Creator Worship

"The teacher comes to point the way and the students end up worshiping the pointer."
— An old saying, often attributed to Buddha note 

Isn't it interesting that the defining additional information coming from the creator of a medium is called the Word of God?

Sometimes, a fandom seems to be dedicated to not only the specifics of the show, but to every word or comment that is issued from the creator's mouth. Often anything the creators say, even when not related to the fandom, will be adopted into their vocabulary and mindset. If the creator decides to drop an anvil, it will always be an anvil in dire need of dropping according to the fans. If they decide to suddenly insert a long diatribe that otherwise has nothing to do with the rest of the story, hey, it's their book/comic/show/whatever, they can voice their opinions if they want! If the creator seems to be getting more and more full of themselves, well they're entitled to it because they're just that awesome! These reactions can vary from mild to extreme, but basically the object of Creator Worship will always have fans ready to make some kind of excuse for whatever they do.

The creators themselves may become aware of the power they hold. Some will use it conservatively, to promote unity and not impose their opinions to the masses. Others will wield it like a weapon, boldly stating their position on subjects and obviously hoping their followers will... follow.

Obviously anyone who rises to some type of popularity will have fans, but this is not about a fan going "I really like this one guy..." This trope is about the fans worshipping these mere mortals, and not just the stuff they make.

Such worship may come to resemble established religions, with vicious attitudes towards non-fans.

When it goes wrong, or when the inverse happens, see Scapegoat Creator and Fallen Creator.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Art 
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti is seen as the most complete artist. He set the standard in painting and sculpting for many centuries.
  • Rembrandt Van Rijn is admired by many graphic artists, not only for his almost photo realistic paintings, but also for his humanity. Compared to other technically perfect painters he still manages to make the viewers feel warmth and attachement to the people on his paintings, almost as if they are alive.
  • Vincent van Gogh has this reputation among many graphic artists, because everyone can relate to a struggling genius unable to make a living, while his work is so ahead of its time that nobody recognizes it.
  • Pablo Picasso is the most influential artist of the 20th century and thus worshipped by many modern artists or people who like modern art.
  • Auguste Rodin has a divine reputation among sculptors, comparable to Vincent Van Gogh in the sense that it was disliked at the time, but is now been seen as genius.

    Comic Books 
  • Alan Moore, creator of such comics as Watchmen, V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • Grant Morrison is essentially Alan Moore with a lot less hair.
  • Frank Miller, creator of 300, Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, and a ton of other stuff.
  • Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy.
  • Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and coiner of the term "graphic novel," and rightly so. The man was one of the first comickers to take the medium seriously, yet totally unpretentiously.
    • An Eisner Award in comics is the equivalent of an Oscar for movies, or an Emmy for TV shows.
  • As noted below, Neil Gaiman fans tend to be rather, uh, "enthusiastic."
  • For similar reasons, Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and its sequels (and also Zot!) and the first person to take comics seriously enough to do literary criticism to them. As any good god seems to be, highly controversial.
  • Jack Kirby. A bit of the esteem "the King" is held in (aside from being nicknamed "the King") can be seen in the DC Comics boast that they paid Jack more for creating Darkseid than Marvel did for creating their whole universe. Mark Waid actually portrayed the Marvel Universe God as Jack Kirby in the pages of Fantastic Four.
  • Stan Lee, the man responsible for Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and pretty much every Marvel icon that isn't Captain America (on whom he left his mark nonetheless).
  • Steve Ditko, co-creator of the Marvel Universe, especially Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, where his vision is the definitive one. Justice League gave his later DC and Charlton Comics creations their due.
  • Warren Ellis. Writer of many comic books including Transmetropolitan, Global Frequency, Nextwave, Fell, FreakAngels and Doktor Sleepless. Known to his fans as Dear Leader, the Internet Jesus or the Love Swami, among other similar monikers. Once commanded a Holy Slut Army of fans.
  • Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes. All the more so because no one's seen him for years.
  • Garth Ennis is SOME sort of comics deity...
  • Alex Ross. Can anyone hear the name "Superman" without instantly thinking of that awesome, square-jawed, blue eyed titan he paints?
  • Jhonen Vasquez, creator of famously disturbing comics such as Johnny the Homicidal Maniac as well as the cult animated series Invader Zim. According to fans of that last one, absolutely everything good about the show was his personal idea, and everything bad was due to the Nickelodeon executives, the demons to Vasquez's godhood.
  • Carl Barks. The creator of the Donald Duck comics worked anonymous for his entire career, but was worshipped even then. He was just known to the public as the Good Duck Artist. His work had an enormous influence on fellow Disney cartoonists, but also on the Underground Comics movement. Especially in Northern Europe, namely the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia, people see his work as literature! His paintings of scenes from the duck stories have been sold to collectors for enormous prizes. His popularity was so big that he figured he'd take pension when he was roughly 130 years old.
  • Chris Claremont has some of this, especially from X-Men fans who have become disillusioned with the changes to the comic in recent years. The recent release of X-Men Forever has given Claremont fns somewhere to go, but, predictably, has also garnered some detractors. To most fans, he is known as the Father of X(-men) and is the author of the most acclaimed X-Men story arc, The Dark Phoenix Saga as well as many popular X-Men characters.
  • Geoff Johns. The man who always has an epic story and a larger plan for the DCU. And to think that he was merely a fan who managed to get his dream job when he first started.
  • Jeff Smith, pretty much the most acclaimed and successful Independent Comic Book artist and author out there; Anything he writes becomes immediately awesome. Anything. RASL? Awesome. Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil? Awesome, even to people that hate superheroes, or The Silver Age of Comic Books. Bone? So friggin' awesome it's won 10 Eisner Awards, 11 Harvey Awards, has been listed on Time's 10 Best English Graphic Novels of All Time list, and is included in Scholastic's "required reading" section... oh, and it's an engrossing Door Stopper to boot.
  • Scott Snyder is starting to get this, despite how new he is, with his Eisner award winning series, American Vampire, and his widely acclaimed run on Batman so far, with the praised story arcs Black Mirror (in Detective Comics), Night of the Owls and Death Of The Family.
  • Gail Simone, due to how well she writes female characers, specifically the Birds of Prey and Batgirl and how she humanises characters, such as with Secret Six.
  • Brian K. Vaughan, creator of Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Saga. His run on Runaways was so beloved that not even Joss Whedon could top it.
  • Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts has a divine reputation among fellow comic strip artists and cartoonists. Many are amazed that he managed to put such depth in a four-panel comic strip and still managed to be funny AND become literally the most widespread newspaper comic strip on the planet! At the height of its popularity it ran in more than 2.000 newspapers worldwide. More books have been devoted to his work than any other cartoonist, except for Walt Disney and Hergé.
  • Hergé. The creator of Tintin is worshipped worldwide, especially in Europe where literally all comic strip artists are in some way influenced by him. Many books, documentaries, ... have been devoted to him and his work. When Tintin became its own magazine after the war all artists that wanted to work for him had to adapt his style of detailed documentation and pitch perfect realistic drawing style.

