (now the showrunner), Sera Gamble, was known for her erotic short stories before the show might have an influence. At least, this would explain the episode "Heart" she penned in which some very animalistic sex takes place.
Overindulging in Author Appeal at the show's expense is believed to be the reason behind Sera Gamble's departure after season 7. Since she's a Sam fan, when she took over as showrunner the amount of episodes featuring Sam hurt, tied up, or otherwise suffering rose exponentially, even basing two major Story Arcs around it. She also wrote out Castiel in a very mean-spirited way so that Dean could go back to being all about Sam. Unfortunately what appeals to the author does not necessarily appeal to the fans, and season 7 brought a huge drop in viewership the show has never fully recovered from.
Incest Subtext is also a major element of Supernatural. At first it was just something accidental, but when the writers picked up on what the fandom was doing, they started inserting it into the show, with a few Fandom Nods here and there. Canonically, the brothers are both straight, but tolerant/accepting of homosexuality.
They even had Dean, in a very meta moment, throw in his two cents on the Wincest idea: "You mean, together together? That's sick."
D'Argo attends his son's circumcision for some odd reason. Not to mention keeping the scalpel he used on himself for the purpose, leaving Rygel reaching for the brainbleach after he's forced to use it disabling a bomb.
To be fair, that's not unusual among Muslim circumcision ceremonies, though it's rare in modern countries.
The Whateley Universe, non-stop. Every member of Team Kimba is Gender Bendered in varying ways. Everyone living in Poe Cottage (the secretly LGBTQ-exclusive dorm) have admitted on their Whateley Academy entrance forms that they're LGBTQ, which is why they are assigned there. Even a lot of the non-Poe Cottage major characters are LGBTQ. And most of the other fetishes mentioned on this page show up there too. Hilariously, most people linking to the comic don't mention the fetish aspect, presumably assuming it might be mistaken for porn, meaning that readers tend to run headlong into issues you don't normally find in superhero-related works. Not that they necessarily complain.
Judging from the website, LGBT is the (expressly stated) whole point of the Whateley Universe. While it should be noted on this page for the sake of completeness, for anyone who's even aware of what the Whateley Universe is it's rather like noting that many Transformers stories involve robots.
Sailor Nothing involves a young woman with unrequited feelings for a close female heterosexual friend of hers, who is unaware of said feelings. This also pops up in the same author's anachronauts, along with one character getting weak in the knees and a sudden desire to take up smoking again after watching an naked elf slaughter her way through a few dozen zombies and smilenote This happens to be the only time the character's sexuality is so much hinted at.(It Makes Sense in Context). Seems Mr. Gagne has a thing for Les Yay.
Shadownova features action girls with the Most Common Superpower constantly and the majority of the males are at least slightly Bishōnen and are also fairly badass. Also almost everyone wears a long jacket or coat at some point. EVERYONE. Most of the cast are also in their late teens but that may have more to do with the author's own age than any kind of fetish. Iris also gets injured a lot and is extremely angsty and emotionally vulnerable most of the time.
Tales of MU, even for a story containing a lot of sex, mentions cannibalism and voraphilia noticeably often. Let's see: There's a whole eating establishment that slaughters human slaves for food, the dragon vice-chancellor of the university really likes his secretaries, mermaids enjoy shipwrecked sailors, ogres eat everyone including other ogres, and that's not even counting the main character. Oh, and her lover's greatest fantasy is to be eaten.
The author/artist of Silent Hill: Promise seems to spend a lot of time and care on the protagonist's chest and butt.
Hard to say if it's an appeal of the author or just part of the series' weirdness, but Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei invokes men being dominated by women on a fairly frequent basis, with the woman in question often being Chie-sensei. For instance, one episode/manga chapter shows a line of men wanting to be insulted and demeaned by her; a Running Gag in the series is Itoshiki-sensei cutting his own class, and one manga panel shows Chie leading him by a chain connected to a dog collar.
Blur the Lines is written by a gay man who is an admitted chubby chaser. The majority of the male characters are overweight and the vast majority are homosexual. The author has admitted on multiple occasions in the blog posts that accompany his comic strips that he does get a thrill out of what he draws.
Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki: Another transgender transformation, though from a much more shojo point of view. Oddly enough, it still manages to be an enjoyable comic, even if you're not into that sort of thing.
Show of hands, guys: who here doesn't think that Disgaea's main character designer is a huge lolicon?
The artist of the previous series, who did the design for Prier, the Succubus, and the Nekomata, had a thing about really curvy women (and thighs).
And he was hired back solely for the Succubus and Nekomata designs because of this, no less!
Nippon Ichi sells mostly on this, but it's hard to say who the author is. The Disgaea designer was never very explicit but the games themselves love to crank up the innuendo. It doesn't help that Etna turned out so marketable...
This also applies to Touhou. Although that might be due to the creator's inability to draw non-loli characters rather than this trope.
Though the artwork ingame IS getting better — this gets particularly noticeable in UFO: even before you even get onto the new characters in that game, clever use of shading shows visible breasts. Specifically, for Sanae. The fact it's a frontal view probably helps. And indeed, when other people do the artwork (for example, the fighting games), the sudden breasts on some of the characters can be jarring. Juat look at Sakuya in EoSD, PCB, IN or PoFV. Then look at her IaMP/SWR art. you'll see why a meme arose from it.
Real Drive, a Slice of Life style Sci-Fi anime that is most famous among fans for its plump lead characters. The rather refreshing Word of God states it's just an attempt to depict how Japanese people actually look. Fans don't see this as dodging around the fact every woman and only women look this way; the most popular character is actually the chubbiest.
Scrubs has a lot of spanking going on. JD spanking Turk. Turk spanking JD. Turk spanking Elliot. Elliot spanking JD. Neena spanking JD so hard, and for so long, that he can't sit down. Various characters spanking themselves. You name it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y03uAu8uww
Sexual choking is mentioned several times throughout the series.
It's guy love between two guys...
Right from the get go Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro had some BDSM undertones, but being a shounen manga it never really got overtly sexual and there was enough ambiguity to make it questionable whether it was actually meant that way or not. Then along came the villainous New Bloodline, and with it...Mistress Genuine.
Unicorn Jelly and its spinoffs. The writer/artist is a transfemale, and every series is almost entirely populated with LBGTXYZPDQBLTIOUETC.
As a partial justification for the alphabet soup, consider that the lead character in To Save Her is a gender-bending blob stretched over a humanoid metallic robot skeleton. In other words, he/she/it is not only transgender but transspecies. And incidentally a kind of mutant.
Peter Is the Wolf. Where do we begin? Lycanthropes? Check. Big-Breasted-Bimbos? Check. Female nudity? Check. Breast expansion upon transformation? Check. Big-Breasted-Bimbos? check. Disproportionately-large endowments? Check. Big-BreastedBimbos? Check.
Someone on the design team for the N64/PlayStation generation videogame WWF Attitude was a fan of the Murderous Thighs trope. All three women (Sable, Chyna, Jacqueline) in the game used the headscissor, even though none of the three used it outside the game. Also, it could be used as a finishing move in the game when outside it it's generally a resthold. And two of the pre-made create-a-wrestler dialogue sets, "Legs" and "Thunder Thighs", were specifically about this trope.
The author's desire to have his graphic designer lead use an Amiga computer, just like him. To put this in perspective, Linux would be more appropriate.
Zig Zag, the zebra skunk pornstar of all people, hangs the biggest lampshade on why such an Amiga fascination would be nothing less than a form of masochism.
MegaTokyo and the author's obsession with emotionally fragile young women, which happen to make up half of the cast. The author himself has all but admitted this, making joking comments that it's practically the contents of his soul detailed on paper. The series also shows his Kanon-influenced obsession with Snow Means Love, despite being set during fall; it appears that his next work, however, is going to completely focus on it.
While on the subject, almost every female character just happens to wear a choker at some point. Also, the character Piro has a female online avatar.
The Wotch: Transformation, transgender, age changes, and the occasional statue-ifying. While notorious for such, there are also signs of anatomy fixation: Jason's love of redheads is just his "thing," but when you consider just how many redheads the series has, you've gotta wonder if it's really the writers' thing. The overwhelming majority of girls who didn't begin the series as boys are redheads.
