->''"You can say we broke up because of artistic differences. He saw himself as alive, and I saw him dead."''
-->-- ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''

Often given as the public reason that a person involved with a show leaves the project.

Usage: "Joe Smith left the cast of ''Murder on Cliche Street'' this season over creative differences with the production team."

When they actually mean it, it refers to irreconcilably different artistic visions for the show. For actors, it often means, "I'm not getting paid enough to put up with this." For writers and other members of the creative team, it usually means, "I've had it with the producers, the executives, and [[MediaWatchdog Standards & Practices]] [[ExecutiveMeddling telling me what I can and can't write]]." For musicians, it can sometimes mean "we had totally different styles and couldn't see eye-to-eye on anything", but it usually means "I can't stand the assholes in my band" or "I got fired for being a dick and this is the most tactful way to word it". In most cases, it's just a euphemism for, "I got in a big fight with the producer." Likely anytime some one mentions "scheduling conflicts", it means there's been a conflict between the director and producers or studio. Then the director quits or is fired. If there's only one constant member and a steady flow of departures and inductions, this is usually an indication of a PrimaDonnaDirector at the very least and is also usually a sign that the lone holdout is [[JerkAss an incorrigible dick who doesn't know how to work with other people]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Around two-thirds of the way through the anime adaptation of ''[[Manga/KareKano His & Her Circumstances]]'', the creative differences between the manga-ka Masami Tsuda and the director Creator/HideakiAnno reached such a peak that she demanded he be fired. (Basically, Anno made Karekano ''far'' too comedic for Tsuda's taste; she wanted a more angsty and plot-driven series, similar to the angstier turns that the story would eventually take). With Anno gone, his assistant Kazuya Tsurumaki completed the series... ironically, making it ''even more'' comedic in process. On the other hand, back then Tsurumaki's style wasn't the screwball type [[Creator/StudioGainax GAINAX]] was in general and [[Anime/{{FLCL}} he in particular]] [[Anime/DieBuster would later]] [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann become famous for]], but in more conventional RomanticComedy, which was more acceptable for the mangaka.
* Creator/YoshiyukiTomino and ''[[Manga/TheFiveStarStories Mamoru Nagano]]'' famously clashed in both their best known collaborations, ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim''. Tomino, who was heavily depressed at the time, tended to create [[CrapsackWorld bleak, sombre works]] filled with [[TrueArtIsAngsty angst and suffering]], while Nagano, while not without an occasional {{GRIMDARK}} moment of his own, nevertheless wished for less dark storytelling and, being infamously possessive of his works, a bigger creative control. Things were hot enough that Nagano ended up [[StartMyOwn starting his own]] [[Manga/TheFiveStarStories L-Gaim]], and Tomino made him one of the prototypes for the main Zeta villain, Paptimus Scirocco. Their creative clashes were exacerbated by the fact that [[LoveTriangle both men were competing for the affections]] of the ''Zeta'' {{seiyuu}} Creator/MariaKawamura. The rumor goes that Tomino is still somewhat bitter over the fact that [[DidNotGetTheGirl not only Kawamura chose Nagano over him]], but they're HappilyMarried up to this day.
* This is the reason that a second season of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' will never be made (at least, not by Studio Deen): creator Creator/NatsukiTakaya--who due to a hand injury was able to have direct involvement with the anime--and Director Akitaroh Daichi drove each other nuts. During production, Takaya gained a reputation for being a control freak. For one, she demanded that big-name seiyuu be cast for her characters, something Daichi [[StuntCasting normally]] avoids. She also had issues with the animation director and character designer. Unfortunately, Deen will not let any director except Daichi handle the series, and Daichi has made it very clear he ''won't'' work with Takaya again.
* This is rumored to be the reason why ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' ended rather abruptly. Anime director Noriyuki Abe made [[AdaptationDecay so many modifications to the TV series]] that, by the time the Three Kings saga hit, the already not-happy (and rumored to be [[WagTheDirector rather hard to work with]]) YoshihiroTogashi lost it and decided to cut off the Manga/YuYuHakusho story ''as a whole'', finishing '''both''' the manga and anime so Abe wouldn't keep introducing more changes.
* According to other cast and crew members, this is the reason why Tracey Moore quit her title role in the Creator/DiC dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' after roughly 13 episodes. Apparently, Moore (who was also the original voice director) was very stressed with the workload the show brought her, and her duties were given to other people.