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • Charlie Chaplin: Probably the oldest example in film. His work is not only worshipped by fellow comedians (comic actors, mimes, clowns,...), but also by film directors for being able to make comedies with strong narratives that made you actually care about the characters. He pioneered many gags, techniques and storylines that have been copied by all comedians that came behind him. Thus he is still seen as the greatest clown of all time.
  • Laurel and Hardy: They pioneered comedy based on the contrast between two characters and thus paved the way for all comedy duos, trios and so on. While some comedians or people may find Chaplin to be overrated all of them, without exception, have a fond appreciation for Stan and Ollie.
  • The Marx Brothers: The brothers are not only adored by people who like good comedy, but they are especially popular among people who prefer more sarcastic, energetic and absurd humor. They are one of the few of the that time period, along with W.C. Fields, whose comedy hasn't dated one bit. Intellectuals also adore them for their more clever verbal style.
  • Alfred Hitchcock was and is still considered the master of suspense. He coined terms like MacGuffin, and gave a number of interviews describing his tactics in constructing good stories. Many aspiring film directors learn about his techniques in film school. His work has been analyzed by many scholars and he is seen as a genuine artist.
  • George Lucas. The godfather of modern entertainment. It has been said that the original Star Wars trilogy didn't invent movie marketing—just perfected it. His popularity has decreased somewhat since the prequel trilogy came out, with George Lucas bashing being popular now. But his name and image should not be taken lightly.
  • Peter Jackson has his followers for his take on The Lord of the Rings. Although he also has his serious detractors among hard-core fans of the original books, as well as from fans of the original King Kong and the book of The Lovely Bones.
    • Subverted more often than not these days, with quite a number of people taking umbrage with his compliance in extending The Hobbit into three features.
  • Spike Lee became known as the artistic authority on the African-American experience. In an interview, Lee even complained that whenever a controversy involved black people, his office would inevitably get a call asking for comment.
  • Stanley Kubrick: He is seen as a giant among fellow film directors with artistic reputations. He is admired for being an independent director with a very strong artistic and personal vision whose work was so ahead of its time that all of his films polarized people when they first came out but have been Vindicated by History as masterpieces of cinema ever since. He is also the ultimate intellectuals' darling. Apart from Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most analyzed film director of all time, with countless books, documentaries, blogs, analysis works, exhibitions devoted to his oeuvre.
  • In the field of acting Marlon Brando is worshipped as the best and most realistic actor of all time. Even the fact that he spent more time rebelling against the movies he appeared in to the point of sabotage and after The Godfather mostly did bit parts that were borderline self parody hasn't changed the awe his fans and other actors still feel towards him.
  • Clark Gable: Even during his lifetime he was called "The King of Hollywood". His elegance and class made him stand apart among all other actors, especially by being the main actor in the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of the golden age of Hollywood: Gone with the Wind
  • Bette Davis is beloved among feminists for being a self-confident actress who had the audacity to complain against the Hollywood studios if she felt their scripts were bad.
  • Bruce Lee is still seen as the most exciting actor in martial arts movies ever. He may even be the most popular action hero across the world, when considering his enormous popularity in South East Asia, among minorities (Afro-American culture) and to people in the rest of the world too. He popularized martial arts like no other and his swiftness and superhuman strength still make the awe for his legend unparallelled.

    Literature 
  • Homer: The ancient Greeks didn't have a "holy text" but they often spoke of the Iliad and the Odyssey as if they were. Homer is still admired as the first iconic writer/poet of all time and his legacy survived many centuries.
  • Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote is the first modern novel and is still praised among many literary scholars as the single most important, meaningful and best classic novel of all time. A Tough Act to Follow for all novels that came afterwards.
  • Charles Dickens: After Shakespeare he is probably the most popular, influential and still widely read author of all time. Many writers have learned from his ability to write suspenseful and engaging stories with many colorful characters people still remember and like, socially conscious messages and the power to actually capture the spirit of his own lifetime.
  • "J. K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, is either the primal mistress of all evil, or the supreme, almighty goddess deserving of our unreserved worship. The Harry Potter fandom does not allow any opinion between these two extremes." ~ Fandom Wank Wiki
  • Jane Austen of Sense and Sensibility and five other novels.
  • Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club).
  • Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) became incredibly popular as an author, humorist, essayist and atheist.
  • Robert A. Heinlein has a particularly obsessive and cultish fanbase who pore over his fictional and non-fictional writings to glean pearls of wisdom.
    • Hubbard and Heinlein are actually involved in a pretty interesting anecdote involving this trope being played straight-up. As the story goes, Heinlein challenged his contemporary and rival Hubbard to see who can come up with the most ludicrous-sounding religion while still convincing people that's it's legit. Heinlein pulled out of the competition when he decided that people were all too willing to latch onto it and take it seriously...of course, Hubbard didn't....
    • The religion spawned by Heinlein's work, The Church Of All Worlds, survived for years though. It petered out along with the hippy movement.
  • Ayn Rand wrote several popular novels, including Atlas Shrugged, which formed the basis for the philosophy of Objectivism. She remains its figurehead to this day. "The Collective" the closeknit group of followers that coalesced around her East 36th Street apartment in New York, became so culty that author and journalist Jeff Walker has described it as an actual cult.
  • Terry Pratchett of Discworld fame. His fans celebrate his birthday (April 28th) as the "Creator's Birthday".
    • This started as a joke in the Discworld Diary (another being that Big Name Fan Stephen Briggs's birthday is Patrician Day), but it is certainly the case that any statement he makes on alt.fan.pratchett (which rarely discusses the actual books) will be treated as a bit more significant than if J. Random Poster said it. Half of them will still disagree with it, because they're a bloody-minded bunch (again, taking on his mindset!) but they'll do it in a more measured way.
    • His French translator, Patrick Couton, Grand Master of Woolseyism, has been referred to as Metatron, as in "Voice of God".
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, of Lord of the Rings, god of the fantasy genre as we know it. His son Christopher presides over veneration and interpretation of the holy texts.
    • The fans call him "The Professor" and hold toasts each year on his birthday. Really.
      • Tolkien himself was aware of this veneration, and was not happy about it; he once referred to his fanbase as "my deplorable cultus".
  • George RR Martin of A Song of Ice and Fire is known to have a pretty close relationship with his fans, and often attends parties they throw at various sci-fi/fantasy conventions. This is all in spite of the internet Hatedom directed at him by readers who complain about his slipping release schedules. To them, it's more like GRRM is their own personal Satan
  • Neil Gaiman, despite the fact that he always looks faintly bemused at discovering hundreds of fans waiting for him at book signings and the like. (That or he's just stoned, hard to say really.)
    • It's Neil Gaiman, meaning the answer is almost certainly both.
    • And now he's got a whole bunch of new fans who are coming to him because of his wife, who are a bit rowdier than his older fans.
  • C. S. Lewis. To his credit, he did as much as he could to downplay it during his lifetime in favor of recommending other fantasy authors and Christian apologists.
  • To a comparatively minor extent, Timothy Zahn among fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The Thrawn Trilogy basically kicked off all Star Wars novels - yes, there had been a few before, focusing on young-ish Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, but this trilogy picked a point years after the movies and built a galaxy around it, and introduced both Mara Jade and Thrawn. It was the first - and this is hotly contested - the best Expanded Universe epic. Zahn-bashing is a bit more popular these days, though less so than for Lucas.
  • Neil Gaiman himself was an adolescent fanboy of Michael Moorcock who was very much worshipped some twenty-odd years ago, perhaps before most tropers' time.
  • HP Lovecraft. Creator of Cthulhu. Even during his lifetime, there were fans of his who believed that his universe was real and his works were merely channelling the message of the Old Ones. His cult actually contained a number of young acolytes who would go on to greatness of their own, notably Robert Bloch, author of Psycho and Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conanthe Barbarian. There is even speculation that his cult may have indirectly inspired Erich von Daniken, and thus may have been responsible for the creation of some actual religions.
  • Isaac Asimov, while not having created a religion, has a devout following of people hailing him as the A in "The ABC of Science-Fiction". He also has a throne.

