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[[caption-width-right:300:No matter the story, Creator/HayaoMiyazaki will have someone/something flying.[[labelnote:Clockwise from top left:]]Anime/PorcoRosso's plane, the [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Totoros]], [[Anime/KikisDeliveryService Kiki and Jiji abroom]], [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle Howl's castle]], [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaä]] on her Mehve, [[Anime/CastleInTheSky Sheeta and Pazu in Pazu's 'thopter]], [[Anime/SpiritedAway Chihiro riding Haku]][[/labelnote]]]]

A recurring item found across several works for a director, producer or writer.

For recurring associates, see ProductionPosse. For recurring characters or items identified with a previous movie, see ProductionThrowback and ReusedCharacterDesign. The literary/unintentional equivalent of this is an AuthorCatchphrase, and the actor equivalent of this is just a normal CatchPhrase (e.g. [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger "I'll be back"]]). Does not include overarching SignatureStyle elements of a body of work, {{Signature Shot}}s, or ''explicit'' IconicLogo trademarks, such as Creator/AlfredHitchcock's silhouette or Walt Disney's signature. If the Thumbprint is something the author likes, then it's AuthorAppeal.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is part of the reason why ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fans love the series. The person in charge of it is a self-admitted fan of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', so he inserted ''a lot'' of HumongousMecha tropes and references into the anime. [[MixAndMatch The resulting fusion]] of {{Magical Girl}}s and HumongousMecha is [[RuleOfCool very cool indeed]].
* Creator/MakotoShinkai clearly loves SceneryPorn and cats, including a cat in every one of his films since ''Anime/SheAndHerCat'' (normally naming the cats in the later films after the earlier cats).
* Creator/NaokiUrasawa is a noted Germanophile, which is very noticeable giving the settings of his work: Large parts of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', ''Manga/MasterKeaton'', and ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'' are set in Germany.
* [[Manga/AntiqueBakery Yoshinaga Fumi's]] works are very well regarded for their nuanced and fully realized characters. Yet for some reason all of these characters, no matter their profession or past, share the ability to speak for paragraphs about all the little details behind the [[FoodPorn delicious, mouthwatering dishes]] that always pop up.
* Creator/StudioGainax has [[GainaxEnding not just one]] but ''two'' [[{{Gainaxing}} tropes named for them]].
* Between both his principal works' tendency to contain a cast of kids exposed to uncomfortable amounts of rape, teenage pregnancy, mental illnesses, parental child abuse and eventually [[KillEmAll a gruesome and pointless death]], and just generally possessing a SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism you could use as a trebuchet, it would seem Creator/MohiroKitoh (''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'') is ''[[HumansAreBastards not]]'' [[HumansAreBastards a 'people' person]]. Especially where children are concerned. He's also fond of mountain bikes, and has a tendency towards aircraft and anything in the air, and perhaps the military.
* In their ''Girls With Guns'' works, Creator/BeeTrain always has a female character that wears a pair of red shoes - which started with Kirika in ''Anime/{{Noir}}''. Also, Kouichi Mashimo went to a Jesuit university, knows a lot about the Catholic Church, and likes to feature some of Aquinas's and Augustine's ideas in his shows. He also has a non-sexual love for any ActionGirl (especially [[GirlsWithGuns with a gun]]), being a fairly well-known feminist in Japan.
* Keiichi Sigsawa, author of ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' and ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia'', goes out of his way to profile in entirely unnecessary detail every weapon and vehicle that comes up, regardless of whether it is important to the plot. And as if that weren't enough, even his ''pen name'' is based on [[http://www.sigsauer.com/Default.aspx a gun brand]].
* Creator/ShirowMasamune loves drawing sexy, scantily clad women, but that hardly sets him apart; what ''does'' is his [[TechnologyPorn obsessive attention to detail regarding near-future/sci-fi weaponry and machines]]. Wiki/TheOtherWiki even has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seburo a page about Seburo]], which is Shirow's ''recurring futuristic small arms manufacturer''.
* If you couldn't tell from the series itself, Hiroyuki Imaishi, the director of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' said in an interview that he liked [[ThisIsADrill drills]] and wanted a show where they were the main character's weapon. This becomes either hilarious or creepy when you see his previous work, ''Anime/DeadLeaves'', where one guy has a giant drill (that's drawn just like the ones in TTGL because he's also the character designer for both) ''for a penis''.
* Most of the [[ViewersAreGeniuses ridiculously hard to understand]] math and physics found around ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (including an important in one of the later novels that is even ''illustrated'') stem from Nagaru Tanigawa (the author of the novels) being a math/physics buff. See ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' for something similar.
* Wataru Yoshizumi, the mangaka behind ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', ''Manga/UltraManiac'', ''Mint na Bokura'' and many others likes her tennis. She tends to have at least one of her characters in each of her series be a member of their school tennis club.
* Aside of uniforms and girls with hair decs, Creator/HidekazHimaruya loves bunnies.
* Arina Tanemura really likes insane hair.
* Shamelessly lampshaded by Ai Yazawa in her manga ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'', about an arts high school populated by eccentric teens. "''In the Yazawa High School students have an unspoken agreement to dress in the most outrageous way possible. Why? Principal Ai Yazawa just loves outlandish clothes!''". Before becoming a mangaka, she wanted to be a fashion designer, and she's a hardcore fan of Vivienne Westwood. She also loves rock and punk music. It becomes glaringly obvious since ''all'' of her mangas feature [[Manga/ParadiseKiss fashion designers]], [[UnlimitedWardrobe massive amounts of different outfits]], designs lifted from Westwood, [[Manga/{{Nana}} aspiring musicians and punk rockers]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Creator/TiteKubo is a huge music geek. As a result, he gives many of his characters theme songs from a wide range of styles and nationalities. His chapter and volume titles can be a CallBack to songs and he often finds a way to insert music into character conversations. During the Turn Back The Pendulum arc not only did he have Captain Shinji trying to convince Vice-Captain Aizen that jazz was a brilliant invention but he also created a little character sketch at the end of the relevant volume to tell the reader that jazz didn't actually exist during Shinji's era, coupled with a sketch of Shinji looking absolutely baffled at what he's listening to if jazz doesn't exist. Kubo is also a huge fashion fan and takes every opportunity to sketch his characters in many different fashion styles from Japanese garb to punk outfits, tracksuits and boxing gear. Even here, he often finds a way to insert music.
* Creator/HirohikoAraki is a big music fan, particularly of western progressive rock. This can be seen in the naming conventions of characters from his master work, ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', with characters sporting such names as Music/{{Dio}} [[Creator/MarlonBrando Brando]], [[Music/REOSpeedwagon Robert Edward O. Speedwagon]], Music/VanillaIce, and so forth. He even had a prog-rock song used as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8okVPx2LpCc ending theme of the new anime series]]. He also seems to have a thing against dogs, as almost every dog that shows up is brutally murdered either to show off the new villain's Stand, or just because. In fact, one of the first things to happen in Jojo's, is Dio [[KickTheDog kicking Jonathan's dog, then later killing him]].
* ''Manga/TheWallflower'' author Tomoko Hayakawa practically admits in her author notes that she simply made a series full of stuff she likes: {{Bishonen}}, J-rock performers, horror and gothic pop culture, and the ElegantGothicLolita style.
* Tsutomu Nihei, author of ''Manga/{{Blame}}''!, has an obvious obsession with architecture, post-humanism and cyborgs. The latter occasionally verges on fetish territory, and the former is [[MemeticMutation something of a running joke amongst his fans]].
* Creator/AkiraToriyama has a thing for vehicles. Give the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga a lookthrough and count how many of the chapter cover pages not directly related to the storyline feature some kind of detailed vehicle. He outright admitted that the main character of his 1987 one-shot ''SONCHOH'' is the car, and not the old man who drives it. This is also {{Lampshaded}} in an {{omake}} of his ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' manga, where Toriyama's editor calls him out for always drawing some sort of vehicle on the covers and asks him if the main character of the manga is a car. ThemeNaming is another giveaway, particularly of the [[EdibleThemeNaming edible]] variety. If one or more characters in a given work are named after garments and/or food, even if the work in question is otherwise not meant to be tongue-in-cheek, there's a very good chance Toriyama had a hand in making it.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' scribe Kosuke Fujishima is a ''huge'' fan of exquisitely-detailed machinery, especially that surrounding vehicles, so it's no surprise that all his work features very in-depth discussion and imagery of the same.
* Eiichiro Oda of ''Manga/OnePiece'' fame very clearly ''loves'' afros. Not only do several major ''One Piece'' characters sport afros, but the story draws attention or uses the afro for comedy in almost every case:
** Gaimon, who is mistaken for a shrub;
** Kuromarimo, who has one afro on his head and three in his beard, fights with afro-shaped balls of hair;
** Fleet Admiral Sengoku, despite being TheComicallySerious;
** Luffy wears an afro wig during his fight with Foxy, and everyone except [[OnlySaneMan Nami]] insists that the afro makes him stronger.
** Strawhat pirate Brook, who is a ''[[DemBones skeleton]]'', still retains his afro because [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum he has deep roots]], and has great emotional attachment to the hair because it will allow his old friend [[spoiler:Laboon]] to recognize him even though he is a skeleton;
** Emporio Ivankov, who can carry his right hand man in his afro;
** [[WildTake Wild Takes]] and silly expressions in general are another favourite, even if the situation in the story is serious.
* Kozue Amano, the creator of ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' and ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'' clearly has a thing for SceneryPorn.
* Mori Kaoru
** She is an Anglophile. It definitely shows in the immense attention to the details of upstairs-downstairs dynamics, costume details and setting of ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma''.
** She highlighted in her latest work ''Manga/ABridesStory'' that she is also fascinated by Central Asian costumes and setting. All her female and male characters have exquisitely detailed embroidered clothes.
* Isuna Hasekura, author of the ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' novels, has a serious thing for economics. It features prominently in both of his works to date. In fact, he took the prize money he got for his first novel to the stock market and wrote ''Manga/BillionaireGirl'' and ''VisualNovel/WorldEndEconomica'' which are about day trading.
* Works by Creator/StudioTrigger prominently feature four-pointed stars: the stars on Goku Uniforms in ''Anime/KillLaKill'', the seven stars of the Shiny Rod in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', the scars in ''{{Anime/Kiznaiver}}'', and much, much more.

* William-Adolphe Bouguereau, as can be seen at Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William-Adolphe_Bouguereau here]], made a career out of painting [[{{Moe}} innocent, pale young girls looking sad and adorable]]. He also had a thing for bare feet, by the way.
* Creator/AlphonseMucha is best remembered for his drawings of beautiful women in classically-inspired gowns surrounded by [[FlowerMotifs flowers, flowers, and more flowers]] with their hair either pinned up like a Gibson Girl or swirling about [[DramaticWind dramatically]]. Usually set in intricate, organic looking frames, his work exemplifies the UsefulNotes/ArtNouveau style - in fact the page image for Art Nouveau is one of his works.
* In Art Frahm's illustrations of women losing their underwear, the women almost always had their arms full of groceries, and the grocery bags almost always [[VisualInnuendo prominently]] featured [[ISOStandardUrbanGroceries a large stalk of celery]]. Chronicled [[http://lileks.com/institute/frahm/index.html here]] (moderately NSFW).
--> '''James Lileks:''' [[RunningGag Celery is present]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld was known for hiding the word Nina (his daughter's name) within the elaborate cross-hatching of his cartoons. A number next to his signature indicated the number of hidden Ninas.
* Keno Creator/DonRosa
** He put the acronym [[http://neamar.fr/Res/DUCK/ D.U.C.K. into the first page]] of all of his comics, as a homage to his favorite Creator/CarlBarks ("Dedicated to Uncle Carl from Keno").
** Furthermore, he is a recognized Scrooge/Goldie shipper.
* The late comicbook writer Mark Gruenwald apparently loved his home state Wisconsin. In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica,'' he made the villain Sidewinder a Wisconsite, while his hero ComicBook/{{Quasar}} also hailed from "America's Dairyland". His love for Wisconsin really showed in ''D.P.7.,'' as most of the early issues were set there, and many of the characters were from Wisconsin.