** Specifically, she didn't get along with Nicole Thualt, the dubbing studio (Optimum Productions)'s producer. The next two voice directors (Roland Parliament and John Stocker) were also fired over creative differences with her, and Nicole took matters into her own hands and directed the dubs for S/[=SuperS=] herself, even though she was a French speaker that spoke almost no English.
* Similarly, IanJamesCorlett quit his role as the original English voice of Goku in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' after 35 episodes because of a nasty fallout with TheOceanGroup. His roles in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' were also replaced.
* Kyoko Mizuki and Yumiko Igarashi got into many legal fights over ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and both came to [[CreatorBacklash resent it.]]
* The two producers for ''The Sensualist'' no longer speak, and it's the reason the film has yet to see any kind of release post-VHS.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':
** The two head writers for this series Genki Yoshimura and Atsushi Maekawa had two very different styles of writing, Maekawa's being story driven light-hearted stories, and Yoshimura's being character driven darker stories, both were told to write in their own preferred styles. This lead to them not seeing eye to eye on how the story should go, which resulted in a lot of fillers, to cover up for the time where they couldn't come to an agreement.
** Meanwhile, the head writer for Adventure, Satoru Nishizono, left the Digimon project because he didn't want for a sequel to his series to be made.
** Much of the main staff including Creator/ChiakiKonaka couldn't stand the executive meddling anymore, and so were ready to break their contracts and leave the project, but Bandai, unwilling to let them do this, gave them [[Anime/DigimonTamers their own series]], to mess around with instead.
* Creator/TakeshiShudo, the original director for the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, had envisioned the show as one that could be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. [[http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Bulbagraphic:Translating_the_Blog_Entries_of_Mr._Shudo His blogs]] reveal that this did not sit well with a lot of the staff, especially one he refers to as "omae-sama." Eventually, Shudo got fed up with how the show became overly kid-focused and left during the Johto League. On a lesser note, [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/movies/pm_lord_unknown_tower_entei/lord_unknown_tower_entei_mythical_third_movie.html his original idea]] for [[Anime/Pokemon3 the third movie]] was rejected by the staff, who thought it lacked success potential.

* JohnWagner and AlanGrant had a bit of a falling out in the late 80s over the direction in which to take ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''; Wagner wanted to humanize Dredd more, while Grant wanted to {{Flanderiz|ation}}e him into being more of a dark {{parody}} of strict authority figures. As the strip's original creator, Wagner won out, and so Grant left, but as a consolation was made the sole writer ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog''.
* Creator/JohnByrne left the ''The Uncanny ComicBook/XMen'' after a very successful run that included the "Dark Phoenix Saga" and "Days of Future Past" because he became increasingly frustrated with writer Creator/ChrisClaremont ignoring what he had drawn in favor of writing his own interpretation.
-->'''Byrne:''' That was the argument that Chris and I always had was that Chris didn't write the picture. And so I eventually reached the point where I said 'Maybe ''I'' should be writing the picture.'"
** In the end, this same situation, only reversed in the outcome, was part of what drove Claremont to finally end his long run on ''X-Men'' and leave Marvel altogether for a few years. In the last year or so of his run, Jim Lee would send him finished artwork, essentially saying "write a story around ''that''". Bob Harras, the Editor in Chief, was starting to side with the new crop of superstar artists, and Claremont grew fed up with the situation.
*** Claremont later said Lee had wanted a return to the classic X-Men stories he grew up reading with Magneto as a villain and Claremont had "Been there, done that."
** In reading Creator/JimShooter's (sadly on long hiatus) blog, this seems to be a constant source of tension between writer and artist. The writer often wants the scene visualized as he or she writes it in the script due to necessities of storytelling (Shooter, for instance, writes long descriptions and even at times sends reference photos or sketches along to clarify how things should look). Meanwhile, the artist believes him or herself responsible for the visual look of the pages, and may see things very differently from an artistic standpoint.
* The original head writers for ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Ken Penders and Karl Bollers, came to butt heads very badly at the end of their run, leading to both of them to quit, though it's said that Karl was the only one who quit and Ken was "let go". Their fighting got so vicious and resulted in so much KudzuPlot and AbortedArc that the next writer, Ian Flynn, had to spend the entire first year of his run untangling the insane mass of plot threads the two left in their wake.
