aka: Authors Darling
Just like the fans, it's inevitable for a creator of a work to have a favorite character. When this happens, it can go horribly wrong, leading to the creator trying to force the character on an uninterested audience and we get a Creator's Pet. However, they can just as easily handle it better. Maybe the character isn't The Scrappy and audiences like them, or they don't get a lot of Character Focus, or maybe instead of Character Shilling the writer chooses to show instead of telling you how great the character is. Whatever the difference is, these characters do not qualify as a Creator's Pet. In fact, since many of the obvious tells for favoritism aren't there, often the only way to know for certain is from Word of God. Compare My Real Daddy, which is where a specific creator is associated with a character due to his work with the character's title, though no favoritism is involved.
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Anime and Manga
- From Dragon Ball Z: Mr. Satan. Toriyama admits he is one of his favorite characters and he gets a lot of screentime in the Buu Arc. However, he's very popular (especially in the Japanese fandom, he's more of a Base Breaker in the west). According to Akira Toriyama, this has shifted through the years starting with Goku, Krillin, Tenshinhan, and finally settling on Piccolo as his overall favorite character.
- Kazuki Takahashi has claimed that Katsuya Jounouchi is one of his favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! characters.
- Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Director Mitsuo Fukuda admitted that they're stand-ins for him and his wife, Chiaki Morosawa, who is also one of the head writers of the show.
- The author of Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama, mentioned that his favorite character is Jean Kirschtein due to his ability to be blunt and say exactly what he's thinking despite the circumstances.
- The director of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Seiji Mizushima, stated that his favorite character was Nena Trinity, largely because he worked with her CV, Rie Kugimiya, on Fullmetal Alchemist. Although Nena's role in the series was largely unimportant and her fate was anticlimatic, she was a popular character in the series in Japan. Of course, in the West, to this day it's still a push between people who think she's cool and those who look at her as an evil bitch.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Watsuki has admitted to Kyoto Arc villain Shishio Makoto being his favorite character, and basically resorted to Deus ex Machina so that Kenshin wouldn't have to break his vow in order to survive their battle.
- Naruto: Masashi Kishimoto stated in a 2013 interview that Chouji and Killer Bee were his favorite characters in the series.
- The writing staff of the anime meanwhile are big Hinata fans. Her disproportionate amount of screen time has even gotten some massive Lampshade Hanging by them.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki has stated that his favorite Jojo is Diamond Is Unbreakable's Josuke Higashikata. While he is generally liked by the fandom, he's not the favorite, those being Jotaro Kujo in Japan and Joseph Joestar in the west.
- Bleach: Kubo admitted he likes every character he's created. However, he's often misquoted as saying his favourite is Mayuri Kurotsuchi: Mayuri is his favourite character to draw. The character is guaranteed to always appear in bizarre costumes and make-up. He is also the author's exploration of "necessary evil" and Kubo has admitted writing Mayuri's character has made him reassess what he is and is not willing to tolerate in life.
- In Saint Seiya Omega, Aquila Yuna was the favorite character of the director and the main screenwriter, and it showed: her episodes and stock footage were usually much better drawn and animated than the other characters', and she became a huge Spotlight-Stealing Squad in the Sanctuary Arc, taking over Souma, Ryuho and Haruto's roles as The Lancer, The Heart and The Smart Guy. She was still popular with fans because she was a nice and reliable girl, people liked seeing the token female character getting a prominent role in a battle Shōnen, or they just found her hot. When the writer and director were replaced in the second season, the new staff wasn't nearly as fond of Yuna and she was Demoted to Extra.
- The Devil Is a Part-Timer! gives us Chiho Sasaki, at least in the anime version. Naoto Hosoda, who directed the anime, has openly declared his love for the character, to the extent that the ending sequence for each episode includes Naoto's own fanart of her. He also downplayed all of her negative attributes like how dangerous she can get when in Clingy Jealous Girl mode, and played up Emilia's aggressive nature to kill off any potential threat to his favorite ship of Chiho/Maou.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Director Akiyuki Shinbo absolutely adores Sayaka, to the point that he begged Gen Urobuchi to bring Sayaka back to life after she'd been killed off, to which Urobuchi said no. Amusingly, Urobuchi's favorite is also Sayaka.
- Both authors, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, consider L as their favorite character in Death Note. This doesn't protect him from dying in the middle of the series, though.
- In-Universe example in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, where Nozaki zig-zags this with his shoujo manga male lead Suzuki. He likes Suzuki's visual design, and will use it for new characters when he doesn't have a model. He's also firmly behind Suzuki and Mamiko's relationship, such that he can't see them with anybody else. However, the only thing he likes about Suzuki is his visual design; he doesn't seem all that interested in him as a person, and finds his name snark-worthy.