* Likewise, Creator/BrianMichaelBendis really seems to like his hometown of Cleveland, and has set many of his stories there.
* Franchise/TheFlash's John Broome seemed to have some sort of fixation with second floor burglaries. It has been suggested that maybe he was burgled while living on the second floor and developed it because of that.
* John Callahan has at least two cartoons with quadriplegic protagonists. It's likely because the man himself is also quadriplegic.
* Anything Creator/GeoffJohns writes frequently involves a character receiving an injury to their hand or arm.
* Bill Amend of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' '''really''' loves his math/computer/geek humor. (He was a physics major.)
* Paul Dini again, but this one's probably not sexual. He's a gigantic zoology buff, which accounts for a great deal of the animal references he tends to make in his scripts. Examples include the inclusion of the extremely obscure ''cassowary'' in "Almost Got 'Im", the conversation between two of Ra's al Ghul's mooks about how crocodiles kill their prey in "Out of the Past", and the fact that Dini got Bruce Timm a STUFFED PIRANHA as drawing reference for "Mad Love".
* Creator/NeilGaiman of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' fame likes mythology, cats, and gothic imagery and/or clothes. And expect stories within stories within stories, and the story will be talking about other stories.
* Mike Mignola has said in interviews that he created ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' because he loves drawing weird monsters, big gorillas and mad-science devices and wanted an excuse to get paid for it. All those elements showed up at one time or another in his earlier work for Marvel and DC.
* Creator/DougTenNapel's comics usually have a cat. Even when they aren't main characters or even important to the plot, there's usually at least one scene that prominently features one if not several. Also, big, freaky monsters make appearances often, even when there's no reason for them.
* Legendary comic book artist George Perez
** He has a non-sexual fetish of redesigning characters' costumes to be much more detailed than the average artist is willing to draw. It gets sexual because whenever he draws [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlet Witch]] (whom he has singled out as his [[PerverseSexualLust favorite character to draw]]), he draws her in [[http://sarcasm-hime.net/wanda-ref.jpg this costume]], which references her Roma heritage. Furthermore, this outfit is designed to indicate that Wanda ''does not wear panties'' (the two sections of fabric over her hips are connected by gold loops that rest over bare skin). When asked to provide WordOfGod information that nobody else could give, Perez stated that Wanda prefers to go commando and dared readers to find an instance in which she is proven to be wearing underwear. He even found other ways to subtly convey this sexual trivia - such as showing her wearing a very long t-shirt to bed. It is worth noting that no other artist draws this costume if they can avoid it, although that is likely because of the prohibitive level of detail rather than the designer's fetish appeal.
** Perez just has a fetish for costume design in general. His second-favorite Marvel girl to play with is the Wasp, because he can design any-and-as-many costumes as he damn well pleases for her with no one batting an eye about it. Hilariously enough, though, even with the ''dozens'' of outfits he's given her, ''none'' of the rare {{Stripperific}} costumes she's had were of his design. Not that he couldn't. His design for ''ComicBook/TheNewTeenTitans'' ' [[http://league.jmkprime.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/starfire-326x600.jpg Starfire]]
* D'Israeli's artwork always includes the word 'fishpaste' somewhere, usually as graffiti.
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Bill Watterson]] cites [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]] as one of his main creative influences, and it shows in his art style. A few of the stylistic twists Schulz used in his strip, such as profile shots of characters that show only their eyes and nose but not their mouths, or the use of the word "AUGH" when uttering a cry of surprise or dismay, were adopted by Watterson and later used in ''Calvin and Hobbes.''
* Creator/StanLee and his fondness for alliterative names - Peter Parker, Reed Richards, J. Jonah Jameson, Susan Storm, Bruce Banner... He's explained that alliterative names were just easier to remember since he was writing tons of books and creating new characters all the time.
* Creator/GarthEnnis has a fondness for Irish and British characters, especially working-class ones.
* Scott Snyder has a penchant for starting every story with--as comics journalist David Brothers says it--the main character relating “[Aged male mentor figure] used to say [anecdote relevant to the plot].”
* Bill Finger, the unsung early writer of the ''Batman'' comics, loved doing stories around giant sized but functional versions of props like typewriters, cigarette lights and similar displays.
* Creator/MarkWaid loves to take formerly dark or unhappy characters and brighten their outlook (and the tone of their stories). In general he favors more positive storytelling and will often address this directly in his plotlines. Examples include Comicbook/TheFlash and Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} both learning to stop worrying and love being superheroes, and Waid's ComicBook/KingdomCome dealing directly with the conflict between light and dark styles of superheroes.
* Creator/JohnByrne likes to use the license plate GNU 556 in various vehicles (including a ''zeppelin'') in different stories. According to him, it's a tribute to a song of British musical comedy duo Music/FlandersAndSwann. He also likes to draw himself in some stories, like he did on ComicBook/FantasticFour, [[Comicbook/TheNewUniverse Starbrand]] and ComicBook/SheHulk (this time, combining with her MediumAwareness and BreakingTheFourthWall). He is also fond of depicting the NeckLift, to the point that some comics fans refer to it as "the Byrne Hold".
* Creator/FrankMiller
** Frank loves Ancient Greece, particularly [[UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars the Battle of Thermopylae]]. References to the battle pop up all over his oeuvre, even outside of [[ComicBook/ThreeHundred the obvious place]]: the climax of ''ComicBook/SinCity: The Big Fat Kill'' features an ambush in a city alleyway that's directly compared to Thermopylae, and ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' includes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to a porn star called "Hot Gates" (the literal English translation of "Thermopylae"). Not to mention that he's the creator of ComicBook/{{Elektra}}, a Greek-American ninja named after a heroine from Greek tragedy. And he put a sleazy photographer named "[[Literature/TheTrojanCycle Agamemnon]]" in ''Sin City: A Dame to Kill For''. And his film adaptation of ''Film/TheSpirit'' features the Blood of Heracles as a {{Macguffin}}, and an army of [[{{Mooks}} cloned thugs]] with Ancient Greek names.
** If you give him half a chance, Miller ''will'' find an excuse to fit ninja and samurai into a comic book. In addition to being the author of ''ComicBook/{{Ronin}}'', he created "The Hand" for Marvel, [[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine sent Wolverine to Japan]], gave Comics/{{Daredevil}} and Comics/{{Elektra}} ninja training, and put a shuriken-throwing female ninja into the middle of urban America in ''ComicBook/SinCity''.
* Just like Creator/ShirowMasamune, Steven A Gallacci, the creator of ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF'' tends to include beautiful girls and lots of technical data about the military, guns, machines or anything geeky. Unlike Shirow, Gallacci justifies this because he was a member of the USAF and a Vietnam War veteran.
* [[Creator/NellBrinkley Nell Brinkley's]] early serials like ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill'', ''The Fortunes of Flossie'', and ''The Adventures of Prudence Prim'' all featured curly haired blondes with wide eyes and spindly limbs, plenty of CostumePorn and billowing fabric, and love interests with dark, slicked-back hair.
* [[Creator/BrianKVaughan Brian K. Vaughan]] really likes to share obscure trivia about whatever topic is being discussed. It's particularly easy to notice in ''Ex Machina'', where virtually every character is (sometimes inexplicably) knowledgeable about the intricacies of state- and city-level government and the history of New York.
* Most of Creator/WarrenEllis's characters are struggling with and/or defined by their various addictions: cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, reckless behavior, etc. He also loves protagonists who began as idealists, and by the time the story starts, have become embittered and cynical by life.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [=Blackout77=]'s various Mario World hacks often have the following:
** Forced VideoGame/GameGenie usage (DDC1-64DD and DDC5-6DAD seem to be the codes Blackout likes the most)
** Ridiculous {{Kaizo Trap}}s
** Glitched custom music
** An unedited overworld
** Plagiarizing other hacks
** Pokemon creepypastas
* How can you spot a [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93]] story? Firstly, he loves his GunPorn, especially Kalashnikov rifles and other Soviet weapons. Expect to see stuff about mercenaries, paramilitaries, guerillas, militias, and positive depictions of civilian gun ownership. Secondly, GratuitousForeignLanguage, especially [[GratuitousRussian Russian, ]]because he is a Russian Language major in RealLife, but he's also studied [[GratuitousLatin Latin]] and [[GratuitousGerman German.]] Russian cultural and military references abound in his war stories, with many of his characters wearing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telnyashka telnyashka.]] The guy adores his booze, particularly rye whiskey. And he's written a few stories that involve prostitution, as well as male virginity.
* [[Creator/ThatPersonYouMightKnow [=ThatPersonYouMightKnow=]]] ''floods'' his stories with {{Shout Out}}s, ranging from easy spots such as ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' to bizarre 80s game shows like ''Series/{{Interceptor}}''.
* Dahne, the author of ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'', ''loaded'' the story with {{Shout Out}}s, and seems to have a particular interest in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (justifiable in-story, as one of the protagonists is a mecha anime {{Otaku}}), ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' (which provides the ArcWords), and Myth/NorseMythology.
* Creator/{{Ri2}}'s most well known fics are DarkerAndEdgier continuations of works like ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' or ''[[FanFic/LatiasJourney Pokemon]]'' that tend to [[GoingCosmic Go Cosmic]] near the end. Also, a character named "Mewgle" that tends to show up for a cameo appearance or some sort of sub-plot.
* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes!angst and Holmes!torture]] are something of a {{Motif}} in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', a series by Tropers/AleineSkyfire and Riandra, whose Sherlockian novels (''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'' and ''Fanfic/AStudyInRegret'', respectively) deal very heavily with these subjects.
* With the exception of short vignettes (and not always then), stories by the ''{{WesternAnimation/Total Drama}}'' fanfic writer, Tropers/{{Gideoncrawle}} include at least one reference to a Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta. His pen name is also a [[Theatre/{{Ruddigore}} G&S reference]].
* Creator/NimbusLlewelyn has a few.
** [[WorldOfSnark Everyone will be sarcastic. Literally, everyone.]]
** The female protagonists will all be badass (though not necessarily physically), and the main character will usually be an AmazonChaser.
** He has a penchant for lots and lots of references to ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. [[ReferenceOverdosed Shout Outs generally abound]], most particularly either to Creator/MarvelComics or to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', depending on what fandom the story is written in.
** Minor characters, especially villains, will be retooled, made exponentially more dangerous, and sent shooting over the MoralEventHorizon, and looking at what happens if you break a powerful hero and let them loose on the world.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki
** All of his films have at least one scene depicting characters at great heights or on the edges of precipitous drops: most of his films also feature at least one of ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines. Many of his films feature flight as a prominent theme. There are also pigs, and characters that get so angry [[ExpressiveHair their hair levitates]].
** Around half of his stories also tend to have some sort of pacifism or anti-war theme, either directly or indirectly, in them.
* As an homage to Al Hirschfeld, artists working on the "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of ''Disney/Fantasia2000'' (which was inspired by Hirschfeld's drawings) added their names within the backgrounds as FreezeFrameBonus. They even throw in a couple of Ninas for good measure.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the days of silent films, studios used to hide their names in the set to guard against other studios stealing the scenes for their own films (and to defend against false accusations of doing it themselves).
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock would [[CreatorCameo appear]] as a bystander in all of his films. When he found out that people would watch the films for his cameo, and get distracted from the story, he started making his appearance in the first few minutes. There's other stuff, too, like [[DisneyVillainDeath villains dying from falling from great heights]], tall 'cool' blondes, and the MacGuffin.
* Similarly, Creator/StanLee appears in every movie based on one of his {{Super Hero}}es.
* Creator/SamRaimi's car during college, a 1973 yellow Oldsmobile Delta 88, dubbed "The Classic", is in many of his films. For example, it was Uncle Ben's car in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and Ash's car throughout the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' franchise. He even managed to sneak it into the western movie ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' as the undercarriage of a haywagon.
* Creator/FrankCapra and that crow.
* Creator/MartinScorsese's films often feature Catholic imagery, guilt-ridden protagonists, and the MadonnaWhoreComplex in regards to love interests.