** To better understand this: Ken Penders was head writer up until around #60 then went to focus on the ''Knuckles'' comic. Karl took over and the two seemed to be out of each other's hair until the ''Knuckles'' comic was cancelled, putting the two head writers together. For awhile, Ken had Knuckles back-up stories to Karl's main Sonic stories, but when the back-ups were abandoned, the two ended up working together and the messes began.
* When ComicBook/{{Morbius}} [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Living Vampire]]'s first solo series started in the early 1990s it was helmed by writer Len Kaminski and penciler Ron Wagner. Wagner, however, felt that Kaminski's stories were too character-driven, and according to Kaminski complained about this to [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]'s editorial staff as well as leaving "snide margin notes in which he made his personal opinion of my plots clear". Moreover, Wagner ignored Kaminski's attempts to get in touch with him so that they could discuss how the comic should be done. After 9 issues of this Kaminski had had enough and quit.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* This was the reason given for Creator/DonBluth and Creator/StevenSpielberg parting ways in the late 80's. The real reason was never made public, but neither of them enjoyed the same level of success in animated movies afterward (this came back for Bluth when Spielberg eventually co-founded Creator/DreamWorksAnimation with Disney boss Jeffrey Katzenberg; Bluth was unable to keep up, and Katzenberg eventually moved on without Spielberg himself outside of encouragement; Bluth resurfaced in 2016 with a ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' film in pre-production). And the whole reason Creator/DonBluth left Disney and created his own animated films in the first place, in the middle of the production of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''.
** As for Jeffrey Katzenberg, the desire to try to make DarkerAndEdgier Disney fare after he misstepped in such waters with ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' in 1985 helped lead to him leaving Disney himself; DreamWorks's earlier films were somewhat darker and more Fanservice-heavy than Disney's films at the time(ironically, Katzenberg was the third Disney supremo who tried to push for dark Disney after his predecessor Ron Miller and Walt himself before both of them; the [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs first]] [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} five]] [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Disney]] [[Disney/{{Dumbo}} Animated]] [[Disney/{{Bambi}} Classics]] and ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' had some dark material in them).
* While ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'' was eventually finished and had a theatrical and home video run, writer and director John Korty and producer Bill Couturié had pretty different ideas of what the movie was supposed to be like, to where two different cuts of the movie exists: The Couturié cut contains frequent [[ParentalBonus swearing and lewd innuendo]], while the Korty cut excises all swearing (save for a mild PrecisionFStrike that gave it a PG rating). That these two would not yield an inch from their stances is why ''Twice Upon a Time'' was unavailable for television airing or home video release after 1998--any attempt to show or distribute the movie would lead to the person responsible for the other cut theatening legal action. Though that changed in 2015, when Warner Archive released both cuts on DVD.
* Al Pacino's voice work was left out of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'' due to this, despite him playing the lead villain, the role already completely finished and animated, and the film only a month from release, too late to remove Pacino's name from all the trailers. The producers granted Pacino's request to be removed from the project after both sides were not on the same page regarding his performance; Benjamin Bratt was brought in to re-dub the role in time to finish the film.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Creator/EdwardNorton was let go early on from playing Bruce Banner despite having played him in [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk the 2008 film]]. When asked why Marvel stated that "[[http://www.avclub.com/article/marvel-kicks-edward-norton-out-of-emthe-avengersem-42993 Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members]]", which implied Norton was fired for not getting along with the other actors and crew, as well as butting heads with brass over the screenplay (an issue that was prominent when Norton did ''AmericanHistoryX''). Norton's agent disputed this claim, as did Norton (who said he enjoyed the experience but didn't want to lock in the role long-term) but regardless the part was recast with Mark Ruffalo, who acted in the role to widespread acclaim.
* Creator/ForestWhitaker left the live action ''Film/FatAlbert'' film due to artistic differences with Creator/BillCosby.
* Creator/JackNicholson and director Creator/MilosForman had a falling out over Jack's character's motivation during pre-production on ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', leading to Jack and Miloš speaking through the cinematographer and Jack not contributing anything to the film's DVD special features. The cinematographer in question, Bill Butler, was himself a replacement for Haskell Wexler who had quit the movie due to - you guessed it - "creative differences."
* Director Creator/StanleyKubrick ordered so many re-takes of ''Film/TheShining'' (especially the scene where Jack says "Here's Johnny!" which itself set a world record for most takes for a scene with dialogue) that Nicholson swore he would never work with him again, and he didn't.
