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->'''Creator/LordByron''': I've a couple of cantos concerning the adventures of one "Childe Harold". A manly specimen, rather passionate, who journeys to Eastern Albania. ''[{{beat}}]'' Hobby may recognize a deal of it.\\
'''Hobhouse''': Does he sigh a lot, and mope after girls?\\
'''Davies''': Does he have a limp, by any chance?
-->-- ''Byron''

A fictionalized version of an author who appears as a character in the events of the story is often called upon to comment upon the situation, deliver the author's verdict, and possibly break the FourthWall in a [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] fashion. The author character will usually not influence the plot and may be only loosely tied to the goings-on, their appearances being quite random. The highfalutin literary term for a character designed to express the author's preferred opinions is the ''[[GratuitousFrench raisonneur]]''--here at Wiki/TVTropes, the preferred term is Author Avatar.

How this "random" character knows the characters and their minor issues is rarely explained within the context of the series. Very often, it is stated or implied that the avatar is the {{Narrator}}.

This is typically a holdover from comedic comics, in which the author of a series appears in the show in a self-mocking way. The Author Avatar sometimes appears as the OnlySaneMan, though rarely as the StraightMan. Sometimes names will be changed to protect the guilty.

If the Author Avatar is idealized to a fault, always gets the last word, is always shown to be right and starts correcting the world around them, then let the reader beware: the author has just created a CanonSue. Given the nature of the character, the Author Avatar is often called to deliver an AuthorFilibuster from time to time.

The other way to go is with SelfDeprecation; the characters will use the meeting to RageAgainstTheAuthor or ask WhoWritesThisCrap, or threaten him with violence, if they don't actually commit it. After all, the author put their characters through a lot in the name of [[RuleOfDrama drama]]--just imagine what Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer would say (or do) to Creator/JossWhedon if she had the chance[[note]]He is fond of making his characters suffer for drama, and said that one of ''Buffy'''s principles was "Buffy happy = bad"[[/note]].

Often, the avatar will show up on product logos and random artwork within the show.

Subtrope of PsychologicalProjection. If the character has a role in the plot, see WriteWhoYouKnow and LifeEmbellished. When done in works, most often FanFic, and the avatar becomes a central figure in the story, it becomes a SelfInsertFic. It has also been done for decades in Western ComicBooks since UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicbooks}}, possibly predating its Manga usage. It should not be confused with CreatorCameo since a cameo may include the creator just being in the background doing nothing or actually playing a character not meant to be them.

An old {{trope}} of The Forties and [[TheFifties Fifties]] is the "personal fallacy", the idea that everything in fiction is derived directly from RealLife. Some went as far as to state that any character that even faintly resembled the author had to be an Author Avatar or even a MarySue. Needless to say, this was often taken too far: see the article on Creator/DorothyLSayers for a particularly {{Anvilicious}} example.

Such characters will often have AuthorPowers. Compare MuseAbuse, to which the Author Avatar is often both victim ''and'' perpetrator.



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* Creator/HidekazHimaruya, author of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', has said that [[HollywoodNerd Estonia]] is the closest character to him in terms of looks and personality, and at one point referred to him as the "coolest" character in the series. Of course, [[AuthorAppeal this may be why Estonia]] is the WeirdnessMagnet of the series.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', the author, Nobuhiro Watsuki, appears as a cartoony pig, and appears for a very brief cameo in the anime, voicing himself in both the Japanese and English(!) versions.
** A less direct example also exists in Myojin Yahiko from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''; Watsuki has admitted in interviews that Yahiko's character was based partially on what he was like when he was a kid.
* Similarly, in the manga and anime ''Manga/DGrayMan'', a pink rabbit called Yoshi with his tongue poking out often appears in various places--sitting on Lavi's shoulder, being thrown through the air by Kanda, etc. Yoshi is the avatar for Katsura Hoshino.
** In one of the gag comics, she reveals she's given birth to a baby...kitten.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' has both Koshi Rikudo (the manga author) and Nabeshin (a contraction of Creator/ShinichiWatanabe, who made the {{anime}} based on it).
** Anime director Nabeshin has appeared in more than just ''Excel Saga''. He's also appeared either as a {{canon}} character or just a brief cameo in ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'', ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'', ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi'', ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', ''Manga/TheWallflower'', and possibly others.
* If you see a small cartoonish bipedal cow with glasses in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', you've just met Hiromu Arakawa's avatar (a reference to having grown up on a dairy farm). She appears at least once in the anime ([[http://s660.photobucket.com/albums/uu330/cthulhu19887/movie%20and%20tv/?action=view¤t=6be123d5.png when Scieszka goes on a tangent about aliens]]), and several times as alchemized weapons or items in the games. She also appears at random times in the manga, whether on a logo of some sort or just a random appearance in the background.
** Naturally, her avatar also makes a short cameo in ''Manga/SilverSpoon'''s anime.
* Tachibana Higuchi of ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' in her volumes appears as a humanoid pig that makes a cameo from time to time.
* In one episode, Elizabeth, an enigmatic creature/alien in the anime ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', is revealed to be the director wearing a weird costume, though it was just a one-time joke.
** The author himself is portrayed as a lazy, [[FunnyAnimal humanized]] gorilla who's typically seen laying on the floor, wishing he were a stack of waffles or some other kind of pastry. He never actually appears in-universe, instead just being the subject of {{omake}}, [[NoFourthWall but that didn't protect him during the Popularity Poll arc...]]
* The principal of the Yazawa Arts High School featured in both ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'' and its SpinOff ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' is [[Creator/AiYazawa the author]] herself. She does appear in Gokinjo (and takes the opportunity to {{lampshade|Hanging}} the huge amount of AuthorAppeal going on in the manga), but in the latter she only turns up in a particularly crazy {{omake}}.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a minor example for Creator/YoshiyukiTomino: Professor [[SignificantMonogram Y.T.]] Minovski, discoverer of MinovskyPhysics, which serve as the basis for all the HumongousMecha technology in the Universal Century timeline. What makes the example unusual is that much like Tomino his work is utterly indispensable for the existence of the franchise, yet his only appearance so far across the entire franchise is a single relatively minor one, in the manga ''Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin''.
** The unofficial manga ''Mobile Suit vs. Giant God: Gigantis' Counterattack'' has Amuro Ray make reference to Tomino as a character in the Universal Century, apparently a historian who theorized about the existence of a universe before the current one--namely, the universe of Tomino's other anime ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'', the eponymous "Gigantis".
* If Nagaru Tanigawa wants to show off complex concepts in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', he uses Koizumi, and adds a "just kidding" at the back. If he wants to show off his general knowledge, he uses Kyon and his references.
* Mattsu and Asu Tsubaki, the authors of ''Manga/HeIsMyMaster'', show up in heaven (as an alligator and a hamster, respectively) every time Izumi mentions {{God}}, usually to ignore her plea for help.
* The author of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' manifests as a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Metapod-lookalike]] named Ume-sensei.
* Barasui, the creator of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', appears at the end of the first manga volume, mainly to apologize for the ArtShift and to be criticized by the main characters.
* Rohan Kishibe from Part 4 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is sometimes seen as a representation of Hirohiko Araki, ''[=JoJo=]'''s author. Rohan is also a manga author, and his Stand lets him open people up like books so he can read their personal information and write commands, very symbolic for someone who represents the series' creator. However, Araki has said that he's a little put off by the comparison, since Rohan is InsufferableGenius and a bit of a prick, while Araki wants to be seen as mellow and approachable. For that matter, Rohan utterly despises Josuke, who Araki has said is his favorite character he created.
* Eri Takenashi, author of ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'', appears as a blue humanoid thing twice in the anime version. Once on an information card, and the second time in a crowd of people Daitetsu scares out of the bathroom.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'': The character ''Dunstan'' looks eerily familiar to a ''[[Creator/StanLee certain comic book artist/legend]]'', who just so happens to be the series's author.
** He later made an appearance in the first episode of Manga/{{Heroman}} asking "[[AlliterativeName Joey Jones]]" for his coffee.
* The author of ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', Yellow Tanabe, takes the form of a penguin with a Y-shaped pattern in white on her chest. She shows up near the end of every manga volume to talk about how ''Kekkaishi'' came to be and the struggles she faced while making the universe. She appears in cameo in the anime from time to time, being seen on such things as a pouch or a packet of tissues.
* In ''Manga/SgtFrog'', one of manga editor Aki Hinata's employees is called Yoshizaki-sensei, referring to Mine Yoshizaki (who not only created ''Keroro'' but used to work with ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' creator Katsu '''Aki'''). This character goes on to appear onscreen several times, including one scene in the third movie where he's enthusiastically sketching Dark Keroro's flying fortress.
** To a lesser extent, there's a one-shot character called ''Yoshi Mine''zaki, a pallid woman in office garb.
** In the manga, Yoshizaki is represented by a [[TheGreys "Grey" alien]] wearing a baseball cap.
* Miho Obana makes several appearances in ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' (with a single self-voiced catchphrase, "I'm Obana") and, naturally, she's well-known to the characters for no adequately-explained reason.
** The ''television'' series mascot Babbit is sometimes confused for an Author Avatar since he gives so much running commentary, but that's more a result of ExecutiveMeddling producing a surprisingly funny character.
** Meh, Obana's overt appearances are silly or humorous. Her real avatar is Sana's mother, especially in the manga.
* Kagami Yoshimizu, creator of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', depicts ''[[ViewerGenderConfusion him]]''self as a spherical cat with a tail. It's never shown up in the main manga, but is commonly seen in the {{omake}}s and also the anime {{eyecatch}}.
* Mokona from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' represents (unsurprisingly) Mokona Apapa, the lead Creator/{{CLAMP}} mangaka. Though she's only the lead artist. Ageha Okawa is a lead scriptwriter, and her (new) name, meaning "Butterfly", obviously explains CLAMP's penchant for butterflies in a number of their works.
** She actually takes turns with Nekoi as lead artist. Mokona is the one behind the fluffy bangs and the thick eyelashes, and Nekoi is responsible for the NoodlePeople style.
* The nurikabe that appears in ''Anime/{{Mahoraba}}'' is apparently an avatar of author KojimaAkira.
* In the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, Kinoko Nasu is depicted as a mushroom.
** PunnyName: "kinoko" means "mushroom" in Japanese.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is about the main character going through psychological struggles which mirror the ones Creator/HideakiAnno faced when making it. See CreatorBreakdown.
** And there's the rumor (started, in fact, by no other that the man himself) that Kaworu Nagisa was based on an Anno's close friend, Creator/KunihikoIkuhara.
* Eiichiro Oda made an appearance as Odacchi in the ''Manga/OnePiece'' soccer short, in which he gloriously kicks a penalty [[spoiler:right in the keeper's hands]].
** In the [=SBS=] corners, however, his usual avatar is that of a fish-headed man, apparently a pun on his name.
* Jun Mochizuki, the author of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', usually manifests herself in the form of a black cat with a pink mustache. While she never cameos in the anime, she appears in the manga volumes where she muses about a variety of things while [[TheChewToy running into some misfortune]], courtesy of her own characters. She also does this with her co-workers in guidebooks.
* ''Manga/{{Patalliro}}'' In both the {{anime}} and mangas, a [[SuperDeformed chibified]] Mineyo Maya pops up occasionally. His amusing little avatar even got a few mangas of its own, which were actually quite funny.
* In the author notes of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the author is an Electrode, the first artist is a pencil-wielding, glasses-wearing Oddish, and the second artist is a Swalot. In the beginning of the Emerald arc during the Battle Frontier opening ceremony, an Electrode and a Swalot are the rental Pokémon that Lucy and Spencer fight against. (Does it say anything about the creators seeing how those two Pokémon got the shit beaten out of them?)
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': According to WordOfGod, Usagi was based on her mangaka, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi--to the point that Usagi's family members share the names of Takeuchi's family.
* Maeda-kun (aka MAEDAX), assistant to the creator of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', makes constant appearances in said anime in the form of a censorship bubble, clock face, or oddball cutaway.
** Koji Kumeta himself often appears as a stereotypical (probably correctly so) overworked manga artist.
* Harima in ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'', a chibi named "Mr.T" would from time to time appear to explain basic basketball rules to the viewers. Logically, this is the Author Avatar of Creator/TakehikoInoue.
* Shouji Kawamori, one of the creators and current mastermind behind the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, appeared in several episodes of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' as a taciturn movie director, filming the ''[[ShowWithinAShow in-universe]]'' version of ''Anime/MacrossZero''. He was drawn in his perfect likeness except for a thick, bushy beard.
* The author of the ''Manga/{{TOKYO TRIBE}}2'' manga, Santa Inoue, appears in the anime adaption talking with two other gentlemen who are likely part of the anime staff, discussing manga scripts and whether or not the anime staff should take a hip-hop class or not. Apparently, he's so well-recognized in the [=TT2=] universe that two of SARU's members, Kai and Gondo, refer to him as "Sensei".
* A variation in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'': the GirlNextDoor was based on illustrator Kentarou Yabuki's wife...until he found out his wife was cheating on him behind his back, which led to the abrupt cancellation of the manga. See CreatorBreakdown.
* An in-universe version happens in ''Manga/WanderingSon''. The {{trans|sexual}}gender protagonist writes a gender-bender play about everyone in the world switching sexes one day. The main characters of the play are avatars for herself and her best friend.
* Tatsuhiko Takimoto does this in throughout ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''. In one afterword, he notes that upon reading his novel, it reminds him so much of his earlier lifestyle that he sometimes gets the urge to scream, throw his laptop out the window and commit suicide.
* Creator/AkiraToriyama's long-time friend Masakazu Katsura parodied this in his early series ''Wingman'', where his characters would allude to a certain ''Mayarito-san''. This is an allusion to Toriyama, only with the syllables reversed.
* Gosho's name (or Gosho himself) tends to pop up frequently here and there in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}''.
** He also appears along with the other characters (who refuse to acknowledge him and mercilessly mock him) in the Omake. He takes part in the race with the others but get [[BoltOfDivineRetribution zapped by God]] for cheating.
* Creator/YoshihiroTogashi of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' often turns up in the background of his work as a goofy-looking dog, generally a stuffed toy or logo. In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', he includes his wife, Creator/NaokoTakeuchi (also a manga-ka, of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' fame), in her preferred shape as a bunny rabbit.
* Makoto Raiku frequently appears in bonus material in the ''[[Anime/ZatchBell Konjiki no Gash Bell!!]]'' manga, but he makes one memorable appearance in the anime...as God. Victoream eats a magical melon which lets God grant him one wish, and he wishes for another melon--which Raiku cannot grant, because he ate it already. So Victoream instead wishes for a movie to be made about him, and Raiku complies.
* Black Dog, an H-manga mangaka, frequently appears in his work as a tiny black figure that apologizes to the audience for various things.
* In ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' and early issues of ''Manga/DragonBall'', a small robotic man wearing a hat, with a face like a gas mask, would sometimes appear walking around in towns and villages. This was in fact the Author Avatar of mangaka Creator/AkiraToriyama.
** Wonderfully used when Turbo, Senbei's son, goes missing.
--->'''Senbei''': Turbo! Turbo! Where are you?\\
'''Dog''': ''(barks)''\\
'''Robot Toriyama''': You've got business with my dog Turbo?\\
Cut to Senbei angrily chasing Robot Toriyama around the field.
** Another great use of this was in the trailer for the third ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie It opens with a majestic, swooping shot of... Robot Toriyama [[MundaneMadeAwesome at his drawing desk]].
** Akira shows up in this version as a videogame character as well, in one secret ending of Chrono Trigger. Mask hat and glasses all present.
*** Toriyama Robot also appears as a secret character in the videogame ''Tobal No.1'', when the player clears all the floors of the expert level dungeon in Quest Mode. Akira Toriyama was the character designer for the game.
** In early [[http://mangafox.me/manga/dr_slump/v01/c001/1.html manga]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7wFCxrcin8&feature=player_detailpage#t=74s anime]] ''Manga/DoctorSlump'', he is depicted as a bespectacled mechanical bird[[note]] as a play on his name, "tori" meaning "bird",[[/note]] holding a big pencil.
* Creator/JohjiManabe caricatured himself and his two chief assistance as background characters in several of his stories. Most notably in ''CaravanKid''. "Pipe down it's just a patrol. We don't run unless the editor shows up".
* Creator/KenAkamatsu, ''Manga/LoveHina'''s mangaka, made appearances in the two ''Manga/LoveHina'' specials, which the girls in the cast commented on several times; at one point in the TV series, Keitaro Urashima works a very short time as a manga "inker" for Akamatsu. He also made an appearance in another animated adaptation of his work, ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. His avatar is never used to voice opinions, though; he's only used as a plot device when the characters need something (like money or transportation).
** Apparently, Keitaro and Mutsumi are based on Akamatsu and his wife, even though the main heroine is Naru.
*** Supported by the fact that [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/11785/277667-70747-ken-akamatsu_large.jpg Ken really does look like]] [[http://animeholicph.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/keitaro-smile.jpg Keitaro]].
*** When drawn in the manga Ken Akamatsu looks possibly like a future version of Keitaro.
** In one episode of the anime, Naru was temporarily a singer idol; possible a reference to the fact that Akamatsu's wife was a former singer idol.
* Creator/OsamuTezuka frequently inserted self-portraits into his printed material; he invariably represented himself as a tall, skinny, big-nosed, bespectacled man wearing a beret and smoking a cigarette. In the ''Manga/AstroBoy'' collections, he drew new introductory pages for almost every story, in which he would provide opening narration and insights into the process of making manga. In his ''Buddha'' comic, he actually appears as a minor character, in his RealLife capacity as a white-coat wearing medical doctor. In ''[=Vampires=]'' he's one of the characters, and when a villains is trying to kill him he points out that since he's the one drawing the series, he can't die. Probably.
* {{Mangaka}} Creator/ShirowMasamune often draws himself as an octopus with a minigun for a nose.
* Creator/TatsuyamaSayuri the author of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Happy_Clover Happy Happy Clover]]'' manga [[http://www.ciao.shogakukan.co.jp/message/tatsuyama/images/002.gif is portrayed as a monkey.]] and usually deliver notes to the reader in some stories. She mostly appears as the very end of the manga, with a Mini Bio about her life and manga career.
* Okayado (Takemaru Inui), the creator of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' and ''Manga/{{12Beast}}'', makes appearances in his manga and the ''Monster Musume'' anime as a small hermit crab with a torticone shell. It's a reference to when he used to own one as a pet, and in turn it led to his "Crabman" nickname among Western fans. He also voices an unseen person named Okayad''a'' in one episode of said anime, though he can be barely heard over the voices of his own creations.
* Sankaku Head, author of ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan'', appears in the series as a person with a white, cylindrical head (ironic, since his pen name means "Triangle Head") and a hamster-like face. He pops up a lot in the anime, including in scene transitions, but special attention is drawn to him in the last episode when Taihei is test-driving an SUV and freaks out over "nearly" hitting him while he was crossing a crosswalk, causing Taihei to shout "A MANGAKA!"
* Creator/CoolKyouShinsha has two of them. An overweight rabbit with glasses for his regular works, and a one-horned walrus for his {{Hentai}}.