* Creator/ChristopherNolan's films
** They would be a third shorter if he left out all the [[SceneryPorn birds-eye view cityscapes]].
** Every one of them is about a guilt-ridden male character's attempts to [[DarkAndTroubledPast atone for a past mistake or failing]], usually involving a woman who came to -- or ends up coming to -- a [[StuffedIntoTheFridge tragic end]].
** ''Film/{{Inception}}'' can be seen as a "Nolan's greatest hits" in terms of director trademarks. There are metaphysical motifs, things that are not what they seem, a character side story serving as metaphor for protagonist or film overall, and a twist ending to a character story or film.
** At least one of the main characters will carry a small, innocent-looking object around (such as [[Film/TheDarkKnight a playing card, a coin]], [[Film/ThePrestige a bouncing ball]], or a [[Film/{{Inception}} spinning top]]) which we are treated to many close-up shots of.
** And if Creator/CillianMurphy is in the movie, at some point he will have a bag over his head.
** The Dark Knight Saga and Inception even have their own credits FONT.
* Creator/SamMendes' entire filmography contains:
** [[BigScrewedUpFamily families (real or surrogate) that are screwed to oblivion]]
** [[CueTheRain scenes taking place in heavy rain]]
** [[ParentsasPeople flawed parental figure(s)]]
** actresses [[Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh who are married]] [[Creator/MayaRudolph to directors]] (especially [[Creator/KateWinslet his own wife]])
** and [[spoiler: [[AnyoneCanDie crucial characters getting killed by the end of the film]]]].
** The only time where ANY of these tropes didn't happen was in ''Film/AwayWeGo'' and ''Film/Jarhead''.
* Film producer Jon Peters appears to really like {{Giant Spider}}s, as noted in our article on ExecutiveMeddling.
* Creator/MelBrooks puts plenty of [[GagPenis penis jokes]] in his movies: ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}'', and ''especially'' the musical remake of ''Film/TheProducers'' (which, admittedly, he didn't actually direct).
* Creator/TimBurton has a few:
** His films contain strange hands -- severed hands, mutilated hands, [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic hands]], gloved hands, and artistic representations of hands -- in far greater proportion than is common. The only remotely sexual connotation attaches to the leather-glove fetishism in ''Batman'' (both Jack Napier and Max Shreck favor dapper black gloves, and both exhibit sexual and/or sadistic attitudes toward the film's heroine). ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' uses the lyric "bony fingers" three times.
** Burton also likes German Expressionist cinema (Johnny Depp LooksLikeCesare in over half of Burton's films), which is a visible influence of his work. Sometimes he admits this, like how Christopher Walken's character in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is named "[[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Max Schreck]]". This also feeds into his lower-level fixation with [[GothSpirals spirals]]. Spiral hair, spiral feathers, spiral coattails, spiral plants, spiral embroidery... maybe he eats a lot of curly fries or something. And stripes. Especially on snakes.
** [[MonsterClown Scary clowns]], dark woods, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking tile floors]]...
** Burton seems to have a thing for dogs, as there are some dropped into every one of his movies at some point. ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' (both versions) even has a dog as the main character!
** A theme that comes up in almost all his films is that of parents separated in some way from their children. This is either because a family gets split up due to mass chaos (''Film/MarsAttacks''), the main character is an orphan (both ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films), the character really ''should'' have parents but doesn't (''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'', ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'')... but most commonly because the character has major [[DaddyIssues Daddy (or Mommy, or sometimes both) Issues]] (''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''Film/SleepyHollow'', ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', and to a lesser extent ''Film/MarsAttacks''). Interestingly, ''Film/BigFish'' outright has this as the movie's theme, and it's arguably Burton's attempt to come to terms with it and for once depict a normal and loving (if troubled) family, possibly in the wake of his father's death from cancer.
** And that's the subtle stuff, we'll not even get into his main character is nearly always a sensitive outsider shunned by the masses. That defines himself prior to achieving the fame... [[PanderingToTheBase and]] [[EmoTeen his target audience]].
* Creator/KevinSmith always stuffs his films with his favorite things: ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Jaws'', hockey and comic book references, and talks about "unnatural" sex acts. He has a thing for [[{{Meganekko}} girls with glasses]], brought on by his wife. There are also ''Degrassi'' references. On a plot level, he has a tendency for relationships to be disrupted by the man's discomfort with the woman's previous sexual relationships.
* As a boy, Creator/WesCraven was bullied by a kid named [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Fred Krueger]]. Before this name became attached to Craven's most iconic baddie, his earlier film ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' contains a villainous rapist named Krug.
* Screenwriter/director Richard Curtis seems to have a thing for Americans. Aside from the ''Literature/BridgetJones'' films, which were adapted from another medium and was a collaboration with several other writers, every theatrically released film he's ever written has been a British comedy featuring at least one American character, though that maybe due to the UK cinematic convention of having an inexplicable American in the cast to coax the US market. Ironically in ''Film/LoveActually'' he has the British prime minister played by Hugh Grant give an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the American President played by Billy Bob Thornton.
* The films of Creator/GuillermoDelToro always include slime, aspects of clock punk (or at least, clocks), things in jars (often PeopleJars), and references to Roman Catholicism. The supernatural is extremely common, and he's also greatly interested in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar.
* Creator/MatthewBright uses lurid violence, serial killers, strong profanity and hard-edged satire seen in his films ''Film/Freeway'' and ''Film/Bundy''.
* Creator/RobertZemeckis
** He likes {{Historical In Joke}}s as well as putting real people in his films, either by getting the real person or by combining [[FakeShemp editing tricks]] with StockFootage.
** In a documentary made for the 2002 ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' [=DVD=], Zemeckis said he always felt the best TimeTravel stories were ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' and ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. Seven years later, he came out with his own version of the latter.
** Which brings us to MotionCapture.
** Casting actors, often the lead, [[ActingForTwo in multiple parts]] (Michael J. Fox in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Tom Hanks in ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'', Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman in ''A Christmas Carol'') and having them interact with each other.
* Creator/DarioArgento
** His films usually have protagonists who are involved in the arts or some creative profession, and are foreigners.
** Jessica Harper in ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' and Jennifer Connelly in ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'' are based on Disney's Snow White.
* Creator/DavidLynch
** He seems to really enjoy scenes of women singing. There's the Lady in the Radiator from ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'', Dorothy Vallens in ''Film/BlueVelvet'', the biker bar chick in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' and the whole Club Silencio scene in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', though all these instances are probably done for atmosphere more than anything else.
** He also likes: facial injuries/deformity, shots of the road taken while driving, blinking/strobing lights, red curtains, and fixed shots of the elderly moving slowly. Oh, and terrifying imagery in abundance.
** That's besides his whole "dark underbelly of suburbia" thing, the dominant theme in much of his work.
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers
** They seem obsessed with hair, or at any rate like to portray characters who are, and/or characters with bizarre or terrible haircuts. Also, every film will feature at least a few of the following: someone vomiting, a bellowing fat man (usually played by Creator/JohnGoodman), and an ImplacableMan who seems to be the AnthropomorphicPersonification of pure evil.
** They are also fond of: regional accents, scenes with dogs, failed kidnappings, suitcases full of money, powerful men behind desks, and shots of walking feet.
** Less obvious but none the less notable, at least seven of their films feature a car wreck where one of the main characters is the driver or did something to cause the wreck.
** Almost all of their films are set in the past...even if it's the ''very'' recent past, and the time period has no impact on the plot. Though several of their films are straightforward period pieces (''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' is set during UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression, ''Film/BartonFink'' is set in 1941, ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' is set in 1958, etc.), others are a bit stranger. ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' came out in 1998, but takes place during UsefulNotes/{{the Gulf War}} in 1991; ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' came out in 1996, but takes place in 1987; and ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' came out in 2007, but takes place in 1980.
* Creator/MelGibson
** If he is starring in a film, chances are his character will like dogs.
** Mel Gibson's attachment to a film, as star or director, does tend to suggest the presence of torture and suffering. ''Film/MadMax'' and the hacksaw, ''Film/LethalWeapon'' and the electric sponges in the shower, lots of ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'', ''Film/{{Payback}}'', the end of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. On the other side of the lens, there's some in ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', and there's ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''.
* Creator/GeorgeLucas
** Every movie he creates features the number 1138 at some point, as homage to his first film, ''Film/THX1138''.
** Most have at least one scene with a speeding vehicle (''Film/THX1138'', ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', etc.). Though this may have less to do with AuthorAppeal and more to do with the majority of his films being action films, where speeding vehicles can be expected.
** The number 327 is also frequently encountered, although it's not clear why. One theory is that Lucas' first car was a Chevy 327.
* Creator/{{Pixar}}'s Lee Unkrich
** He really likes monkeys. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Guess what shows up twice in his directorial debut]] ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''?
** And speaking of Pixar, nearly every film by the company will contain a reference to Pizza Planet or A113 (more info under Western Animation).
* Creator/StevenSpielberg's first film, ''Film/{{Duel}}'', used a dinosaur roar sound effect as the tanker truck goes over the cliff, which he has incorporated into the climax of every film he's made ever since.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick
** He liked filming [[http://kubrickfilms.tripod.com/id35.html bathroom scenes]], often in connection with character death.
** CRM-114 shows up a bunch.
** Kubrick was also fond of doing TheOner in most of his films.
** So many Kubrick films contain the "head down, eyes up" pose, that he's the TropeNamer for KubrickStare.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino
** When he heard it was being discontinued, he saved one last box of Fruit Brute cereal and tries to have a character eating it in every film he makes. He also has his own fictional brands, including Red Apple Cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burger. He also likes having stylized and often [[NauseaFuel nauseatingly]] [[{{Gorn}} gory]] action scenes (though hilariously, he still found [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Mr. Creosote]] to be a bit too much to stomach).
** He has a history of [[CreatorCameo hiding himself as an extra, often times someone who dies]].
** Every single one of his films will also have a TrunkShot.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' sound tech Ben Burtt is the driving force of the resurgent popularity of the WilhelmScream.
* Most films directed by Creator/JohnLandis (with the notable exception of ''Film/AnimalHouse'') feature the phrase "See You Next Wednesday." Even the Music/MichaelJackson "Music/{{Thriller}}" video incorporates it in background dialogue.
* All of John Glen's Film/JamesBond movies feature DisturbedDoves.
* Creator/JohnWoo is fond of the doves, and since ''Film/TheKiller'', they've shown up in all his work.
* Stephen Sommers ''loves'' scenes with people getting swallowed up by quicksand and the ilk (see ''Film/TheJungleBook'', ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' and the Sommers-produced ''Film/TheScorpionKing'').
* Creator/JamesCameron has his distinctive shots of feet, [[ActionGirl female protagonists]] and the presence or imminent threat of nuclear weapons[[note]]Except Film/{{Titanic 1997}}, for obvious reasons[[/note]] in his films.
* Creator/ColemanFrancis
** [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Coffee?]] [[Film/TheSkydivers He loves coffee!]]
** Light aircraft and vigilantism.
* Chris Buck
** It's not one of his movies until at least two parents meet [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} horrible]], ''[[WesternAnimation/SurfsUp horrible]]'' [[Disney/{{Frozen}} deaths]].
** He also seems to enjoy PluckyComicRelief characters who are [[BlackComedy blissfully unaware of the things that could kill them]], such as [[WesternAnimation/SurfsUp Chicken Joe]] and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Olaf]].
* ''Creator/SpikeLee'' loves his [[InCameraEffects Dolly Shots.]] His very first use of it was in ''SchoolDaze'' but it wasn't until ''Mo Better Blues'' that we see he one that he is more renown for.
* Creator/KarelZeman seems to have put a thunderstorm in pretty much all of his feature films.
* Joseph Kosinski - director of ''Film/TronLegacy'' and ''Film/{{Oblivion| 2013}}'' is a graduate and adjunct professor in architecture, this can be observed in the designs of the buildings and other materials in the worlds of those films which are all very carefully thought out.
* Most of the films that Creator/DarrenAronofsky has made so far (staring with his debut film, ''Film/{{Pi}}'') have an underlying theme to the plot of the main character (or a main character) going on a path of self-destruction because of an obsession (finding proof of his theory on ''Pi'', becoming a flawless dancer on ''The Black Swan'', drugs on ''Requiem For A Dream'', returning to the ring on ''The Wrestler'', etc).