Family Guy has a lot of Incest Is Relative. Peter/Meg, Meg/Chris, Chris/Stewie (which is also father/son since they were in the guise of Luke/Vader at the time), Lois/Chris, Lois/Meg, and presumably Peter/Stewie since Stewie has his Oedipal conflict reversed.
Aaron Allston likes the Ho Yay. He even has it between Luke and Ben at one point.
Christie Golden, in her Fate of the Jedi books, really likes to write about how beautiful everything related to the Lost Tribe is, and she's the one who seems like they're itching to have Ben and Vestara create a Master Race, as stated above.
Their litter should be astonishing.
This is in contradiction with previous portrayals of The Dark Side usage, where it made people uglier. Another thing, is that her Star Wars novels slip into romance territory, to the point where it's hard to keep track of all the relationships, with a lot being written about dead lovers in particular.
Mara: And next time you feel a ghostly presence lying beside you, make sure it's me.
Kevin J. Anderson appears to have an "end of the world fetish", since his books are known for superweapons.
Troy Denning has so many fetishes that it's difficult to count them all, but first, there are the bugs. And hive minds. And powerful women; it seems that in every one of his books, women interrogate men. And in Invincible, Jaina offers Jag and Zekk a threesome. Also in Invincible, Tahiri offers sex in exchange for intelligence to a fourteen-year-old Ben Skywalker.
Michael A. Stackpole has a thing for female villains interrogating helpless male captives. But he's more remembered for an off reference to furries.
Karen Traviss and Mandos. More specifically, she has a thing for military and GLBT themes, in that she's the only writer to write canonically GLBT characters. And clones.
Kathy Tyers lobbied for Mara to get pregnant because Tyers is pro-life.
Dave Wolverton might as well have subtitled The Courtship of Princess Leia: The Erotic Adventures of Luke Skywalker. A queen tries to seduce him and kill him. Her son actually fantasizes about the seduction part. Luke takes her son to rescue Leia from Han (Makes sense in context.), and they go to Dathomir where they enter a polyandrous marriage with a witch who actually straddles Luke while declaring him her slave. Ho Yay between Luke and Isolder is visible, though not as common as Ho Yay in some other books. Luke is also told that he will have many children, likely keeping with Wolverton's Mormon upbringing.
Timothy Zahn has a thing for women who seduce men and kill them, though also for sex as redemption (courtesy of Luke Skywalker, naturally).
Plo Koon for Dave Filoni, supervisor director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, to the point where Plo gets an upgrade to his character model at the end of Season 3, while Yoda and Windu are still waiting for one by the end of Season 4. Just look at his office in this video.
The designers for Final Fantasy games. Only the character designers, though. Yoshitaka Amano has a huge preference for pale, willowy men with frizzy white hair and blue lips. And Mascara, too. Almost every hero he designed for Final Fantasy looks like they could be related...except for Zidane. (Instead, it's Kuja who's the Expy) Everyone else? With the exception for Final Fantasy IX, as often as possible, he puts on capes, catsuits, spiked armor, and other such Rummage Sale Rejects. His monsters look like what you would think a monster would look like, an Eldritch Abomination. Tetsuya Nomura, on the other hand, goes for a more modern-looking anime-like approach compared to Amano's traditional Japanese watercolor style. As you can see, despite that his males look more masculine than Amano's (In that they don't wear make-up and instead look to be teenagers) he puts about as much detail into their clothes inspired by modern-day Japanese (And recently American) fashion trends as Amano put into their armour. Whenever he designs monsters, they look like an Eldritch Abomination...but instead of something from the world of Faeire, something more like a mix of inorganic features (like zippers and obviously painted-on-features) and organic features, often leading them to look horrific for a different reason than Amano's. Oh, and Nomura also loves black coats and zippers - especially zippers. Longer the better - especially with hoods, too! Akihiko Yoshida, designer for the tactics series as well as Final Fantasy XII likes tight pants on men, painted-on-abs, greasy faces, bondage gear, and did I mention that he loves really tight pants?