- Koichi Tokita, creator of the Mobile Fighter G Gundam manga, had a major preference towards Allenby Beardsly, causing Rain Mikamura to suffer character-wise, going from a sisterly-type character to a Tsundere and making the series' climatic battle turn into a Anti-Climax.
- Marvel Comics' Jim Starlin:
- While he did not create Adam Warlock, he is certainly a favorite character of the author who took him from an obscure Fantastic Four side character to one of the foremost tacticians of Marvel Comics in the 90's.
- He has also expressed fondness of Spider-Man and inserts him into most of his cosmic based stories, even though Spidey is generally considered a "street-level" hero.
- Also on a regularly basis, he seems to like the Hulk. And preferably in his big, strong, Savage Hulk persona.
- Simon Furman, writer for a great number of Transformers comics, has a couple favorites:
- Grimlock. By his pen, Grimlock is a cunning warrior who uses Hulk Speak to make his enemies underestimate him, while the TV series simply had him be too dumb to string a sentence together.
- Nightbeat, a C-list character whom Furman brought to the forefront by making him a Film Noir-style Hardboiled Detective. In the current IDW-universe that Furman created, he killed Nightbeat off so fans knew that Anyone Can Die, even his own favorite character. He did something similar in the G2 comics, killing off Nightbeat as a self-inflicted Player Punch.
- Galvatron. Give Simon Furman a chance to writer Transformers, and sooner or later, the big G will turn up, and lots of character death tends to follow. In the original Generation One comics, there were no less that three different versions of the guy by the end of the series (in the UK version at least. The US only had to deal with one).
- Bludgeon and Thunderwing, whenever he needs a badass Decepticon leader. Bludgeon tends to get more use, though.
- Shimy and Razzia from Les Légendaires were stated by the author to be his favourite characters. Regardless, they both still are fan-favourites, and he admitted he enjoyed turning Shimy into a Doom Magnet.
- Frank Miller has admitted that Miho is his favourite Sin City character.
- A Song of Ice and Fire's author George RR Martin has freely admitted on several occasions that Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character, and he's one of the more popular characters with the fandom (especially in the television series). However, he's also stated that not even he's safe.
- J. K. Rowling has claimed her favorite character in Harry Potter is Remus Lupin, who is also a fan favorite. It doesn't stop her from killing him in the 7th book, though.
- Reputedly, Jane Austen loved her creations. We know about it from her letters to family and friends and from her nephew's memoir who wrote that she had taken a kind of parental interest in them and kept thinking about them after she had finished her work.
- Two of her great favourites were Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park and Mr. Knightley from Emma. She thought them to be superior and moral.
Jane Austen: They are very far from being what I know English gentlemen often are.
- When sending a copy of Emma to a friend whose daughter had been lately born, she wrote: "I trust you will be as glad to see my Emma as I shall be to see your Jemima." She was very fond of Emma, because when commencing that work, she said, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like".
- Soon after the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen jokingly wrote about Elizabeth Bennet, "I must confess that I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know". She had also personal affection for Mr. Darcy.
- Two of her great favourites were Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park and Mr. Knightley from Emma. She thought them to be superior and moral.
- Brandon Sanderson has stated that Hoid, the mysterious world-hopping Deadpan Snarker of The Cosmere, is his favorite character. Hoid is quite popular with fans as well, but Sanderson has stated that the specific reason he loves Hoid is still a spoiler.
Live Action Film
Live Action Television
- WKRP in Cincinnati: During season 3 the writers decided that Herb was their favorite character so there were suddenly many episodes focusing on him.
- On the DVD Commentary for the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21), the writer, Sera Gamble, said she loved Andy. She said, "You know my heart belongs to the geeks, the nerdier... If you live in a van filled with weird books then I’m your friend, you know?"
- Kennedy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Word of Joss was that he really liked the character and she was given a lot of focus despite a lot of fans hating her and claiming Creator's Pet.
- Games Workshop love the Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000. They give the SM's more focus and spotlight than any other faction in the game. Particularly they have special rules and unique models and characters for several Space Marine Chapters.
- Matt Wards most faved chapter are the Ultramarines who are very much the Creator's Pet faction of GW. Later starts showing the same favoritism towards the Grey Knights.