* Creator/JJAbrams will name something after his Grandpa Kelvin, such as the USS ''Kelvin'' in ''Film/StarTrek'' and Kelvin Ridge in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
** Abrams has a marked fondness for lens flare.
* NewZealand film director Creator/TaikaWaititi incorporates indigenous Maori themes and an offbeat sense of humour in his films. That includes his first major Hollywood feature, Film/ThorRagnarok, where [[CreatorCameo his portrayal]] of the Kronan rock alien Korg was based on Polynesian bouncers he'd once met.
* Creator/WesAnderson:
** He likes to use intentionally dated objects and technology. Even in stories set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture like ''Film/IsleOfDogs'', the technology may look outdated to the point of {{Zeerust}}. This gives his films an air of nostalgia and a sense of timelessness.
** Many shots will be symmetrically framed, with the main character in the scene standing dead center, often looking directly at the camera.

* Ian Livingstone, co-creator of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebook series, seems to enjoy sailboat racing, given how he's snuck {{Author Avatar}}s of himself and his teammates as minor characters in some of the gamebooks he's written. He appears as one of the crew members who can ferry the hero to Kaad in ''Literature/ReturnToFiretopMountain'', and the rest of the crew have real-life names that are spelled phonetically ("Eeyun" instead of Ian, "Ndroo" instead of Drew, etc.), and also appears as an innkeeper who reminisces about his sailing days to the hero in ''Literature/ArmiesOfDeath''.

* Creator/IsaacAsimov had a recurring theme of comfort vs progress in sci-fi settings. Centrally controlled comfort with no wars and crime, or chaotic competition and space exploration that will inevitably include wars and crime.
* Creator/RobertFrost
** He loves nature, and can or will not, in particular, shut up about trees.
** He also had a thing for Iambic meter, but that's possibly more a stylistic choice than AuthorAppeal.
* The ''Literature/{{Arthur}}'' writer, Marc Brown, has put the names of his children in several places that need text. And some that don't.
* An in-story example: The Creator/GordonKorman novel ''Son of Interflux'' has an art student who always includes a camel in his paintings, no matter what it's a painting of. His teacher finds it immensely irritating.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein
** ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' is one of the oft-most cited literary examples, with almost all of the authority figures in the main character's life having [[AuthorFilibuster page long monologues that consist of Heinlein's own philosophies]], such as his views on nuclear weapons, the military, and matters of national defense -- at least, at that time (his political views changed drastically over the years). ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' and ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' also feature such monologues.
** See his entry in FoodPorn.
** Many of his books includes scenes where a man spanks a woman. Or at least threatens to do so.
* Creator/HPLovecraft
** He had a list of phobias as long as your arm. His xenophobia (see "the Horror at Red Hook"), fear of the ocean, and reported fish allergy contributed to his fear of the alien and the aquatic. He seemed to have a thing about tentacles, finding them more or less the embodiment of all that is disgusting. He was a racist, hating everyone who wasn't a white Englishman, holding even English-Americans in contempt. His stories contain no strong female characters, and sexuality is always horrifying in his work, but he could describe a building more lovingly than Shakespeare describing his Fair Lord. However, while the "Lovecraft as asexual weirdo" idea is so ingrained, it may be surprising to learn that he was married for a time, and while it didn't last, his wife was explicitly quoted saying yes, they had sex, and yes, he was "adequately excellent" at it.
** He would also faint if the temperature dropped too much (cf. ''Cool Air'') and he loved cats.
** Most of his protagonists are solitary men who have little or no obvious employment, yet never lack money; Lovecraft came from an upper-class family that fell into poverty while he was a child. As a result he spent his whole life in chronic lack of money, but unable to get work that would match his social status. There's clearly some wish-fulfillment going on.
** The really surprising thing about Lovecraft's marriage is that his wife was Jewish. True, no particularly anti-Semitic tropes appear in his work, but it seems weird for someone so xenophobic to make an exception. Apparently Lovecraft's wife (Sonia Haft Greene) actually remarked upon this - and Lovecraft replied that as she was "Now Mrs Howard Phillips Lovecraft of Providence" there was no contradiction!
* Creator/JRRTolkien liked nature, which came with a direct correlation to his dislike of the encroachment of the ever expanding industrial England into the English countryside. Trees just put up a better fight than flowers. Tolkien also nearly died as a child due to a bite from a spider, while he said he had no memory of the event, it seems likely that there's a connection to the fact that every story set in Middle-Earth has at least one GiantSpider[=/=]quasi-EldritchAbomination... ''things'' as enemies.
* Karel Capek was fond of [[LongList long lists]].
* Creator/AynRand admits that the men in her novels are intended to be the ideal man, an [[AuthorTract important aspect of her writing]].
* Creator/RobertAntonWilson
** His novels are an excuse to write extensive analyses about his personal philosophies, and explore various schools of mysticism he's been involved with - however, he manages to do it in entertaining and amusing manner. He also occasionally lampshades his tendencies to this with characters commenting about books that start telling a story, and end with an essay of philosophy.
** He also loved James Joyce's books, and several times included them, or the man himself into the plots of his various books. In ''Schroedinger's Cat'' trilogy he even features a utopian alternate universe where Joyce became the Pope, changed the entire nature of the Catholic Church to a more modern value-system, and prevented UsefulNotes/WorldWarII!
* The authors of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series
** They really, really like their telephone conversations. In fact there's probably as much talking on the phone as there is talking face-to-face in the earlier books.
** Their love of explaining the difficulties of getting from Point A to Point B. Over a billion people have just disappeared, but I'm going to worry about how hard it is to get to New York.
* Creator/SMStirling's many books consistently feature detailed description of subjugation and slavery; ridiculous amounts of detail about weaponry (guns or bows and arrows depending on the setting). However, if you're writing adventure fiction in which the main characters are warriors or soldiers, and do a lot of fighting, this is pretty well inevitable. Not only does the situation demand it, but specialists whose careers and lives depend on their trade tend to be ''interested'' in their gear -- contemporary US soldiers even have a slang term for guys who spend a lot of their own money on non-issue equipment because they're perfectionists: geardo. It's like writing about Pre-Raphaelite painters; they're going to be thinking about paint, canvas, lighting, models, and perspective a lot. Another thing is that if you're writing about pre/post gunpowder warriors, you're writing about professional athletes; the superior ones will have exceptional physiques and they will work very, very hard at conditioning and training. In a way it's like writing about rugby or basketball players, only with edged weapons and more maiming and death. And cannibalism, but that depends on whether there's an extreme famine going on.
** Much of Stirling's work is a homage to the "heroic MightyWhitey explorer" genre of pulp fiction, so this is a cross between AuthorAppeal and ShoutOut.
** Another common vein in Stirling's works is the prevalence of "survivalists." In the Franchise/{{Terminator}} novels, they were the few survivors of Skynet's attack on humanity, and in the Literature/{{Emberverse}} most survivors were people who lived off the grid.
** He also seems to be very fond of the concept of the country squire, whether in the form of a [[Literature/TheDraka Draka]] landholder, a Prime of one of the Thirty Families of New Virginia (from his novel ''Conquistador''), a Commander of post-change Britain in the Literature/{{Emberverse}}, a zamindar of the [[Literature/ThePeshawarLancers Angrezi Raj]], or a Hereditary Supervisor of the [[Literature/TheGeneral Civil Government]].
** However, his real thumbprint is his FoodPorn. It occurs in all his books, from the fifth millennium to the Emberverse.
* Creator/PiersAnthony
** Sure, the Xanth books are filled with puns, but they lurk in other books too, plus the {{Meaningful Name}}s. And he loves logic puzzles; more than once has the climax of a book hinged on the protagonist figuring out a logic puzzle. This includes the Prisoners' Dilemma in the Literature/{{Xanth}} novel ''Golem in the Gears'' and the TwelveCoinsPuzzle in the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''With a Tangled Skein''.
** ''Literature/{{Macroscope}}'' involved the game ''sprouts''.
* Creator/NeilGaiman
** Many of his stories involve talking cats, imposter mothers, and EyeScream.
** TheHecateSisters often make an appearance.
** His main (male) characters usually start as incompetent ThisLoserIsYou and [[TookALevelInBadass level up]] through the story (seen in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', ''Literature/AmericanGods'', ''Literature/GoodOmens'').
** On a more "meta" level, he is also very, very fond of playing with the inside/outside aspect of things (i.e. what you thought was outside was really inside something bigger, or you were the one being inside all along - and not just in spatial terms) as well as the concept of stories within stories. For example, one Sandman book has the protagonist telling a barman the story about a time he got stranded in a strange inn, where people told each other stories to pass the time. One of the travellers tells a story about a boat voyage, during which Hob Gadling tells the protagonist of ''that'' story another story. That's 4 levels of indentation, 5 if you count "Neil Gaiman telling the reader the story of that guy telling the barman...". And in that same Sandman book, a character the protagonist of the book met is telling a story about a meeting he had with someone, who told a story about his mistress, who in THAT story started telling many stories... one of which was a story about a bunch of travelers stuck at an inn, telling stories to pass the time. Yes, it was recursive to that extent, and boy, was Gaiman proud of managing to include the moment. Gaiman's also a huge mythology nut and loves to reference a huge range of tales from almost any culture you can think of, particularly if at some point they were [[{{Bowdlerization}} bowdlerised]] and the original forms were much darker and more gruesome. TheFairFolk are treated as the trope describes, the original (and deeply {{squick}}y) tale of Red Riding Hood makes an appearance and a thematic point in ''Sandman'', ''Literature/AmericanGods'' and ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' are probably set in the same continuity and are all about myths being real and alive (and trying to stay that way), and Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself and his King's Men perform ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' for the entities it was based upon, during which some members of the audience have to be reminded not to eat the performers.
* Creator/FrankHerbert's consistent themes: hallucinatory experiences as a spiritual journey of discovery (usually by means of some substance) and resentment toward/competition with a father figure.
* Creator/CordwainerSmith loved to include cats (including an early, Western example of the CatGirl trope) and references to Chinese culture in his science fiction stories.
* Creator/MercedesLackey
** She loves to include birds and intelligent avian creatures in her fantasy novels. Valdemar has gryphons, ''tervardi,'' and the Tayledras ("Hawkbrothers") and their semi-intelligent [[BondCreatures bond birds]]; the [[Literature/BardicVoices Free Bards books]] all have bird-themed titles; and ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'' has a minor character who's interested in falconry, who later received a short story of her own. Plus the raven and parrot {{Familiar}}s in the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' books.
** Also, something like [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil 80% of her villains are rapists]].
** She also loves to reference music and the performing arts, and many of her protagonists are professional or amateur entertainers. ''Literature/BardicVoices'' is the most obvious example, but three of the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novels focus on the world of turn-of-the-century show business and another includes MagicMusic as a major plot device. Lackey was one of the top [[FilkSong filk musicians]] for many years before she wrote her first book.
* In all the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, by Creator/JKRowling, spiders and socks are mentioned in passing several times, and both becoming huge plot points in the second book. There's even a giant talking spider character named Aragog. She also made a whole family of red headed heroes to counter the negative stereotypes of 'gingers' in the UK. She also made their last name "Weasley" specifically because she likes weasels and thinks they get a bad rap. By her own admission, Rowling likes odd and/or interesting names and words. She says that she "collects" them. Also, almost ''every'' character in the series has either a MeaningfulName or just an odd, medieval-style one, the titular character being one of the only exceptions. And as Creator/StephenKing once snarked, "Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
* Brian Jacques fills his ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novels with [[FoodPorn pages upon pages of descriptions of the food]] the characters eat. So many different kinds of scones. There are also incredibly archaic riddles bordering on MoonLogicPuzzle and lots and LOTS of songs, the stories themselves being recounted by a storyteller/historian that has a connection to it, and having two stories that switch focus until they're both tied up in the end.
* If [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries [=McCoy=]]] appears in a Creator/DianeDuane Star Trek novel, you can reasonably expect him to be awesome. This may or may not be related to the fact that the good doctor is ''smokin'''.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold loves riverboating on the Ohio, and more than half of ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Passage'' focuses on this pastime. Also horses and gardening.
