Start My Own
"Yeah, well, I'm gonna go build my own theme park! With blackjack! And hookers! In fact, forget the park!"A character or characters are disgruntled with the way a certain organization or group is run, and (usually after getting kicked out) decide that they will not just start their own, but it'll be better than the original. Generally either ends with the new organization actually being better or, alternately, failing miserably as An Aesop about how some things are harder than they look. The Moral Substitute is a Sub-Trope wherein the disgruntlement is (mainly) values-based. Starting your own with friends or allies (however loose) will often result in an example of We ARE Struggling Together.
— Bender, Futurama
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Anime and Manga
- In, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Yozora starts the Neighbors Club as a club where people without friends could learn to make friends. Unfortunately, because Loners Are Freaks, the only people they get are other weirdos, and they more or less end up Lonely Together.
- This is Haruhi's motivation for starting the SOS Brigade in Haruhi Suzumiya after she joins every single club at the school and quits after she gets bored.
- Played very straight by being the direct cause of the plot in Boredom.
- Lelouch, the Magnificent Bastard main character of Code Geass, starts the Order of the Black Knights after the existing La Résistance proves its incompetence by getting decimated in a single episode. He later upgrades that into declaring his intent to start a new country. Though in the end he gives up on the idea and switches to taking over the existing one, after the new country is founded. (Without him.) And the new, much more successful, alliance of nations is founded. (With him.) Because his old organisation kicked him out. With guns. So, that's twice. Three times?
- After having helped save the world at the end of the Pokémon 2000 movie, the Team Rocket trio have this discussion amongst themselves:
Jessie: So then we're not bad!James: That's good!Meowth: But what if the boss finds out?James: That's bad.Jessie: We'll start our own team!James: That's good!Meowth: But we got no money!James: That's bad.Jessie: Then we'll just steal some!James: That's good! Or is that bad?
- Team Rocket also threaten to do this in a later episode, when they find their memberships have expired. It is quickly pointed out they can just reapply.
- This is the premise of the manga Gothic Sports, where, motivated by the fact that they simply would never see any play in their school's normal soccer team, a few girls (with two guys...) get together and start their own team for the school.
- Ryuusuke and Eiji of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad initially play in the same band, Serial Mama, until personal differences and a missed opportunity with a record producer drive them apart. Both find success with their respective bands: Eiji's Belle Ame is commercially-successful, backed by influential producer Ran; while Ryuusuke with BECK have a much longer arc of struggles before gaining world-wide recognition.
- In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Rikka forms her own school club, the "Far Eastern Magical Nap Association", which is more or less a legalized excuse to let her delusions run amuck with Yuuta, Kumin and Sanae tagging along, willing or not. Nanase-sensei approves the club as a social circle, only because she noticed Rikka's determination to see her dream come to life despite lacking the prerequisite five members. Then it becomes a full-fledged club once Shinka actually applies, hinting to her past life as another deluded teen herself.
- Z, the Big Bad of One Piece Film Z was once a member of the Navy, but got so fed up with their corruption that he left and formed his own private army. Problem? His methods are too extreme for even Admiral Sakazuki.
- In Ann Nocenti's final issue of her Daredevil run, The Kingpin decides that if he can't force newspapers to run or not run the stories he wants, he will start his own media empire.
Kingpin: What sells newspapers?Underling: Crime... Tragedy... Violence...Kingpin: Well then, we'll just have to start a war.
- Presumably, this is the reason why Image Comics exists. Others have claimed that Image was founded not for creative freedoms, but for bigger paychecks.
- In Greg Rucka's 2011 run, The Punisher takes on The Exchange, a bunch of former members of other various criminal organizations in the Marvel universe who decided to start their own organization.
- This trope seems to be Tony Stark's standard reaction whenever he loses control of Stark International.
- When the Justice League of America wouldn't let Batman interfere in international politics by arresting a supervillain dictator, he quit and formed The Outsiders.
I've had enough of your two-bit Justice League! From now on, these are my new partners!
- This is what gets the ball rolling in the pro wrestling story, A Ring Of Their Own. Victoria gets fed up with the state of women's wrestling and after conveniently winning $20 million in the lottery, starts her own promotion, the FWF.
- In Your Father, Jack and a number of other cold-based mythological beings, tired of being left out of Christmas parties and such, started celebrating Christmas together a few decades ago.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series uses this as an homage to both the Futurama joke and the Fosters joke.