There are a lot of doctors in Friends. Ross Geller (paleontologist), Rachel's father Leonard Green (vascular surgeon), Drake Ramoray (fictional neurosurgeon), Rachel's fiance Barry Farber (orthodontist), Richard Burke (ophthalmalogist), Timothy Burke (ophthalmalogist), Charlie Wheeler (paleontologist)and a pair of physicians played by George Clooney and Noah Wyle... and that's just the family and the love interests..
The people at Paizo, who make the Pathfinder RPG, have quite a few things they really like; sexy, powerful women (both for heroines and villainesses), the dungeonpunk aesthetic (which they arguably push farther than any D&D setting save Planescape), the works of H.P. Lovecraft and his friends (especially the Cthulhu Mythos and other Cosmic Horror Story tropes...), creatures derived from Urban Legends and similar folklore (they have versions of the Jersey Devil and mothmen as fully-statted monsters, in a medieval setting), and The Legions of Hell (TEN of them, fleshed-out with backstory and multiple subspecies for each), among other things.
James Jacobs, the creative head at Paizo, is also a huge paleo-geek, so much so that he has made sure that EVERY hardcover monster book published contains at least four dinosaurs.
In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, veteran Doctor Who writer Terrance Dicks' contributions began to display a rather alarming tendency to have the Doctor's female companions threatened with being raped upon being captured by the villains. Nothing ever happened, of course, but it's frequent presence in his works began to get more than a bit unsettling. The Doctor even makes a rape joke in the theatrical play Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure.
Lloyd Rose, who has written various stories in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, likes to portray the Doctor as The Woobie. A lot. He gets injured (or otherwise suffers), in various nasty ways in at least three of her stories: City of the Dead, Camera Obscura, and Caerdroia. Really nasty. Also, there's often quite a bit of Foe Yay, almost always between the Doctor and characters who pose an immediate, physical threat to him. Looks like there's a bit of a sadomasochism kink there.
Jim Mortimore and Body Horror, specifically dealing with full-body infections leading to transformation. At one point he does it to the entirety of Asia.
Slightly Altered has Buwaro sing Hikari from Kingdom Hearts in one scene. The fact that there are also numerous references to that game, including "C'mon, lazy bum! Wake up!" being a recurring phrase, as well as Ortimor's line "It is I, Anton, seeker of thy heart!" further indicate this.
This is the very reason for "Linkin Park Z" (i.e., Dragon Ball Z music videos set to Linkin Park songs), despite the fact that most Linkin Park songs are relatively dark and brooding and have little to do with the more cheerful and combat-oriented Dragon Ball sagas.
Another Tenchi Muyo! example was alien princess Ayeka listening to the 1997 song "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks (real subtle there) despite the fact that she had never been to Earth, and the song wouldn't be written for 700 years.
Knight Of Lolicon: In addition to the premise, at some point the writer must have just felt like throwing in obscure anime that only fellow otakus were likely to have seen, and made the fic nigh-unreadable to anyone who isn't familiar with Magical Girl and Shoujo series targeted towards young girls. There are also a lot of Shout Outs towards things that make little sense in context.
In pretty much every one of his stories where he mentions firearms, expect at least one to be of Soviet or Russian origin. He has a real thing for Kalashnikovs, often equipping the protagonist with one. He also has distaste for AR family (M16/M4 & derivates) weapons, which often end up in the hands of villains.
Kalash really likes his military uniforms and equipment, especially camouflage uniforms and whatever else a character may be wearing. He is especially fond of eastern bloc uniforms and gear, often naming exact models and describing such things in vivid detail.
Nyoron Churuya San (a Haruhi gag manga) is largely based on Churuya's desire for smoked cheese — which exists because the author really likes smoked cheese.
One AUHigh School Musical fanfic had Gabriella and Troy share a mutual dislike of eggs. To say nothing of the setting, namely casting Gabriella as a well-off Jew and Troy as one of the Hilterjüngen in Nazi Germany. Luckily, the author canceled the fic after coming back from a long hiatus and realizing that it was kind of terrible.
Harry Potter fans (among others) call these elements "pepperjack cheese", or just "pepperjack", after a Harry Potterfanfic in which Hermione expresses a fondness for pepper jack cheese, a mild cheese with jalapeño peppers that's popular in parts of the United States but unknown everywhere else. England is part of "everywhere else", and it's nigh-impossible to obtain there.note Burger King is probably your best bet. The author boldly stated in her notes that Hermione liked it now because she (the author) liked it. It was such a blatant example that it soon became shorthand for "the characters must like what I like!"