* Dan Simmons's novels are all love letters to his favorite literary works. The ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' contain an almost obscene number of references to John Keats. His ''Ilium'' and ''Olympus'' duology is based on Literature/TheIliad and Shakespeare while managing to fit in a great deal of discussion about Creator/MarcelProust.
* Every single book in Creator/JamesEllroy's ''L.A. Quartet'' has a different serial killer and a different incestuous relationship. Ellroy is pretty upfront about his mental baggage: his beautiful mother, to whom he was sexually attracted, was brutally murdered when he was a child. They never found the killer. He has a memoir about this.
* Everything by Creator/LeoFrankowski has both sexual and non-sexual AuthorAppeal. Especially ''Conrad's Time Machine'', a book whose plot is as follows: Two {{Author Avatar}}s hang out together inventing a time machine, and spend the majority of the book whisked away to an tropical island where they become fabulously wealthy, enjoy the services of an UnwantedHarem, and finish inventing their time machine. It's also filled with quotes from Frankowski's own favorite authors, especially Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
* Creator/AndreNorton: cats (AKA the "Brothers in Fur") and [[PsychicPowers psychic/psionic powers]] ({{telepathy}}, {{psychometry}}, etc.).
* Creator/DianaWynneJones and Wales/the Welsh language. There's also a lot of magical or quasi-magical cats to be found in her work.
* Robert Forward's ''Literature/Camelot30K'' is a hard science fiction novel that exists merely to showcase his elements-pooping one-eyed shrimp aliens and their {{Expy}} KingArthur society. Characterization, writing, pacing, dialog, and plausibility are all sacrificed just so Forward can play with his StarfishAliens.
* Creator/DavidWeber seems to have a thing for baseball. It's one thing when it shows up on [[Literature/HonorHarrington Grayson]], but it is also the favored sport on Literature/{{Safehold}}. The latter is especially bizarre, given that Safehold is at a Renaissance tech level. Weber also seems to have a thing for hexapodal mammalian and reptilian creatures, see the six legged animals of the planet Sphinx in the Literature/HonorHarrington series and most of the native fauna on Safehold.
* James Lee Burke uses references to scent in his descriptions of people and places to a noticeably unusual degree.
* Creator/AnneRice seems to have a thing for European culture and overall history. And she likes describing elaborate clothing. She really likes describing clothing.
* Creator/RogerZelazny really has a thing for martial arts, especially fencing, tying things into mythology, and having the protagonist be a smoker. This comes from his own life, as he managed to be both a heavy smoker and study a number of the fighting arts. When he quit smoking in the '80s, his characters stopped as well. Vehicle accidents (much of his short fiction), immortality (''Literature/LordOfLight'', "And Call Me Conrad", etc.), twisting myths into interesting shapes (especially the Faust Legend, but most of his books are centered on one mythology, examples including Vedic, Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Zoroastrian, and Lovecraftian) and a world ruled by robots after the death of the human race (too many short stories to count.)
* Creator/CliveCussler (''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'') almost always has a cameo of himself assisting the heroes in some way.
* Creator/StevenBrust is another writer with a taste (pardon the pun) for FoodPorn. He also has a thing (taken from Hungarian folklore iirc) for canny coachman characters. There's a couple in the Literature/{{Dragaera}} series, and in ''Literature/FreedomAndNecessity'', the protagonist disguises himself as a coachman at the beginning of the novel. Brust was also previously involved in music, so there are a number of musician characters in his books and one book has a lot of carefully disguised allusions to the Music/GratefulDead.
* Creator/RoaldDahl loved nostalgia for his childhood, and {{food|Porn}}. Almost all of his books revolve around food in some way, and most of the {{Happy Ending}}s his heroes get are based on food in some way. He also hated abusive adults, and his child protagonists often end up getting comeuppance against the {{child hater}}s in their lives. [[NewMediaAreEvil TV was also a pet peeve of his.]]
* Creator/StephenKing: His obsession of going into absurd detail with characters getting diarrhea, periods, and wet trousers (possibly deliberate {{Squick}}).
** He ''also'' seems bent on almost all his stories being in Maine. And if they aren't set there, they will definitely include some passing reference to the state at some point. If it's not somewhere around Maine, it's in Colorado.
** King also has a great fondness for protagonists who have either a dead sibling or a dead spouse.
** A [[{{Literature/Firestarter}} significant]] [[Literature/TheShining portion]] [[Literature/HeartsInAtlantis of]] [[Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn his]] [[Literature/TheLangoliers work]] involves PsychicChildren (typically without explanation).
* The oeuvre of Creator/ChinaMieville is one great, big, twisted love letter to the city of London.
* Creator/DaleBrown was a former bomber crewman, so most of his {{Cool Plane}}s are bombers.
* Creator/EoinColfer and Ireland.
* Creator/AgathaChristie:
** Her second husband was an archaeologist. Several of her novels in the 1930s and 40s involve archaeology.
** Early in her career she also accompanied her first husband on a round the world trip to promote the 1925 British Empire Exhibition. Both marriages likely inspired her love of setting stories in exotic locations.
** During the First World War, she was a nurse working in a pharmacy full of bottles of different poisons. Small wonder that thirty of her murder victims are struck down by poison - more than by any other mystery writer.
* Creator/ChuckPalahniuk seems to have a thing for furniture stores and describing houses. And so far every one of his books has mentioned the color cornflower blue. Palahniuk also loves loading his books with factoids, in the original sense -- little factual statements that ''seem'' reasonable, but aren't true -- such as the cleaning/cooking tips in ''Literature/{{Survivor}}''.
* Are you the protagonist of a Creator/DavidGemmell novel? Then your life will resemble the following description: A usually older man who used to be a warrior, but has turned his back on war after seeing and committing horrible acts. He has retreated to a place of solitude, like a monastary or a cabin in the mountains. This character will debate the morality of killing and war with himself and other characters. He might wonder if there really is a god in Heaven. Then, something terrible will happen and our hero once more takes up his sword and fights, but this time it's for a good cause! This is followed by him cleaving his way through enemies like a one-man army. [[TheHeroDies Dying at the end of the story is optional.]]
* Creator/CliffordSimak has a load of these.
** His idea of time and time travelling is hard to describe and easy to identify, the main result of it is an infinite amount of parallel Earths existing, separated only by a fraction of time. So time travelling is going into another dimension.
** A party of people going somewhere, disappearing one by one, the protagonist, the love interest and usually some kind of subhuman companion staying in the end. The party very often includes some sort of a really advanced alien. Cliff is usually very fond of making those parties as wacky and misfit as possible.
** Semantics. If someone is explicitly using advanced semantics to manipulate people, you are reading a Clifford Simak book, no exceptions.
** World peace, pacifism, humanism.
** American countryside.
** Decentralized human society.
** Ridiculously advanced alien society. One that's usually willing to teach other, lesser races, including humanity, or at least has a huge library of some sort.
** Robot civilizations.
** StarfishAliens. Silent gelatinous cubes that manipulate space and time and communicate with mathematical equations is a perfectly normal thing for Clifford.
** Virginia. Small and boring towns where something weird happens, for the first time ever.
* Creator/SpiderRobinson is a huge fan of Creator/RobertAHeinlein, and one of Heinlein's most ardent defenders. Needless to say, there are many similarities between Heinlein's work and Robinson's, particularly involving individual liberty, free love, and {{Shaggy Dog Stor|y}}ies ending in truly terrible puns. This is most evident in the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series and its various spinoffs.
* Creator/PeterDavid has a number of these. Many of his ''Franchise/StarTrek'' books at least once mention Alexander the Great, for instance.
* Creator/MelisaMichaels
** UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} (Gypsy) culture appears in many of her works. In the ''Skyrider'' series, the belt has been populated heavily by Rom, and in ''Through the Eyes of the Dead'', the murder investigation involves several Rom families living in San Francisco.
** UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}an pidgin pops up regularly in her works; Melisa lived for many years on Oahu. The TranslationConvention version of the Belter pidgin in the ''Skyrider'' series, for example, is strongly reminiscent of Hawaiian pidgin.
* A MessianicArchetype, a NietzscheWannabe, a [[TheCasanova Casanova]] / CasanovaWannabe / DirtyOldMan, and a {{Tsundere}} walk into a Russian salon. [[ThePhilosopher They then proceed to debate the meaning of life]] [[ContemplateOurNavels for 1000 pages]]. One of them gets killed. Congratulations, you have the plot of any Creator/FyodorDostoevsky novel.
* Creator/JimButcher has a thing for [[WorldOfSnark snark]], [[WorldOfBadass badassery]], CrazyAwesome {{Guile Hero}}es, and {{Gambit Pileup}}s involving all of the above.
* Creator/TerryPratchett has copious amounts of LampshadeHanging, {{Stealth Pun}}s, jokes that follow a certain specific structure (it'd probably be easier to go to his quote page than try to describe it), and benign contempt for the common man.[[note]]Also, footnotes.[[/note]]
* {{Cameo}}s, {{Tuckerization}}s, and other inclusions of fans and family as characters can be found throughout Creator/JohnRingo's work, from his very first published novel, ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata A Hymn Before Battle]]'', onwards.
* Creator/BruceCoville has specifically 2-inches-tall people as a recurring pattern. ''The Monsters of Morley Manor''? Two inches tall. The aliens in ''Literature/AliensAteMyHomework'' are two inches tall, and in the sequel ''Literature/ILeftMySneakersInDimensionX'' the kids are described to be two inches tall compared to the monster Smorkus Flinders, if he was human size. The sequel to ''Literature/IWasASixthGradeAlien'' includes the protagonist and his teacher subjected to a shrink ray that makes them two inches tall, at which point they are put inside a desk. In the third book, the classroom's two-inch tall hamsters turn out to be evil.
* All of James Lee Burke's work includes an unusual frequency and intensity of references to scent in depictions of settings.
* Creator/MichaelCrichton: Absurd amounts of InfoDump, either within character conversations or as asides (well-researched, although ScienceMarchesOn). He also made a point of kind-of-sort-of averting ThisIsAWorkOfFiction as a gag, because many of his books are written in the style of interviews gathered after the fact and he acknowledges the characters in the book's preface).
* Both of Ernest Cline's books to date, ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'' and ''{{Literature/Armada}}'', feature nostalgic fandom of 70s and 80s pop culture as running themes. This can even be seen with hindsight in his 2009 screenplay for ''{{Film/Fanboys}}''.
* Creator/SimonRGreen seemingly ''can't'' write an UrbanFantasy series without his love of TheSixties cropping up.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Episodes penned by George R.R. Martin often feature subtle exposition of location and travel, such as Melisandre passing King's Landing in "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" because the Blackwater Rush is the fastest route back to Dragonstone, and Roose Bolton mentioning smuggling himself to account for bypassing Moat Cailin in "The Lion and the Rose". Contrast this with Robb campaigning somewhere vague in Season 2 and the Karstarks marching home regardless of Moat Cailin in Season 3.
** Director Neil Marshall loves ArrowsOnFire and MadeOfPlasticine mooks that can feel slightly out of place with the rest of the series.
* British comedian Creator/RikMayall seemed to like politics. Various references to the subject popped up in every episode of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}''. So playing the lead role in ''Series/TheNewStatesman'' must have been a dream come true for him.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' creator Creator/VinceGilligan is from Virginia, and sometimes makes sure that state is either a setting ("Soft Light", the first episode he wrote on ''Series/TheXFiles'', is set in Richmond) or referenced somehow (Jesse Pinkman's NA sponsor mentioning Virginia's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholic_beverage_control_state ABC stores]]).
* Jerry Series/{{Seinfeld}}--both the actor and character--likes {{Superman}}. [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} It]] [[OnceAnEpisode shows]].
* Creator/TinaFey and the other writers of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' like to make ''Franchise/StarWars'' references. In season 2, they got Carrie Fisher to guest star and say, "Help me, Liz Lemon... you're my only hope!"