Kaiba: C'mon, Mokuba. We're going to have our own tournament. With blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the tournament.
Dartz: We'll have our own evil council, and ours will be much better. And we'll have pizza! Pizza is better than tacos.
- Accepted is about some kids who couldn't get into any college starting their own.
- In the movie Bring It On Again the main character starts her own cheer squad to spite the snobby head cheerleader.
- One of the jokes in Euro Trip about the Bratislavan exchange rate involves Scott tossing a small coin to a hotel employee, who then quits and announces that he intends to buy his own fancy hotel with the coin.
- Jerry Maguire starts off with Jerry becoming disillusioned with the way the sports agency operates and he is subsequently fired. He decides to start his own agency and the rest of the movie follows his struggle to keep the business afloat while still maintaining his new principles.
- In Little Giants, after his daughter Becky isn't picked to join Coach Kevin O'Shea's pee-wee football team, Danny resents his older brother's decision and starts his own team with Becky and the kids that didn't get picked.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian has several subversive groups (Judean People's Front, People's Front of Judea, People's Popular Front, etc). It is implied that some of these came to be by breaking away from each other: the People's Front apparently consists of one "splitter."
- In Nixon, the President feels that he can't rely on the FBI or the CIA, so he institutes his own personal covert agency, The White House Plumbers.
- Revenge of the Nerds centers around the titular nerds creating their own fraternity chapter after being rejected by all the existing ones. Of course, being Hollywood Nerds, the only one that will even give them a chance is the historically-black Lambda Lambda Lambda, due to a loophole which requires the frat to give them a trial period to start their own chapter. This does come in handy later on in the movie.
- We have this trope to thank for both The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, good friends in college and both big fans of classic mythology, both became frustrated that no one was writing those kinds of stories anymore. Finally they both agreed that they should write those stories themselves.
- In Paradise Lost, when all the demons are debating what to do next, Belial suggests that they could just apologize. Mammon, being the Jerk Ass that he is, shoots that down, and then suggests that they make their own heaven, although blackjack and hookers aren't mentioned (but you know it would have them).
- In the realm of mystery fiction, similar stories underlie the creation of both Chesterton's Father Brown and Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers.
- When The Babysitters Club put Mallory through a ridiculous series of training exercises in order to make her prove herself worthy of joining, she calls them out on their crap and starts her own club with her new best friend Jessi. It doesn't last, since the sitters eventually figure out that they were in fact acting like bitches and invite both girls to join the club.
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo’s Back Story is not fully revealed in this novel, but He declares he has lost all his family because of The Empire, and the world continued like every other day. A lesser man would be just Maddened Into Misanthropy and cut all ties with society. Captain Nemo starts his own society recruiting men who hate The Empire, training them to build and tripulate the Nautilus, creating their own language, obtaining all his resources from the sea and none from shore, reclaiming the South Pole, financing the Cretan rebellion and converting themselves into a N.G.O. Superpower.
"if I can trust my hunches, if I truly understand the captain's way of life, his Nautilus isn't simply a ship. It's meant to be a refuge for people like its commander, people who have severed all ties with the shore."
- Happens a couple times in Warrior Cats:
- Some remnants of BloodClan decide to make their own Clan... in Ravenpaw and Barley's barn.
- Sol, some time after parting ways with SkyClan, attempts to form his own group in an abandoned Twoleg nest.
- In Jean Merrill's The Toothpaste Millionaire sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower responds to the high cost of store-bought toothpaste by starting his own toothpaste company with the help of his best friend.
Live Action TV
- An episode of Are You Being Served? had the regular staff getting into a disagreement with the cafeteria staff. The cafeteria staff walks out and the regular staff are determined to do a better job than the cafeteria staff. They do - but only by sneaking out and getting expensive take-out food. Realizing that they were working extra-hard and spending themselves into a hole, they gave in and apologized.
- A Story Arc of The Office (US) focused on Michael Scott quitting Dunder-Mifflin to start the Michael Scott Paper Company. By the second episode of the arc he was at it again: "I should leave them and start my own paper company. That'll show them." Either he's in some sort of feedback loop or it's a writer's lampshade.
- Pretty much the overarching plot of the short-lived Wall Street drama Bull: A group of young turks break away from the stockbroking firm they work for and make their own. It's not always smooth sailing, of course, which provides the drama of the series.
- Smallville episode "Pandora" has Future Chloe take Lois to Watchtower. She responds with this line:
Lois: Hey, Chloe? Remember when we were ten and I kicked you out of my clubhouse for spilling soda and you said you'd just build a cooler one? You win.