    Live Action TV 
  • Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and now Dollhouse. Don't like him? Fine. Mention it online? The internet will eat you.
    • Interestingly, Joss is also considered to be evil by these very same fans for the angst he puts his characters through, bordering on misanthropic. If the Cult of Joss were an actual religion, it would be a Religion of Evil.
    • This Creator Worship is in no small part responsible for Dollhouse getting a second season. It's a safe bet that had Dollhouse been made by someone else, there's no way it would've gotten that far, if only because of the inboxes full on hate-mail his fans could unleash like no other.
    • This very wiki was founded by Whedonites and so, even by internet standards, this is a holy site for them.
    • So, in other words, obey the Josspel.
  • JMS, aka J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. There was once a website called the Church of Joe, where his more obsessive fans could sign up to be clergy in a religion worshipping the Great Maker, Joe Straczynski himself.
    • "The Great Maker" was a mostly tongue-in-cheek Fan Nickname before that, taken from the in-universe Centauri deity.
  • Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, is sometimes called The Great Bird of the Galaxy by his fans, after a Romulan god.
    • This doesn't even begin to describe it. A lot of the older TOS fans positively worship the man, and it's practically Fandom Heresy to say anything against him. While Trek fans certainly do owe him some credit for creating the franchise, he also essentially abandoned TOS by the end of the second season (Season finale as a Poorly Disguised Pilot, anyone?), and his meddling in the TOS film era eventually led to him getting Kicked Upstairs. These same fans tend to vilify Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who, while making some questionable choices later in their term of presiding over the Trek series, helped to rescue TNG from the ruins of its first season, which had the most Roddenberry influence, and make it the classic it is today.
  • Ron Moore himself has varied from being considered a saint for reviving Battlestar Galactica and doing it so well, or the Antichrist for changing it so much.
  • There was a big to-do concerning a personal appearance of Rockne S. O'Bannon, the brains behind Alien Nation, seaQuest DSV, and of course Farscape, his biggest cult hit. There was an interview around the same time that said he was creating a new sci-fi show called Cult which would focus on loony fans of a show within a show series.
    • Farscape screenwriter Justin Monjo also achieved God status among John/Aeryn shippers for specific shippy episodes he penned. They called themselves Monjonians and even had a prayer: Hail Monj, full of 'Scape, Rockne is with thee... When told about this, several of the show's actors agreed he was a God and were declared to be honorary Monjonians. I am not making any of this up...
  • Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, is either hailed as a God or as a Lying Liar That Lies Anti-Christ.
  • J. J. Abrams, creator of Alias, LOST, and Fringe.
    • And while Abrams may have created Lost, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse perfected it. Fans have even given them a Portmanteau Couple Name of "Darlton".
    • And now Star Trek as well. While some of the pre-existing Fan Dumb will vilify him, the newer fans who were lured in by this movie will defend him to the last.
  • Tim Kring, creator of Heroes. Of course, given the Sophomore Slump of season 2, bashing him has also become a bit of fun.
    • Though given how the show panned out, the bashing seems to have far overtaken the worship, with Bryan Fuller now getting more praise for what went right with Heroes.
  • David Simon of The Wire. The fact that this is mostly justified—he and everyone else who worked on The Wire pay far more attention to detail, characterization, and plot than nearly anyone else working in television—makes fandom all the more frustrating for the unlucky few who do take issue with some aspects of his work.
    • Reinforcing the appearance of deity is that if you criticize him online, there's a non-zero chance that he'll actually see it and respond (usually witheringly).
    • Also reinforcing Simon's imposing presence is his tendency to be quite outspoken on how he "intended" the show to be viewed (as a vehicle for his political opinions). Thus it is expected that fans not only love the show, but also Simon's personal views and the singular "correct" reading of his work.
    • Simon also wrote the book that gave rise to Homicide: Life on the Street, so he's been at least a demiurge for some time.
  • Jon Stewart. Among the reasons cited by fans:
  • Stephen Colbert, for many of the same reasons.
  • Aaron Sorkin, creator/writer of Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
    • That last one lost him a bit of standing. However, he did then write the screenplay for Charlie Wilson's War, which was well-received and stuffed to the gills with all the Sorkin tropes we know and love.
    • The Social Network has been so overwhelmingly well-received that any damage Studio 60 might've done to his standing is utterly irrelevant.
    • The Newsroom didn't pan out as well, marring his reputation a bit, but it still stands that any project Sorkin is attached to is worthy of some excitement.
  • Although not strictly the creator, Russell T Davies gets a fair amount of worship for bringing back Doctor Who.
  • Jim Henson, the undisputed greatest puppeteer of the 20th century for his Muppets.
    • To a lesser extent the other original Muppeteers, such as Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson. Also Jerry Juhl, who wasn't a puppeteer, but in the words of Tough Pigs "has essentially become a saint to Muppet fans on account of everything that he ever wrote was really really good, and he never wrote anything bad that we ever heard of. We all love Jerry so much that we don’t even blame him for Muppets from Space. (I heard it got messed up in the editing.)"
  • David Shore. He's seen as kind of a douchebag but, then again, he did write "Three Stories" (which is seen as the best episode ever by most people) so I guess it evens out.
  • Chris Morris, creator and writer of seminal shows such as On The Hour, The Day Today and Brass Eye. When not taking scathing pot-shots at the Media and generally baiting the outrage brigade, occasionally emerges from his lair to lambast public figures such as Martin Amis for talking out of their colons. And that's not even taking into account the pranks he was responsible for back when he was a humble DJ for Radio One.
  • Armando Iannucci, not only helped to create The Day Today, but also co-wrote Im Alan Partridge and created The Thick of It, any one of which would raise any individual to Deity Status.
  • Sherlock creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are revered as gods, very evil gods to be precise, by the fandom. The fans fondly call them Mofftiss when referring to both, and Godtiss and The Moff when referring to one or the other. They are both loved and hated for their genius... and knack of leaving their fans on mindbending cliffhangers for agonising months on end. (Twelve months after the end of the second series, the third hadn't yet begun filming.)
  • Ryan Murphy of Glee, especially amongst the LGBT crowds. Murphy actually seems to have no middle ground; he is either evil incarnate, or the deity of all things holy on television.
  • Donald P. Bellisario in the 80's and 90's for his various TV-series (Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap). Even joked at in JAG when scfi-nut Bud sees Bellisario's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
    Hey, it's the Quantum Leap guy!
  • The more devoted fans of Call the Midwife bow at the feet of series creator and showrunner Heidi Thomas, especially on Tumblr, where she is essentially considered able to do no wrong. They're not the only ones, however, as even the critics are gushing.
  • To hear many fans and people who grew up with his show tell it, Fred Rogers was essentially a saint among men. Considering he built his entire career around being a Friend to All Children and behaving on and off screen like an All-Loving Hero, this is really quite understandable.
  • Jack Webb. His three biggest shows, Dragnet, AdamTwelve and Emergency! still have devoted followings 40 to 60 (for "Dragnet") years later and Joe Friday is still an iconic character today.
  • Vince Gilligan for BreakingBad
  • Dan Harmon is a genius and his hardcore fans will die protecting his vision.
    • Interestingly, many of these fans seem to overlook the fact that the above paraphrased line, which was taken as a fandom rallying cry after Harmon was fired from Community, in context is spoken by a young woman driven to the brink of insanity by the unreasonable demands and preening tantrums of someone in control of a creative project who has let his perfectionist tendencies spiral completely out of control... something which Harmon himself admits is not a million miles off from how the set of Community would function while he was the show-runner.
  • Monty Python: Together with The Marx Brothers they are probably the most popular universal comedy team of all time. Even though their comedy may be to weird, intellectual or complex for most of the general public their fans absolutely adore their series, films and TV series, even sketches that are extremely anti-comedy. To some people they are even The Beatles of comedy.
  • Spike Milligan is considered to be the godfather of anti-comedy. He is even admired by Monty Python.
  • John Cleese: In modern day British comedy Cleese is still seen as a god. With both 'Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers on his track record his status is literally untouchable, despite whatever lesser comedy he sometimes made afterwards. The British public still sees him as "The Funniest Man On Television", thanks to the many repeats of Fawlty Towers.
  • Rod Serling is admired for being the first TV screenwriter and presenter to actually try and do something artistic with the medium. The Twilight Zone introduced suspenseful, scary and meaningful narratives working with limited budgets and within the boundaries of commercial television, but he showed it was possible.
  • Lucille Ball is still a lighting example for all TV scriptwriters and especially female comedians. I Love Lucy pioneered and perfectionized the modern day TV sitcom as we know it today.