* Creator/BryanFuller likes the macabre like fish like water: ''two'' of his shows (''Series/DeadLikeMe'' and ''Series/PushingDaisies'') have used death as a metaphor for adulthood. He loves giving his female leads {{tomboyish name}}s, for whatever reason.
* Steve Smith, co-creator, producer and co-head writer of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''
** He seems to be a car buff in real life and many of the show's gags involve cars and trucks of some sort. {{Shout Out}}s and {{Take That}}s directed at various makes and models (the Chrysler K-Car is a recurring target) are an additional EasterEgg for automotive aficionadoes.
** Along with that, Steve Smith even {{Lampshaded}} the number of gags that involve beer in one form or another. When cars and beer are the basis for so much of the humor, is it any wonder the show was such a hit among middle-aged blue collar guys?
* Inevitable ''Series/DoctorWho'' examples:
** Creator/TerryNation: "evolution" depicted as a [[GoalOrientedEvolution predictable force with inherent drives]], man-eating plants, planets with meaningful names, biological warfare and plagues in general, characters called "Tarrant", Daleks, loose story structuring with the WackyWaysideTribe as plot development, DressingAsTheEnemy. Many of these also turned up in his shows ''Series/BlakesSeven'' and ''Series/{{Survivors}}''.
** David Whitaker: ScienceFantasy tropes and shittons of occultist symbolism (especially UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}), psychedelic MagicFromTechnology, elements of FairyTale, villains defined by being inversions of the heroes, the TARDIS being a SapientShip BlueAndOrangeMorality StarfishAlien, WhatTheHellHero moments, mercury (usually as AppliedPhlebotinum and/or a MacGuffin).
** Kit Pedler: Cybermen, TheSiege, multinational (but usually monogender) teams of scientists or soldiers doing really important things with expensive equipment, [[PhysicsPlus harder and more speculative science fiction]] than other ''Who'' writers complete with ShownTheirWork explanations in place of {{Technobabble}}, {{Transhumanism}} leading to the occasional dash of mystical symbolism.
** Creator/RobertHolmes: cynicism (sometimes to localised CrapsackWorld levels), "[[ThoseTwoGuys double act]]" guest characters, GettingCrapPastTheRadar fart jokes, references to Earth-Humans as "Tellurians", [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic villains]], plain ol' scary stuff especially regarding ParanoiaFuel and AttackOfTheKillerWhatever, something of a RebelliousSpirit mentality to his morals.
** Creator/MalcolmHulke GreyAndGrayMorality, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, avoidance of AlwaysChaoticEvil aliens, political subtext, reptile monsters. [[NoirEpisode Noirish]] prose in his books.
** Creator/TerranceDicks: [[DamselInDistress Companion function being to be sexy and get menaced]] and a corresponding focus on the Doctor, very tight and focused plot and dialogue almost to the point where you can tell with a stopwatch when the monster's going to show up, people escaping and [[{{Padding}} getting captured again]], BeigeProse in his novelisations, {{Continuity Nod}}s, very witty Doctor dialogue, good ol' screwdriver-in-hand monster stories with lots of running down corridors and PeopleInRubberSuits.
** Barry Letts: Buddhism RuleOfSymbolism, [[GreenAesop environmentalism]]
** Philip Hinchcliffe: WholePlotReference, LeakingCanOfEvil villains, amazing amounts of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids, GothicHorror.
** Creator/ChrisBoucher: RaygunGothic, secularism versus religion, futuristic CargoCult versus OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions, Leela being really competent and badass, the Doctor's ScienceHero methods being at least based on real-world science rather than AppliedPhlebotinum, golden-age science fiction tropes, WorldOfSnark.
** David Maloney: A director rather than a writer, but he became notorious for the frequency with which his episodes featured characters in gas masks. He then went on to be the producer of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', and made it famous for its constant depiction of Federation soldiers as GasMaskMooks.
** Creator/DouglasAdams: Witty dialogue full of jokes, GeniusBonus and {{Meta Guy}}s, UnfazedEveryman side characters, time travel used in-story, Pythonesque elements including SurrealHumour and {{Bathos}}, RecycledScript, ItRunsOnNonsensoleum, magic books/art/computers, Cambridge, baths, tea.
** Bob Baker and Dave Martin: SpaceOpera spectacle with wildly ambitious demands on BBC special effects, even after script editors toned things down; very weird aliens; ArcWords with MadnessMantra overtones; supernatural horror entities reimagined in an SF context.
** Christopher H Bidmead: GeniusBonus {{Technobabble}}, maths, MinovskyPhysics-based MagicFromTechnology leading to PostModernMagik concerning things like art and computers, more maths, Tarot symbolism, his pet AlternateCharacterInterpretation that the Doctor is a very dark and mathsterious '[[HorrifyingHero monster]] that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters fights other monsters]]', and even more maths.
** Pip and Jane Baker: SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, anvilicious {{Green Aesop}}s, {{Camp}}, killer plants.
** Eric Saward: KillEmAll, CrapsackWorld, badass soldiers (or mercenaries) in large numbers, FacialHorror, Cybermen, ContinuityPorn, NauseaFuel especially regarding rotting flesh and horrible smells.
** Andrew Cartmel: Moral ambiguity, heavy use of the GambitIndex, villains with explicitly right-wing political motivations, social satire.
** Creator/RussellTDavies: [=LGBT=] allusions, family members woven into plot, evil middle-aged women, people named "Smith" and "Jones", living disembodied heads, self-aware {{Camp}}, interracial couples, BlackAndGreyMorality with the Doctor being HeWhoFightsMonsters and the villains being [[CardCarryingVillain thoroughly evil]], {{Bathos}}, themes that an ordinary life is as noble as seeing the wonders of the universe.
** Creator/MarkGatiss: FanFlattering, InternalHomage and PanderingToTheBase, {{Pastiche}} of cult genres (particularly Film/HammerHorror) and show eras, {{Camp}}y humour.
** Gareth Roberts: Stuff that's a bit like the stuff in Season 17 of the Classic series, {{Bathos}}, FantasticComedy, the Doctor being a FishOutOfWater alien CloudCuckooLander, gleeful silliness.
** Robert Shearman: {{Absurdism}}, WorldLimitedToThePlot, LawOfNarrativeCausality
** Creator/StevenMoffat: Time travel used inside the story, telephones, hot snarky women, aliens whose main ability invokes ParanoiaFuel, terror, doppelgangers, people who use "psychopath" as a badge of honour, avoidance of traditional villains, romantic melodrama, playing with gender stereotypes, WorldOfSnark, ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight, SexIsInteresting, witty dialogue, CrossReferencedTitles, particular phrases and character traits cross-pollinated with his [[Series/{{Sherlock}} other show]], the Doctor scaring off enemies by telling them to look up what he's done to his enemies in the past.
* Creator/JossWhedon has admitted he has a thing for super-powered young women.
** ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' gave us Buffy, Faith, Willow, and eventually hundreds of young women around the world.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' then gave us Cordelia, who became a Power before the age of 23.
** ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' gives us Echo, whose in-born ability is some sort of brain thing, which over time translates to a kind of CharlesAtlasSuperpower when she becomes capable of almost infinitely broad expertise.
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has River Tam, a mind-reading human weapon.
* If it's a show by Stephen Poliakoff, you can bet that photography will be involved somehow.
* David Renwick likes complex but self-contained plots, black humour, DiabolusExMachina, and childless couples as central characters.

[[folder: Multi-Media]]
* Jhonen Vasquez (''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' and ''Webcomic/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'') gives frequent homages to ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/TheFly'' (both the original and Creator/DavidCronenberg's version), ''Film/{{Scanners}}'', and video games in his comics/ TV show. He's also a fan of [[HumongousMecha giant robots]], space in general, horrifying imagery, BodyHorror, and certain words, most notably: ''[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]]'', ''cheese'', ''piggies'', ''tacos'', ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]'', ''moose'', ''noodles'', ''dooky'', ''nachos'', and ''bunnies''. He even stated at [=ComicCon=] '07 that he's fascinated with plotlines of people who are "controlled and used" by others (Johnny and the Doughboys, Devi and Sickness), and that he also hates dogs and little kids (sans [[Webcomic/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac Squee]]).
* Music/NickCave loves flowers, violence, horror, poetry, and religious debate. He also enjoys portraying the DeepSouth, although it would be a stretch to say that he loved it.
* Glenn Danzig enjoys singing about death, Satan, and demons.
* Creator/MamoruOshii really likes Basset Hounds. He also has a thing for tanks in the rain.
* Music/TobyFox has used various arrangements of his song "Megalovania" for ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''.
* Scott Fellows' ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Supernoobs}}'' both have a girl in the main cast who mostly goes by her last name and whose first name is Jennifer; Moze and Shope, respectively.

* John Flansburgh of Music/TheyMightBeGiants appears to enjoy writing about cranial trauma, while John Linnell likes personifying inanimate objects.
* Rapper Music/{{DMX}} is known for his love for dogs, which makes its way into many of his songs. His fifth album, ''Grand Champ'', took it a bit further and stated that they can't just be any dogs, but pitbulls.
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] likes pigs. A lot.
* Mozart seemed to really like writing parts for basses and sopranos, as evidenced by many of his most famous characters, such as Figaro, Sarastro, Osmin, Leporello, the Queen of the Night, Constanze, and Zerlina. He also liked ToiletHumour.
* Music/PinkFloyd's Roger Waters
** His father, a pacifist, was killed in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo in 1944 in Anzio, Italy. This proved to be a pivotal event in Roger's life. As a result, themes of war, politics, miscommunication, isolation and mortality often occur in his work in Pink Floyd and as a solo artist, especially starting with ''Music/TheWall''.
** Other common Music/PinkFloyd[=/=]Waters themes include madness, the music industry and [[DrugsAreBad the dangers of recreational drugs]], all of which played a part in the breakdown of founder Syd Barrett, and reoccurred after the band's success in TheSeventies. ''Music/TheWall'' and ''especially'' ''Pros And Cons'' [[note]]A ConceptAlbum about a man going through a mid-life crisis, dreaming about both cheating on his wife by picking up two hitchhikers in Germany, then in another dream that same night having been cheated on by his wife as he moves out in the country with his family[[/note]], along with many of his works at least before them (if not since) explore relationships and faithfulness, a subject he was familiar with. His marriage to his first wife Judy Trim fell apart by the mid-[[TheSeventies 1970s]], particularly as Music/PinkFloyd became more successful, and the relationships and marriages other Pink Floyd members were also falling apart around him.
* Music/DavidBowie loves writing and singing about apocalypses, dystopias, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cocaine]]. And science fiction/space-inspired subject matter shows up so often in his work that it became the basis for an article in ''Website/TheOnion'', "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nasa-launches-david-bowie-concept-mission%2C2907/ NASA Launches David Bowie Concept Mission]]".
* Music/OlivierMessiaen was a lifelong birdwatcher, and traveled around the world to learn bird calls he could incorporate into his compositions.
* Music/LeonardBernstein seems to have had a passion for ferocious percussion assaults, as demonstrated in the opening scene of ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', the Credo of ''Mass'' (which at its climax has the percussionists "ad lib. hitting everything in sight"), and the prologue of ''A Quiet Place''; this may also explain why ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', whose original production got by with just two percussionists, has as many as five drum parts at once in the published full score. Bernstein also liked transferring rhythmic motifs to relatively pitched drums, as in "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs," the prologue of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', several sections of ''Mass'' and the first movement of "Divertimento for Orchestra" (which calls for snare drums in four pitches).
* With the exception of her first album, every single one of Music/ShiinaRingo's official albums' track listings is symmetrical (excluding bonus tracks). She also frequently deliberately gives her albums meaningful running times; for example, ''Karuki Samen Kuri no Kana'' runs for 44 minutes and 44.4 seconds, in conjunction with the album's FourIsDeath theme.
* Music/DavidByrne, both in his work with Music/TalkingHeads and in his solo music, is interested in the effects of mass media on consumers, and in the fluid nature of identity. Characters in his songs will consume a lot of fiction (particularly by watching TV), or they'll be unsure who they really are--or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs they'll be unsure who they are because they constructed their own personality from all the TV they watched]].