- This is what happens at the end of season three of Mad Men when Sterling Cooper becomes Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, in order for the partners to avoid yet another merger. It starts in an extremely awesome fashion too.
- An episode of Smart Guy had these sentiments. When the cost of a type of soda went up to over a dollar, T.J. began to create and sell his own soda for 30 cents.
- Angel: In season 4, Wesley, having been cast out of Angel Investigations, is shown to have formed his own operation with a new gang.
- The Practice: After Lindsay Dole's murder conviction had been overturned, she decided to start her own legal practice instead of resume her work at Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt. Later on, Bobby Donnell left the firm to start another practice and the firm was renamed Young, Frutt and Berlutti. Later on, when Alan Shore and Sally Heep were fired from Young, Frutt and Berlutti, Sally suggested to Alan the idea of starting their own practice but he rejected the idea. After Alan's successful lawsuit for wrongful termination of employment, Jimmy left the firm to start a new practice.
- Boston Legal: Jerry Espenson, a former associate of Crane, Poole and Schmidt, started his own practice after being fired for his reaction about not being named a partner. Despite having a good success, he decided to return to his former employers and was eventually named a partner.
- Caça Talentos: This Brazilian show featured a talent agency named "Caça Talentos" (It can be translated to either "Talent Hunter" or "Talent Chaser") that was facing hard times. Silvana Carloff, who owned 30% percent of the agency, was pressuring the major shareholder into selling it. One of her efforts consisted of starting her own talent agency to compete against his. "Caça Talentos" itself is another example since its founder started it in protest against his former boss' policies at Mundo Real Produções Artísticas.
- Princess Princess D: This live-action version of the manga Princess Princess featured a group of boys that, not satisfied with their all-boys school's "Princesses", started their own group of "Princesses" known as "Dark princesses".
- One episode of Get Smart dealt with ACB, the third spy network (with KAOS and CONTROL). They were founded by a KAOS agent who got passed over for promotion too often. He first tried to defect to CONTROL, who didn't want anything to do with him. This led him to starting his own group, and the episode revolves around Max and Siegfried having to team up to stop him.
- At the end of season 4 of Chuck Chuck gets fired from the CIA and decides to start his own spy agency.
- At the beginning of Outsourced, Todd Dempsy considered starting his own novelties company rather than being transferred to India. All his boss did to make him accept going to India was remind him of a debt.
- In one episode of Boy Meets World, Eric decides to start his own fraternity after getting fed up with the hazing of the official fraternities. Unfortunately for him, the dean catches on.
- Nikos Karabastos, from Brazilian soap opera Uga-Uga, used to work at a toy factory until he decided to start his own and eventually became wealthier than his former employers.
- In Glee, Sugar Motta has her rich father fund a second Glee Club within the same school after New Directions refuses to let her join. It doesn't change the fact that she can't sing to save her life.
- A common trope for the gang in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Among many examples, they started their own band after seeing Dee's ambiguously retarded boyfriend being a hit rapper. They also wanted to launch their own gasoline preservation to make money for the bar. Charlie at some point, writes and directs his own musical. The list just goes on and on, including a desire to start their own police force, clothing line, Dennis running for comptroller, an all-age drinking bar, their own radio station, and so forth... it usually all descends into We ARE Struggling Together category.
- On How I Met Your Mother Barney and Ted always wanted to start their own bar called Puzzles. On New Year's Eve 2011 they are outraged by the high cover charge at their usual bar and jokingly suggest that they should just start their own bar in Ted's apartment. The idea takes off and news of the bar goes viral. However, as more and more people show up, the party turns rowdy. As their costs due to damages and other expenses rise, they have to keep raising their prices until they are almost the same as the real bar and everyone leaves. Also they don't actually have a liquor license.
- After Ted is fired from his company, he decides to start his own architectural firm.
- The basis for several episodes of The Goodies, including "Radio Goodies" and "Hospital for Hire".
- Pair Of Kings: Unhappy on how Brady was running Kinkow's Junga Ball team, Boomer started his own.
- In Scrubs when the Janitor teaches Ted to be less of an Extreme Doormat and stand up for himself, Ted disagrees with how the Janitor is running the Brain Trust and starts his own group called The Brain Bunch.
- Kickin' It: Jack and Jerry were once in charge of Rudy's dojo. When Jack decided to ignore Jerry's ideas, Jerry opened his own dojo at Falafel Phil's. Also, Phil inspired Jerry by telling about his cousin, who used to work with Phil but decided to start his own because Phil refused to use real meat in the food he sold.
