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Author Appeal

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.

Examples:

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  • Several doujin artists and fan artists have a fetish for muscling up their girls (whether original or not) and then having them show off their physique and/or Herculean-feats of might. note  A common secondary effect that the females are blessed with figures that would make Jessica Rabbit blush: gorgeous faces, (outrageously) large busts, killer legs, wide hips, shapely rears, the whole package. That's not even all of it, as other possible kinks like Cute Monster Girls and futanari are sometimes thrown into the mix.
  • 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."
  • Farscape's writers have a penchant for BDSM.
    • Forget the leather and bondage, that's pedestrian. Worry about the muppets.
    • 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 (It Makes Sense in Context). Seems Mr. Gagne has a thing for Les Yay.
  • Totally Spies! is infamous for putting its heroines in situations that appeal to one or more of a variety of sexual fetishes (e.g. bondage, Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever, Incredible Shrinking Man, Animorphism, and many more) in virtually every episode, despite being aimed at a primary audience of teenage girls.
  • An episode of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures revolved around going back in time to meet the Venus de Milo (she of the armless statue). The real Venus de Milo had bodybuilder-level muscular arms. She spent a lot of time flexing, with closeups, and performing various feats of strength.
  • A lot of people thought Gunslinger Girl was a deconstruction of lolicon. Turns out...not so much.
  • 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.
  • It would seem that Everyone Is Bi in the CLAMP universe. It's especially noticeable in Cardcaptor Sakura, in which everyone seems to have at least one crush of each sex (except for Tomoyo, who only has eyes for her Sakura-chan.)
  • 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.
  • The creator of Tenchi Muyo! and other series likes to end these Unwanted Harem shows by having the male lead get together with every single member of the harem. It's not for nothing that this outcome used to be labeled the Tenchi Solution.
  • 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.
  • The Changing Workplace: Mostly animal transformation, with a touch of transgender for humorous purposes and with plenty of Lampshade Hanging.
  • 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.
  • Sabrina Online illustrates the difference between "Funny Animal comic" and "Furry Comic".
    • 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.
  • MSF High: Yet another webcomic, yet more transformation and transgender. His girlfriend's DeviantArt account provides even more evidence.
  • 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.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe's collective fetish is...Luke Skywalker! Seriously, in every new installment, he gets a new girlfriend, until he marries Mara. After Mara gets a bridge dropped on her, he picks up an aeons-old yandere. His descendants seem to be getting a lot of play. Ben is a young 14, and a Sith girl sticks her hand in his pants; two years later, another Sith girl wants to breed a Master Race with him. And then there's Cade... As for individual EU authors:
    • 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.
    • Matt Stover seems to enjoy deconstructing the fandom, judging by his Revenge of the Sith novelization and Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor.
    • 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 both face seduction attempts from a witch (who has declared them her slaves). Ho Yay between Luke and Isolder is visible, though not as common as Ho Yay in some other books.
    • 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?
    • They also like using feathers a lot in the games.
  • 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..
  • Anyone who has seen a few JC Staff show can tell their artists really, really, really like big breasts and nothing else. In the best case of Laser-Guided Karma...er, Misaimed Fandom ever, every single one of their most popular anime series nowadays has a flat chested girl as its most popular girl. ALL OF THEM.
  • Draw Your Own Story bases its insane plot upon, among other things, an insane mish-mash of a thousand works with little or no explanation as to why are they all here together. Let's quote from the work page: Starcraft, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Cthulhu, Star Wars, Dune, Ozy and Millie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Metroid, Fallout, Dead or Alive, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Command & Conquer, Civilization, and more.
  • Transformers fan-artists consider anything fair game for turning into a robot. Anything at all. In some continuities they're Armed with Canon.
  • 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.
  • MegaPhilX, creator of Mega Man Unlimited, is an avid fan of Shampoo from Ranma ½. She'll very rarely show up in the shop in-game. (And yes, he has drawn nude art of her.)
  • The whole point of This Very Wiki. Tropers write about whatever they happen to be interested in.
  • From the MLP Analysis community:
    • Bronycurious is a HUGE Rarity fan. Beyond that though, he has a strong appreciation for character depth and complexity.
    • Any allusions to religion or classical literature is greatly appreciated by AnthonyC.
    • KP loves "reformed" Discord to borderline fangirl levels.
    • Voice of Reason states in his Camaraderie is Supernatural review that parody is one of his favorite genres of comedy.
  • The creator of Filthy Frank really likes rap and hiphop music. It's to no surprise that any time anything musically related comes up, it typically falls under those genres.
  • Corgi Quest exists because the author wanted to combine two of his favorite things: corgis and Dungeons & Dragons.

    Multiple Media 
  • 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.