* Creator/MNightShyamalan left Creator/{{Disney}} in 2005 after a rather successful four picture run with the studio (''Film/TheSixthSense'', ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'', ''Film/{{Signs}}'', ''Film/TheVillage'') because they were having creative issues with his next film ''Film/LadyInTheWater''. That film, however, became a BoxOfficeBomb, and Disney effectively had the last laugh after ''Film/TheLastAirbender''.
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' is known for Fox (Thomas Waites) leaving before the end of filming. Suffice to say they [[DroppedaBridgeOnHim dropped him]]... Very painfully

* In a classic example, Creator/JulesVerne and his lifetime publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel constantly clashed about the content of Verne's work, with [[ThePollyanna Hetzel]] consistently fighting to mitigate Verne's [[HumansAreBastards bitterness and gloom]], and [[ExecutiveMeddling insisting on him]] writing the LighterAndSofter fiction. Hetzel also wasn't averse to [[LowestCommonDenominator pandering to the audience]], to which [[DeadpanSnarker Verne]] usually replied with his [[VitriolicBestBuds most pointed epistolar barbs]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* After his experience with ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Creator/JossWhedon refused to work with {{Fox}} for years because of this, foremost being an early cancellation. He only relented with ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' because star Eliza Dushku had a 3-series deal with the network; Dushku brought Whedon in.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki, got on very well with Creator/WilliamHartnell both in-character and on-set. When a new production team led by John Wiles took over, he began moving the show in a DarkerAndEdgier, FailureHero-led, InternalDeconstruction direction that Hartnell disliked. O'Brien formed a team with him and supported all of Hartnell's attempts to WagTheDirector, and Wiles decided to fire her in the hope of breaking Hartnell. Vicki was first pencilled in to be killed off, but was eventually PutOnABusToHell to get rid of the actress sooner.
** Creator/WilliamHartnell's departure was also at least in part due to creative differences with a new production team (although his failing health was also a factor). He saw the show as a children's programme, but the new producers had other ideas. "So did I, so I left", as he said in a letter to a fan.
** During TroubledProduction of "Nightmare on Eden", the entire cast and crew had it in for the director Alan Bromly, an ageing director pulled out of returement, unused to modern production schedules and values and with a very authoritarian attitude. This especially inflamed Tom Baker, who had been [[WagTheDirector Wagging The Director]] frequently and who felt he was best when he could ThrowItIn and [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny do unscripted business]]. Seeing Bromly as incompetent, Baker took rather sadistic pleasure using his acerbic wit to bully and humiliate him in front of the crew, eroding his authority further, and their animosity eventually culminated in a screaming match between them in the BBC corridors which producer Graham Williams had to intervene in. The chaos had sent recording well behind schedule and Bromly was decided to have been responsible. Bromly quit, citing creative differences with Baker, and Williams, who had become sick of Baker's difficult personality already, announced his intention to quit at the end of the season also because of creative differences with Baker. Williams' replacement was John Nathan-Turner, who Baker hated, and who wanted a new Doctor to leave his stamp on the show - so Baker eventually left the role stating he felt he had no further to go with his character and citing creative differences with Nathan-Turner.
** The most notorious and damaging ''Doctor Who'' example was the conflict between the producer Creator/JohnNathanTurner and script editor Eric Saward over the ending of the "Trial of a Time Lord" season. Saward, out of his general love for DarkerAndEdgier content and his hero worship of the [[AuthorExistenceFailure recently departed]] writer of the arc Robert Holmes, wanted the season to end with a CliffHanger in which the Doctor and his EnemyWithout the Valeyard were seemingly either dead or trapped eternally in a SealedEvilInADuel situation. Nathan-Turner felt, with considerable justification, that since the BBC wanted to cancel the show altogether, writing an ending that could be seen as a BolivianArmyEnding for the whole show was a very bad idea. Saward, whose relationship with Nathan-Turner was already strained due to personality clashes and his belief that Nathan-Turner was paying insufficient attention to the artistic content of the series, accused Nathan-Turner of having no respect for Holmes' last work, quit with no finalised script for the final episode, threatened to sue the BBC if they made a final episode with '''any''' similarity to any draft he'd worked on, and then gave an interview to a fan publication viciously slagging off Nathan-Turner. The whole affair led to a somewhat disjointed on-screen end to a season that, in reality, had been seen as the show's make-or-break chance to avoid cancellation, and contributed to the show's actual cancellation a few years afterwards.