    Music 
  • Very common with the fans of influential and critically acclaimed songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Tom Waits? Though just about any famous musician with any charisma at all will get this kind of thing from some quarter of their fandom.
  • Similar, hide fandom and to a somewhat lesser degree, Yoshiki fandom.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Without any doubt the oldest example in music of someone whose work is seen as so perfect that nobody would dare contest it. And even today, centuries later, many music fans, especially in Classical Music, see him as a genius. William F. Buckley once famously said: "If Bach is not in heaven, I am not going." The Voyager Golden Record sent into space to make contact with extraterrestrial aliens has more music by Bach than any other musician. Carl Sagan famously said: "I'd sent just Bach... but that would be boasting." Even Frank Zappa, notoriously dismissive of all composers before the 20th century said: "Bach is interesting. To me that's the most tolerable music to listen from that era."
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Another example of someone who is literally regarded among both general public and music fans as a genius of divine levels. It helps that popular culture presents him as some kind of demi-god.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: The third example of a musician seen as a genius. Beethoven has one advantage over Bach and Mozart that he actually did more his own thing, becoming the first example of a troubled artist and a musician able to express a strong personal vision. And the fact that he was deaf also helped to illuminate his awesomeness.
  • Louis Armstrong: All jazz musicians look up to him as the man who made the genre popular. The general public and music fans outside the jazz field also regard him as an artistic genius.
  • Benny Goodman, the King of Swing. Some claim he was responsible for touching off the Swing era, and he was almost certainly one of the biggest players in bringing Jazz into the mainstream with his '38 Carnegie Hall concert. It probably doesn't hurt that his ensembles have included- and in many, if not most, cases given a start to- Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Teddy Wilson, and even Billie Holiday.
  • Taken literally by St. Music/JohnColtrane African Orthodox Church.
  • Gene Krupa is not only admired among jazz drummers as the greatest talent a pair of drumsticks ever created, but also among any drummer ever. Go ahead, speak ill of him in a large gathering of drummers. Just be ready to run.
  • Billie Holiday: Everyone who adores troubled artists, especially singers, admires her. There is a reason why she is still the most iconic jazz singer of all time.
  • Miles Davis: Has reached similar levels of fan worship. His iconoclastic approach and Insufferable Genius status made him a similar godlike being.
  • Frank Sinatra: In the 1940s he was just worshipped by women and hated by men. From the 1950s on he reinvented himself as a self-made man who is confident, but not afraid to show his inner emotions about feeling lonely. This won him his legions of new fans, even among men or people who didn't think popular music could have such depth. He became so identifiable that people just refer to him as "The Voice", as if no other great singing voices ever existed.
  • Elvis Presley: The first rock superstar. Elvis has been crowned the "King" and shook up the life of many young people in the 1950s, breaking them out of the constraints of their boring every day life. His popularity increased thanks to Colonel Parker's excessive marketing of Elvis and even bringing in older people too when the singer made Hollywood movies and sang more general pop tunes. At a certain point he was literally one the most famous persons on the planet. After his death the Elvis cult became even more excessive, with more people buying his records than during his own lifetime. His house in Graceland, Tennessee is visited as some kind of shrine. Many fans refuse to believe he took drugs or that he is dead. There is even an actual religious cult based around him in the USA.
    • This is parodied by the Mojo Nixon song, "Elvis is Everywhere," which sounds like an over-the-top Baptist sermon that replaces each instance of "Jesus" with "Elvis" before claiming Elvis is the source behind many conspiracy theories (the pyramids, Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, etc.)
  • The Beatles are still the most famous, recognizable, popular, most covered and influential band of all time, far above any other band before or after them. They are a timeless and universally beloved musical act, adored by people of all ages and from all kinds of layers of society. Both pop fans as well as rock fans love them, not to mention fans of Alternative Rock. Every rock and pop artist looks up to them and hopes to achieve the same kind of success or artistic appreciation.
    • Within the Beatles John Lennon has reached similar levels of worship. During his lifetime he was seen as a voice of rebellion and the "smart and cool one" of the Beatles. His murder actually increased his status and nowadays he is seen as according to many, a symbol of pacifism and intellectualism, the coolest Beatle to like and, to many, he most important musician of the 20th century. It got to the point that he is the only musician within the "100 Greatest Britons" election in 2000 to enter the top 10.
  • Bob Dylan's status is so huge that his fans see him as a prophet. During The Sixties he was considered to be the "spokesman of his generation" and his legend still hasn't diminished after almost half a century. Along with Elvis Presley and the Beatles he is the most influential musician in rock music, a leading inspiration to all songwriters.
  • Mick Jagger is the Face of the Band within The Rolling Stones and, apart from being a sex symbol to adoring female fans, he is also admired for his cocksure delivery and rebellious image. Old age and the band going on for a bit too long has diminished this stature a bit, but he remains one of rock's most iconic performers.