* It has been argued that the positioning of Jonah on the Art/SistineChapel's ceiling, with his back bent and face stating upwards, reflects the position Creator/{{Michelangelo}} himself would have been in while painting the ceiling. The three-page paper ''Michelangelo's Art through Michelangelo's Eyes'' makes a point of this.

* Creator/BryanTalbot has multiple facets of himself in ''AliceInSunderland''.
* Creator/GrantMorrison inserted himself as a godlike character in his run on ''Comicbook/AnimalMan''. This character, now referred to as 'The Writer', was killed in an issue of ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'' by John Ostrander (possibly as a TakeThat).
** Morrison also quite obviously modeled King Mob of ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' after himself, and certainly seems to ''believe'' that he and the character enjoyed some sort of mystical link, pointing to the fact that he suffered a collapsed lung during the time period when the character was recovering from a gunshot wound. Why, yes, Grant Morrison ''is'' a very strange man...
** In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity The Multiversity Guidebook #1]]'', Earth-44's Doc Tornado looks suspiciously similar to Grant Morrison.
* An unusual and ironic example: Colonel Olrik, the ''ArchEnemy'' in the ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer comics, is a portrait of Edgar P. Jacobs, the author. That's it: the series's author cast ''himself'' as the guy who regularly gets the heroes into trouble.
* In ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' Cutter is an avatar of artist/co-writer Wendy Pini (at least her male side) and Skywise is her husband and the other co-writer, Richard. Also the humans Nonna and Adar, although being mortal they're not around as long.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fanhunter}}'''s author, Cels Piñol, appears in the comics as Cels Denbrough, a fanpire (sort of a living dead who eats comics, movies and so, given that he hasn't read/watched them previously). Kicks as much butt and is as butt-kicked as every other character, and though he's one of the protagonists, he doesn't steal the spotlight.
* The Comicbook/FantasticFour rented their original home base from a landlord who clearly wasn't Creator/JackKirby at all... And the Thing? Just because he's Jewish and was from the same part of New York as Jack Kirby [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial does not mean he is based on Jack Kirby]].
* According to Steve Moncuse, Inspector Gill of ''ComicBook/FishPolice'' is heavily based on himself.
* In the DC {{Elseworld}}s miniseries ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'' ([[BroughtDownToNormal where all powered heroes lose their abilities]] in what is essentially a 3-part love letter to Franchise/{{Batman}}), it becomes quite blatant that the ComicBook/MartianManhunter is an avatar for author Doug Moench. He rants about how the heroes "deserved" to lose their powers, even himself (despite technically not having powers at all since his abilities are natural functions of his race), then raves about the coolness of Batman.
* Jim and Maggie Power, the parents of Marvel's ''Comicbook/PowerPack'', are very, very thinly-disguised versions of the husband-wife writer/artist team Walter and Louise Simonson. Louise Simonson co-created the original ''Comicbook/PowerPack'' series.
* Comicbook/ShadeTheChangingMan: Shade reflected Milligan's own sense of cultural alienation in America.
* Jack Knight, Franchise/TheDCU's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'', was blatantly and unabashedly a dual creator avatar. The first volume's introduction has a third party writer note that Jack ''is'' writer James Robinson and that he bears a strong resemblance to artist and designer Tony Harris.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Some believed that Werner and Brösel are the same person. In fact, however, Brösel's Author Avatar has been a Werner look-alike with glasses in the first few books. Around the time when ''Beinhart!'' was produced with Brösel starring as himself in the live-action parts, he drew a more faithful comic version of himself that also appears in later books.
** Brösel drew both himself and guest artist Jörg Reymann into ''Volle Latte!'' He went by the name Ørg to make it less obvious. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* Creator/JuddWinick may have done this with Max Lord in the beginning of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueGenerationLost #15''. Lord's plan includes killing Franchise/WonderWoman and turning the Amazons against the world, starting a human-vs-metahuman war. However, this is impossible due to the complete rewrite of Wonder Woman's character and backstory at the hands of Creator/JMichaelStraczynski. It's easy to see Lord's ranting in this issue and picture Winick's frustration as to how he's supposed to make this story work now.
* Creator/StanLee once admitted that of all his characters, he identified most with his most popular character, Franchise/SpiderMan, and that he had modeled Spidey's way of talking on his own.
** He also admitted on ''Talk of the Nation'' that J. Jonah Jameson was designed as a grouchier caricature of himself, and has also said that he would have jumped on the opportunity to portray him in a movie. (But he did say that J.K. Simmons did an excellent job.)
** He also mentioned in an interview that his own traits were the basis of Reed Richards's tendency to over-explain everything (and subsequently get yelled at). Now look back on all Ben and Reed's interactions in the Lee-Kirby issues of the Comicbook/FantasticFour...
** He also has an in-canon avatar called The One Above All. The One Above All happens to take on the appearance of influential creators of Marvel Comics. He's usually Stan Lee, but has appeared as Jack Kirby and other writers as well. He usually takes a TrueNeutral stance and doesn't get involved with anything that happens to the Marvel multiverse, but he does have the power of DeusExMachina to change literally anything if needed.
** And the far more humble Willie Lumpkin, mailman extraordinaire, who he even ended up portraying in ''Film/FantasticFour2005''.
* Creator/SteveGerber used perpetual loser Richard Rory in several works, including ''Comicbook/ManThing'' and ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown''. Also bearing a strong resemblance to Gerber is Paul Same, the introverted artist neighbor from ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck''.
* Creator/WarrenEllis does this quite a bit; sometimes the avatar's a writer, sometimes not. Pete Wisdom both in ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', and later in ''Ultimate Human''. Curzon, the British detective in his run on ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor''. Spider Jerusalem in ''Comicbook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. The Wildstorm Universe has at least two: ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'' has Elijah Snow, and ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'' has Jenny Sparks.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Author Juan López sometimes draws himself, usually as a background character. Not to mention that the titular character is called, well, Juan López. That doubles as a FridgeBrilliance because Juan López is a pretty common name. If he was called José Pérez, it'd have been in theory the same.
* ''ComicBook/ExMachina'' includes a subplot where the protagonist commissions a comic book to be written about his life. He calls in Creator/BrianKVaughan and Tony Harris (the co-creators of ''Ex Machina'') to interview for the gig. They don't get it.