** Creator/ChristopherEccleston left the revival, due to his fights with the executives "over the way things were being run", and, according to him, his distaste for non-acting personnel getting bullied by directors.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'':
** When John Rhys-Davies left the cast of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' just as the show had been [[ReTool retooled]] away from SpeculativeFiction and toward "rip off whatever movie is popular this week", he cited CreativeDifferences with the writers as the reason. Most observers concluded, "He was creative; they weren't."
** Creator/showrunner Tracy Tormé left the show shortly before John Rhys-Davies did for pretty much the same reasons.
* A notable play on this phrase came when [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Harry Shearer]] left ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1984. When a reporter mentioned to Shearer that this trope was the show's stated reason for his departure, he quipped, "Yeah, I was creative, and they were different."
* Creator/ConanOBrien left the ''Series/TheTonightShow'' in the beginning of 2010, after only six months of hosting it, due to his refusal to let Creator/{{NBC}} move the show a half hour later in their schedule in order to give the fledgling ''Creator/JayLeno Show'' a boost in ratings, claiming that it would ultimately be detrimental to ''The Tonight Show''. At the end of the day, Conan left because Leno had the better contract. Leno's primetime show was tanking in the ratings to the point that local affiliates, worried about flagging viewership for the 10/11-o'clock news due to the unpopular Leno lead-in, threatened to drop it themselves. NBC was forced into a situation where ''somebody'' had to go. Breaking Conan's contract cost NBC $45 million, but breaking Leno's would have cost $100 million, so NBC presented Conan with an unacceptable situation to convince him to accept a buyout. A month later, Conan was gone and Leno was back on ''Series/TheTonightShow''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' writer Judd Lynn eventually quit because of creative differences with Executive Producer Jonathon Tzachor (funny enough, Lynn would replace Tzachor as EP years later when the latter was fired after a much maligned 4-year run).
* For several years, Carroll O'Connor refused to work with Creator/{{CBS}} after they denied him the chance to shoot a series finale for the ''Series/AllInTheFamily''-spinoff ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace''. He would eventually return to work with them on the ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' television series in 1992, after the show moved to the network from Creator/{{NBC}}.
* This is the reason Ronald D. Moore left ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' and effectively Franchise/StarTrek itself after more than a decade of writing for three different series. He apparently couldn't abide the controlling nature of how the show was written.
* Jack Klugman didn't care for Glen A. Larson's approach on ''Series/{{Quincy}}'', eventually telling NBC that either Larson left or he would. The network chose Klugman (the show lasted a lot longer without Larson than with, effectively vindicating Klugman... soapboxing and all).
* This was the bane of Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's TV show endeavours, and the reason for the death of ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' before it got a chance to mature and ''Series/{{Jeremiah}}'' being cancelled after two seasons.
* Creator/ChevyChase gained a certain amount of notoriety both among fans and his coworkers for being outspoken regarding what he thought was the poor quality of ''Series/{{Community}}'', and for feuding with series creator DanHarmon behind the scenes over it. He ended up quitting the show in November 2012 with only two episodes left of the shortened fourth season to film. However, while he was vocal about what he thought was the poor quality of the show, he was willing to return to film a brief cameo appearance in Season 5, indicating that the feud between himself and Harmon has largely been resolved or was overstated.
* An inversion of the typical "actor/writer leaves because he's pissed with the producers" setup of this trope was ''Series/GrowingPains'', where it was ''the producers'' who quit after Kirk Cameron became a born-again Christian and started [[WagTheDirector forcing his values onto the production]], pissing off just about the entire cast and crew in the process.
** It's worth noting that the producers tried to get rid of Kirk first, but ABC executives told them basically, "It's not ''your'' faces on the cover of 'Tiger Beat'." So they left.

[[folder:Music ]]
* This is believed to be one of the MANY reasons why Bizzy Bone of the rap group Music/BoneThugsNHarmony wanted to stay away from the group for awhile, as his solo music was going into a completely different direction.
** After the post 2010 implosion of the group, many think that Krayzie Bone is now having creative differences with the group and vice versa.