- In Boardwalk Empire, after being snubbed in a deal, Gyp Rosetti takes over the strategic chokepoint of Tabor Heights to force Nucky into selling him liquor directly rather than have Arnold Rothstein acting as a middle man. Gyp soon recognizes the potential to supplant Nucky as Rothstein's main supplier and expand to the rest of New York and starts his own smuggling operation from there.
- At the end of season four of Babylon 5, Earth demand that Sheridan resign from his political post, due to his role in rebelling against the Earth government. He willingly does so and is immediately made President of the new Alliance.
- In season 4 of The Good Wife, all the fourth year associates are denied a previously promised partnership. They fake poaching clients for a while, hoping to scare the partners enough to get their promotion, but only manage to get Alicia promoted. Ultimately Cary, Alicia, and the fourth year associates successfully found Florrick, Agos, and Associates.
- Logan starts his own secret society in Zoey 101, after not being selected for the Silver Hammers.
- Sam on Cheers almost did this at the start of season eight, planning to buy an abandoned bar after getting fed up with Rebecca's bossiness. Robin Colcord talks him out of it, though, and steers him on the path he really wants: buying Cheers itself.
- The entire DIY music-making ethic is based upon this trope. Musicians and bands who don't agree with the way major labels run the music industry will instead start their own labels and release their own records.
- Comedy rapper Devo Spice started the label FIDIM Interactive, "FIDIM" standing for "Fine, I'll Do It Myself".
- After being fired from Metallica prior to the release of Kill 'Em All, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth.
- Ozzy Osbourne started his own band after Black Sabbath gave him the boot. His work there solidified him as a rock god. His replacement, Ronnie James Dio did the same thing.
- Although Kim Deal formed The Breeders while she was still in The Pixies, a major reason the band was started was that she didn't get to sing and/or write enough songs in her main band.
- Original Weezer bassist Matt Sharp started the Rentals out of a desire to do his own take on early New Wave rock, and made it his full time job after butting heads with Rivers Cuomo. However, there couldn't have been too much animosity; Rivers co-wrote "My Head Is In The Sun" for Seven More Minutes, the first Rentals album to be released after Matt Sharp left Weezer.
- The original Cannibal Corpse singer, Chris Barnes, started Six Feet Under in 1993 to do a more groovy style of death metal, and made it his full time job after he left his other band due to Creative Differences.
- Vocalists Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn were fired from Woe, Is Me in 2011 due to Creative Differences. In response, they founded Issues the next year, which quickly became bigger than Woe, Is Me ever was.
- Two examples come from the Power Metal band Helloween. The first being Kai Hansen's band Gamma Ray, formed after he got fed up with Michael Kiske and quit, the second being Masterplan, a band formed by Uli Kusch and Roland Grapow after being kicked out of Helloween for trying to take the band in a Darker and Edgier direction.
- After leaving After Forever due to Creative Differences, Mark Jansen formed Epica.
- Girlschool started like this.
Kim McAuliffe: The reason we were all girls was we couldn’t find any blokes who wanted to play with us! This was the natural thing to do.
- When Rob Zombie was working on movies instead of writing music and touring, his guitarist Riggs and drummer Tempesta got tired of waiting on him and his band to start their own band, Scum of the Earth.
- In Calvin and Hobbes, Hobbes departed (or was booted out of) G.R.O.S.S. and formed his own club, C.A.D. (Calvin's A Dope).
Calvin: That's not a name for a club!
- A cat hair left Garfield to start his own cat. Upon getting caught by Jon's vacuum cleaner, he complained they hadn't told him about that in business school.
- Behind the scenes (mostly) example: Jeff Jarrett and Vince McMahon came to foster a mutual loathing for each other during Jeff's last WWE run, to the point that, when WCW went under, neither Jeff nor Vince were at all interested in working with the other — Vince even announced, live and simulcast on WWF Raw and WCW Monday Nitro, that Jeff was "G-double-O-double-N-double-E... GOONNEE!" So Jeff (with the help of his father, long-time promoter Jerry Jarrett) started his own Professional Wrestling promotion, TNA, which continues to thrive and gro—okay, which is still around today.
- On a side note, it should be noted that Jerry Jarrett is a long-time friend of the McMahon family; he personally delivered the wrestler who would become Vladimir Kozlov to the WWE. Also, Jeff Jarrett said that Vince was one of his biggest supporters during the death of his wife, so things have probably been patched up between the two.