* Music/{{BEMANI}}
** A large number of L.E.D.'s songs have English titles in "''(adjective)'' ''(noun)''" format with all uppercase letters, such as "BLUE STRAGGLER", "THE BLACK KNIGHT", "STELLAR WIND", and "THE DEEP STRIKER".
** Ryu☆, when composing under his [[TheFourGods Seiryuu]] alias, always makes his songs run at 191 BPM.
* Music/{{Bathory}} had the {{Instrumental}} track, "The Winds of Mayhem", serving as the EveryEpisodeEnding for their early albums. While it went missing for a while, it reappeared in ''Nordland II'' likely intended as a CallBack, although considering that this was the last Bathory album due to Quorthon's death, it serves as a fitting BookEnds track to his career.

* Creator/GregKmiec always includes a solid red post on his playfields. The tradition started in TheSeventies, when Creator/{{Bally}} refused to identify their designers for fear of competitors poaching their talent. Kmiec included a single plastic red post (at the time reserved for bingo games) as a way around the edict.
* Creator/PatLawlor
** His pinball games almost always include some reference to "The Power", either as part of in-game dialogue or as an actual playfield element.
** He also often has an illustration of a person holding a joystick with a red fire button.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[{{Wrestling/VinceRusso}} Vince Russo]] loves pole matches. If you see a pole match in a Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, or Wrestling/{{TNA}} show, Russo's booking this match. The pole matches are also for the craziest things. These include a rat, a bottle of Viagra, Judy Bagwell (they needed to use a forklift), a pinata, and the keys to Mick Foley's office, among other things.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Gary Gygax, co-creator of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** Mushrooms
*** Gary created a variety of fungoid monsters for the game: ascomoid, basidirond, phycomid, shrieker, ustilagor, violet fungi, Zuggtmoy the demoness lady of fungi, etc.
*** Many of Gary's early ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventures had {{Magic Mushroom}}s and FungusHumongous, including D3 ''Vault of the Drow'', [=EX1=] ''Dungeonland'', S3 ''Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'', S4 ''The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth'' and T1-4 ''TabletopGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''. Module D1 ''Descent into the Depths of the Earth'' had underground fields of normal mushrooms.
** Shades of the color purple (violet, amethyst, heliotrope, lavender, lilac, magenta, mauve, plum, puce, etc.)
*** They appear repeatedly in Gary's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' modules B2 ''The TabletopGame/KeepOnTheBorderlands'', G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King'', D3 ''Vault of the Drow'', [=EX2=] ''The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror'', S1 ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'', T1-4 ''TabletopGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil'', [=WG4=] ''The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun'', [=WG5=] ''Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure'' and [=WG6=] ''Isle of the Ape''. In some cases they appeared so many times it appeared that Gygax had experienced a "purplegasm" while writing them.
*** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' monsters he created that are associated with purple: azer (love purple gems), bar-igura demons (can change their color to purple), crysmals (can be deep violet colored), drow (violet eyes), forester's bane plant (stalks are purple), mind flayer/illithid (mauve skin), ogres (purple eyes), phoenix (plumage, beaks and claws are partially violet), purple worm, retch plants (globes can be violet or lilac), shade (eyes can have a purple iris and pupil), storm giant (could have violet skin and purple eyes), twilight bloom (purple flowers), violet fungi, Wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing plant (eyes can be violet).
** Gygax made a number of Lovecraftian references in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', as evidenced by such creatures as the Kuo-Toa (inspired by Lovecraft's Deep Ones), the Aboleth (inspired by some sort of Great Old One), the Illithids (which are a race of Cthulhus without the bat wings), the Elder Elemental God (shown in G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King'' as being shaped like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chthonian_%28Cthulhu_Mythos%29 Chthonian]]) and certain elements of terror in the temple of the EldritchAbomination gods. He outright acknowledged Creator/HPLovecraft as an important influence on D&D. Gygax needed a lot of content to make the game work, so he drew from a very large number of sources. He didn't ''quite'' make D&D into an AllMythsAreTrue setting, but he came pretty close.
** His fantastically large and baroque vocabulary, which might have had an element of showing off. Such as "quaff", "dweomer", "draught", "chapeau", "billet", etc. He regularly used certain phrases such as "Of course", "Let us say" and "So to speak" as well.
** Polearms... Ever want to know why [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0136.html the glaive-guisarme seems to crop up in D&D so much]]?
* Former Wizards of the Coast employee Monte Cook, creator of the game's 3rd Edition and a strong hand in creating 5th Edition too. Monte really, ''really'' believed in LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards and went to great lengths to enforce it in all the wrong ways. For years, martial classes were either built on poorly conceived rules (3E Monks), ridiculously generic and boring to play (3E Fighters), or just straight up sucked (3.5E Samurai). Caster classes on the other hand enjoyed highly overpowered spell lists granting them in unprecedented breadth of ability plus new-fangled metamagic feats to back them up; by mid-level a lone, half-competently played Druid or Cleric was probably equal to ''three'' well-played martial {{PC}}s of the same level. And don't get us started on [[CreatorsPet Wizards]], the preferred class of Monte and people who hated losing in 3.5E, utterly dominant at all levels and pillars of play (except being perhaps a tad weak at 1st level).
* James Jacobs, one of the major contributors to ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', really likes dinosaurs. In general, the Paizo creative team seems to like dinosaurs; Lovecraftian abominations; horror, pulp adventure, and sci-fi elements; and putting the iconic characters in [[CostumePorn elaborate outfits]].
* TabletopGames/WhiteWolf, the writers of ''TabletopGame/WarcraftTheRoleplayingGame'', made it very obvious they preferred Humans, Elves, and Dwarves over the other races (especially [[DemotedToExtra the Trolls]] and the [[CanonDiscontinuity entirely absent]] Draenei) in the series. Even in the Horde Player's guide, they'd go on about elves, dwarves, and humans.
* David Pulver, best known as a setting writer for GURPS, has stated that many GURPS players will always want to play a CatGirl, regardless of the setting. So in every setting he makes, there will be an option for a CatGirl of some kind.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare
** He loves comparing things to gardening, falconry, and hunting with dogs. He also loves crossdressing characters, but that was a fairly common schtick at the time. When he was writing, women were not permitted to be actors, and as such [[RecursiveCrossdressing all of the female characters ''were'' men]], and he thought it would be funny to make jokes based on that.
** His continual description of rebellion and social breakdown in terms of cannibalism/self-consumption. Although perhaps this belongs in the 'Miscellaneous Paraphilia' section.
** In many plays he has a designated metaphor that keeps cropping up. For instance, ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is full of references to disease, [[TheScottishTrope the one set in Scotland]] has lots of mentions of birds of prey, and so on.
** CainAndAbel plots with hate-filled rivalry between brothers, often leading to attempted or actual fratricide.
* Tom Stoppard frequently references Creator/WilliamShakespeare. The guy who wrote a play deconstructing Hamlet with two of its [[Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead bit players as the main characters]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0KnkU1cZz4 Totaka's Song]], a short, 19 note tune hidden in almost every game [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazumi_Totaka Kazumi Totaka]] has worked on as a composer, and first discovered in the tank game ''X''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLMAgcGA8Dw These]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biLfTqQA5T8 three]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBO8EZSNH3A videos]] document but a fraction of the time and effort gamers have invested in finding the melody.
* Creator/ShinjiMikami from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' fame has a thing for masked wrestlers and {{Sentai}} as demonstrated in games where he can actually get away with it. ''(VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' had MASK de Smith and the Punishing Rangers AKA The Handsome Men, ''VideoGame/GodHand'' had Mr. Gorilla Mask and the Mad Midget Five.)
* Goichi Suda AKA Creator/Suda51 likes MindScrew A LOT. He also seems to have a thing for gratuitious gore, semi-futuristic decadent places with slashes of Magical Realism, and rave music. He also seems to love lucha libre, as seen in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', where the player character collects luchadore masks (who all have names like "La Guerra, Jr.") and learns new wrestling moves from finding masks with notes in them. [=Suda51=] even wears a luchador outfit in some press releases. And as mentioned above, there is MASK de Smith, who is a luchador.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Creator/HironobuSakaguchi likes to "make players cry" and wrote most of the emotional scenes in the games he wrote scenario material for. His games use StandardFantasySetting, mythology about crystals, and a lot of FollowTheLeader of whatever ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' was doing at the time.
** Creator/TakashiTokita has an internal reputation for always including time travel elements in his games and jokes about this, though this is [[DeadUnicornTrope not actually true]] (only two of his games included it).
** Creator/YoshinoriKitase is known for having strong overarching visions of what he wants to achieve, and tries to enforce cohesion. He is the reason for the push towards '[[FullMotionVideo cinematic]]' content in ''FF'', as he felt it was important that even non-video game fans can look at the screen and know what's going on. (The push towards cartoony graphics over sprites in the mobile phone ''FF'' ports was his, as he felt sprites don't make sense to people who aren't familiar with game tropes.) His villains are usually LaughablyEvil, SissyVillain types, and draw a lot of influence from 70s and 80s {{Tokusatsu}} (a lot of his villains are connected to space or outright aliens). By Sakaguchi's admission, Kitase is better at 'big setpieces'
** Creator/KazushigeNojima: Unconventional UrbanFantasy settings and more psychologically realistic writing, often incorporating adolescent elements like WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld. Heroes who [[ADarkerMe use performative personas in order to suppress elements of themselves that they dislike]], and villains who are even more desperate to be something they aren't. He tends to focus on themes of memory, and likes to [[GenreDeconstruction deconstruct]] RPG stereotypes with DysfunctionJunction setups and, in his later work, WorldLimitedToThePlot {{Absurdism}} where RPG gameplay tropes are SeriousBusiness. His stereotypical main character would be an arrogant ([[InferioritySuperiorityComplex but secretly insecure]]) DeadpanSnarker DefrostingIceKing with a real [[JerkAss dark side]], who acts detached from other people and has LaserGuidedAmnesia; even his innocent and cheerful [[TheWoobie Woobie]] heroes tend to have a few of these twists to them. He is also significantly more likely than the other major ''FF'' scenario writers to give AllThereInTheManual explanations for some of his more baffling plotlines.
** Creator/YasumiMatsuno also writes emotionally realistic material, but with a significantly less 'adolescent' tone than Nojima's, and favours DarkFantasy settings with lots of GothicHorror elements, extremely complex worldbuilding, and references to real-world Medieval history. He tends to deal with themes of class struggle, with nobles and peasants at odds and usually a finale which involves killing God.
** Square-Enix designer Creator/TetsuyaNomura is heavily inspired by Japanese street fashions and style trends, leading occasionally to FashionDissonance in his older work, as well as to {{Zipperiffic}}. He also likes to give his protagonists, and often as many of his characters as possible, a stud in their left ear, imitating Nomura's own piercing. Note that in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'', for which the characters were redesigned by a new artist, Cloud is missing his Nomura ear piercing (which he has in ''all'' other appearances). When in charge of scenario, he tends to write straightforward storylines along WholePlotReference lines (e.g. Musashi vs Kojiro, ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', etc.), and takes influence from pop culture ephemera such as fashion labels, music videos and advertising. In recent years he's become prone to InternalHomage, particularly focusing on storylines that contact the series' past legacy.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' Czar Koji "IGA" Igarashi seems to have a weird fixation with furniture, namely [[SlouchofVillainy chairs]].
** Dracula always waits for the Belmont sitting in his throne before the final fight. His son Alucard and Soma [[spoiler: who's his reincarnation]] can also catch some rest sitting down in the many chairs they encounter.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''. Former henchman Hector can collect more than 10 different types of chairs scattered all around the stages and store them in the aptly named "Weary Chair Room".
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance''. Most ''Castlevania'' heroes can collect weapons, magical items, and such. Juste Belmont collects random items of furniture and decorates an empty room of the castle with them. You know, the castle he intends to ''destroy''.