* Ryan Ross and Jon Walker as of July 2009 left Music/PanicAtTheDisco to form their own band, The Young Veins (whose sound is completely different from their previous band; compare Panic's latest song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebeKZGsadUU New Perspective]] with TYV's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMKnaYyuiss Change]] ), for this stated reason. This led to [[FanDumb many fans casting blame on them]] for not trying hard enough to work out the differences with fellow band mates Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith.
* Why Cee-Lo left Goodie Mob to eventually form Gnarls Barkley. Goodie Mob had eschewed the social-consciousness of their first two albums in favor of a more crunk style with ''World Party,'' which Cee-Lo hated. Judging from his solo albums and work with Danger Mouse, it's very similar to the ''Sliders'' case. He was creative; they weren't.
* Inverted with the BeautifulSouth who, according to leader Paul Heaton, split due to 'musical similarities'.
* Music/TheBeatles all seemed to develop different musical styles by the mid-60's (''The White Album'' was seen by many fans as being "four solo albums in one" rather than a true band album), and they began to feel a bit of this. Especially George, whose growing songwriting skills weren't fully acknowledged by the Lennon/[=McCartney=] pair. The movie ''Film/LetItBe'' is essentially what happens when someone has a film camera and films a band suffering from CreativeDifferences -- lots of bitter, snide passive aggressive sniping. There's one famous scene with Paul [=McCartney=] and George Harrison having a bitter fight over a chord.
* TheAdventuresOfDuaneAndBrandO experienced this trope at one point. It turned from a permanent breakup in to a 6 month hiatus, with the band members claiming that the breakup was over a stolen ice cream sandwich ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_AVdgQsidQ&feature=plcp it really dealt with extramarital affair]]) and keeping their respective new projects open for when they needed to do solo work.
* This was said to be the reason why Dave Navarro was fired from the RedHotChiliPeppers.
* On April 9, 1962, prior to a Carnegie Hall performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto in D minor with LeonardBernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic and Glenn Gould as the soloist, Bernstein uttered an unusual disclaimer that he would conduct the piece according to Gould's unorthodox conception, one quite incompatible with his own. Though he allowed due respect for Gould's artistry despite their creative disagreement, his introductory speech became somewhat notorious.
* Nodded to by Disney sitcom ''Series/EvenStevens''. When asked about the creative differences that led to the breaking up of the band with friend Twitty, Louis explains, "I'm creative, and he's different."
* There were lots of other factors, but part of the reason for At The Drive-In breaking up was a legitimate case of this - Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez wanted to go in a more progressive direction, while the rest of the band wanted to focus on melodic rock. This is pretty obvious if you compare the two groups they splintered off into, TheMarsVolta and Sparta.
* {{Supertramp}} lost Roger Hodgson to this.
** [[WordOfGod Hodgson has implied]] that though he and Rick Davies ''did'' have many widening creative and personal differences, that Roger left the band at least in part due to his wish to settle down, learn how to raise a family, and get away from the grind of the album-tour-album-tour rock lifestyle. Hodgson also felt disenchanted with the state of the music industry at the time (and the loss of intimacy of the ArenaRock shows the band were now playing post-''Breakfast In America''), and had wanted not [[WhenYouComingHomeDad to be away from his wife or children]] for long tours and see his kids grow up with an unavailable father.
* There was always some tension between multi-instrumentalist Music/JohnCale and front-man Music/LouReed during their days in Music/VelvetUnderground, but matters came to a head in the summer of 1968 when deciding what to do after the sonic assault of ''White Light/White Heat''. The final result was Reed threatening to dissolve the group unless Cale was sacked, with which Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker reluctantly complied.
* Though only Greg Ginn knows for certain why he chose to break up BlackFlag, Henry Rollins is certain that the break-up was because of this: Black Flag kept changing musical direction to the point of confusing fans, and Rollins suggested to Ginn that they release similar-sounding albums consecutively to stabilize their direction. Ginn, who up to that point had been unchallenged in determining the band's direction, was taken aback, assholishly retaliated by burying Rollins' vocals in the mix of their last album ''In My Head'', and Black Flag broke up soon thereafter.
* This was the reason that Moonshake effectively split into two bands after one full album and an extended play, Dave Callahan and Mig Moreland continuing as Moonshake while Margaret Fiedler and John Frenett formed Laika. Many fans consider Laika the "true" continuation of the band and [[FanonDiscontinuity discount the two later albums under the Moonshake name]].