- The favourite monster of Nicholas Briggs, the Big Finish Doctor Who director and producer, is the Daleks, and it shows. Most of the stories he writes have something to do with Daleks, he plays all of the Daleks, he plays the Daleks in the revival series, he even played the Daleks in the DVD rerelease of the Third Doctor story "Day of the Daleks", he does the Big Finish podcasts with his ring modulator at the ready slipping in and out of his Dalek voice, the first story he wrote for Tom Baker's much-hyped return was a attempt to give him a Dalek story with no Davros in it, the big event series Dark Eyes is all about Daleks, any event story he writes is all about Daleks... On the bright side, he is very, very, very good at it.
- Ragnar Tørnquist, the creator of The Longest Journey series, stated on numerous occasions that Crow is his favorite character in the series.
- Yoshitaka Amano has stated that of all characters he has drawn for Final Fantasy, Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI is his favorite.
- Ed Boon's favorite Mortal Kombat character is Scorpion. Not only has he appears in practically every Mortal Kombat game (except vanilla Mortal Kombat 3, through he's later added in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 due to fan demand), but he now serves as the mascot of Netherrealm Studios.
- Averted by Hideo Kojima, whose favourite characters in the games are not given favouritism whatsoever. His favourite boss character is the extremely obscure Running Man from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake who is never seen or even mentioned again after his one battle (probably because his affection extended mostly to the game mechanics involved in his battle themselves). His favourite main character is Raiden, who gets Demoted to Extra in Metal Gear Solid 4 and appears in a game written and designed by another team with no connection to him in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
- BlazBlue gives us Noel Vermillion. She's the mascot character of the series, and admitted favorite of Arc System Works producer Toshimichi Mori. She even became the central character in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. The only thing saving her from Creator's Pet status is that the fans don't (mostly) hate her.
- The staff behind the Dangan Ronpa games have said multiple times that the character considered the best representation of the franchise, as well as the personal favorite of artist Rui Komatsuzaki, is Touko Fukawa. In fandom, Fukawa used to one of the less popular characters in the first game, though she's seen a very considerable rise in popularity since she was promoted to main character in Absolute Despair Girls. Kazutaka Kodaka, the series creator and writer, meanwhile has stated his favourite is Series Mascot Monokuma, on basis that he was a character Kodaka could do anything with.
- Tomonobu Itagaki has gone on record to say, several times, Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series is his daughter, while showing no personal or close concern from any other character he has created or directed during his days at Team Ninja / Koei-Tecmo. The man was very protective of Kasumi too, openly admitting she would never appear in Ninja Gaiden, claiming Kasumi was too pure and wasn’t the type to engage in the same bloody works as Ryu Haybusa, allowing her less morally inclined sister, and almost as popular, Ayane to appear instead. Long after Itagaki had left Team Ninja, Kasumi started making cameos in Ninja Gaiden, becoming fully playable in Ninja Gaiden III, soaking herself in blood as much as Ryu and Ayane.
- The creator of Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthorn himself, freely admitted◊ that Bonnie, a literal Killer Rabbit, was the animatronic he found the most terrifying, having several nightmares about him during development. Since then, Bonnie has had a lot of appearances in promotional media, even overshadowing the titular character.
- The Jaegers from Girl Genius are apparently so loved by the authors that they keep involving in the plot. Not that anyone's complaining.
- Misfile's creator Chris Hazelton has stated that his favorite character in the strip is Emily and he loves writing drawing her the most, and that she is the character he most identifies with in story. Which possibly explains her borderline "Sue-ish" moments.
- Electric Wonderland creator Peter Paltridge has continually expressed an affection for Aerynn Arlia, a Magical Girl with unlimited gag potential and a mysterious origin.
- The SCP Foundation's SCP-173. While it's fairly average fare these days (a Living Statue that attacks unless someone is watching it), it has the honor of being the first SCP. As such, the site creators are very defensive of it. Even editing its article can incur the mods wrath.
- Matthew Santoro has stated that Eugene is his favourite character in his web series, which is why he gets the most focus, secondly only to Matthew.
- Writers of both Sonic SatAM and Sonic the Hedgehog have admitted that Princess Sally Acorn is their favorite character. Though she has more than a few detractors that could lean her into Creator's Pet territory, she has almost as devout a number of fans, making her a Base Breaker at worst.
- Arthur: At a ComicCon panel, some of the writers admitted that George was their favorite character, on grounds that he's so interesting to write for, given how creative, imaginative, and inventive he is, despite being withdrawn, shy, and timid.
- Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman has said that Black Canary is his favorite DC Comics character, which is partly why she's one of the team's mentors on the show.
- Voice actor Peter Cullen has stated Optimus Prime and Eeyore to be his favourite voice roles.