* Bill Watterson described all of the characters appearing in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' as being "half me", although this was arguably subtle enough that few people noticed until Watterson actually came out and said it. Calvin's dad, who's based on Watterson's dad, looks a ''lot'' like Watterson himself (except Watterson has a mustache). One-shot character Uncle Max also looked like the author, only this time missing the glasses instead of the facial hair.
* The title character in ''Comicstrip/{{Cathy}}'' is a stand-in for creator Cathy Guisewite.
* In ''Comicstrip/{{Dilbert}}'', creator Scott Adams spends a couple strips "trapped" in his own creation.
* Elly Patterson, in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''. In fact, the entire Patterson family was modeled after the Johnston family, with each character's first name being the middle name of their real-life counterpart--except Elly, who was named after a childhood friend of Lynn Johnston who died at a young age.
* ''Comicstrip/FoxTrot'': Jason Fox = Bill Amend. There's also a RunningGag of characters reading newspapers that have headlines extolling a godlike "Author", who does things like winning the Nobel Prize, jamming with Music/BruceSpringsteen, and dating beautiful supermodels.
* The title character of ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' is into triathlons, and is particularly good at biking and bad at swimming. Which sounds remarkably like his cartoonist, Jef Mallett, except Frazz has better hair.
* ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'': Jim Davis has stated that Jon Arbuckle was himself. Whenever it's Jim Davis's birthday, there's always a strip about Jon's birthday on the same day. (Garfield's birthday is the anniversary of the strip's premiere.) In about two comic strips, a character who resembled Jim Davis appeared.
* Frank Cho appears in ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows'' as a chimp in a sweater.
* The Argentine cartoonist Liniers depicts himself as an anthropomorphic rabbit (with glasses) in his strip ''Macanudo''
* Amos from ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' is the strip's author with the serial numbers filed off. Did I mention that Amos is a dorky cello player who gets laid a lot? This becomes creepy when you incorporate his admission that Edda is based on his daughter.
* In ''Overboard'', the author (who apparently lives on the ship with the rest of the pirates) appears as a nondescript man seated at a comicker's desk. The cast occasionally come over to complain about a plot element or attempt to convince him to write something in for them.
* ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Charles Schulz stated many times that he saw Charlie Brown as a miniature version of himself. For example, his father, like Charlie Brown's father, was a barber, and most of the strips that involved the protagonist's dad were autobiographical in nature. There was so much publicity about this (an early Schulz bio was titled ''Charlie Brown and Charlie Schulz'') that it became a major part of ''Peanuts''' identity, but Schulz also admitted that the other major characters were reflections of him as well. Snoopy was his adventurous side, Linus was his intellectual side, Lucy was his negative side, Schroeder reflected his love of music, Peppermint Patty reflected his love of sports, and so on.
* Stephan Pastis of ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' appears from time to time in his cartoons, often to get yelled at by his characters. A recurring gag in the strip involves one of the characters (often Goat or Pig) making a particularly bad pun, immediately followed by a panel depicting Rat insulting Pastis for making that pun. During a brief arc where Darby Conley and Pastis collaborated on a gag, Conley appears in one or two ComicStrip/GetFuzzy strips where Pastis tries to peaceably get Conley to cease and desist his blatant ripping off of the day's ''Pearls Before Swine'' strips. He looks a bit like Rob, but distinct enough that you can tell you're looking at someone else; he portrays himself as an arrogant jerk who forgets Pastis's name as soon as he's done lying through his teeth at him.
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' bares a strong resemblance to his creator, Dik Browne, who had even gone so far as to wear a horned viking helmet similar to Hagar's in publicity photos. Dik's son, Chris, who has drawn the strip since his father's passing, also looks a bit like Hagar.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* To an extent, Misty and Lumi, from ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6818097/1/Adventures_of_the_Writer Adventures of the Writer]]'', are examples.
* [[MarySue Danisha]] in the ''Disney/{{Hunchback of Notre Dame}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Back to the Frollo}}''.
* ''Fanfic/BloomingDreemurr'' has Vee's character, Vee, though she doesn't actually interact with any of the characters lately, and just uses the character for OOC updates it seems.
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/264155/but-i-made-you "But... I Made You!" or "The Day I Met My OC"]]'': Kind of a weird example--each of the six authors featured in this collaboration meet their own ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' {{Original Character}}s. Chapter 3 also involves [[FanFic/MyFamilyAndOtherEquestrians Blade Star the character]] meeting [[NamesTheSame Blade Star the author]], which also helps for those who accused the original fic of being a SelfInsertFic.
* ''FanFic/TheCaptainOfTheVirtualConsole'' has Gancena, an avatar for the troper Gancena.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Doctor Strange, who the author has admitted is pretty much an author avatar. This is unsurprising, considering that Strange is a mysterious schemer and master MagnificentBastard who specialises at lying with ExactWords, is behind most of everything that happens in the book, ties it all up pretty neatly... and is a ''colossal'' {{Troll}} who will do things simply because he thinks that they're funny and both cast and reader frequently want to punch in the mouth.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': The main characters and their friends often go to an arcade game center whose owners are avatars of the writer and their friends. Unlike some examples, their presence is not intrusive at al,l and they remain secondary characters who seldom show up.
* Lady Delphine in the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series is admitted by the author to be "slightly" one of these. She shares the author's LawOfInverseFertility backstory and resultant tendency to take in "strays."
* Wolf of Fanfic/CrazinessCandyJediKnightsAndWhat is clearly the author, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1553786/Do-a-Barrel-Roll Do a Barrel Roll]].
* ''Fanfic/{{CyberdineDreams}}'' has Tamagi Stardust, whom the author has admitted is this to a degree.
* The author of ''FanFic/DantesNightAtFreddys 2: Animatronic Boogaloo'' doesn't appear, but does give Dante a phone call in reference to Scott Cawthon being the creator and ExpositionFairy in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. For extra MindScrew, he has seemingly disappeared without a trace by the time the fic's sequel takes place.
* ''Fanfic/DeathNoteIITheHiddenNote'' has William Cattlefarmer. He's an actual character and is somewhat important to the overall plot.
* Flo serves as one in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', often providing the author's opinion on the actions of characters.
* Bryan Croi-Dragon, the Minecraft persona of FanFic/AGrandChronicleOfChampionsAndBlackguards writer Jet556, is supposed to be like this but seems more like a Creator/WalterScott portrayal of UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10716411/1/Heirlooms Heirlooms]]'', one character symbolizes each of the individual companies that contributed to the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' universe over the four (or is it five) games. So far, we have Freya, Caitlyn, Harold and Sage, who fill the parts of Creator/GameFreak, Creatures Inc., Creator/HALLaboratory, and a surprise EarlyBirdCameo from Sega.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles: Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'' gives us one of the few Author Avatars who actually influences the plot. See that teenage boy over there in the corner? The one who is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Stratogale's half brother by way of [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science and Technology]]]]? That's the author with the ability to transform into a genetically engineered PteroSoarer.
* Edrobot in ''Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000''. Much like the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' example below, this is played for laughs.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', [[spoiler: the UltimateEvil of the series is called ''the Writer''. No points for guessing [[Creator/ThatPersonYouMightKnow who he's based on]]...]]
* From ''Fanfic/MagicaMadokaVeneficusPuella'' comes [=EnBey=]. He is a major factor in the universe's backstory, as he was the one who initiated the [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Incubators']] civil war in the first place.
* 111SAMUSRIDLEY4EVA2006 included herself as a character in her story ''Metroid High School''. Without changing the name in any way.
-->One day Samus and Ridley and her frends Ted, Mandy, Robbie, 111SAMUSRIDLEY4EVA2006, Helen, and Tio Juan were at a sleepover.
* The author of ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/980776/chapters/1931119 Moirailegiance is Science]]'' outright describes herself as "a cheap [[{{Expy}} knockoff]] of Creator/AndrewHussie", and pretty much serves the same role in the fanfic as his Author Avatar does in the ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' canon proper. And she didn't just ''write'' the fanfic; she [[spoiler: ''kidnapped'' Hussie and hijacked the plot]].
* Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way of ''FanFic/MyImmortal''. Made even more obvious because the author sometimes [[FreudianSlip uses her own name in place of Ebony's]].
* ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'' by Creator/DakariKingMykan has '''three'''.
** [[TheProtagonist Lightning]] [[DesignatedHero Dawn]].
** [[BigGood The]] [[GodModeSue Grand]] [[DesignatedHero Ruler]], whose design is directly lifted from the author's OC cosplay and WordOfGod even states that he's voiced by him.
*** When he came up with the concept for the first time, Celesto was even going to be named Mykan.
** [[BigBad Ti]][[GenericDoomsdayVillain tan]] is theorized to represent the deep-seated hatred the author has for [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''[=FiM=]'']].
** Mykan has also stated that at some point, he will introduce a character named Mykan which will serve to emphasize his hatred of friendship.
* In ''Fanfic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth'', Miss Cam is a stand-in for Camilla Sandman.
* [[MrExposition The Advisor]] in ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', who gives the [[Anime/MaiHime Himes]] most of their exposition on the [=SUEs=]. [[spoiler:He is also known as the Avatar, and he created the [[ParodySue SUEs]] and set them against the Himes to determine whether a MarySue could survive or achieve her goals without the author's support; he chose not to support them or the [[Anime/MaiHime Himes]] because if he wholeheartedly helped one side, that side would win. The Himes are not pleased when they find out, and Natsuki even tries to kill the Avatar to prevent anything of the sort from happening again.]]
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Beta-reader and co-writer Anon e Mouse Jr. includes an author avatar of himself with the powers (and then some) of [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider Skull]] in the non-canon omake chapters, where he has a tendency to pop in and give some information to the characters before disappearing again. His words are chosen to be truthful, but careful not to spoil the plot.
* In ''FanFic/PonyPalsDirkStriderEdition'', a full version of the modified version of ''Detective Pony'' which Dirk made in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Dirk himself is a character who appears about halfway through the book.
* ''Fanfic/PrefectsAfterDark'' is a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic in which the author imagines himself as a prefect at Hogwarts. The main character shares the author's name and commitment to the nudist lifestyle.
* Taken to its logical extreme with ''FanFic/ThePrettyCureMcLaughlinClub'', as its author explicitly puts himself in the role of the unnamed moderator.
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/73406/rainbow-in-the-dark Brownie is this in]] the fic, ''FanFic/RainbowInTheDark''
* A rare in universe example: Bonbon of the Blog/ReadingRainbowverse runs both Crystalstuck and the DM Bonbon blog, leading to an NPC based off her relationship with Lyra.
* Julia Nakahamou is Sephirothslave's (extremely obvious) avatar in her story Fanfic/ShinraHighSOLDIER.
* The author of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' fancomic ''[[http://sickrogue.deviantart.com/gallery/28904323?offset=0 Simba's Legacy]]'' places her fursona in as Vitani's daughter.
* Yogui's Avatar shows up when you achieve HundredPercentCompletion in the ''VideoGame/{{Something}} Series''. He gives the player his WordOfGod and congratulates you for completing the game.
* Eric the Hedgehog from ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is pretty deliberately one of these. [[spoiler: Except not really - his name isn't actually "Eric" and he's a DeconstructiveParody of this trope]].
* Hypnos Technicion and [[spoiler: agent of the Triad]], Daneel Randt from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', although he's a rare example of a SelfInsert that ''doesn't'' hog the spotlight and rather, serves as more of a MrExposition character.
* Alex Vaughn, the central protagonist of the supercrossover military fanfiction series, ''FanFic/TheTerminatorsArmyOfLegend'', is stated by WordOfGod to be an "idealized" version of the author, Sir Areis Lionheart.
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7958373/1/To-the-Trolls-and-the-ToD-Writers To the Troll and the ToD Writers]], Pit voices the concerns of the author, Creator/PitFTW. He is even a fanfiction writer with two fanfics with titles extremely similar to PitFTW's.
* [[WordOfGod The (very talkative) author has observed that]] Emrys of ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' actually started as a SelfInsertFic, albeit an unintentional one, before he developed a personality of his own. This was only noticed in somewhat-embarrassed retrospect.
** It has also been suggested that Harry took on a few of the author's personality traits (along with those of [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]), though how much of this WriteWhatYouKnow and how much is SignatureStyle is ambiguous.
* [[http://animaniacsfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Makko_Warner Makko Warner]] from ''Fanwork/ZanyToTheMax''.
** Also, Homestripe Runner and Mr. Dudeman, both created by the same author.
* Website/DeviantArt is quite fond of Author Avatars for fandoms in general (hey, it IS first and foremost an art website after all), to the extent that no fandom for ANY franchise is complete without them.
* Child at Heart Forever occasionally inserts herself in her original stories, usually the ones that cross over the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' and ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchises. Surprisingly, her ''FanFic/PaperMarioX'' magnum opus has her kept neatly outside the story, preferring to talk on the author's notes--[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou that characters have occasionally invaded]], causing Child to have conversations with those characters. Child's sister Natalie also makes a part of these notes later on, usually on the final chapter of each story.
* Wolfie, and [[Creator/AndrewHussie Hussie]]: Engage in highly indulgent self-insertion into story.
* Rory, one of the students at Skyhold Academy in ''Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook'', is admitted to be this for one of the co-authors.
* The AprilFoolsDay chapter of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' features main author Crossoverpairinglover writing the fic (with a ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]'' of all things) and then arguing with an AnthropomorphicPersonification of ExecutiveMeddling, who tries (futilely) to sway the author to take the story in different directions, [[PlayedForLaughs in what is the most hilarious]] TakeThat.
* In ''Fanfic/CitadelOfTheHeart'', [[PhysicalGod Ultimorian Deity]] [[KingInTheMountain Grandis]] is noted to be a weird example of this. While it is true the author flat out confirms Grandis to be this, even gladly admitting he'd voice the character and to the point he has the same real-life name aside from his title, Grandis overall tends to take a backseat towards the other Ultimorian Deities a lot, [[TheGodsMustBeLazy or at most lets his son do much of the work for him]]. It gets to the point where he has a very distinct KingInTheMountain status to the point many in-universe and out wonder why he's supposed to be the King of the Ultimorian Deities in the first place. [[spoiler:Which that in and of itself is because of a string of incidents which lead to him being KickedUpstairs for the simplest explanation in an otherwise [[MindScrew more complicated discussion]] one could have regarding [[PeoplePuppets the nature of his existence]].]] Also, the fact Grandis isn't even the strongest Ultimorian Deity, nor is he the strongest of the original works originating characters in the entire SeriesFic.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/musker_clements_4166.jpg those two guys]] have the faces of John Musker and Ron Clements. They also appeared in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' (as robots), ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', and possibly others.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' invokes this in one of the many ways in recurses in on itself.
* In ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'', by WordOfGod, aspiring actor Samir is a stand-in for Kechiche as he asks Adèle if the intimacy with women is different from men.
* [[NaiveNewcomer Lieutenant Werner]] in ''Film/DasBoot'' is a stand-in for Lothar-Günther Buchheim, the author of the novel the film is based on. Buchheim had been a war correspondent aboard a U-boat during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the novel is a partially fictionalised account of his own experiences.
* There's a [[MindScrew simultaneously in-universe as well as meta-fictional]] example in ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''. [[spoiler:The Sutter Cane that Trent encounters is strongly hinted to be only a representation of the real Sutter Cane, who is writing the story outside of the fictional universe that Trent and by extension the movie exist in. Either that or Cane's rewriting of reality has gotten so strong that he can visit his own stories at will.]]
* Creator/MarkHamill said that while making the first ''Franchise/StarWars'' that he realized that Luke Skywalker was director Creator/GeorgeLucas ("Luke S." Do you see?) when Lucas told him to say a line in a certain way that seemed odd to Hamill, but he realized it would be the way George would say it.
* Creator/DavidCronenberg's adaptation of ''Film/NakedLunch'' and Creator/StevenSoderbergh's ''Film/{{Kafka}}'' feature thoroughly fictionalized versions of Creator/WilliamSBurroughs and Creator/FranzKafka respectively as their protagonists, while combining elements from both their lives and their works.
* Creator/KevinSmith largely avoids this in his own movies, appearing as [[TheSilentBob Silent Bob]]... until the very end, when he either has a huge hand in resolving the plot or delivers a critical bit of wisdom in one of his few speaking lines.
** ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' is his character's least invasive role, where he utters maybe five words the entire movie, though he does still help out with Jay a fair bit.
--->'''Silent Bob''': [[RefugeInAudacity No]] [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade ticket!]]
** Smith apparently wrote the role of Randal in the first ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' movie for himself, but when he had difficulty memorizing all the lines, he decided to cast Jeff Anderson as Randal and became Silent Bob.
** Oddly, he acted more like his Real Life self in the movie ''Vulgar'', which he neither wrote nor directed.
** Kevin Smith's "Silent Bob" moment in which he possibly comes the VERY closest to ever being the real Kevin Smith was during the climax of ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', in which he launches into a shockingly knowledgeable diatribe about the legal transference rights of intellectual properties.
* Creator/MNightShyamalan has cast himself in very small speaking roles in all of his films for simple {{Creator Cameo}}s but then in ''Film/LadyInTheWater'', Shyamalan cast himself as a writer whose work would "change the world"--a part coming much too close to a MartyStu for many viewers.
** ''Film/TheHappening'': "Why you eyein' my cabbages?"
* Creator/StanLee:
** He makes a cameo in all the Marvel films based on characters he created (so not ''Film/ThePunisher2004'', ''Film/GhostRider'', or ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''). His role is becoming increasingly larger, and is something of an EasterEgg for fans. For example; in one of his earliest, he was a guy pulling a kid out of the way of falling debris in ''Film/SpiderMan1''. Now, he's seen, very clearly, drinking poisoned soda in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', telling Peter Parker that he's made a difference in ''Film/SpiderMan3'', and being mistaken for Hugh Hefner in ''Film/IronMan1''. ''[[Film/FantasticFour2005 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer]]'' saw Stan Lee trying to get into Reed and Susan's wedding, [[YourCostumeNeedsWork but the doorman wouldn't believe he was really Stan Lee]]. This was inspired by the comics version of the wedding from ''Fantastic Four'' Annual #3, where Stan and Creator/JackKirby were thrown out of the wedding. ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' features him as a "Watcher Informant", which confirms that he truly is a cosmic being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This leads many to believe he is The One Above All, the ultimate God ([[InsistentTerminology with a capital G]].)
** Creator/StanLee also wrote a special comic in which he appeared alongside with the main Marvel heroes and each one of them expressed dislike for him. You have to admit, Stan the Man's great at poking fun at himself.
** In an episode of the animated series of ''Spider-Man'', Spider-Man travels to a parallel universe and hangs out with Stan Lee for a few minutes, taking him webslinging (something Stan admitted to always wanting to try).
* One gets the sense that Creator/TimBurton is the main character in many of his own movies. Maybe the most obvious was ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', whose main character was a messy-haired EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette with a macabre look about him who had trouble fitting in. This goes double if played by Creator/JohnnyDepp--one Hollywood producer explained that "Basically, Johnny Depp is playing Tim Burton in all his movies." Depp actually agreed.
* Quite common in Creator/WoodyAllen's films. Even among the films Allen doesn't act in. ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'' is built on the interaction between the writer protagonist (played by Allen) and several characters from his fictional pieces, including one ("Ken") who states he's a "thinly disguised version of you". In ''Film/BulletsOverBroadway'', John Cusack spends the whole movie doing a very accurate impression of Woody Allen.
* When conceiving of ''Film/OperationYAndShuriksOtherAdventures'', the Soviet film director Leonid Gaidai based the main character Vadik on himself. In fact, when casting the character, he went through over a hundred actors before settling on Aleksandr Demyanenko, mostly due to the actor's resemblance to Gaidai. He then turned the actor into TheDanza by renaming Vadik to Shurik, a short form of "Aleksandr". Gaidai then made two more films with Demyanenko as Shurik (''Film/KidnappingCaucasianStyle'' and ''Film/IvanVasilievichChangesProfession''), although it's not clear if it's the stories are supposed to be connected.
* Charlie Mortdecai from ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'', as his opening voiceover has him stating that he is an art dealer, accomplished fencera, and fair shot with most weapons [[ShoutOut just like Kyril Bonfiglioli's book jacket author biography states]].
* In ''Film/TheKidAndI'', Bill Williams is a transparently obvious avatar for screenwriter and star Tom Arnold.
* The career of Ellison Oswalt, the protagonist of ''{{Sinister}}'', bears a lot of similarities to the film's director Scott Derrickson. Both of them had a successful streak only to fall into obscurity (for Derrickson this happened after the utter flop of the remake of ''TheDayTheEarthStoodStill''). Ellison's fear of constant failure is what drives him to keep investigating the Stephenson massacre, despite the damaging effect it has on him and his home life. Derrickson has admitted he based the character's development on his own anxieties as a film-maker.