The most infamous example of a 'pepperjack' fic would probably be My Immortal. EVERY sympathetic character is a goff who likes emo bands and wearing Hot Topic. Oh, and all the guys are bisexual.
A Drizzt Do'Urden fanfic that was slightly more nuanced than the standard. Catti-brie wanted to try bondage, and while Drizzt is at first interested, being from a society that is controlled by a frothing boot-on-the-neck abusive matriarchy, he started freaking out. He got used to it in the end, though.
Fics in which the characters eat the author's favourite meal are quite common, and often not particularly problematic, but see the above mention of Pepper-Jack Cheese - it doesn't work when the food is not accessible or there would be other reasons for the characters not to eat it. For example, there was once a Lord of the Rings fic which featured the elves making a pizza.
A curious Star Trek: The Next Generation/Battlestar Galactica (original) crossover fanfic had this as the climax, with a Mary Sue Enterprise crewman precipitating the rapture with a piano recital. It took a good chunk of both series humans (save for a befuddled Picard, musing on whether he could find faith), and some Cylons, which were revealed to be lizards in silver armor. (This last is a reference to the little-known novelization of the original pilot movie, which was adapted from an early script that predated the Executive Meddling which turned the Cylons into robots in the first place.)
There's also a Doctor Who/The Prisoner crossover fic. The "new Number Two" convention from The Prisoner is compared to Time Lord regeneration, which provides the sole hook for combining the two series. It's very weird.
Peptuck, the author of the Command & Conquer story Tiberium Wars (no, not the official novelization) is clearly a big fan of Warhammer 40,000, especially Gaunt's Ghosts, and this shows up in his portrayal of Nod which definitely has elements of the Imperial Guard and Space Marines. Plus all the other subtler Shout Outs (and not just to Warhammer 40,000). He even specifically referenced Gaunt's Ghosts in his notes, and the GDI 4th Recon Battalion are the Ghosts in all but name.
The same author is also a fan of Summer Glau, as shown by some of his other fics, particularly Forward, where River is the primary character.
Another thing he is a big fan of is military hardware in general, and infantry kit in particular. Many of his stories, particularly Tiberium Wars, Forward, Renegade, and Harbinger place a lot of emphasis on realistic infantry movement, equipment, and tactics. The narrative in these stories often takes pains to show characters properly using sights, checking and securing gear, covering one another while moving, and proper room-clearing.
A Daria fic, in which shy, insecure Stacy Rowe, who is obsessed with being popular and liked by others was also secretly a fan of the Dead Milkmen. More inexplicable references to and cameos by bands that it was clear the author loved followed.
Another Daria fic shows Daria's parents as loving and completely indulgent to the disgustingly spoiled Quinn, while Daria is neglected to the point of emotional abuse. When Daria asks for an upgrade to her creaky aging Apple computer, her parents respond by buying Quinn the very latest and best IBM-clone computer. The writer's preference could not have been more obvious if she'd added "Written on an Apple" to every paragraph.
In Camp Nightmare, Calvin and Hobbes listen to Nickelback in the staff bathroom.
The writings of Crossoverpairinglover feature many atheists, such as Taisune and the Altered World Serverus Snape, which the author hints at being. He also has a tendency to make magical people idiots, this being due to them being stuck to the past while he is a self expressed liberal.
The author of the infamous Rose Potter fan fic seems to have a thing for naked women; specifically their breasts and nether regions, which are invariably the first things mentioned whenever a naked woman is seen, and always described in exactly the same way.
In the Sailor Moon fanfic A New OrderUsagi is a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion. There's also a more meta example: Sailor Uranus is the author's least favorite character and, despite her being a powerful fighter, her first fight ends with her near death while the other senshi are relatively unharmed.
Starbound, a Lucky Star fanfic, has two core points: the long-haired characters' hair done up into beehives, and an attempt to be the next Earthbound. The former is even more noteworthy than the latter, because the two chapters there currently are have been written by the same person who commissions for other long-haired female characters w/ their hair updone, created a five-girl band of magical girls known as the Beehive Brigade (whom he also commissions for pictures of), and even runs a group known as The Beehive, which is all about that trope.