  • Jimi Hendrix: A famous quote goes: "There are two kinds of guitarists. People who say they are inspired by Hendrix and liars." Anytime a poll is held about the greatest guitarists of all time Hendrix is in the number one spot. If not, thousands of angry letters and comments will come in.
  • Pink Floyd got a lot after The Dark Side of the Moon, ultimately culminating in Roger Waters (and the audience) seeing himself as a godlike figure above and separate from the audience. This culminated in him spitting in the face of a fan at the final concert of the "In The Flesh" tour. That incident, along with a case of Artist Disillusionment, led directly to The Wall.
  • Frank Zappa: Even though Zappa is still a cult musician he is still subject of the most passionate and fanatical devotion on this planet. You are either a hardcore fan or a more moderate admirer, but in both cases people are convinced this man was a genius to which all other music just pales in terms of exciting innovation and Genre Roulette.
  • Bob Marley: All Reggae fans like him or at least discovered the genre thanks to him. Worldwide, and especially in the Third World, he is the biggest superstar of all time. From Latin America, Asia, Polynesia to Africa people listen to his messages. In his homeland Jamaica he is literally seen as a Messianic Archetype among the rastafari movement.
  • Sex Pistols: Existed for only 14 months, managed to popularize Punk Music, create a revolution and, in the words of Johnny Rotten: "... pissed off everybody we were fed up with." Naturally Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious quickly became the heroes of Punk Rock and an entire generation. Even though Vicious couldn't play an instrument and Lydon spent most of the rest of his career sarcastically attacking bigger stars than him in a Magnificent Bastard way many people still see them as the embodiment of punk.
  • Michael Jackson, almost raised to literal inhuman superstar levels during his lifetime became the best-selling artist of all time thanks the success of his music videos, Thriller and the amazingness of the Moonwalk Dance. Even when his eccentric lifestyle and accusations of child abuse damaged his reputation among the general public he still remained the most famous person on the planet and maintained his otherwordly legendary aura. His hardcore fans never gave up their adoration, despite what bad press appeared about him. Someone released doves when he was pronounced not guilty at his child molestation trial, and since his death he's been elevated even higher.
  • Kurt Cobain: At the height of the popularity of Nevermind Nirvana was seen as a breath of fresh air after the dominance of Hair Metal and Synthpop for almost a decade. It was the biggest revolution in rock since the arrival of Punk Rock and the band became a voice for disgruntled youth everywhere. Suddenly Alternative Rock actually managed to become mainstream. After his death Cobain even rose to higher levels and the ultimate example of a troubled rock musician too cool to ever be assimilated as being a poseur.
  • Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers, despite barely being able to play an instrument and never once singing on a studio track - not to mention having vanished in 1995 after possibly drowning himself in the Severn. A certain section of fans were and are known as the "Cult of Richey". Guitarist and vocalist James Dean Bradfield once remarked that even after his disappearance Cult of Richey types would stand in front of Richey's traditional but now-vacant position onstage, staring at where he usually was and nowhere else for the entire gig.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic Yankovic, current high priest of comedy, has a surprisingly obsessive fanbase.
  • Tupac Shakur. Apparently the undisputed greatest rapper of all time. So prolific was his career that he literally wrote thousands of songs, much of which released posthumously, and like Elvis above for this reason, many fans believe he's still alive somewhere.
  • For many aficionados of musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim is unassailably the greatest composer and lyricist that the medium has ever seen.
  • Vic Firth, a legendary percussionist and pretty much the face of concert percussion. It helps that his brand of equipment is the most popular (and for some, reliable) brand on the market. Also helps that he taught a blind hockey player to play the marimba. With four mallets.
  • Just go on Twitter. The amount of tiny tween (and adult) worshippers of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and One Direction are astounding. And scary.
  • It was a fan catchphrase in the 60s that "Clapton is God", supposedly inspired by a famous piece of graffiti in Islington.
  • Those who have interest in film music will know and love John Williams.
  • My Chemical Romance has a few fans who claim the band is their religion. Some fans even refer to singer Gerard Way as "Geesus" and the other band members as his disciples. Also, here's an MCR bible. I'm scared too. *shudder*
  • Sound Horizon fans do not worship Revo—they crown him king and show their love to him by singing the Sound Horizon Kingdom's (inter)national anthem after every concert.
  • Chris Brown. His fans are so fanatical that after he beat up Rihanna, many of them asked Brown to beat them up as well.
  • This tendency was one of the main reasons why Metallica had such an enormous fan backlash during The Nineties.
  • Even though he died way back in 1973, Gram Parsons is the unquestionable patron saint of Alternative Country.
  • Yoko Kanno, best known for being the composer of anime soundtracks such as Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross Frontier and many more, has been called a god of music.
  • Tosin Abasi is the modern day guitar virtuoso of the modern day, and don't you forget it! note 