* Arguably the father of the modern Author Avatar was Creator/EEDocSmith, particularly with ''Literature/TheSkylarkOfSpace'', generally agreed to be the first work of what is now called SpaceOpera.
* In "The Adventures of Han" at the end.
* The character Grigoriy Aleksandrovich Pechorin in Mikhail Lermontov's ''Literature/AHeroOfOurTime'' fits this trope perfectly. So much so that, much like Pechorin, Lermontov had an obsession with dueling--which ultimately lead to his death.
* Creator/JamesBranchCabell:
** In several volumes of ''Biography of the Life of Manuel'', a character named Horvendile has the reputation of being insane because he insists it is a world he created, and they are all characters he made up. This is borne out when they keep obeying his eccentric directions without knowing why, or even admitting it. In other volumes, there are references to him as "Orven Deal" or "Frank Vanringham".
** In the trilogy ''The Nightmare Has Triplets'', the dreaming author appears in successive volumes as ''Smirt'', ''Smith'', and ''Smire''.
* The initially unnamed narrator of ''[[Literature/TheAlexandriaQuartet Justine]]'' is a paper-thin placeholder for author Lawrence Durrell. In later books, the narrator's name is revealed to be L. G. Darley--their initials are identical.
* In ''Literature/AnElegyForTheStillLiving'' Jeremy Reinertson appears briefly to retrieve an umbrella, tell Francis a story, and generally wreak havoc with the fourth wall.
* Any work by Creator/LeoTolstoy will have one.
** In the novel ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'', the character of Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin is an Author Avatar: Tolstoy and his wife courted using the "letters game" that Levin and Kitty used in the novel. Also, Levin's musings on philosophy reflects Tolstoy's own internal debates at the time, and his idea of economic reforms that could be enacted to improve the Russian Empire's agricultural efficiencies were those suggested by Levin.
** He has ''two'' in ''Literature/WarAndPeace''.
* By his author's own admission, Nick from ''Literature/{{Atharon}}'' is AuthorAvatar , acting and behaving the same way author would have done in the world. Only Nick has six-pack instead of beer belly. And magical powers.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/AutumnVisits'', the science fiction writer Yaroslav Zarov is a clear avatar of Lukyanenko. Several of Zarov's novels appear to be novels that Lukyanenko wrote himself. Additionally, Lukyanenko would later use Yaroslav Zarov as his pen name for some published works.
* Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheBellJar'', is Creator/SylviaPlath. Essentially every aspect of Esther from her appearance, talent for writing, bad luck with hypocrite boyfriends to her mental breakdown, suicide attempts, and subsequent hospitalization can be traced back to Plath herself in some way.
** Which takes a deliciously meta twist when Esther starts a draft of an account of her experiences, which is obviously ''The Bell Jar'' in a nascent form.
* OlderThanPrint: Creator/GeoffreyChaucer shows up as one of the pilgrims in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', and is the only one to get two stories out. The first is horrible, the second is applauded.
* The eponymous protagonist of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfSteveStollberg'' is a stand-in for the author, voicing the author's beliefs that conspiracy theories are stupid.
* ''Literature/ConcienciaYVoluntad'' features a [[spoiler:dead]] avatar of the author, as Esteban Ruquet is one of the characters [[spoiler: actually, at the time of the novel, the ''real'' avatar is long dead, and his imposer, Rocafirme, is another author avatar]].
* Dante put himself explicitly into ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' as the main character.
* ''Literature/TheDogsOfWar'' has the CorruptCorporateExecutive consult a journalist known for his knowledge of African mercenaries while planning the coup. He's never named, but it's clearly Frederick Forsyth, freshly back from the Nigerian Civil War.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': Cervantes dedicates some chapters of the first part of the novel to ''“The story of the Captive Captain”'', Ruy Pérez de Viedma, a Spanish captain who was prisoner of the Moors. Curiously, this man, like the Priest, claims to know some guy called “de Saavedra”.
* Creator/LMMontgomery admitted that the protagonist of the Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon series was based on her, saying "People were never right in saying I was Anne. But in some respects, they will be right if they write me down as Emily". Unfortunately, this means that Emily's glossy locks, purple eyes, literary genius, string of hopeless suitors and psychic powers moves her towards CanonSue territory.
* ''Literature/TheEnglishDragon'': Like Bragg, Oliver is an English nationalist, a musician, and involved with small political parties.
* Many scholars believe that Creator/LewisCarroll intended the Dodo in ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' and the White Knight in the sequel to be caricatures of himself. (Carroll himself never confirmed or denied this.)
* In ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', the Creator of the Discworld is described as a little rat-faced man with a put-upon voice made for complaining. It is strongly implied that the Creator's physical appearance is a reference to Creator/TerryPratchett himself, and he is a self-parody of Pratchett's own act of creation in writing the novels.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' is actually named Raoul Duke, not Creator/HunterSThompson...
* Creator/VCAndrews's character of Cathy Dollanganger from ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' is this. Cathy is amazingly beautiful, she can attract every man who even looks at her, and she is the only one who craves vengeance for being wronged, while the others who survived the same ordeal just want to leave well enough alone.
* Douglas Hofstadter inserted himself into his final dialogue in ''[[Literature/GodelEscherBach Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid]]''. Given the odd events his characters go through in every dialogue, meeting their own author barely provokes a reaction. The non-fiction inside is even more of a MindScrew than the dialogues.
* ''The Golden Ass'' is a novel by Lucius Apuleius, about a man named... oh wait... Lucius Apuleius.
* Hermione from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books is, by Creator/JKRowling's own admission, an exaggeration of herself when she was younger. Rowling says she was a bit of an InsufferableGenius in her younger days but [[DefrostingIceQueen gradually mellowed out]], much as Hermione does over the course of the series (this may be why, of all the young performers in the ''Potter'' movies, Rowling is closest to Creator/EmmaWatson). Rowling has admitted that each of the three main characters are aspects of herself.
* Skeeter in ''Film/TheHelp'' is a blatant stand-in for the author, Kathryn Stockett. Kathryn Stockett wrote this book to discuss the plight of black maids in 1960s Mississippi. The book is about a white woman in the 1960s who writes a book (called ''The Help'' as well) about the plight of black maids in a Mississippi.
* The way Nora Grey from the ''Literature/HushHush'' series is described bears similarities to how Becca Fitzpatrick looks in terms of hair and body build.
* In ''[[Literature/IAmTheMessenger The Messenger]]'' (''I Am the Messenger'' for the US release), [[spoiler:the author Markus Zusak shows up at the end of the story to tell the main character, Ed, that he's the one responsible for everything that's happened to him through the course of the book. In fact, everything that's happened to Ed in his life up to that point, like his father's death, can be blamed on Zusak for making it happen]].
* ''Literature/ILucifer'' by Glenn Duncan has failing writer ''[[SignificantAnagram Declan Gunn]]'', whose body is given to Lucifer to live as a mortal for a trial run.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': by the author's own admission, series protagonist Eragon was initially written as a reflection of himself [[AuthorAppeal doing the things he would like to do]], but Eragon has become more of his own character as the series has progressed.
* There's a meta-example in ''Literature/JimSpringmanAndTheRealmOfGlory''. When the protagonists' entire town gets absorbed into a fantasy book, one of their ideas is to contact the author by finding her Author Avatar. [[spoiler: Turns out her avatar's the [[EvilIsCool villain]], not the hero like they'd suspected.]]
* Creator/DouglasCoupland plays a part in his novel ''Literature/{{jPod}}'', in which all the main characters are fans of his earlier works. As it turns out, he's a "sociopathic shit" who steals the main character's friends and colleagues (even his mom), and tricks him into handing over his laptop on which the entire novel is based, spam mail, porn collection, and other stuff included.
* Sir Max in ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' is named after the author's pen name (or rather the books are presented as [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis his fictional autobiography]]). He is also [[GodModeSue far more powerful than the other characters]], he [[WishFulfillment becomes popular]] rather than staying the friendless nerd he used to be, and the books themselves contain quite a lot of [[AuthorAppeal things the author likes]], such as coffee and cats.
* [[TheHero David Rain]] is Chris d'Lacey's Author Avatar from ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]''.
* The authors of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series are ''terrible'' about this, as they combine very obvious author avatars in the heroes (Rayford Steele for Tim [=LaHaye=] and Buck Williams for Jerry Jenkins) with raging CanonSue complexes. This gets really, really hilarious when the authors get things blatantly wrong due to their limited understanding of reality (Williams, supposedly "really physically fit", is about ready to pass out after a ''two mile'' walk through the streets of New York--something that the overweight Jenkins probably would find uncomfortable).
** Although it's worth mentioning that it's more severe with Buck, since Buck is Jenkins' avatar, and Jenkins is the one who does the actual writing.
* Literature/TheLorax for Creator/DrSeuss.
* WordOfGod has it that Faramir is Creator/JRRTolkien's avatar in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Beren from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is also his author avatar. That name is even inscribed on his tombstone! And "Lúthien" is inscribed on the tombstone of his wife, Edith. According to him, the story of Beren and Lúthien was their story. (Clearly, he embellished it somewhat.)
* The protagonist and narrator of Creator/BretEastonEllis's ''Literature/LunarPark'' is a fictionalized suburbanite version of himself, cleverly named...uh, Bret Easton Ellis. He fears characters from his books are coming to life and murdering people. Naturally, it's completely fucked up. Could also qualify as AsHimself.
* Multatuli's novel ''Max Havelaar'' actually has multiple, which the author admits in a fourth-wall breaking monologue near the end.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' features the intrepid 40-something Stockholm journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who writes for ''Millennium'' magazine, which is dedicated to anti-fascism and exposing political corruption. The books were written by 40-something Stockholm journalist and author Stieg Larsson, who edited the anti-fascist campaigning magazine ''Expo''.
* It's probably not a coincidence that the heroine of ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' is named "Clary" while the author's name is "Cassandra ''Clare''", which would [[BrotherSisterIncest result in some interesting implications if Cassandra Clare has a brother]]. (It is worth noting, however, that Cassandra Clare is just a pen name; the author's real name is Judith Rumelt.)
** Clare has stated, when asked by a fan "What kind of a name is 'Clary'?", that she was named after a friend, whose full name is Clarissa, much like the Clary in the books. The only real similarities seem to be red hair (though Clare also states that she imagined Clary's a much darker shade) and the first four letters of their names.
* A particularly dismal example shows up in ''Literature/MoscowPetushki''. Despite all the comedy, it's depressing when you realize that the real-life Venedikt Erofeev was, like the fictional one, living a miserable life that was unlikely to get better anytime soon.
* ''Literature/MyNameIsRed'' has author Creator/OrhanPamuk and his older brother Shevket appearing as minor characters. So too does his mother, Shekure, who's one of the most important characters. A character, supposedly the author Orhan Pamuk, plays a larger role in ''Literature/{{Snow}}'', where the last few chapters are about him investigating the fate of his friend who starred in the earlier part.
* Possibly (according to several fan theories) Pseudonymous Bosch in ''Literature/TheNameOfThisBookIsSecret'' and ''If You're Reading This, It's Too Late''.
** Proven in the fourth book, when [[spoiler:Max-Ernest sees himself in the mirror as the author...kind of]]. He also likes chocolate as much as him, so...yeah.
** [[spoiler:This is eventually confirmed in the fifth book.]]
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock appears as his own great-grandfather in the first two books of the 'Nomad of the Time Streams' sequence of novels (''The Warlord of the Air'' and ''The Land Leviathan''), and as himself in the third (''The Steel Tsar'').
* Drosselmeyer in ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' has been claimed to be a self-portrait by the author Creator/ETAHoffmann.
* Author Creator/CliveCussler makes appearances in most Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}} novels. The character usually has something named Periwinkle with him (a boat, a car, or in one case a donkey) and tends to act as a very small DeusExMachina to get Dirk out of whatever jam he's currently in (typically by simply providing him with transportation from point A to point B.) He'll often dole out small bits of wisdom, advice or insight as well. No matter how many times Dirk meets him Clive always seems familiar but Dirk fails to place him.
** The funny part is that Dirk Pitt is already a MartyStu.
* Sal Paradise from Jack Kerouac's ''Literature/OnTheRoad''. In the "scroll" draft of the book, ''all'' the characters corresponded to Kerouac's real life colleagues. For example, Neal Cassady became Dean Moriarty; Allen Ginsberg became Carlo Marx.
* Jeanette Winterson's novel ''Literature/OrangesAreNotTheOnlyFruit'', in which the narrator is named Jeanette, has a lot of autobiographical elements.
* Creator/OscarWilde, not wanting to be simple about it, is all three of the leads in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', or so he claimed. [[WordOfGod His exact words]]: "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be — in other ages, perhaps."
* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'': The minor character referred to in the books only as "The Thin Clergyman" is in fact the Rev. Wilbert Awdry, [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis author of the series]]. His companion, The Fat Clergyman, is Wilbert's friend the Rev. Teddy Boston.
* W. Somerset Maugham includes himself as a minor character in his novel ''The Razor's Edge''.
* P. Frank Winslow in F. Paul Wilson's "Literature/RepairmanJack" novel ''Bloodline''. Amusingly, Winslow has a character called Jake Fixx to reflect Wilson's Repairman Jack... okay, the recursion is starting to hurt.
* The ''Literature/{{Riverworld}}'' series by Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer has as a recurring character ''Peter Jairus Frigate'' (note the initials), who is a writer of science fiction. Likewise, Farmer's ''Literature/WorldOfTiers'' series has a recurring character named ''Paul Janus Finnegan''.
* Author W.P. Kinsella wrote a fictionalized version of himself (named "Ray") as the protagonist of his novel ''Shoeless Joe'' (better known in its film adaptation, ''Film/FieldOfDreams'').
* Chris Elliot's (Yes, David Letterman's ButtMonkey and Cabin Boy star Chris Elliott) historical crime novel ''Shroud of the Thwacker'', the author skips past any pretense, and presents a buffoonish modern version of himself as the main character. Solving crimes in 1850. Also [[spoiler:Yoko Ono]] turns out to be the evil genius behind it all.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Myra Rutledge and, later, Countess Anne "Annie" Ryland de Silva are almost certainly avatars of the author herself, due to them being at least middle-aged, owning dogs on Myra's part, both of them having a lot of money (Annie has more money than BillGates, which is ridiculous, considering that Microsoft makes 90 billion dollars a year), and both of them seeing ghosts. One book in the series features a one-shot character named Marble Rose, who explains that her name comes from an imaginary friend she had, which is based off of the author herself and how she got ''her'' name!
* Johannes Kepler wrote a story called "Somnium" about a student of Tycho Brahe travelling to the moon by means of magic provided by his mother, a witch. Kepler himself was a student of Tycho Brahe, and his mother was accused of witchcraft.
* [[TheWoobie Werther]], the main character of the epistolary novel ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther'', serves as Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's author avatar. Except for the [[spoiler:suicide]], which was in fact based on the life of one of Goethe's friends.
** Later in life, Goethe actually tried to distance himself from the book--he had grown to dislike his earlier romanticism, and was embarrassed about the way he'd publicized his young love for Charlotte. To his ire, it remained one of his best-known works.
* ''Literature/SpectralShadows'' has this with Perri Prinz, who's the same species and name as the author's ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' character.
* In the "Captain's Table" ''Franchise/StarTrek'' books, the [[FramingDevice main conceit is that each of the series' captains ends up finding the strange, eponymous bar that only admits people who captain a ship (be it starship or sailing vessel) and must pay for their drinks with a story]]. The author of any particular book is visible somewhere in the crowd of customers on the cover, and can usually be identified as [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis one of the unnamed characters listening in during the framing scenes]].
* In ''Literature/{{Stuck}}'', Tre is, for all intents and purposes, Lyle Terry. [[spoiler: He realizes this in the third act and quickly starts to get irritated with it.]]
* At the end of ''The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim'', Jonathan Coe appears as himself, to inform a very disappointed Maxwell that he is a fictional creation, before extinguishing him with a click of his authorial fingers.
* Tim O'Brien's ''Literature/TheThingsTheyCarried'' stars a fictionalized version of himself leading him to put a disclaimer in the book that it's a work of fiction as many other characters are also named and based off his own squad mates in Vietnam.
* Cpl. Fife in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' is a stand-in for James Jones.
* Edward Ormondroyd appears as a character and narrator in ''Time at the Top''.
* [[http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/6206/stephaniemeyer.jpg Bella Swan]] for Creator/StephenieMeyer in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Also Melanie Stryder in her second novel, ''Literature/TheHost''. She just spoonerized the name.
** Stephenie stated that Melanie was named after her cousin and a high school classmate named Stryder.
* Jason Nazry appears in ''Literature/UndaVosari''--the first name of the character being the middle name of the author, and the last name being an archaic pronunciation of his last name.
* Open a Creator/PhilipKDick novel. ''Any'' Philip K. Dick novel. No matter how much of an ordinary schlub the hero is or where he comes from in life, nine times out of ten he'll be a strongly moral OnlySaneMan with a bitter sarcastic streak towards the insanity around him who just so happens to enjoy (and constantly reference) TrueArt like opera and classical lute music and is well-versed in the history of metaphysics, philosophy, and [[UsefulNotes/CarlJung Jungian psychology]]. In short, the kind of guy who would write a Philip K. Dick novel.
** In ''Literature/{{VALIS}}'', his friends get in on the action, too. In addition to Dick's avatar [[MeaningfulName Horselover Fat]], there are thinly-fictionalized versions of Creator/TimPowers, K. W. Jeter, Music/BrianEno, Music/DavidBowie, and [[MindScrew Philip K. Dick]].
** Gets downright bizarre when the early version of ''VALIS'', ''Radio Free Albemuth'', is taken into account. Although the full manuscript wasn't published until after Dick's death, it was summarily included in ''VALIS'' as a [[ShowWithinAShow movie within a movie]], where it depicts its own Phil Dick avatar, Nick Brady, receiving visions just like Horselover Fat, and just like Dick himself believed happened to him in 1974. So, to recap: the author is dealing with his real-life visions by writing about an author avatar dealing with his visions by watching a movie of ''another'' author avatar deal with his visions. Are you dizzy yet?
* Louis the yard teacher in the ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' series is this for author Creator/LouisSachar. It's actually stated in the last chapter of the first book. The books are ''very'' loosely based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Sachar#Biography Louis Sachar's time as an elementary school T.A. and recreation supervisor in college]].
* Children's picture book ''We're Off to Look for Aliens'' contains an obvious Author Stand-In who writes a [[ShowWithinAShow Book Within A Book]] that you can actually read, as it's ''physically'' a Book Within A Book featuring an obvious Author Stand-In. [[spoiler:In a TwistEnding, the Book Within A Book is a true story.]]
* "Literature/TheYellowWallpaper" is a [[TearJerker heart-breaking]] and horrifying near-example of this.
* Creator/AgathaChristie used the character of mystery writer Ariadne Oliver as an Author Avatar in several of her novels. Oliver's comments about her detective creation, a vegetarian Finn, give some interesting insight into how Christie felt about Literature/HerculePoirot.
* A.P. (Alan Patrick) Herbert's "Albert Haddock", defendant in numerous preposterous law cases in ''Misleading Cases In The Common Law''. According to Herbert, Haddock's middle name was probably Percival.
* Creator/AynRand admitted that Dominique Francon in ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' was her Author Avatar.
** ''WordOfGod'' has admitted she is The Fishwife in Galt's Gulch in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
** Did Creator/AynRand ''ever'' write a character who ''wasn't'' either an AuthorStandIn CharacterFilibuster {{Escapist|Character}} CanonSue or a [[StrawCharacter Straw Political]] ButtMonkey?
** Kira Argounova from We the Living. Argounova wasn't the only one with two men from opposing sides vying for her attention.
* Creator/CSLewis
** The main character in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' is a stand-in for Creator/CSLewis (or perhaps what Lewis would have been, in his own estimation, if he had remained an apostate), and shares some autobiographical details.
** Lewis appears as himself, more or less, in the opening chapter of ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', the middle book of his [[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Space Trilogy]], and in the disputed "Dark Tower" fragment. (One faction believes "The Dark Tower," published posthumously, wasn't actually written by Lewis.)
** He also appears, more briefly, in the other two books of the Space Trilogy. In ''Out of the Silent Planet'', he describes how he learned of Ransom's adventures when he contacted Ransom to ask a philological question. In "That Hideous Strength," he describes his visit to the scene of the story, before the plot began.
** ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. Digory Kirke in ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', who grows up to become Professor Kirke in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. He nearly loses his mother to cancer as a pre-teen (Lewis's own mother died of cancer when he was ten years old), he gets to be present at the creation of Narnia, and in later life he owns the wardrobe that lets children into Narnia (the wardrobe in the books was inspired by the wardrobe in Lewis's study during the time when he was writing the novels). Kirke was also based partly (in both name and personality) on Lewis's own tutor Kirkpatrick, and serves as a vehicle for Lewis to shoehorn in a version of his own Trilemma. If you know anything about Lewis's life then you are sure to recognise that the grumpy professor character is, in fact, Lewis himself. The grumpiness actually has a lot to do with much of the setup to ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' being based on real events; Lewis actually did play host to evacuees during the Blitz, the Narnia novels came about specifically because the (initially very distant and grumpy) Lewis developed a new-found respect for the intelligence and capability of his [[UnusualEuphemism sudden miniature lodgers]].
* The protagonists in Creator/ErnestHemingway's war novels: Robert Jordan in ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls''; Frederic Henry in ''Literature/AFarewellToArms''. Hemingway is an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of this: He did his very best to equal or better the achievements of every single one of his male leads. He outfished Literature/{{the Old Man|AndTheSea}}, for starters.
* Most novels by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs have a FramingDevice where a character who is obviously Burroughs is visited by a character (such as Literature/{{John Carter|OfMars}}) who tells them the main story of the novel. Oddly, while the framing character does seem to be Edgar Rice Burroughs (he lives in Tarzana and sometime characters allude to previous books he has published) some of his biographical details are slightly different, he grew up in the antebellum South rather than Chicago and he has been on giant hunting safaris and other huge adventures the real Burroughs rarely had.
* Creator/FranzKafka to the extent that it's easy to identify characters from his own life in his work, and picture every ButtMonkey protagonist as him.