By his own admission, the author of the Earth - 2706 verse is very attracted to women who wear Converse high-top sneakers or do tap and ballet dancing, and has worked these traits into both the girlfriend of the male protagonist of one of the series and the female protagonist of the other. The author also has a deep love for obscure, second-string heroes and villains, and elevates them to take center stage in the series while pushing the A-listers to guest star status.
Played Up to Eleven and parodied in Alone by Monica Gilbey Bieber, which features a Self Insert who is a ridiculously wealthy world-famous architect and bestselling writer who has met and befriended various celebrities and rock stars. The story vividly describes how successful he is and how he is living the dream, including paragraphs worth of the author telling the readers about his architecture firm, luxury penthouse, black Lamborghini with personal chauffeur and butler, and black Persian cat named Cruciö. He also explicitly states his musical taste in-story. However, James (the character) surprisingly isn't really a Gary Stu, and the fic manages to subvert the trope as well by stating that James is still short-statured and single at thirty years old. He also exposes some of his own character flaws in-story.
The author of Pokemon The Great Adventure really likes music. Most battle scenes have a battle theme that is very often taken from Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts (though there are exceptions) and nearly each chapter has a song at the beginning. Bryan Adams, Owl City, Toto, various James Bond themes and especially Phil Collins seem to be her main preferences.
Green Phantom Queen of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades loves Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for some very odd reason: the two boys who were with Mei are nicknamed "Ros" and "Guil" two chapters of Tears to Shed are named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (along with appropriate quotes from the play), and Jun quotes some lines from the play in one chapter of Month of Sundays.
Cori Falls is a huge fan of the fantasy genre and certain rock groups, and it shows in the way she not only incorporates elements of them into her stories but also makes the characters fans of them.
This trope was hilariously parodied in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when a character takes it upon himself to design women's clothing. His design sketches? Nothing but gigantic boobs on stick figures. The trope shows up again in a later episode when the same character writes a novel about his fictional "erotic life."
Spoofed wonderfully on Extras, where Patrick Stewart (playing himself) explains his idea for a new movie he's been writing. He says it's an exploration of what would happen if there were one person in the real world who could control people's minds. In actuality, though, the only thing his character does is go around making women's clothes fall off and "seeing everything." When Gervais explains his own idea for a script, Stewart only becomes interested when Gervais claims that there's nudity in it.
A long-ago SNL sketch featured Patrick Stewart as the owner of an erotic bakery. As various customers came in to pick up orders or browse, it emerged that Stewart's character had a slight inability to bake anything but cakes depicting women going to the bathroom.
Mr. Garrison's romance novel in South Park, which was filled with loving descriptions of penises. And little else. Even a lesbian scene quickly meandered into a loving description of penises. When the publisher accuses the novel of being "really, really gay," Garrison insists that it's just Fanservice to the female audience. Later he comes out of the closet anyway.
Dennis Farina plays a writer of detective fiction in That Old Feeling and he was married to an actress played by Bette Midler. His victims are always actresses.
David on Roseanne likes to draw big-breasted women. Or maybe that's Mark. You try to make heads or tails of the Gainax Ending.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! has a reoccurring character named Pierre who has a dad fetish and makes instructional videos for children. They'll inevitably derail into him asking the kids about their dads. He also has some sort of obsession with meat and the internet.
In Arata Kangatari, Hinohara dresses Kotoha in clothing he imagined-to-life with Sarae. All of his attempts are bikini and cosplay outfits he's most likely into, much to Kotoha. This is played for laughs and oddly enough, a heartwarming moment.
The main reason why the Gender Bender devices in El Goonish Shive tend to produce healthily-sized women? The one programming it has his own preferences for what sexy looks like. (Whether this overlaps with Dan Shive's own taste is not explored in this Q&A comic.
Given the Stealth Parody treatment in Andrew Hussie's short webcomic Humanimals◊ (link possibly not safe for work, definitely not safe for sanity). It's a quaintly innocent, even slightly dull, workplace sitcom... except that the (fictional) author's bizarre, disturbing and grotesque fetishes keep creeping in.