    Mythology, Ideology and Religion 
  • This is the very nature of religion or any kind of ideology. All the gods, prophets, gurus, saints, ideological and/or religious leaders will be worshipped, trusted, believed and obeyed by their followers. Naturally with the predictable result that people of opposing viewpoints will get angry or violent and start fighting each other.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Sports 
  • Simply every champion or winning team has crowds of worshipping fans. Some will even start hooliganism if their team loses a game or meets rival supporters.
  • Soccer player Pelé is still widely seen as the first and foremost authority in soccer and a goal wonder of miraculous stature.
  • Soccer player Diego Maradona has a church. No, really.
    • So does Bungie Studios.
  • While not a creator San Francisco 49ers fans practically worship former owner Eddie Debartolo Jr even chanting his first name during games.
    • Al Davis could count too for Raiders fans, though in later years fans became increasingly frustrated with him.
  • Within boxing and among black people Muhammed Ali is such a huge internationally famous and respected icon that everyone agrees that he effectively is "the greatest".
  • Babe Ruth is still the most iconic and revered baseball player of all time, untouched in excellence and admiration and one of American's biggest sport heroes.
  • Eddy Merckx is still considered unsurpassed as the most succesful cyclist of all time, with a track record that a single individual will probably never be able to match. In his homeland Belgium he is considered to be a national hero, one of the few both Flemish and Walloon people can agree on, especially since he is literally bi-lingual.
  • Cricket champion Don Bradman is still the best and most succesful batsman the game ever had. A national hero in Australia.
  • Michael Jordan remains an American hero and the man who popularized basketball internationally.
  • Tiger Woods is the most succesful golf player of all time at this point, though his heroic status has suffered a bit thanks to his adultery scandal.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Look no further than Richard Garfield, PhD. Literally, if his own card is anything to go by. It's not every creator that gets to be depicted as a Biblical saint.
  • Gary Gygax for Dungeons & Dragons (at least up until 3rd edition). His recent death has all but granted him full apotheosis.
    • Greg Stolze, another author of Tabletop Games, gets the same treatment nowadays.
    • In the Exalted community specifically, Michael Goodwin, also known as Nephilpal, has become synonymous with everything good there is about Exalted, and his presence on a controversial project make the fandom happy. While he was an Ink Monkey for a time, he's now gone from the core team.
      • Holden Shearer (also a freelancer) was His Prophet, until he became an assistant to the developer.
    • Then there's the actual creator, Geoffrey C. Grabowski, whose return to the writing team for third edition produced waves of fan joy that knocked the roof off at least one building.