    Fan Fiction 
  • ThatPersonYouMightKnow of The Lion King Adventures fame employs Slap Stick and manic game show characters—such as the Interceptor—in all of his works.
  • 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.
  • There was a fic where Rei Ayanami revealed her love of Dungeons & Dragons. After that the whole thing dissolved into an Author Tract about how people can't appreciate modern fantasy.
  • Neon Exodus Evangelion is a Neon Genesis Evangelion Mega Crossover, whose authors were also clearly into New England college life, antiauthoritarianism, motorcycles, the Titanic and the UK. But not, however, anything the original creators of Eva had done with the themes and characterization.
  • Shinji And Warhammer 40 K has one Author Appeal element, but it's right there in the title, and used with style.
  • There is one Tenchi Muyo! fanfic where Tenchi and his crew gave in willingly to Kagato because he threatened them with country music.
    • 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.
  • Kalash93 loves Gratuitous Foreign Language, Gun Porn, dark backstories, world building, head coverings, and things influenced by Russia, especially its military.
    • 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.
    • He also seems to like making his protagonists ShellShockedVeterans to one extent or another. Given how much verisimilitude goes into the stories featuring actual combat, one starts to wonder if there's an element of Write What You Know to this. He certainly wouldn't be the first combat veteran to become a brony as a form of self-therapy.
  • 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.
  • Decks Fall Everyone Dies: the Yu-Gi-Oh! characters with their Abridged Series personalities in the plot of Moulin Rouge! with whatever songs the author wants to parody.
  • The Darker Knight is a Batman Troll Fic in which Batman saves random celebrities and rock bands and fights against a zombie apocalypse with characters from other comics, cartoons, and movies. Hilarity Ensues.
  • One AU High 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 Potter fanfic 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  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!"
    • Oddly enough, from around 2007 or so it became possible to find something at least vaguely similar to pepperjack cheese in Asda, a British supermarket chain that is now owned by Wal-Mart. Make of this what you will.
    • 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.
    • Musical choices are a very common element. Fanfic writers will often put Hogwarts students (even pureblood wizards like Draco) in shirts advertising moody American Muggle bands that hadn't even been formed at the corresponding timeline.
  • 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.)
  • An author has produced a few short Doctor Who Meta Fics in which Ninth and Tenth join the Eleventh Hatedom, and lambast him whenever he enters This Time Round.
    • 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.
    • And then there's the Fan Verse of Rich's ComixBlog that includes characters from Forever Knight and Jem becoming companions of the Doctor.
  • An otherwise well-written Babylon 5/Battlestar Galactica (revival) crossover seemed to indicate that NCAA basketball was a major obsession of the Earth Alliance.
  • With Strings Attached is what happened when the then 15-year-old writer got into The Beatles and Dungeons & Dragons simultaneously, though the final product (which she finished when she was 44) went far, far beyond anything as simple as D&D.
  • 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.
  • The fanfic Return to Atlantica, besides being a terrifying behemoth (one chapter, one hundred and sixty-six thousand, two hundred and eighteen words), contains everything from Pokémon to The Little Mermaid to Spyro the Dragon to Super Mario Bros.
  • A fan of the Legacy of Kain series starts pulling the characters out of the video games. Since they are in the "Real World," they can watch movies and play video games, including their own. Due to the nature of the magic involved, the characters will occasionally run into characters like Dante from Devil May Cry and Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. Razzy Plush, Sequel to Razzy Plush, and Plus Kain: The Convention Adventure.
  • 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.
  • The two authors of Calvin & Hobbes: The Series make alot of Shout Outs to shows they like (also indicated by their other fics):
  • 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.
  • Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan owes its very existence to this trope. The author is a fan of both the Total Drama series and the Gilbert and Sullivan series of light operas, and his whole purpose in combining them was to introduce to one people who are familiar with the other.
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Cody (who bears more than a passing resemblance to the author at that age) is the go-to character for allusions to two of the author's favorite entertainment franchises, Star Trek and Monty Python.
  • In A New Order, a Sailor Moon fic, Usagi 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.
  • The Captain Of The Virtual Console says that video games are awesome, and should be treated with respect and remembered.
  • Yogui likes crude penises as background jokes. This can be seen in the Something series and any of his contest entries.

    in-universe 
  • 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.
  • Oglaf's episode Fairest (NSFW) well illustrates the nature of Author Appeal.
  • 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.
  • In Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to, Aito quite clearly stated he draws the Show Within The Show to fulfill his Panty Shot fetish, often to rest of the cast's ire. In fact, many want to make sure he does not do this in expense of the plot.
  • This is mocked in the "Piss World" strip of Gunshow, where a Tabletop RPG Game Master with a piss fetish keeps inserting piss-related nonsense into his game, much to the annoyance of his two players.
    "Stop injecting your horrible fetishes into our game."
    "I am going to punch you."

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