* The nameless narrator of the original ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' is Creator/HGWells with the serial numbers filed off. Likewise, the narrator of ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' is clearly meant to be Wells.
** He also manages a CreatorCameo in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* Randolph Carter is most certainly a stand-in for Creator/HPLovecraft. Likewise Charles Dexter Ward from "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard" (who has a "long face" enjoys "rambling walks" and walks with a "slight stoop") and the [[spoiler: ghoul]] in "The Outsider" are probably the author in various guises.
* It's never stated in the stories, but Creator/IsaacAsimov has said that the narrator in his ''Azazel'' short stories is meant to be himself. Though all he does in the stories is get insulted by and act as StraightMan to the man whose stories he's reporting.
** In ''Murder at the ABA'', the first person narrator (Darius Just) breaks the Fourth Wall to meet Isaac Asimov. Apparently, he considers himself something of an arrogant know-it-all.
** In Asimov's short story "Gold", an author convinces a director to make a film of his book, which is clearly Asimov's ''Literature/TheGodsThemselves''.
** Asimov appeared in various other stories, with aliases ranging from paper-thin ("Abram Ivanov") to slightly thicker.
* Stephen Dedalus, the protagonist of Creator/JamesJoyce's ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan'' and a major character in ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', is a rather obvious Author Avatar--just look at book's title.
* Creator/JDSalinger had Buddy Glass, the second of the Glass children, short story author, girls' school English teacher, stated narrator/author of the Glass children novella "Zooey" from ''Literature/FrannyAndZooey'' and the protagonist, narrator and author of both novellas in ''Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction''. In "Seymour," Buddy claims authorship of Salinger's short stories "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," "Teddy" and "Franny," and he strongly implies he is the author of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''. Seymour has also been proposed as an Author Avatar of Salinger's, as has Holden Caulfield, protagonist of ''Catcher'', but in "Seymour," Buddy emphatically denies the protagonist Holden is based on Seymour, and he claims the depiction of Seymour in "Bananafish" seems more like Buddy than Seymour. In addition, Salinger has a habit of including minor characters who narrate but refer to themselves in the third person, including Robert Waner in "The Inverted Forest" and Sgt. X in "For Esme with Love and Squalor."
* Many of Creator/JorgeLuisBorges's short stories--"The Zahir," "The Aleph," and "Ulrikke," for instance--feature a "Borges" as the narrator and the protagonist. In "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbius Tertius" (where the narrator is not named) Borges's friend Adolfo Bioy Casares appears as a supporting character. Two different stories--"Borges and I" and "The Other"--are about meetings between older and younger versions of Borges. In the first, the younger Borges is the narrator; in the second (written much later), it's the older one.
** The narrator in "Borges and I" is never identified. He can also be interpreted as Borges's inner personality, as opposed to the persona he uses to interact with others, or simply a different aspect of his mind.
* Creator/KurtVonnegut invented a sci-fi author character, Kilgore Trout, who was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Sturgeon originally based on another real person]], but later developed into his own avatar for purposes of self-deprecation...or self-abuse.
** Vonnegut also appears [[AsHimself directly]] in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'', where he tries to free his characters from his writing while still writing their lives in real time. He personally apologizes to Kilgore Trout on this occasion.
*** And there's ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'', which also has himself as a (very minor) character. Justified in that the novel is loosely based on his own experiences in WWII.
* Creator/MarkTwain's fantasy story "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" is narrated by a character who is clearly Mark Twain himself. "The Man Who Split in Twain" is a 1986 science-fiction story by F. Gwynplaine Macintyre, narrated by a science-fiction writer named F. Gwynplaine Macintyre who meets Mark Twain. In a meta-twist within this story, Macintyre reads Twain's story "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime..." and he denounces Twain's vanity for making himself his story's protagonist, with Macintyre ironically failing to notice that he has done the same thing in his own story.
** "The Esquimaux Maiden's Romance" was written as if it were being told to him in person.
* Literature/DianaTregarde, the occult detective heroine of three Creator/MercedesLackey novels: ''Burning Water'', ''Children of the Night'' and ''Jinx High''. Played straight in that Diana is, like Lackey, a novelist (though of romance novels rather than fantasy), a practicing neopagan, has delivered more than one AuthorTract on behalf of Lackey's philosophy, and shares (according to reports) many of Lackey's own personality traits; subverted, ironically, by real life, in that Lackey found herself so often having to insist to fans with a less-than-firm grasp of reality that she herself was ''not'' a magically powerful occult guardian who fought hidden supernatural menaces that it contributed to her eventually abandoning the series. (The primary reason she moved on was simply that the books weren't making very much money, but the fan weirdness certainly influenced the decision.)
* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series has the other notable example in Herald-Chronicler Myste from the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' (a little more obvious when you know that Mercedes Lackey's nickname is "Misty"). Her ''job'' is to [[LampshadeHanging write down everything happening in Valdemar]]--''and'' she gets the most badass guy in the whole series. (Myste is also, however, ''useless'' in a fight, with her best asset being a working knowledge of when to get the hell out of the way, which keeps her well out of Sue territory.)
** Also to be noted is that, almost unusually among Lackey's Herald characters, the relationship between said badass and the self insert is not a 'life bond' but instead a friendship that gradually turns into something more. Also the character herself is described as somewhat dumpy and middle-aged as well as practically blind without her glasses. She is also very much a secondary character in the story.
* Creator/MichaelCrichton does this on occasion. Ian Malcolm seemed to serve as his mouthpiece for the middle and end of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.
* In several of Creator/PhilipRoth's novels, Nathan Zuckerman is a stand-in for the author. In ''Literature/ThePlotAgainstAmerica'', the narrator is actually an American Jew named Philip Roth, growing up when and where Roth did, albeit in an alternate universe. ''Operation Shylock'' takes it even further; it is narrated in first person by the famous Jewish-American author, Philip Roth and while most of the events in the book are fictional, it contains segments of a real interview Roth made with Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld.
* Creator/RayBradbury does this in three of his books--the unnamed narrator of ''Death is a Lonely Business'', ''A Graveyard for Lunatics'', and ''Let's All Kill Constance'' is almost certainly him. He's not the driving force behind the action, and is really just there to get it all down on paper.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein has at least one of these in every book he ever wrote. Notables include Professor Bernardo de la Paz in ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress''; Johnnie's history and moral philosophy professor, Jean Dubois, in ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', Jubal Harshaw in ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' and Lazarus Long by whichever name he's currently using, particularly in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''.
* Robert Asprin's novels ''Dragons Wild'' and ''Dragons Luck'' are mostly set in the French Quarter of [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]] (where Asprin lived in real life), and feature brief but ongoing cameos by a [[TheAce Cool and Mysterious Badass]] nicknamed (sigh) "Maestro" who is blatantly modeled on Asprin himself. Then, in Asprin's (more-or-less) last published novel ''NO Quarter'', Maestro becomes one of the main characters.
* Creator/RobertRankin has inserted himself in at least one of the Pooley/O'Malley books, writing in a bar, with the characters complaining about him; in other books there are characters that darkly refer to "Rankin" in poking fun at his shameless {{Running Gag}}s. Then again, considering the fact that his books have thoroughly demolished the [[NoFourthWall fourth wall]], it's actually an indication of his ''restraint'' in not doing it more often.
* Roger, a guard in Castle Amber, and amateur author is likely to be Roger Zelazny writing himself into his novel. Corwin describes Roger as lean, cadaverous, pipe-smoking, and grinning, a description that would fit the author. Roger says that he is writing a "philosophical romance shot through with elements of horror and morbidity," and that he composes the "horror" portions while on duty in the dungeon.
* Many Salman Rushdie characters share aspects of his personality and upbringing. The most blatant is probably Saleem Sinai, the main character of ''Midnight's Children''. Saleem and Salman are both Indians of Kashmiri Muslim descent with younger sisters formerly called "the Brass Monkey", latest wives named Padma, and prominent noses.
* Spider Robinson's narrator Jake Stonebender from the Callahan's stories is admittedly himself; the cover art for the Callahan collections frequently features Jake among the other characters, always drawn as a portrait of Spider.
* Harriet Vane, love interest to the main character in the Literature/LordPeterWimsey mystery novels, is herself an Oxford-educated writer of detective stories and that's only the tip of the iceberg. The author Creator/DorothyLSayers always decidedly, though not altogether convincingly, denied this.
* Creator/StephenKing does this in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' books. He writes himself in a warts-and-all snapshot of his life, including his alcoholism and his now-famous car crash injury. The main characters of the books [[spoiler: rescue him after the accident, convince him to quit drinking and convince him he's God]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:while the characters have to save him to ensure that their story gets finished,]] it's clear that they aren't obligated to ''like'' him.
** They didn't really convince him that he was God. He got that idea after the first time they visited. By the second time, [[spoiler:when they rescue him from the car crash, he has realized that he's not God, but rather the person that God decided to speak through to tell the story]].
** In general, King is really fond of [[MostWritersAreWriters authors as main characters]]. The main character of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has written a long series of popular genre-novels (historical romance, rather than horror), but wants to write more "serious" fiction, and is kidnapped by an obsessed fan. More egregiously, the hero of ''Literature/{{It}}'' is a successful horror writer, whose novel is being made into a movie, with some flashbacks to explain how thoroughly his success proves wrong his snobby, pretentious writing professor, who sneered at all that genre stuff. Interestingly enough, the protagonist of ''1408'' writes nonfiction "scary" books, all about supposedly haunted hotels, and the hotel manager comments on how cynical his work seems.
** Jack Torrance in ''Literature/TheShining'', whom, in ''On Writing'', King admitted was a self-insertion (although he didn't realize this till after he'd written it).
** A whole folder here could be devoted to Stephen King's author avatars. One of his more interesting variations is ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', where both the male and female leads are authors with similarities to their creator (he's an alcoholic, she's a successful writer of genre fiction).
** In ''Literature/TheDarkHalf'' we have Thad Beaumont, to an extent. King has written (and still does, occasionally) under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, and he treats Bachman like a separate person, even giving him a separate biography in Bachman novels. He wrote ''The Dark Half'' partly to explore that idea in a literal sense.
** Which makes the fate of the character who 'outs' Thad in ''The Dark Half'' a particularly obvious bit of score-settling on King's part.
* Lightweight political thriller author Steve Martini, a former attorney, writes a series starring Paul Madriani, an attorney.
* Creator/VictorHugo: Gringoire in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and Marius Pontmercy in ''Literature/LesMiserables''.
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin: Martin has said in various interviews that the character Samwell Tarly is most like himself. He has also said that he and Tyrion Lannister are alike in wit, but that he takes weeks to come up with retorts Tyrion gives in an instant.
* In the back of the ''Literature/ToughMagic'' books, there are a bunch of outtakes that usually have the Author directing.
* ''Literature/FancyApartments'' has a bunch of [[HilariousOuttakes outtakes]] in the back that the author appears in.
* Taken to a surprising level by martial-arts champion and actress Tara Cardinal with her character SwordAndSorcery character Aella. She played her in the movie, wrote books about her, and even models as her for covers in the Film/RedReaper franchise.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Creator/DavidEddings has made no secret of the fact that Belgarath is his avatar, while Polgara is his wife and co-author, Leigh Eddings.
* It has been said that in ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' [[TheEeyore Marvin the Paranoid Android]] was based off Douglas Adams' own depression and the captain of the Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B who spent over three years in a bath tub was based off Adams' use of bathing as a way of procrastination. (Adams himself claimed Marvin was based on fellow comedy writer Andrew Marshall, but admitted he had no actual memory of that beyond it being something he'd always claimed, and that [[SadClown all comedy writers were like that]] anyway.)
* In ''Literature/TimothyGoesToSchool'', Miss Jenkins and Miss Cribbage both resemble Creator/RosemaryWells herself.
* Author Colleen [=McCullough=] based Justine of ''Literature/TheThornBirds'' off of herself--their similar personalities, the difficult relationship with her mother, and a beloved younger brother who drowned. Nell of ''The Touch'' is even more similar--many critics noted the similarities between her and Justine, to the point where they dismissed her as a mere {{Expy}}--what with her desire to be a doctor, as [=McCullough=] wanted to be before realizing that she was allergic to the chemicals used in the OR.
* In ''Literature/DanceDanceDance'' by Creator/HarukiMurakami, there's a character named Hiraku Makimura, which is an anagram to the author's name. As Hiraku is a successful writer and his negative traits are highlighted during the entire novel rather than the positive ones, it can be seen as a case of SelfDeprecation and CreatorCareerSelfDeprecation.
* ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'' has a prologue explaining that it recounts an event that befell a comrade, of whom the author says, "I understand the feeling and desires of the comrade of whom I am telling better than any one else in the world does". It's pretty clear that the protagonist is a stand-in for the author himself.
* Cody Lennox in Creator/KarlEdwardWagner's short story "[[Literature/{{Kane}} At First Just Ghostly]]". He's an American writer invited to a London s-f/fantasy convention. He is also burnt out, drinks much too much and cannot come to grips with the loss of his wife - just like Wagner in real life.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Kaladin Stormblessed is a downplayed example. He shares at least one important bit of background with his author--both of them had parents who wanted them to go into medicine, but they ended up doing something else.
* Used rather blatantly in the ''Mark Brandis'' books - a series of {{Zeerust}}-y Pulp ScienceFiction novels from the 80's. Featuring the grand adventures of the dashing space-captain Mark Brandis, this series was penned by one... Mark Brandis. They never attained any great success, but they remain a very rare example of an actual, real-life use of HerCodenameWasMarySue in published literature...
** Actually an inversion - the author was called Nikolai von Michalewsky and was writing under the name of his protagonist.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski appeared in the final episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'', as the janitor cleaning the station and turning the lights off for the last time. Also, both of {{The Captain}}s, Jeffrey Sinclair and John Sheridan, share Straczynski's initials. WordOfGod has said that it is not a coincidence.
* RonMoore appeared in the final episode of the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' reading a National Geographic magazine.
* When ''Series/BlueHeelers'' was revamped with the station bombing the writers were able to get Geoff Morrel to play Sergeant Mark Jacobs, who they wanted to hire for a while, and part of his role was to comment on the writer's views of the police and issues such as politics (how the treasury will be disappointed there are not speeding motorists or his reaction to a shot John Howard picture for example.)
* Creator/JossWhedon, creator of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', originally created the character of Xander Harris to be the avatar for his teenage self. However, he has since said that as he developed the characters, Buffy took on the role of his avatar; this explains much, although he also asserts that this shift was largely subconscious on the part of the writers.
** On average, there is one "Joss" character per Whedon show. [[Series/{{Firefly}} Wash]] and [[Series/{{Dollhouse}} Topher]] fill these roles nicely - although, knowing that they ''are'' Author Avatars, it is a bit unsettling that [[spoiler:they both die]].
* Paige on ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' seems to hold a special place in creator I. Marlene King's heart and they have a lot of similarities.
* The eponymous novelist in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has in his latest work a character called Jameson Rook, who is a high-profile freelance journalist who lives a rock-star life and is doing a ride-along with the NYPD, getting into UnresolvedSexualTension with the attractive detective who is the main character of the novel. Castle himself is a high-profile mystery novelist who lives a rock-star and is doing a ride-along with the NYPD, getting into UST with the attractive detective who is his latest muse. Coincidence? Surely.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Constance M. Burge stated that the Halliwell sisters were based off her and her own real life sisters. Three guesses which one [[GodModeSue Prue was based on]].
* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E09ConspiracyTheoriesAndInteriorDesign Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design]]" has Dean Pelton writing a novel. The protagonist is known as Dean Dangerous. Jeff Winger is a younger version of Dan Harmon.
* Patrick in ''Series/DeadSet'' is a mouthpiece for the show's writer Creator/CharlieBrooker, hugely exaggerated to the point of total disdain for absolutely everything. Joplin also acts like this to some extent; both he and Patrick use lines from Brooker's earlier work in his Screen Burn columns.
** Dan Ashcroft from ''Series/NathanBarley'' is another example from Brooker's work.
* Cantus the Minstrel of ''Series/FraggleRock'' fame was a rather blatant one for Creator/JimHenson. Overlaps with InkSuitActor (Puppet Suit Actor?), because Henson was Cantus's puppeteer, and he was even designed to look a bit like Henson.
* Kurt in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is an avatar for Ryan Murphy's teenage self. However, Kurt is nothing compared to the character Bryan in Murphy's newest show, ''Series/TheNewNormal'', a flamboyant gay man who is the showrunner of a show called 'Sing!'
* The writers of ''Literature/GossipGirl'' have admitted that Dan is their author avatar. Which probably explains why he becomes more of a CreatorsPet each season. [[spoiler: Right up to his being Gossip Girl. [[KarmaHoudini And never getting what he deserved]].]]
** Dan's book 'Inside' is about his real life and that of his friends and as such the main character is his author avatar.
* On ''Series/PJKatiesFarm'', PJ Katie made a plasticine avatar of herself to interact with the animals. It was even called PJ Katie.
* Patrick [=McGoohan=] is Number Six of ''Series/ThePrisoner''. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Listen to the man give an interview and you'll be amazed at just how much the lines blur.
* Bill Lawrence is the janitor who tears down J.D.'s goodbye sign and gets the last word in the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' finale.
** He also appears a few episodes earlier as the person who marries The Janitor to Lady, complete with a "We are gathered here in the presence of The Creator" line.
* George Costanza from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is a thinly disguised version of co-creator Creator/LarryDavid. In ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where Larry David plays a [[AsHimself fictionalized version of himself]], he's annoyed, when Creator/JasonAlexander (who played George) refers to his character as an "idiot" and a "schmuck". Larry also tries to play George in the episode "Seinfeld", when he organizes a ''Seinfeld'' reunion show, but Alexander quits.
* Candace Bushnell is Carrie Bradshaw on ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* [[Creator/GeneRoddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry]] openly admitted that ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''s Wesley Crusher was a younger, idealized version of himself. Oddly enough, though, the character was originally envisioned as [[DistaffCounterpart a teenage GIRL named Leslie]]...
** Even in real life. When Wesley aced his second entrance exam for the Academy, Roddenberry commemorated it by presenting Wil with the second lieutenant bars Gene earned in the Air Corps. Present at the ceremony was General Colin Powell(!).
** According to [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Zefram_Cochrane#Rewriting_the_character some interpretations]], Zephram Cochrane in ''First Contact'' was intended to represent Gene Roddenberry himself.
* Chuck from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is at least ''something'' of an Author Avatar for creator Eric Kripke: a slight, mild-mannered, reserved fellow with a fairly high speaking voice who openly states, "Writing's ''hard''." Kripke himself added Chuck's drinking habit into the script (it's probably a fictionalized flaw, but the creator did ''not'' choose to idealize the character). This trope is played with somewhat by the fact that Sam and Dean found Chuck when they realized a series of books entitled "''Supernatural''" described the Winchesters' adventures in alarmingly-accurate detail. When they tracked him down and confronted him, an angel informed them that he's actually a Prophet of the Lord and his books are destined to become a new gospel. [[HilarityEnsues Meta humor ensues]]. It's stated that Chuck has no marketable skills beyond [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis passing the protagonists' adventures off as fiction]] (and, apparently, even his writing [[SelfDeprecation isn't all that great]]). However, the fifth season finale [[spoiler:has narration by Chuck, and Chuck smiles knowingly and disappears into thin air at the end of the episode. One popular interpretation ([[WordOfGod essentially confirmed]]) is that Chuck is actually the Judeo-Christian {{God}}, [[HaveYouSeenMyGod who has been conspicuously absent throughout the series]]. Which makes WordOfGod ''literally'' the Word of God in a sense]].
* Liz Lemon of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is really Creator/TinaFey, more or less. And Kate Holbrook from ''Film/BabyMama'' is [[{{Expy}} Liz Lemon with a different name]]. ''The Girlie Show'' (The ShowWithinAShow the characters of ''30 Rock'' produce) is really ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', and most of the show's plots come from her experiences as a writer on that show. With some exaggeration at times.
* Justin from ''Series/UglyBetty'' is an author avatar of Silvio Horta when he was younger/growing up/a teen.
* ''Series/TheWaltons'': John-Boy Walton = series creator Earl Hamner, Jr. Hamner also does the John-Boy narration.
* While David Simon's journalism background influenced ''Series/TheWire''[='=]s final season (he also cameos as a reporter), a more straightforward Author Avatar is Jimmy [=McNulty=] to Simon's co-creator Ed Burns, who was a similarly hot-headed but intelligent detective in his police days, who was a driving force behind major drug arrests of the gangsters that influenced the Barksdales. However, Prez also fills this role, his switch from policing to school teaching in season 4 following Burns's own career path, with much of his real life experience influencing Prez's storyline. It must be said though that Burns left the police of his own accord, [[spoiler: rather than retiring after shooting another cop]].
* A rather tragic in-universe example appears in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "[[VillainEpisode Musings Of A Cigarette-Smoking Man]]"; the CSM is shown several times in the episode writing his personal series revolving around the character Jack Colquitt, who is clearly an avatar/representation of CSM. At the same time this author avatar allows glimpses into his personality and personal desires. Near the end of the episode CSM writes about how [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Jack believes in sacrifice]] but often [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone longs for a second chance in life to do things right]]...
* Dawson of ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' strated out as one, then went really meta with an in-universe version in the finale, when Dawson directs a television show called The Creek, where his AuthorAvatar does get the girl.