    Theater 
  • William Shakespeare. Playwright of...err, a lot. There was a time in history when "Bardolatry" (as it was called by George Bernard Shaw) was the primary attitude. The modern critic is more likely to regard Shakespeare's collection of plays as just that: a collection of plays, written as entertainment for an Elizabethan audience, rather than "a map of life". Nonetheless, Bardolatry is very much alive.
  • Stephen Sondheim may be the biggest musical theatre example, to the point where the most recent Broadway tribute to him (for his 80th birthday) actually had a song called "God."
  • Jonathan Larson, the creator of RENT, mostly because Dead Artists Are Better.

    Video Games 
  • Nintendo. Having revitalized the industry after the Video Game Crash Of 1983 and still remaining a strong contender in the hardware and software departments after many companies have come and gone, it's easy to see why they have loyal fans to their name. In addition, many people and sub-companies who work for them get their own individual worship.
    • Shigeru Miyamoto, he who created Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin, and had a hand in the creation a whole lot of other franchises people love. (He also acted as the producer for installments in series he didn't make himself, such as the Wii Punch-Out!! game and the Metroid Prime gamesnote .)
    • Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros., is known and loved for his awesome games, and Even the Guys Want Him for his gentle mannerisms and boyish good looks. As Brawl managed to create such a Broken Base, in-fighting over his credibility has become quite common in the fandom of the latter, but the former's base still fully respects him big time. Kid Icarus: Uprising seems to have significantly bridged the gap between the dissenters.
    • Shigesato Itoi, acclaimed Japanese personality and creator of the MOTHER series.
    • Retro Studios has gotten some worship as of late, as they have revived the Metroid series into an enjoyable mix of FPS and Metroidvania action. And after that, they revived the Donkey Kong Country series in the leave of Rare.
    • Reginald "Reggie" "The Regginator" Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata. The former is president of Nintendo of Japan, the latter runs the whole company. Fans often round them out as forming a triforce with Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • Bungie Studios for the Halo series. The sheer amount of fan input they allow make the studio very popular.
    • Not only does Bungie get worshiped, but some employees get worshiped. A few of the highest worshiped are Shishka, Lukems, Urk, Marty, and, back when he worked for Bungie, Frankie. Frankie is now over at 343 Industries, which he runs.
      • To add to that, the forum mods get worshiped. The most famous are Foman, Duardo, Recon Number 54, and a few others.
  • Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, etc.)
    • As a side note, both Square and Enix had this going on before they merged (with some crossover between the two camps, but also some tension).
      • More specifically, Hironobu Sakaguchi (who left Square after the merger and is worshiped by old-school Final Fantasy fans) and Yuji Horii (who's still there and is worshiped by Dragon Quest fans) are the greatest subjects of creator worship. Other current or former Square Enix employees who have earned their own fanatical followings include Yasumi Matsuno (by fans of the Ogre Battle and Ivalice games), Nobuo Uematsu (By fans of Final Fantasy),Tetsuya Takahashi (by Xeno-fans), Masato Kato (by Chrono fans), and Tetsuya Nomura (by Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts fans).
  • BioWare (makers of Baldur's Gate, Jade Empire, Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect, etc.).
  • Sid Meier, as in Sid Meier's Civilization, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire, Railroad Tycoon, etc.
  • Valve Software, for masterpieces such as the Half-Life series, Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike (although Counter-Strike was originally a Half-Life mod taken over by Valve, and Portal was originally a student project that had its team hired to perfect it using Valve's own development methodology). But Steam is pretty cool or extremely uncool depending on who you speak to, of course.
    • They're nearly as good as Pixar, actually - according to Metacritic, their lowest-rated game is Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, an expansion pack with 65%! Add on Metacritic's tendency to swing towards the middle, and the fact that all their full games are much, much higher (the lowest full game, Day of Defeat, has 78, and that nine out of thirteen scored games have 85 or more), and you have a beautiful average.
    • It's really telling that they're able to almost completely disregard release schedules and still have the fans remain on their side: yeah, they delay so much it's a Running Gag, but the game that comes out in the end is usually so good that the fans are willing to forgive the wait.
    • The head of Valve, Gabe Newell, has a cult of his own; when he spoke his email address online (gaben@valvesoftware.com) it led to fans employing "Gaben" in a similar fashion to "Amen".
  • The guys at Rocksteady Studios earned a lot of well-deserved respect from Batman fans (and video game fans in general) for their work in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.
  • Will Wright, the man who either created or was tangentially involved in all "Sim" games by Maxis. The best-selling game designer ever (With The Sims, its sequels and expansions, and all the numbered SimCity games).
  • Richard Garriot, AKA Lord British, creator of RPGs as we know them in the form of the fanatically loved Ultima series.
  • Peter Molyneux, best known for boasting about incredible features and then failing to deliver them. Still loved mostly because you can't fault him for being enthusiastic about his own (High-quality) work. Responsible for Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, and Fable, among others.
  • Warren Spector, creator of Ultima Underworld, System Shock, Thief and Deus Ex, which is a strong contender for the position of "best game ever," according to critics.
    • How much Warren Spector influenced Thief's development is debatable. Mr. Spector himself has stated that he had minimal involvement on Thief as it came to be in the end.
  • John Carmack, one of the main men responsible for the Doom and Quake series and one of the first wildly successful game designers. Though his stock has dipped somewhat since Doom 3's lukewarm reception, "The Carmack" still commands attention when he speaks about game technology, especially 3D graphics engines, his specialty.
    • The other members of id's founding pantheon (John Romero, Tom Hall, and American McGee) also attract their share of sycophants and loathers.
  • Michael Kirkbride, who wrote much of the background religious lore for The Elder Scrolls and had a hand in the spin-off game Redguard and the main quest of Morrowind. Going on the Imperial Library forum or the Lore subsection of the official Bethesda forum and saying anything even a little negative about any of his work, or even claiming one of his characters can be wrong about things (not all that hard to believe, considering all of the series lore is presented through in-character opinions by multiple authors) will get you flamed, then firebombed, then regular flamed again.
  • Telltale Games (formerly the beloved adventure game division of LucasArts) are on exactly the same wavelength as their fanbase, and most of the employees are moderators on the Telltale forums.
  • Hideo Kojima, best known for the Metal Gear series and Snatcher.
  • The various diaspora of Interplay Entertainment's RPG division (Black Isle Studios, Troika Games, Obsidian Entertainment) draw a merciless but fiercely devoted fanbase. A lot of Black Isle's creative team works at Obsidian now, so there is some justification for lumping them together.
  • Infinity Ward. Don't even think about suggesting that any Call of Duty titles other than 1, 2, and the Modern Warfare games exist. And lord help you if you so much as suggest that Treyarch exists or that World at War was anything less than a travesty, despite insistence that it's a copy of 4 with World War II paint.
    • Which has backlashed with the release of Black Ops, with more people feeling that Modern Warfare 2 was far from great and the single-player a disjointed mess.
  • Seafood metaphors aside, Nasu Kinoko can do no wrong.
  • Michel Ancel, creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil gets this - to the extent that the above-mentioned Peter Jackson approached him to handle the game version of his King Kong remake.
  • Goichi Suda and his studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, draw this, especially from art-game enthusiasts.
  • Team Silent, the vaguely-defined group of individuals responsible for the first four Silent Hill games, are considered gods among men (especially now that they're split up) by many of the series' Unpleasable Fanbase.
  • Even some video game composers get this - Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu and Akira Yamaoka, to name just a few, are as beloved and worshiped as many game creators.
  • Ryukishi07 gets this sort of treatment from When They Cry fans a good amount of the time. And it's a very masochistic kind of Creator Worship too, so the funniest thing is watching right after a new release as the When They Cry message boards erupt into flames of fans screaming "Oh my god! What does he take us for!" while paradoxically loving every second of it.
  • Brian Fargo, the man behind Interplay Entertainment up until the... unpleasantness. Now running inXile Entertainment. Go on, laugh.
  • ZUN, for being a Crazy Awesome Drunken Master who helped make a moe-filled Bullet Hell series, that is extremely memetically popular and has a fanon almost as big as Vocaloid's.
  • Notch, Creator of Minecraft is revered as a physical god, to the point of having temples built in-game to him.
    • Notch always has a cult of fans who will never disown him, and many who think he's lazy. So I guess it's a holy war.
  • Platinum Games/ Clover Studios get this a lot, as when at Capcom, many of the games they made were considered to be some of Capcom's best, especially Ōkami. Same with how they are as Platinum Games when a game they make is published by Sega.
    • More specifically, Hideki Kamiya gets this, easily being the most recognizable name from Platinum. As big as his ego is, this actually annoys him, as fans assume he's behind every great project from Platinum, and he has to constantly clarify that no, he had nothing to do with Bayonetta 2 and no, he had no hand in any of the Devil May Cry games past the first one, and then he states the proper names fans should give credit to. Not every fan hears it, though.
  • Sonic Team is worshipped by Sega fans for the Sonic the Hedgehog series as well as other masterpieces like Samba De Amigo, NiGHTS into Dreams..., and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. Yuji Naka in particular seems to be the most venerated, even though he has left.
  • Team ICO for their So Cool It's Awesome games that usually get placed high on many "Best Games" lists.
  • Keiji Inafune, the "creator" of Mega Man (he handled the art and graphics, but the creator is actually one Akira Kitamura. Inafune handled directing starting with the second game.) It gets to the point where fans claim Fanon Discontinuity on any Mega Man game he didn't create.