* Music/ThePolice broke up expressly because of this trope. They had already been drifting along and were quasi-disbanded after 1983's ''Synchronicity'', but they decided to get into the studio to record a new album as well as an update of some of their older hits. They only made it as far as "Don't Stand So Close To Me", the recording of which was largely eaten up by petty arguments between Stewart Copeland and Sting over instruments to use. Sadly, Copeland later mentioned that part of the problem was that he had broken his collarbone playing polo, meaning he was unable to actually do any drumming [[note]]one of the instruments at the center of the dispute was a drum machine synthesizer, specifically whether to use the Fairlight CMI Copeland preferred or the Synclavier Sting wanted[[/note]]. He went on to say that had the band been able to jam and get out any pent-up aggression that way, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The Police might not have broken up.]]
* This was basically the reason given for Florian Schneider leaving Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, after ''four decades'' of being in the band no less.
* In 1979, Rick Wright left/was sacked from Music/PinkFloyd. Roger Waters stated that "Our paths were not parallel enough." This statement euphemized a vicious falling out caused by (on one hand) Waters giving [[IAmTheBand his own control freak tendencies free rein]] and (on the other hand) Wright concentrating on solo work instead of contributing to the band. Oh, and him developing "a nasty cocaine habit" as well.
* The reason why Dennis Stratton was fired from IronMaiden. He was writing songs that Steve Harris felt were too poppy, and when the band rejected them, he left.
** According to the man himself, their early vocalist Paul Di'Anno was so bored of playing metal that he started drinking heavily. This alcoholism caused the band to fire him, which he apparently didn't mind that much. He much preferred to play punk music, and somewhat resented the fact that he'd missed out on the first wave of British punk by playing in a metal band during that time. In recent years he's had to return to the old Iron Maiden songs.
* Reports of the 2013 breakup of TheJonasBrothers allude to this.
* Music/{{Cynic}} have had this happen to them more than once. The ''Focus'' line-up dissolved due to the members all trying to pull the band in different musical directions. Similarly, Tymon Kruidiner and Robin Zielhorst left after ''Re-Traced'' due to them not agreeing with Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert over musical direction.
* Music/TheFaceless has had this happen on numerous occasions, with Lyle Cooper being the most notable. Given the comments that former members and other musicians who have toured with The Faceless have made about [[IAmTheBand Michael Keene's]] personality, it seems to be a case of "this dude has no idea how to run a band without pissing off and alienating everyone in it".
* Music/CattleDecapitation departed with Dave Astor over a case of this that was equal parts creative (they wanted to write more complex and death metal-based material, he wanted to stick to grindier fare; some of this may have been due to his stagnating technical ability and apparent refusal to take lessons) and personal (relations with him and the rest of the band, especially Travis Ryan, had deteriorated to the point where he had to go or the band would likely collapse). They still haven't reconciled with him, and given Ryan's notoriously strong dislike for him, it's highly unlikely that they ever will.
* Ovid's Withering was already on the cusp of breakup when they were signed to Unique Leader Records and had a US tour on the way after the other members learned that Aaron Rodriguez had, on multiple occasions, pressured the wives and girlfriends of his bandmates to cheat on them with him or send him foot pictures. They soldiered on because they had bigger tours on the way, but after they learned that he had solicited foot pictures from an underage girl, they were completely revolted, quit on the spot in disgust, and severed all ties with him. Because Ovid's Withering was largely his vision, it will never come back in any recognizable form.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* An occasional occurrence in ProfessionalWrestling, sometimes with mixed results.
** In Japan, cases such as these are known for splintering companies. Most famous being Shooto and Fighting Network RINGS out of the Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation and Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH from Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling. Really, though, a wrestler leaving for ''any'' reason might splinter a company, such as when Wrestling 1 from All Japan after Wrestling/TheGreatMuta resigned in penance for Taru assaulting someone during the off hours and then was refused re entry back into the company when the new brass started running it into the ground.
** Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's agreement fell through due to NJPW not being fans of Wrestling/VinceRusso's booking, Wrestling/EricBischoff trying to tell NJPW how to book and WCW trying to enter a talent exchange with All Japan.