* Shigeru Miyamoto has implemented personal interests into many of his games, including ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' (gardening), ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}'', ''VideoGame/WiiFit'', and ''Wii Music''. Nintendo later banned him from talking about his current hobbies. His earlier works were definitely based on his childhood experiences, too. In fact, the premise of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' was based on his exploration of caves as a child. In an interview for a game-developer site, he flat-out tells other designers to base their games on things they like.\\
Miyamoto has admitted to being a [[TheWestern Western]] fan, which is particularly apparent in the 3D ''Zelda'' games. For example, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' all have [[PowerupMount Epona]], ''Ocarina of Time'' has Lon Lon Ranch, ''Majora's Mask'' has Romani Ranch, and ''Twilight Princess'' has the redesigned Kakariko Village, the Hidden Village, Ordon Ranch and the plot similarities with ''Film/TheSearchers''.\\
He also designs things so that their function is apparent when looking on them, i.e. TheGoomba was designed so you'd jump on them, and any enemy, or obstacle, with [[SpikesOfDoom spikes]] is something you should avoid. He has said to his production staff "when in doubt, use spikes". This comes from his background in Industrial Design in high school.
* Yuji Horii of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' fame is a compulsive gambler which is why many of the games in the series have some sort of gambling mini-game in it. (Though its been said that the fact that you can only save in the town's churches is a way to try to make going out in the field/dungeons feel a bit more of a gamble as well.)
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' character designer Daisuke Ishiwatari seems to use belts as a unifying motif minus a few rare cases (Anji Mito has only a sash). [[AuthorAvatar Sol Badguy]] tops the list with 24 belts in his costume design. Funnily enough, the costumes still manage to look pretty cool. He also loves rock music; almost every character in the series is a reference to either a famous rock musician or a band. Music/{{Queen}} seems to be his favorite, with nearly every aspect of [[MartyStu Sol]] referring to ''something'' about either the band itself or Freddie Mercury.
* There are so many Flash and InteractiveFiction games about escaping from a locked room remarkably like, say, a programmer's bedroom (usually complete with bed, closet and computer) that it has become its own ''genre''. This might have to do with a throwback to early adventure games, which seized on the genre because of technical limitations; it's a lot easier to write and code a game about a single room than it is about, say even a small apartment.
* Creator/HideoKojima tells people that instead of being 70% water like normal people, he's 70% movies. As a child, he would often come home to an empty house and sometimes claims that he was raised by movies. As a result, not only do his games homage all his favourite movies to the point where they're almost MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover FanFiction, but many of his characters are also movie fans (although the only one explicitly 'raised' on movies is Raiden and he's anything but an upstanding member of society).
* Matt Roszak of ''VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy'' fame loves ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', anime, and [[AuthorAppeal cats]]. Pretty much every single one of his works contains homages to the first three, often in the form of blatant [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]], as well as copious amounts of cats, and is drawn in a very Animesque fashion.
* Games with Viktor Antonov on art direction tend to feature some very signature elements--clashing classical and futuristic architecture, angular blue-grey metal structures, and tall, spindly robotic creatures. ''Half-Life 2'' and ''Dishonored'' practically look like they're set in the same universe.
* Creator/{{Rare}}
** Keys, ''enormous'' keys, bigger and heavier than the characters, the most famous being the infamous ice key from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''[=/=] ''Banjo Tooie''. Both ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' feature gigantic gold keys as {{plot coupon}}s; finding or using a key is always a momentous occasion.
** Really small main characters, compared to everything else around them, almost causing a perpetual MacroZone. Even if the character in question is an animal that is very large in real life (like [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie bears]] or [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 gorillas]]).
** Eyeballs on as many things as possible, even if the object in question is normally non-sentient (vegetables, books, etc.).
* Masahiro Sakurai is quite infamous for this, with his games including SOME idea taken from previous works. Most of the time, said elements are from ''Kirby'', but recently, he also seems to have ''loved'' implementing elements from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' for ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS''. Most commonly:
** HyperactiveMetabolism using [[MediumBlending live-action food]].
** The use of a checklist that gradually fills up as the player completes various challenges in-game. Often the primary method of unlocking things.
** An in-game encyclopedia containing every item found in-game (and in related games, in the case of ''Super Smash Bros.''). It can be filled out either by collecting items in-game, through a gachapon-style lottery, or by playing a mini-game.
** Paying an amount of in-game currency to increase the difficulty level. [[AntiFrustrationFeatures Continuing after a Game Over lowers the difficulty by a set amount.]]
* ''Creator/HidetakaMiyazaki'' loves incorporating DarkFantasy into his works, particular in the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' series. He also really, REALLY loves ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', with there usually being a reference to it at least once in every game he has directed or has been involved in.
** Also, expect brutally hard swamp levels
** The characters in his games are also frequently wear face-obscuring headwear. WHether helmets, veils , masks, or cloaks.
* Creator/{{Bungie}} loves them [[ArcNumber the number 7]] and its multiples. Expect it to show up as dates, names, and other things in their games.
** Also expect some form of artificial intelligence to [[AIIsACrapshoot go off the deep end at some point]], most notably [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Durandal]], [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} 05-032 Mendicant Bias]], and [[VideoGame/{{Destiny}} Rasputin]].
* Creator/BlizzardEntertainment absolutely ''loves'' both the FallenHero and GreyAndGrayMorality tropes. There are very few out and out {{Card Carrying Villain}}s and most of the antagonists have very good reason for what they are doing.
* ''Erika's New Perfume'' contains certain things that pop up in most of the author's other works, such as FountainOfYouth.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''
** It is all about things the authors like, but also seems to feature a lot of terrifying [[StarfishAliens aliens]] and [[EldritchAbomination strange creatures]] for little reason.
** Jerry Holkins (Tycho) is a massive Cthulhu nerd. Really, what else can you expect from a mind that writes things like [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/4/10/ this?]]
* ''Webcomic/LivingWithInsanity'': The writer's projects all have couples in them. According to the blog posts, LWI would include more gaming and comic references, but the artist avoids jokes he doesn't understand.
* Creator/AndrewHussie likes including horses, or horselike creatures such as centaurs, [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures in]] [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth his]] [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} work]], more often than not exaggerated in musculature (he also paid good money for a picture of a flaming stallion facing a football player, and used to do ironic reviews of muscular horse porn). When questioned about this, he responded that "horses are funny". He also seems to be very fond of hip-hop/rap and the culture surrounding it, perhaps best exemplified with ''[[http://www.andrewhussie.com/comic.php?sec=archive&auth=Andrew&cid=aids/00000.jpg And It Don't Stop]]''.
* Many themes and tropes in ''Webcomic/WeAreTheWyrecats'' are carried over from the creator's previous webcomic, RubyNation, such as AnimalMotifs, deconstruction of the superhero genre, Idealism vs. Cynicism, characters with disabilities, and [[CuteKitten cats]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has this in-universe with the [[ArtificialIntelligence sapient AIs]], who have a distinct tendency to be as proudly nerdy as the scientists who produced their neural networks.
-->'''Florence:''' What were you expecting from minds designed by engineers?

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* Most protagonists of ''Creator/NightValePresents'' audio drama podcasts tend to be gay.
* There's an unclickable "Joy of Painting" toon on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' that shows Marzipan dressed as Bob Ross painting a picture of a mountain landscape. Matt and Mike Chapman, creators of ''Homestar Runner'', admitted that they only did this because they thought showing GranolaGirl Marzipan with a beard would be funny. A lot of the stuff at ''Homestar Runner'' is based on the creators' childhood. Note the frequent appearance of breakfast cereals and MerchandiseDriven Saturday morning cartoons, the sibling rivalry between Strong Bad and his brother Strong Sad, the characters' VagueAge, and in-universe NightmareFuel.
* How else do you explain the contortion scenes in ''Literature/{{Sapphire}} Episode III''?
* The stories by [=SD40ka=][[note]]No weblink, it's hosted on a {{NSFW}} porn-hosting site[[/note]] often enough star a male computer programmer, who marries/is married to a genius woman, and either or both of them recently served America ''proudly'' in Iraq thank-you-very-much. The characters are ''always'' staunch political conservatives, often actively reshaping the fictional universe into a Republican Paradise. He plugs that his (genius!) characters love the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_Institute Cato Institute]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townhall.com Townhall.com,]] just in passing. There's even the occasional EasyEvangelism of a [[StrawmanPolitical merely misguided (rather than Evil) liberal]]. And everyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, without whom there was a great big hole in their hearts. In fact, it's a lot like the ComicBook/ChickTracts, only with lots of monogamous sex with [[BiggusDickus big penises]].
* Creator/DougWalker ''really'' has a thing for broken, insane jerks who'll never get what they want but they'll keep on trying. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is a perfect example of this, and WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses is getting there (as a more depraved version) with the amount of SanitySlippage he's been put through. You also notice that much of the comedy he enjoys (ranging from WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck to ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'') is based on this.
* They're best known for their {{Goth}} aesthetic, but Website/BlackPhoenixAlchemyLab also really likes creating perfume inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft (and LovecraftLite) and pirates.
* EyeMotifs and specifically [[EyeScream damage to eyes]] are all over the place in Creator/TheWeaver's work. For instance, they're a central theme in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', one character gets horrifically injured over their eye in ''Roleplay/NanQuest'', the multiple characters who have had eyes damaged or removed in the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series are dwelt on in ''Fanfic/RoommatesMemoirsOfTheHairlessApe'', and even one of the non-serious comedy characters in the ''Toybox Pals'' setting is missing an eye, due to being an old plush toy.

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* Creator/ButchHartman's love of ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ComicBooks, as well as his hatred of jocks, cheerleaders, popular kids, rich kids and anyone else who picked on him in high school shines throughout his work. This includes ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', and the never-picked-up ''Crash Nebula''. He also has a habit of making his protagonists BookDumb losers who are also crazy about space and comic books.
* Creator/GregWeisman is a self-described "Shakespeare nut, probably with the emphasis on 'nut'". ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had Puck, Oberon and Titania, the Weird Sisters and [=MacBeth=] as recurring characters, and another trio known [[AllThereInTheScript in the script]] as Othello, Iago, and Desdemona. Meanwhile, ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has a running subplot about a SchoolPlay of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' - in particular, "Growing Pains" takes advantage of the auditions to have Shakespeare quotes punctuate the story.
** As well as this, several characters across his works espouse the idea that {{revenge}} is a 'sucker's game' (e.g., David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Flint 'Sandman' Marko from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Comicbook/LexLuthor from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''). As well as this, characters in those same works that spend their lives pursuing revenge tend to be miserable for it.
* Many characters throughout Matt Groening productions have the middle initial "J." (Homer Jay Simpson, Bartholomew J. Simpson, Mona J. Simpson, [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Philip J. Fry, and Hubert J. Farnsworth]]) as a reference to the creator of [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle J. Moose]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' co-creator Trey Parker lived in Japan for several years and loves Japanese culture, and as a result the show frequently pokes fun at Japan and its people. Notably the jokes picked up a bit around the time he married his Japanese-American wife (for example, the comment about "a friend marrying an Asian woman" in the ginger kids episode). He also has a music degree, which explains the songs of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (TheMovie was a musical and the early episodes in particular had Chef sing in every episode).
* Creator/SethMacFarlane (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', ''Series/{{Dads}}'') loves ''Franchise/StarWars'', musicals, and he finds deaf people ''hilarious''. Also, either Seth or somebody in his staff has a thing for [[http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Chris_Griffin idiotic]] [[http://americandad.wikia.com/wiki/Barry fat]] [[http://cleveland.wikia.com/wiki/Cleveland_Brown_Jr kids]]. He also loves characters who logically shouldn't be able to talk but do. Like Stewie, Klaus, and Tim the bear. Another sign of this is [=MacFarlane=]'s constant insistence on promoting LGBT-tolerance and anti-racism storylines, only to ''very'' consistently portray LGBT and POC characters as poorly written stereotypes.
* Creator/BradBird works the number A113--a reference to a room at [=CalArts=] used by animation and graphic design students--into all of his projects: ''Family Dog'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episodes, ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. This has since become a widespread animation in-joke.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles,'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' and ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'' all have AnAesop that "those with a certain talent should be allowed to pursue it, no matter what."
* Disney great Glen Keane was the lead animator for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], {{Disney/Pocahontas}}, and [[{{Disney/Tangled}} Rapunzel]]. What do these three ladies have in common? Long, extremely mobile hair and bare feet.