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* Subverted in Music/CoheedAndCambria's The Amory Wars: Though there is a character named Claudio in the story-within-the-story and a character called The Writer who writes the story, neither character is based on the band's frontman and lyricist Claudio Sanchez.
* Music/RogerWaters is Pink in Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall''. Pink also has a bit of Music/SydBarrett.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* "The Million Dollar Man" Wrestling/TedDiBiase was something of an author avatar for Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, being a wealthy heel [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney who threw money around to get his way and did whatever he pleased]].
* Anyone in ProfessionalWrestling who has booked (written) storylines and appeared in them onscreen can be considered an Author Avatar. Wrestling/VinceRusso, Wrestling/AjaKong, [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Jeff Jarrett]] and [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} several members of the [=McMahon=] family]] are examples.
* Can also apply when wrestlers are allowed to essentially be themselves cranked UpToEleven because the creative team fails to come up with a good character for them. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] may be the biggest successes of this.
* The Wrestling/{{WWE}} creative team actually prefers to do this with all the wrestlers; [[RealLifeWritesThePlot they use real life situations in the wrestlers' lives in storylines so they have an easier time performing them]]. This can work in negative ways as well, such as Wrestling/MollyHolly being written as a self-righteous prude when she was a virgin in real life, or Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s behind-the-scenes affair becoming a storyline feud with Wrestling/MattHardy.