    Webcomics 
  • For Andrew Hussie this verges on the terrifying.
    • In the interest of Context, allow me to provide a few of the... causes of the more... intense fans obsession with the Waste of Space.
      • Andrew Hussie is capable of creating a stunning ammount of content without sacrificing his quality standards.
      • Andrew Hussie has created a storyline that has outdone Kingdom Hearts in terms of Kudzu Plot kicking in. Seriously. Home Stuck thing has been compared to Ulysses.
      • Andrew Hussie once broke the Internet with a single update. Although technically speaking... he just brought down his own site, Mega Upload, and put heavy stress on Google Search and Tumblr. Said update was after a months long pause, and was perhaps the most awesome thing in existence. No link provided, you will know it when you see it and it includes Spoilers.
      • Andrew Hussie has reached the God Tiers, as the Waste of Space.
      • Andrew Hussie is capable of insulting his extreme fans without them even noticing. Watch for characters whose chat handles can be initialized with only the letters "U."
      • Andrew Hussie has only one worthy foe: The Lord of Time himself. Seriously. His only worthy foe is a chap in a clever bow-tie with a penchant for time-travel.
    • There's been some scattered reports (nothing officially commented on by Andrew) that he and his girlfriend have actually been stalked by fans. His girlfriend has however commented that people have tried to stalk them, but the extent is unknown.

    Web Original 
  • Monty Oum is well loved for Haloid, Dead Fantasy, and Red vs. Blue. This trope was partly responsible for the enthusiastic reaction to his most recent series, RWBY.
  • Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw. Pick a review. Any review. The first fifty comments will be something along the lines of "Brilliant review as always, Yahtzee! I haven't played the game, but it sounds like crap, so I'm not going to try it!" (This leaves them looking dumb if he praises the game.) If Croshaw reviews a Japanese game, said comments will also invariably feature some manner of anti-Japanese sentiment. Despite his reputation, Croshaw himself has stated his displeasure with the notion that Reviews Are The Gospel - but a large portion of his fandom seems to have missed that bit.
  • The Nostalgia Critic. He is so adored that people are literally attacked in forums for merely suggesting that his videos aren't always that good or as good as they used to be.
  • The Nostalgia Chick. When her Fan Dumb clashes with the Critic's the results aren't pretty.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall. Lewis is revered as one of the nicest members of TGWTG.com, even if Fan Dumb is STILL asking when the next HOPR will come out.
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky of Less Wrong.

    Web Animation 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Heads of state, from royals to presidents, are all subject to some kind of admiration, some of it fanatical. Dictators are the most extreme example.
  • Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux.
  • Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU project.
  • Love him or hate him (which seems to be S.O.P. for a deity), Bill Gates.
  • Steve Jobs who during his time was said to "radiate a dazzling aura of RDF (Reality Distortion Field)" which enraptured those around him. Even after his death, his name is still invoked but mainly with "Apple is doomed without" preceding it.
    • The yin to Jobs' yang was, of course, Steve Wozniak and though this Steve only worked at Apple until 1987 he is still the goto guy for an opinion on what Apple is upto.
  • Anyone reviewed by Mark Prindle seems to attract these like flies. Seriously, look at almost any of his reviews, especially of more popular bands, and I guarantee there'll be at least one rant about how no-one else is a true fan and anyone who criticises the artist has no right to criticise them, is infinitely less talented, etc ad nauseum. There's a whole world of Fan Dumb out there?
  • Dan Bernstein is generally regarded by the Slashdot crowd as a profoundly cantankerous but rather talented security researcher. His small but vocal fanbase, on the other hand...
  • Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is so revered he is a Great God of the TV Tropes Pantheon and a minor god in Dungeons & Dragons. Do not make any mention of him being anything less than the perfect mortal human being if you want to remain alive on the Internet. Or pretty much anywhere else, for that matter. This man is a patron saint to thirty years of children.
  • Bill Watterson though a substantial bit of this is based around him vanishing from the public eye in 1995.
  • Oprah Winfrey, probably one of the most well known examples.
    • Oprah really does have a cult of personality around her. Compare this video of reactions to Oprah's favorite things 2010, to this video of the citizens of North Korea mourning Kim Il-Sung's death. Granted Oprah hasn't set up forced Labor camps, oppressed an entire nation, and committed democide, but the videos still have a startling similarity... *shudders*
      • Give her time, she had to build an empire. He had one ready made.
    • Her influence is so great, that in the 90's during the Mad Cow Disease scare, Oprah announced that she was going to stop eating beef. Hundreds of thousands would no doubt follow suit, if it wasn't for the beef industry literally suing her for defamation.
  • Any popular self-help person gets this: Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Steve Pavlina, Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle are several. It's enough that a "self-help guru" with sycophants is a standard image, a truth.
    • That being said, the Creator Worship of any self-help person by their adoring fans often attracts a Hatedom as well nowadays.
  • Legendary bicycle mechanic and writer Sheldon Brown. Ask a question about bike repair and you'll invariably be sent a link to his site. The articles on his website are considered Word of God for anything bicycle related, although most people don't realize new writers have been updating the site since Brown died in 2008. He is also credited as a major contributor to the fixie craze.
  • In US politics, Congressman Ron Paul is not the founder of the libertarian movement (or the Libertarian Party), but he is inarguably the founder of the libertarian movement's modern incarnation...and his fans sure don't mind letting people know it.
    • His fanbase has not only garnered supporters in the Right, but also the Left as well—-many Occupy protesters and Democrats who are disillusioned with Obama believe that he is the only candidate worth voting for
  • Fast Eddie, one of the creators of this very site.