This entry is trivia, which is cool and all, but not a trope. On a work, it goes on the Trivia tab.

Breakthrough Hit

This is the very work that practically begins a creator's career and gives them success in their medium. This is the Breakthrough Hit.

For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts, although these early attempts may end up being Vindicated by History. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of Tough Act to Follow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough.

Compare Killer App (equivalent for game systems), Star-Making Role (equivalent for actors), and Gateway Series (equivalent for an entire genre or multimedia franchise). Contrast Creator Killer and One-Hit Wonder.

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Created the property

These creators did not create the property, but the rather first made their name for their work with said property.

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