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has had a few instances of this. The GM of the second thread, [=TwinBuilder=], got summoned as an entity in Act 2. He became one of the most important characters in the story.
** Another example is the players summoning themselves. This happens on a fairly regular basis.
* ''Roleplay/GreatestHit'', a play-by-post forum game, features the host in-game, who gets to judge a cook-off and marry Jenna Fischer.
* ''Roleplay/VoidOfTheStars'' has Fairlan Miklan and Duck [=deSteelhorn=], both of whom tend to get a nice little DeusExMachina when in trouble. Unless their respective creators actually want something bad to happen to them.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Ed Greenwood wrote himself into his "The Wizards Three" series of ''[[Magazine/{{Dragon}} Dragon Magazine]]'' articles, interacting with Elminster directly, and spying on Mordenkainen and Dalamar. Elminster himself started out as something of an Author Avatar within Ed's original ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' campaign, as well as a GodModeSue Ex Machina.
* ''TabletopGame/MaidRPG'' author Ryo Kamiya features in the game's "examples of play" skits.
* Creator/WhiteWolf does this in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness--[[MegaCorp Pentex]] subsidiary Black Dog Games is a thinly-veiled parody of White Wolf, and Black Dog's employees are (slightly) twisted versions of White Wolf's. In ''Subsidiaries: A Guide To Pentex'', they extend the parody to the RPG industry as a whole.
** Even beyond that, White Wolf used to use the Black Dog imprint as a way to mark their extreme products (Clanbook: Giovanni for instance). They were the ones that pulled out the stops and could not be presented maturely to anyone under the age of twenty five. They didn't often have call for it, but it does mean that actual books with the Black Dog label exist, aiding the basic verisimilitude of the old World of Darkness setting. (The imprint had fallen into disuse by the time the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness came on the scene, so there are no [=nWOD=] Black Dog books.)
** The stated logic of using Black Dog for real-life books of the extra-noir, extra-bloody variety is that the World of Darkness is (as the name implies) a CrapsackWorld. So, obviously, the Black Dog books are the ones that seem like a CrapsackWorld setting to players already in a CrapsackWorld. The flavor writing in the Black Dog books has a lot of recursion jokes.
* Creator/GaryGygax was infamous for this in almost all of his work.