** More common in Wrestling/{{WWE}} is the phrase "we wish wrestler the best in their future endeavors".
** There's also "Confronting their personal demons" which usually translates as "too drunk/stoned to work".
** The Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA[=-=]Wrestling/{{TNA}} agreement actually did end seven years early because of creative differences. The NWA had standards for it's titleholders it wanted to directly enforce and TNA had already pulled out of the NWA anyway and wanted promote material more distinct to it's own brand. NWA 'abrogating' the deal is how most news sources reported it, however.
* This is why what lead to the foundation of NWA FUW. Dante Brown helped save American Combat Wrestling with his investment in it after the Bourbon Street Nightclub ACW ran out of went out of business, leaving the promotion without a home. There were six other investors who came in after the club's closure with their own ideas for what to do with the company though, so he struck out on his own once ACW had somewhat stable foundations again.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A source of contention between some fans (and ex-fans) of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' is the "creative differences" that led to the break-up between the artist (and current writer) Fred Gallagher and former writer Rodney Caston, ultimately resulting in the comic's turn from straight comedy to dramedy. It is telling that the last comic Rodney wrote before Fred took over pretty much predicted ''exactly'' how the comic under Fred would be... kinda like a DatingSim.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Toby Gard, creator of ''Franchise/TombRaider'', had left the franchise by ''Tomb Raider II'' due to being pressured by the higher ups in making Lara Croft to appeal more to the male demographic. Gard didn't like the idea of having Lara's character being over sexualized.
** Ironically, he later went on to create ''Galleon'', a game which featured ''two'' sexy lead females instead of one...
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion III'' suffered something of a civil war on the creative team between the lead designer and the art director. The lead designer, Alan Emrich, wanted to more or less continue in the tradition of [=MoO=] II, adding more features such as religion, governmental corruption and the exploration of black holes, and of course new races and new racial abilities, but not fundamentally breaking away from the FourX SpaceOpera mold that had made ''II'' so successful. The art director, Rantz Hoseley, was having none of that, though: he wanted to have a more realistic simulation of a complex galactic empire, one that you couldn't run yourself and ''had'' to automate, and he also ''hated'' the humanoid aliens of the series (comparing them to PeopleInRubberSuits). Hoseley won the internal fight, and Emrich was forced out, leading to ''[[FranchiseKiller Master Of Orion III]]''.
* One of the main reasons along with poor sales as to why ''CloverStudios'' left ''{{Capcom}}'' and became ''PlatinumGames'' at ''{{Sega}}''.
** More recently, they have grown very disgusted at Sega's Marketing for one of their more recent titles, ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', epecially in the U.S. This is possibly one of the reasons they allowed themselves to branch out to even more companies, like with {{Konami}} to develop the gameplay for VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance, and being the main developer for the Creator/{{Nintendo}} published, WiiU exclusive title, ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' as well as the main exclusive publisher of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} 2'' (With Sega merely owning the IP rights, with no development input)..
* This is pretty much the story behind most of the original Creator/IdSoftware's departures.
** Tom Hall was let go due to him not being creatively invested in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' (it was a bit dark and serious for the wacky mind behind ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'').
** Creator/JohnRomero was frustrated over ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' being turned from an ActionRPG into a shooter in Doom's template at a late stage in the game. He left to form Ion Storm with Tom Hall.
** Adrian Carmack was essentially fired after ''Doom 3'', later suing the company.
* Akira Sakuma, who created the long-running ''Momotaro Dentetsu'' series for Creator/HudsonSoft, [[http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/09/japanese-game-developer-gets-brutally-frank-on-twitter/ tweeted]] after Creator/{{Konami}} took over Hudson: "As long as there’s a guy named Imura at Konami, I won't make ''Momotaro Dentetsu''."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This was one of the reasons Creator/JohnKricfalusi was booted off ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
* ''WsternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' went through this with Creator/KlaskyCsupo concerning its animation. Creator/KlaskyCsupo did the animation for the Tracey Ullman shorts and the first 63 episodes, however the overall look of the animation more often than not was deemed unfitting to the creators' needs, to the point where the first episode was demanded to be redone. The animation was shifted over to Creator/FilmRoman by the fourth season.

* Around the turn of the century, Mercedes-Benz and [=McLaren=] collaborated on the SLR [=McLaren=] supercar. Production lasted for seven years. When it was time to create a successor, the two companies had different ideas for where that would go and they parted ways. Mercedes created the SLS AMG while [=McLaren=] followed up with the [=MP4=]-12C.