* In Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's "Candida", the character of Reverend Morell is an avatar for the playwright.
** In response to rumors that "King Magnus" in "The Apple Cart" is supposed to be George V, Shaw replied that the character is a self-portrait. A scene where the King is tackled by his mistress was copied from a real encounter between Shaw and Stella Patrick Campbell.
* John Proctor in ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' is the avatar of the author, Arthur Miller. So is Quentin in "After the Fall".
* Tom Wingfield in ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'' is the avatar of Creator/TennesseeWilliams; similarly, Tom's physically disabled sister Laura is Williams's mentally disabled sister Rose, and Amanda is his mother.
* The opera ''The Mother Of Us All'', by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein, has a pair of characters named "Virgil T." and "Gertrude S."
* The leading character of Henry in ''The Real Thing'' is an avatar for playwright Creator/TomStoppard.
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', the character of Mark, the filmmaker who narrates the story, is an avatar for the show's composer/lyricist, Jonathan Larson.
* The various fools in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays are commonly seen as this, as is Prospero from ''Theatre/TheTempest''.
* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism: After Creator/{{Aristophanes}} described fellow comic dramatist Cratinus "as a drivelling old man, wandering about with his crown withered, and so utterly neglected by his former admirers that he could not even procure to quench the thirst of which he was perishing" in ''The Knights'', Cratinus responded with his (now lost) play ''The Wine-Flask'', wherein an he himself is taken to court by his wife Comedy, who accuses him of cavorting with young wines. He defends his wine drinking in-universe by describing it as vital for his ability to write decent-quality comedy.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** Steven Spielberg appears as himself in ''Ride/ETAdventure'' to explain the situation to the guests, introduce them to E.T., and explain what they need to do.
** Bill Hannah and Joseph Barbera appeared as themselves in the pre-show for ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'', where they set up the story of the attraction.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'', authored by Stephen "Scuba Steve" Browning, includes a moment where a scuba diver comes out of the fountain to attack you, announcing "I'm Scuba Steve, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]]" And he is, indeed, named Scuba Steve (all the other {{Mooks}} are named after prominent members of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' community). He's a regular mook though, if a UniqueEnemy.
* VideoGame/AlanWake is loosely based on creator Sam Lake. Luckily Lake is awesome. Max's face in the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' IS Sam Lake's.
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' has K.K. Slider/Totakeke, who is based on Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka. One of Slider's songs, K.K. Song, is even based on [[CreatorThumbprint the famous "Totaka's Song"]].
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'': game creator Creator/EdmundMcMillen and the game's lead programmer Florian Himsl both appear as a miniboss... named Ultra Pride. [[DontExplainTheJoke After all, how prideful do you have to be to put yourself in your own game?]]
* Played very, very strangely in ''VideoGame/BlueDragon: Awakened Shadow''. Creator/AkiraToriyama's Author Avatar died many years before the series began, and recurring character Toripo is a robot whose construction was stipulated in his will, designed to be his manga-drawing successor.
* After the ending of ''Chocobo's Dungeon 2'', the player can go to the second floor of the Bomb House in the village to find some monsters that are avatars of some of the programmers.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSeed'', the protagonist both is and is acted by producer Mike Dawson. In the sequel, while you still play as Mike Dawson, the real life Mike Dawson was not involved in the development, and thus the character is being played by a completely different person - and, oddly enough, with much different and more pathetic characterization, making you wonder what the developers thought of the guy...
* Similiar to the DMC reboot, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'''s Adam Jensen is the hair and facial features of the games art director [[http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Daily/2011/02-Feb/04/Deus%20Ex%20Art%20Guy/AsIfWeWouldntNotice--article_image.jpg Johnathan Jacques-Belletete.]]
* As part of the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry reboot]], Dante is getting a new look. This new look is nearly identical to the new art director, Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades. As of the E3 2011 trailer, however, [[FanNickname Not!Dante]] has received a slight makeover, with different hair and a different face, to match his voice actor ([[InkSuitActor who's also doing the motion capture]]). You could still argue that ''[=DmC=]''!Dante is Tameem's envisioning of himself ''as'' Dante.
* In both ''Franchise/DotHack'' video game series, the character of Piros/Piros the Third is the author avatar of Matsuyama Hiroshi, the president of the actual company [=CyberConnect2=] and the director of much of the series. Making this one of the few examples where an Author Avatar is there to [[AffectionateParody take the piss]] [[SelfDeprecation out of the author in question]].
* Every ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]'' game since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has had M'aiq the Lair, a recurring EasterEgg LegacyCharacter, in this role. M'aiq is a known a FourthWallObserver (and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Leaner]] and ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaker]]'') who voices the opinions of the series' creators and developers, largely in the form of {{Take That}}s, to both the [[TakeThatAudience audience]] (given the ''ES'' UnpleasableFanbase) and isn't above above [[SelfDeprecation taking some at Bethesda itself]]. His comments often mention features that the fanbase wanted in the series, elements from past games that were removed from later games, and comments on features Bethesda ''finally'' delivered after years of fan demand.
* Many people from Creator/AmbrosiaSoftware appear as minor [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity''.
* Arcade Gannon from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is based upon a character JE Sawyer played in Chris Avellone's ''Fallout'' tabletop campaign. Although the version of Arcade in the game is less cynical than Sawyer, his didactic discussions of politics and ideology reflect Sawyer's own views and speech patterns. He was originally much more of an Author Avatar, but dialogue where he outright explains to the player why Caesar's plan is idiotic was cut.
** Sawyer has two other Avatars as well. Arcade represents the idealistic version of Sawyer (Naive but striving for great things), [[BigBad Caesar]] represents his revolutionary side (The current system is corrupt and I will replace it), and [[BadassPreacher Joshua Graham]] is his Pragmatist side (If we don't fight what we believe for, we'll lose more than our homes). Each representing the Id, Ego and Superego of Sawyer.
** According to Chris Avellone himself, Ulysses, from the ''Lonesome Road'' add-on, resembles Avellone's own thoughts on the Mojave conflict.
** Ron Perlman, the narrator, also has a hidden avatar as a Legionary with an eyepatch.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has director Naoki Yoshida appear in the game as the Wandering Minstrel that serves to give the player access to the much harder content of the game.
* Sol Badguy from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is [[WordOfGod stated]] to be creator Creator/DaisukeIshiwatari's alter ego, with Ishiwatari usually providing Sol's voicework in-game. Ishiwatari is a fan of Music/{{Queen}} and based Sol's design around that.
* The plot of ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' is ultimately revealed to have been orchestrated by [[spoiler: a pair of janitors who look suspiciously like the game's developers and rant about how the entire story was a "game" that they created "independently," alluding to the fact that Hotline Miami itself is an indie game]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' opens with David Cage himself instructing you on how to play the game.
* Nagase in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters [[AlternateContinuity Maximum Impact]] 2'' is a direct author avatar of producer Falcoon. Considering he's homosexual, [[AttractiveBentGender there are no]] UnfortunateImplications here. From the same series, protagonist Alba Meira [[WordOfGod was designed as a "cooler" Falcoon]]. It ''would'' explain why he has access to moves such as a ''triple'' projectile and an anti-air reversal...
* Creator/HideoKojima himself can be recruited by Big Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes''. And if the player uses the save data download feature in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', Hideo can be brought to Mother Base there as well.
* Scorpion may very well be this for ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' co-creator and executive producer Ed Boon. The yellow-clad hellspawn ninja isn't just a fan-fave; [[WordOfGod Boon has stated numerous times that Scorpion is his favorite character]]. Boon even provides the voicework for Scorpion's [[CatchPhrase iconic]] "GET OVER HERE!"/"COME HERE!" (in fact, he's been doing so since the series's inception in '92), and Scorpion became the [[SeriesMascot icon for Netherrealm Studios' logo]], albeit with a slightly different design and weapon (a sickle instead of a chain-tipped kunai). On the flip side, it's unknown if Sonya and Tanya qualify for this status, although Boon [[WordOfGod does admit that they're named after his sisters, Sonya and Tania]]. Additionally, Noob Saibot's name comes from the last names of the creators of the ''Mortal Kombat'' franchise, Ed Boon and John Tobias, [[SdrawkcabName spelled in reverse]].
* ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'' takes place in a ''Film/{{Tron}}''-like representation of the ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' community. Many of the major characters are people who worked on the mod.
* Although he doesn't appear in the games proper, ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' director Creator/{{Suda51}} appears in the trailers for both games wearing a lucha mask.
* Wolf, one of the playable robbers in ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' was modeled after one of the game developers and is also voiced by him.
* In every main series ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' game, Gamefreak employees are inserted at some point, appearing at their headquarters in the games that allow access to Kanto or Unova, or on vacation in all other games.
** The original Japanese Red/Blue/Yellow/Green quartet (and the anime based on it, which is ongoing to this day) featured "Satoshi" as a name choice for the PlayerCharacter, and "Shigeru" as a choice for TheRival. They were shortened to "Ash" and "Gary" [[DubNameChange for the dub]]. It is no coincidence that [[NamesTheSame both also happen to be the names]] of the creator of Pokemon, Creator/SatoshiTajiri, and his mentor, Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite2'', and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' the player can battle Shigeki Morimoto, one of the game designers/programmers who's worked on the series since the first games and is accredited as the creator of Mew. In Black & White 2 they can also battle Kōji Nishino, another game designer who's been with the series since the beginning.
* Confusedly done in ''VideoGame/QuestFantasy''. Okay, first off, there's the Author Insert character in Final Dragon, but since Final Dragon was originally a fangame that became canonized, that's just the Author Insert of that particular entry of the series. There is, though, an author avatar character for 7874doom, the fictional creator of the series, as well as one for the actual creator of the series, Arale, [[spoiler:who ends up being an impersonation by Shachihata anyway]].
* ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' has the film's director Edgar Wright as a sprite in Level 2.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' games, you can spawn some of the 5th Cell developers who helped with the game. "Edison Yan" spawns a dinosaur with a red sweatband on its head. "Jeremiah Slackzcka" spawns the game's main developer who breakdances.
* In the ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' series, the Two Guys From Andromeda (Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy) serve as these.
* Murtaugh in the ''VideoGame/{{Submachine}}'' series is based in large part on creator Mateusz Skutnik, right down to having a black cat. The fact that [[spoiler:Murtaugh is the BigBad]] is likely an original spin on real life.
* In the FMV games of the ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'' series, the creator Chris Jones actually plays Tex Murphy. It can be assumed that much of Tex's mannerisms mirror those of Jones or, at least, Jones's idea of an old-style gumshoe.
* According to the ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' documentary that came with the [=PS2=] version of ''Twisted Metal: Head On'', co-creator David Jaffe said that Sweet Tooth and [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] represent his darkest personas.
-->"Sweet Tooth is me, Kratos is me."--'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atGygbN5m7s David Jaffe]]'''
* The Author Avatar of Richard Garriott, creator of the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series, is Lord British, the ([[LordBritishPostulate not quite]]) invincible ruler of all Britannia. He was promoted to General British for his sci-fi MMORPG ''VideoGame/TabulaRasa''. More obscurely, Shamino the ranger, one of the Avatar's recurring companions, is ''also'' based on Richard Garriott, specifically his Society for Creative Anachronism persona.
* ''Creator/ArtixEntertainment'' does this, not just for one or two characters, but ''the majority of the npc cast''. Nearly the entire dev team has some form of NPC representation. Particularly amusing is the fact that [[TheGoodKing King Alteon the Balanced]] was named after a brand of ''Server load balancer''. [[http://www.radware.com/Products/Alteon/ No, really]].
* The owners of Flipline Studios have appeared as customers in all but the first of the Papa Louie time-management games.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' has several examples: The game director Sefton Hill can briefly be seen during the beginning and end of the game. (Modders have even made him a playable skin!). In addition, after completing the story, This exchange can be heard said by thugs: "First Asylum, then City, and now Knight. I wonder what's next? -I'd say we leave Gotham for a while. -I dunno, Gotham has been good to us. -Yeah, it has." Referencing how the developers are not planning another Arkham Game.
* Creator/ScottCawthon uses the stick figure man from one of his older games, ''There Is No Pause Button'', as his Steam and Website/YouTube icon. [[spoiler:This avatar also shows up in 3D form to represent him in the [[TrueFinalBoss final boss battle of Hard Mode]] of ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[Music/TobyFox Toby Fox]] makes an appearance as a small white dog that sleeps all the time and loves to annoy people. When ''Undertale'' won the audience award at 2016 IGF, Toby Fox, in lieu of a personal appearance, submitted a video in which the dog claims the award. The [[CuteCrittersActChildlike Temmies]] are this for sprite artist Temmie Chang.
* ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves'' has Creator/SatoruIwata appearing as the toy shop clerk in 9-Volt's stage. His face isn't shown until you beat the stage in the story. The gag credits also lists Iwata as the shop clerk.
* Happy Mask Salesman from ''Franchise/LegendOfZelda'' is arguably meant to represent [[Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto Shigeru Miyamoto]]. This is most apparent in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', where the salesman is surprisingly knowledgeable about the plot and characters, gives Link advice, has extraordinary powers (such as pulling an organ out of thin air and reverting Link back to his original form), carries masks representing ''other'' Miyamoto's games and even shares his signature grin.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' uses it InUniverse at a few points:
** ''Turn of the Golden Witch'' provides highly questionable semi-example when [[DimensionLord Beatrice]], who more or less "wrote" the various murder scenarios solved in the series, writes herself into the story.
** ''End of the Golden Witch'' is a clearer example, the story's events boiling down to a villain's [[MarySue self-insert fanfic]].
** [[spoiler:Featherine]] in Episode 6 explicitly says that she is an author avatar, who is getting [[spoiler: Ange, replacing Battler as AudienceSurrogate]] to read and interpret the story for her--representing the relationship between Ryukishi and the theory-crazy, speculating community. Because including a meta-narrative wasn't enough, we needed the meta-meta-narrative thrown into the story itself. In Episode 8, she also shows off her AuthorPowers by deciding to kill someone and promising to write how she did it later on.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The toy comic ''Adventures In Aaron's Room'' uses a knockoff [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Ryuranger]] figure, sometimes wielding a [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII gunblade]].
* Orion Gates writes ''Webcomic/BeyondReality'', the main character of which is named...Orion Gates. Orion the character has a girlfriend named Natty, who is based off of Orion the author's girlfriend NJ.
* Many webcomics do this. ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' most famously, seeing as its author is a cast of supporting characters, including an evil doppelganger version of himself, a shadowy version of himself, and all of his "Parties" consist out of Webcomic/Subcomic/Forum posters as Author characters, and his friend's Rick O'Shay's Author character being a tag along with random beer runs inside of the comic, and Disgruntled Ferret showing up in his Webcomics/MSPaintMasterpieces subcomic etc. etc. etc.
* ''Webcomic/BooksDontWorkHere'' has the author as the director and narrator but eventually makes an official Author Avatar [[spoiler:who gets PutOnABus]].
* Andy, of ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' is the author Andy Weir, while Casey is a long-time friend of the author who (oddly enough) really is named Casey. Andy Weir claims the weird inventions and insane activities of the characters really reflect some of the crazy things he and Casey really did. Presumably, dating {{Satan}} is not in that list of real activities.
* Gary from ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' is the Avatar of the Author, Stephen Wallace.
* ''{{Webcomic/Comc}}'': Krixwell is a character in his own comic, interacting mostly with the FourthWallObserver Block.[[note]]Krixwell's avatar is one of only two characters (so far) the latter ''can'' interact with, the other one only saying "nope".[[/note]]
* In ''Webcomic/CreativeRelease'', the author appears as a character but keeps her AuthorPowers. As a consequence, she's a character whose magic level is nigh-omnipotent.
* ''Webcomic/{{Curtailed}}'' is about the ([[LifeEmbellished mostly]]) true adventures of the authors, so naturally, the author avatars are also the main characters of the strip.
* Amber Williams of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' often appears one panel sight gags and FourthWallMailSlot strips, always accompanied by the comic's "real" mascot, [[CartoonCreature Fluffy]].
* In the works of Canadian furry and fantasy artist Style Wager (including ''Webcomic/DelaTheHooda''), the male lead tend to be a tall, lanky guy in his late twenties with a blond mullet.
* Jennie, the main character in ''Webcomic/TheDevilsPanties''. The real Jennie Breeden has says that the character has developed differently in some ways, but they're enough for a LifeEmbellished strip.
* [[http://www.moderntales.com/memberimages/dh_0335.gif This]] strip of the comic ''Webcomic/DumnestorsHeroes''. Irony-chan is also the author of ''Webcomic/GetMedieval''.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' non-canon filler strips will often include Dan Shive himself as a squirrel-person, and as the acknowledged creator of the EGS universe he is shown morphing the world around him for laughs. Canon strips include Dan the squirrel-boy as a character in [[ShowWithinAShow Sarah's amateur comics]]. Also, Dan's full name is Daniel Elliot Shive. Main character Elliot's full name is Elliot Daniel Dunkel (On the other hand, [[http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-09-01 This filler]] presents an alternate theory.)
** Dan has appeared in [[http://www.elgoonishshive.com/?date=2010-09-17 several]] [[http://www.elgoonishshive.com/?date=2010-10-11 story]] [[http://www.elgoonishshive.com/?date=2010-10-15 comics]] as he really looks, while his squirrel avatar is showing up less often.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' has the [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1888385/dramatic-entrance/ Generic neighbors]], who are avatars for the author and his wife. Oddly, she's appeared more often than he has.
* Ichabod from ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' is often accused of being this, though the author denies it (He claims he just wanted Ichabod to LOOK like him to for cosplaying purposes)
* Both of the main characters in ''Webcomic/FaultyLogic'' are Author Avatars for the same person.
* Fontes of ''Webcomic/FontesRants''.
* Creator/PhilFoglio shows up from time to time in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' as a nameless storyteller (his AuthorStandIn from his earlier strip, ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'') who appears to be picking up Agatha's story. It's claimed on the site that he and his wife and co-author Kaja (who also appears in the "Radio Theatre" interlude comics) eventually annoyed Agatha and had to flee to a parallel universe, [[ATrueStoryInMyUniverse where they turned the story into a comic]].
** At one point he has a fight with a nameless Jagermonster who wants a bigger part. On another occasion, Oggie meets him, and joyously recognizes him as his ''several-times-great grandson''.
** Colorist Cheyenne Wright also makes occasional appearances.
** Master Payne, showmaster of the sparky circus, is a [[http://masterpaynemagic.com/ real person]] (though not the author). Yes, he really is that big, and he really has that hair.
* Played with in ''WebComic/GirlsWithSlingshots'', by the author, Danielle Corsetto's own admission, Hazel has a lot in common with her, to the point that Hazel's birthday is the day before Corsetto's.
* Almost every character in ''Webcomic/GoodwillHeroes'' is based on either one of the four authors or their friends.
* ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' features not only Amethyst Lashiec as an avatar for author TL Welker, but cameos of characters made by friends of Welker that are avatars for their respective authors. To witt:
** Ryodalin Knight for [[http://ryoknight.deviantart.com/ Holland W.S.]]
** Sukina for [[http://anoveltyspoon.deviantart.com/ "A Novelty Spoon"]]
** Emerald Jaeger for [[http://sprite37.deviantart.com/ Cory Holmes]]
** Syranon Glaed for [[http://freedomknight.deviantart.com/ Stephen Stewart]] (the author's husband)
* As seen in the page image, a recurring gag in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
-->[[Creator/AndrewHussie AH]]: [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003571 Engage in highly indulgent self-insertion into story.]]\\
"Oh hell no. This is always such a terrible idea. Leave me alone."
** Apparently he has warmed up to this. In later chapters he also does cosplay of his own webcomic.
** Like many BreakingTheFourthWall elements in ''Homestuck'', this was first used for a brief gag in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'':
--> AH: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=000458 Become homoerotically interested in your fan.]]\\
"Andrew Hussie becomes aroused by fans of MS Paint Adventures. Way to break the 4th wall, numbskull!"
** Later, Hussie breaks through the ''fifth'' wall and ends up back in the main story in order to kill off a particularly annoying character: [[spoiler:Doc Scratch.]]
** At one point, [[spoiler:John and Jade end up traveling through Hussie's house.]]
** [[spoiler:And then '''''Lord English kills Hussie'''''.]]
** ''Homestuck'' also now has ''reader'' avatars, in the form of [=uranianUmbra=] and [=undyingUmbrage=]. The former, according to Hussie, is based on overenthusiastic fans who get way too invested in the story and pester everyone around them to read the comic; the latter is the opposite, a FanHater who can't stand the actual issues readers have pointed out (long waits between updates, long, difficult-to-read chatlogs).
** There have been literal reader avatars around for much longer than that, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001743 mostly shown]] [[DrivenToSuicide reacting badly]] to [[TrollingCreator the crap Hussie pulls]].
* Barry T. Smith's ''[[http://www.inktank.com InkTank]]'' site used to have a strip called ''Angst Technology'', in which the four main characters (Hugh, Dante, Yaz and Marc) were [[WordOfGod based on different aspects of Smith's personality]]. It has been replaced with ''Webcomic/InkTank'', a strip in which a fictionalised Smith ''himself'' works at Angst Technology.
* Since ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' is a toy comic, the author avatar is just the author--either in hand-drawn art ([[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/v4/400.html as seen here]]) or in photographs of herself ([[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/v3/300.html as seen here]]).
* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', David Morgan-Mar has himself as a main character. He appears in several strips (Fantasy and Space in particular, since they started out as just role-playing games, with him as the DM) He also did a strip just for his Author Avatar, titled "Me". [[spoiler:"Me" was killed by himself from the future. However, when the me that was killed got into the position to become the killer, he chose not to. However, this, combined with several other events in different strips, caused a paradox that wiped out the universe. With the birth of the new universe, he is now on the run from the Deaths]].
* [[http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=670 Pepe Val Pew]], the Fursona of Dave Hopkins, appears in ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' both as Pepe Val Pew and as {{Satan}}. Interestingly, only when appearing as Satan does he appear to be able to discuss plot points and openly break the forth wall. Other appearances are little more than cameos. WordOfGod also states that Drip is also his Author Avatar.
* ''Webcomic/TheLawOfPurple'' contains two avatars of the author-Jay, an employee at Dachsund's Market, and the boss lady dragon.
* ''[[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/ Living With Insanity]]'' has never been shy about its main characters being author avatars, even naming them after the writer and artist. Herbert has said the strip is partially autobiographical. In-comic David and Paul also do a comic strip, except for a newspaper, and find success when the real webcomic does.
* ''Webcomic/MayonakaDensha'' has Hatsune's best friend back in her [[TheNewTens own time]] be a huge otaku who larps on occasion named Kyoko who is stated outright to be an author insert. This character is only seen once at the beginning and a couple of times in flashbacks.
* ''Webcomic/{{Millennials}}'' since the very first panel in 2016 Millennials author appears regularly in the series. Her trademarks are red hair and manga-style glasses. She also often features her boyfriend, called 'bf' in the series.
* ''Webcomic/MonsterOfTheWeek'' has the author appearing sometimes (usually on the coach in the living room) to show or tell the readers how does she feel about the episode she's currently abridging. This created the "Black Oil!!!" RunningGag (she's absolutely terrified of it). She appears in-universe proper only once, when lecturing about implausibility of killer fungi, and gets promptly thrown into a volcano.
* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'': The Author Avatar, while appearing in the {{backstory}}, and writing all of the RPG sourcebooks, has disappeared by the time the comic takes place.
* Emily [=McGovern=], the titular "background Slytherin" of ''Webcomic/MyLifeAsABackgroundSlytherin'', is one for the comic's author, also named Emily [=McGovern=].
* In ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' the purple tentacle monster is supposed to be this.
* Brogalio and Kingwerewolf of ''Webcomic/NintendoAcres''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Overcompensating}}'' is supposed to be semi-autobiographical, hence the main character looks like and shares the same name as the creator.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' is an odd example. The two main characters did not start out as avatars, but so many fans assumed they were that they were that they were retroactively made so, to the point where the creators are now better known by their character's names than by their own.
* The VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue-based Webcomic/SuperEffective is a unique variant. The comic is an AffectionateParody of the game, many of the jokes in which are based off of the author's actual experiences playing the game. For instance, [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=12 being forced to watch the old man catch a Pokemon despite already having two]], [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=31 running around in the grass]] [[LevelGrinding in order to strengthen his Charmander]], [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=1 naming his rival Douche]], and [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=21 not having a Pokeball when he finally encounters a Pikachu.]]
* ''Webcomic/PolkOut'' does this with its entire cast, except for obviously embellished strips like Faulty Economy or Twee, which no longer run anyway.
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': In his FAQ, Chris states that Bud was originally "a cartoony avatar of myself." However, a more straight example would be Kaitlyn Hu, especially in the ''Copper Road'' strips.
* ''Webcomic/{{Punintended}}'''s two main characters are quite obviously supposed to represent it's two authors. Their friends also tend to occur in the comic.
* WordOfGod for ''Webcomic/RankAmateur'' is that the author will appear in Series 2 as an identity-confused GELF who is unsure of whether he is dreaming, insane, is in a Virtual Reality machine in RealLife, or whether '"real life" really was just a VR designed to give him basic life skills (though these skills are often irrelevant to the situation outside the VR--especially given the [[TechnologyMarchesOn technology differences]] between the modern-day set VR and the "[[ThisIsReality real life]]" of the webcomic's storyline). However, Armathas Station's AI was feeding him parts of outside the VR to prepare him, including making him believe he was writing a webcomic about events that had been happening in 'real life'. Needless to say, [[ItsALongStory it's complicated]].
* [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/ AsheRhyder]] the creator of the ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' got [[PowerIncontinence magic sneezed]] [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-218-Self-Insert-279724525 into it]] once. [[AmbiguousGender She/he]] fled immediately fearing [[RageAgainstTheAuthor the characters wrath]].
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'': As the author is Danish, some comics use Denmark to reenact some of her interactions with people from other countries (represented by their own NationAsPeople).
* ''Webcomic/ScenesFromAMultiverse'': Either Jon himself or some thinly-veiled version of him will pop up fairly frequently, either to put himself into a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[http://amultiverse.com/comic/2015/11/06/star-trek-rosenberg/ parody]] or [[http://amultiverse.com/comic/2015/11/20/war-never-changes/ make a pseudo-philosophical statement]].
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'''s author uses a hamster avatar. Why? So his SexySecretary assistant can [[VictoriasSecretCompartment give him rides in her cleavage]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' author/artist David Willis cast himself as UnluckyEverydude Ethan's nemesis in a [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] edit war.
* The Cartoonist in Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}. Originally an anonymous background character simply assumed to be the author, he later put himself in the spotlight.
* Andy of ''WebComic/SkewedReality''.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
** Pete, the creator of the comic, makes godlike appearances in filler strips. Shirt-Guy Tom (in charge of merchandising?) and Joe Sunday (colorist) and a few others also insert themselves when Pete is absent. Complicating the matter (is it still an author avatar if that same author isn't making the particular strip?), Pete's and Tom's avatars also get used by other people making filler strips or guest stories.
** When Ian [=McDonald=] was doing the "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain" {{Guest Strip}}s, the story eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d its own changing style as compared to Pete's Dimension of Pain, likely in response to fan complaints, with a character saying that it was as if there was some mysterious interloper messing with the dimension. This became the seed of the new major storyline in the [=MitDoP=] strips: an interloper was indeed messing with the dimension, turning it first more human and then even further towards something like an animated kids' show. This angel, as he turned out to be, was thus a kind of representation of the guest artist.
* ''[[Webcomic/SoYoureACartoonist So...You're A Cartoonist?]]'' has the creator Andrew Dobson appear as a cartoon version of himself named Tom Preston in early strips and then as a [[FunnyAnimal blue bear]] later on.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', Chris-chan starts out as an Author Avatar character before steadily becoming more and more involved in his own series, moving on to LifeEmbellished as the author depicts himself fighting against people who antagonize him in RealLife, until he becomes a full-on GodModeSue and, in fact, [[SelfInsertFic the central focus of the entire series]], with its title character DemotedToExtra.
* Tom, the author of ''Twokinds'', has been known to appear in his comic, usually as a delivery boy of some sort.
* In ''[[http://www.unionofheroes.com Union of Heroes]]'' there are interludes between the end and the beginning of a new episode. The main character of most of these interludes is the photographed creator of the photocomic talking to the audience and providing them with making-off information.
* In ''Webcomic/VGCats'', Pantsman fulfils this role.
* ''Webcomic/VirtualShackles'': The two main characters are based on the authors.
* The Author of ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' appears first in FillerStrips, but eventually ends up in the comic proper.
* Notably averted in ''[[Webcomic/OneOverZero 1/0]]'', despite its NoFourthWall status – Creator/{{Tailsteak}} speaks to the characters through narration boxes, but never appears on-panel. In-comic, he states that this is because he wants to get away from NoFourthWall stories being about the author.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Creator/AkiraToriyama, the creator of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' appears in the strip as a fighter only to quit when he realizes that the fighter he is up against is not his creation. While leaving, he meets the {{Author Avatar}}s of the creators of ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'' who ask him for his autograph, which he gives them, in Japanese.
* It's revealed in the penultimate comic of ''WebComic/BrawlInTheFamily'' that [[spoiler: Master Hand]] is this. He gives a speech about how, yes, he's been guiding the characters on the paths they're currently on, but it's out of love for said characters. He also reveals that it's someone else's turn now, but he'll always remember them, and their stories will continue.
* ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' has both standard cases and a variation. [[spoiler: [[BigBad Dark Star]] BECOMES an author (complete with a user account on Website/SmackJeeves), so he becomes an Author Avatar by default.]]
* Author Ronnie Filyaw appears in ''WebComic/OtakuDad'' as Filyaw-San.
* The Author of ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'' puts in an occasional appearance, [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=435 this one]] is the most substantial, others are usually one-panel cameos.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Canadian-born, Catholic-raised computer geek Raimi Matthews from ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' has elements of this.
* Muranyl Kizrai of ''Literature/ChaosFighters''. This is lampshaded when he noticed that the plot of ''Beyond The Earth'' is exactly the same with what he wrote a year before.
* Pixel Girl of ''WebOriginal/TheDefrosters'' tends to be this for creator Stevie the Ice Queen. This explains why her rants stick with the Ice Queen's pet topics (''Literature/HarryPotter'', Vertical Horizon, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', etc).
* One of the biggest Wham Moments in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' is [[spoiler: when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is face to face with his own creator, Creator/DougWalker]].
** To a lesser extent, he's talked about all his characters (including Ask That Guy) having some traits of his, just exaggerated and twisted. To sum it up with the most obvious characteristic they exhibit of his, Critic is the movie obsessive, WebVideo/{{D|emoReel}}onnie is the flirt, [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester]]'s the optimist and WebVideo/{{Ask That Guy|WithTheGlasses}}'s the NightmareFetishist.
* The Website/DeviantArt group Website/EarthG is made of these who are DC superhero {{exp|y}}ies.
* Jeffrey, an angel who criticizes God's action (or inaction) in many ways, is pretty obviously one of ''WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525'' himself.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Dylan's pretty much one, right down to the name.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Koden is, in a rather contrived way. The Special Info Episode explains the circumstances of this.
* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}} has himself as a main character.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "crazy cartoon", one of the characters in Strong Bad's hypothetical crazy cartoon "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes" is a version of himself that [[SurrealSymbolicHeads inexplicably has a Casio keyboard for a head]]. It plays the demo music ("Unterlanders Heimweih") when he gets mad.
** In the Cheat Commandos short "The Next Epi-snowed", the ego of lead actor Crack Stuntman is getting way, way out of hand, so the show's writer A. Chimendez inserts himself into the show as "Agent Chimendez" so [[PutOnABus he can give Stuntman's character Gunhaver the boot]].
* Most of the early ''Literature/LegionOfNetHeroes'' members were "Writer Characters," loosely based on their creators' net personae. The LNH's leader [[GratuitousNinja Ultimate Ninja]] was originally his author writing himself into the LNH world.
* All of [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro's]] clones represent a certain aspect of Matt's real life personality: [[{{Nerd}} Eugene]] represents Matt's nerdy side, [[TheDitz Hugo]] represents Matt's goofy side, etc.
* The toys the writers at [[http://www.oafe.net/accessories.php OAFEnet]] use to represent themselves are author avatars in the most literal sense, but also fit the definition of this trope when they show up in the comics with personalities based on the real people.
* The Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom series ''{{Literature/Reds}}!'' has a sort of meta-example. The website is a forum, and in the timeline, one of the author's favorite story telling techniques is an alternate AH.com board. One of the recurring commentators from the alternate, flibbertygibbet, is according to WordOfGod, very close to the author Jello_Biafra's point-of-view.
* The author of [[http://www.manatheater.com Secret of Mana Theater]] occasionally appears in the special episodes of the series.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted by]] ''WebVideo/{{Shrooms}}'': while the personalities of Blue and Red are based on creators Theditor and Shadow Raptor respectively, Shadow Raptor voices Blue and Theditor voices Red.
* ''WebOriginal/TheCodelessCode'' has a few cases featuring Qi, [[{{Narrator}} the temple's scribe]] and also [[PenName the out-of-universe author]]. Some of them just use Qi as a framing device, but others are more self-referential, with characters questioning Qi on his writing style, or calling out errors in his account of events.
* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse has the Lit Chix, who are a group composed entirely of Author Avatars. Unusually perhaps, most if not all of them are fairly well-rounded, fun-to-read characters. They come a lot further down on the scale of Sue-ish-ness than the main characters, for the most part.
* Creator/{{Slamacow|Creations}} has his ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' avatar as part of his main trio. Unlike most examples however, he is quite a ButtMonkey. ''The Game of SPLEEF'' is one notable video of his which in he is TheLoad for his team.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' where Stan meets God face to face, God looks like the typical old man with a beard, but speaks with Creator/{{Seth MacFarlane}}'s natural voice.
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': See [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/water/water5/water5-741.jpg those two buff guys?]] They're the creators. (''Author Avatars: The Last Airbenders''?)
** Aang was the was the first character conceived by Bryke. He was designed by Bryan to have his philosophical outlook but to have the appearance of Mike. This is especially true for his adult version in Legend Of Korra. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one Q&A segment when Mike has an Aang-style arrow painted on his head.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has this with a [[ArtShift puppet version]] of Greenblatt in "Shnitzel Quits" and "Endive's Dirty Secret". Greenblatt also voiced the adult Chowder in the DistantFinale.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' creators' in-show representation comes in the form of the Jew Producer, though uniquely, he is the show's ''villain'' (at least in the series; in TheMovie, he's more of an AntiHero).
* Brian[=/=]Creator/SethMacFarlane in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has been drifting this way, slowly but surely. One telling sign is that [=MacFarlane=], [[ManOfAThousandVoices a great voice actor who does a lot of different major characters]], uses his natural speaking voice for Brian.
** This makes Quagmire's [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech lengthy rant]] against Brian's supposed self-righteousness and hypocrisy in "Jerome is the New Black" all the more surprising, and effective. (Interestingly, Quagmire is ''also'' a [=MacFarlane=]-voiced character.)
** Peter also shares obsessions with Seth, like ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** As a strange use of the trope, Creator/SethGreen's character Chris has been used as an Author Avatar whenever ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' is mentioned on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* According to Creator/CraigMcCracken, his mother noticed how similar [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac]] is to Craig as a child, making him an unintentional Author Avatar.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': WordOfGod has confirmed Brainy is his voice's actor (Creator Craig Bartlett) ''other self''.
* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, for Creator/WaltDisney. This is partly what caused his {{Flanderization}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Besides being voiced by him, Creator J.G. Quintel has stated that Mordecai is based on his own personality traits (what he'd do in any given situation).
** Similarly, an animated caricature of Quintel also appears in some episodes, as well as the short ''2 in the AMPM'', which has him turn into Mordecai at one point.
** Eileen is basically Minty Lewis in mole form. Her biggest roles are generally in episodes Minty Lewis (who's a writer on the show) co-wrote with Kat Morris.
** In some interviews Sam Marin revealed that not only Benson is his favorite character to voice, he have similarities to him. In real life, Sam actually does get angry like Benson and is basically him in a gumball machine form.
* Ralph Bighead from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', not only living Joe Murray's life but is ''voiced'' by Joe Murray.
* Lisa Simpson serves as this in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', also being a great tool to swat strawmen conservatives/Christians/business people with. [[SoapboxSadie Although she acts as the straw (anything else) herself]]. Groening has even admitted that Lisa is his favorite character and will do anything not to make her look bad. In fact during the commentary for "The Cartridge Family", Matt admitted, like Lisa, to absolutely hating guns and in fact ''nearly got into a fight with the crew''.
** The Very Tall Man in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" was a caricature of writer Ian Maxtone-Graham, who is also rather tall.
** Bart is also this for Creator/MattGroening. The Simpson family members are all named after his family members.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Stan and Kyle as stand-ins for [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Trey and Matt]], respectively. Or at least, that was the original idea; they have since said (half-jokingly) that they're each more like Cartman. The creators use Cartman as a way of expressing some of their more controversial beliefs or beliefs that would antagonize them in the eyes of the fans (most notably Cartman's rainforest rant and his hatred of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''). One might think of it as splitting the Author Avatar into [[JekyllAndHyde Dr. Marsh and Mr. Cartman]].
** Terrance and Phillip also occasionally serve as author avatars for the duo themselves, reflecting the reactions Trey and Matt expected their show to get from parents, most notably in TheMovie.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The title characters are each based on Danny Antonucci's various personality traits, as mentioned in an interview with Creator/CartoonNetwork. Probably named like this because Antonucci's middle name is Edward.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Dan]] and [[BigEater Chris]] are based on the flaws of the show's creators, Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson, respectively and even share their names.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' animation there was an artist named Ludwig who was friends with the girls and is even seen working on the original picture book in one episode. Ludwig Bemelmans was the author and illustrator of the original picture books that the series was based on.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Dipper Pines is based on creator [[Creator/AlexHirsch Alex Hirsch]] when he was a kid. Fittingly, Dipper's twin sister Mabel is based on Alex's own twin, Ariel Hirsch.
** [[https://twitter.com/_alexhirsch/status/535308630178807810 "I'm going to cram a self-insert OC into Gravity Falls and there's nothing you can do to stop me! Oh wait that's just Dipper"]]
* Lincoln Loud of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is based on creator Creator/ChrisSavino as a kid, right down to his love for comics.
* Blossom's crush Jared Shapiro from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is based on and voiced by writer Jake Goldman and mostly shows up in episodes he writes.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'': Jet is one to the series creator Craig Bartlett:
-->'''Craig Bartlett''': “[[WesternAnimaton/HeyArnold Arnold]] was how I felt being a kid and [[WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain Buddy the T-Rex]] is really optimistic and doesn’t see how anything can’t work out and a friend to all. And Jet is even more so because Jet won’t shut up, you can’t get him down, he is always optimistic and he’s like the music man always bursting into song. When I was a kid, I thought wouldn’t it be fun if everything was a musical and people were always bursting into song. So I feel like he is the best iteration of my kind of personality that we’ve come up with yet.”