- And now, having been pushed out of TNA by his major investor, Dixie Carter, Jeff is looking to repeat the feat by starting a new promotion, Global Force Wrestling.
- After David Otunga schemed to get Wade Barrett kicked out of The Nexus and CM Punk installed as leader in his place, Barrett went to Smack Down and formed The Corre instead. And two other founding members of The Corre, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, walked out of The Nexus shortly after Barrett was deposed, unhappy with the way Punk was running things. Barrett is quick to point out that, unlike with The Nexus, he is not the leader of The Corre, as it's a gathering of equals; then again, he said that about The Nexus at first too. It took a a few months, but Barrett's It's All About Me Attitude took over, and Gabriel and Slater promptly disbanded the group because of it.
- Sometimes, this happens with title belts, most notably Ted DiBiase (Sr.) creating the Million Dollar Belt, Taz creating the FTW championship, and Zack Ryder creating the Internet Championship.
- This was the genesis of the of both the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and the WWE (originally the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and then the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)): In the early 1950s, Verne Gagne wanted to be the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. The heads of the NWA wanted to keep the belt on Lou Thesz, to the point where they wouldn't let Thesz wrestle Gagne anymore. Gagne and a couple of smaller promoters from the upper midwest broke away and formed the AWA in 1957, with Gagne as champion and boss. The WWWF formed under similar circumstances in the New England region in 1963: NWA champ "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers was reluctant to wrestle outside of the NE area. When the NWA had him lose the belt to Lou Thesz, he quit the NWA in protest, then joined with the regional promotion, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, to form the WWWF.
- For many years, the Memphis wrestling territory was run by promoter Nick Gulas. In the early 1980's, Nick's son, George, wanted to wrestle and Nick tried to promote him, but fans never got behind him. It got so bad that Gulas' booker (Jerry Jarrett) took the top star in the territory (Jerry Lawler) and they started their own promotion, running Gulas out of business.
- His time in Evolution left a deep impression on Randy Orton. His ousting from the stable is largely considered his Start of Darkness, and left him a strong hatred for Triple H and to a lesser extent, Batista. However, what shows Randy's inability to get over what happened in Evolution is his formation of his stable the Legacy, an obvious Expy of Evolution, but this time with Randy as the leader of the group and his quest to keep hold on the WWE Title paralleling Hunter's own quest to remain World Heavyweight Champion.
- The third party Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 sourcebook Untapped Potential was created by a group of Psionics fans in response to quality issues (Hint: It gets called "Complete Crud" for a reason) in the Complete Psionics first party sourcebook.
- Pathfinder was created by D&D fans upset with the way that D&D's 4th edition turned out.
- The Pathfinder Adventure Path Kingmaker has the player characters start out as adventurers with the order secure a disputed border area and defend it against possible raiders or invaders from neighboring countries. Starting with the second adventure, they are making their own kingdom, with whatever additional features they want to!
- The rules from Kingmaker have been expanded and updated in the Ultimate Campaign rulebook, which also includes rules for building your own stronghold or running your own business or organization between adventurers.
- The Sons of Medusa chapter of Space Marines originated in a variation of this in Warhammer40000. A schism in the Adeptus Mechanicus spread to their chapter, resulting in several companies being exiled by the Iron Council. These proceeded to form their own chapter, one of the quite rare examples of a Space Marine chapter being founded without the consent of the High Lords of Terra. The Sons of Medusa were eventually recognized by both the Imperial government and the Iron Hands, but relations with the latter are chilly at best.
- In The Book of Mormon, after the Mormon church closes down Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham's mission for teaching ridiculous things to the Ugandans, they decide to continue the mission as their own sect of Latter-Day Saints, based on the Book of Arnold.
- Mass Effect: Fed up with the bureaucratic crap at the Citadel, Garrus Vakarian traveled to Omega and formed a task force to antagonize the local criminals and warlords. He gained so much notoriety as "Archangel" that he forced an Enemy Mine between the Blue Suns, Eclipse and Blood Pack, the three most powerful crime syndicates in the lawless Terminus Systems, and you find him just as they're gearing up to (try to) kill him.
- In Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3, an ex-member of the racing team Unlimited forms a spinoff called Neo Limited.
- Laharl in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories: "I don't even wanna be a part of this stupid world. I wouldn't stay if you begged me! I’ll go find a better world, with heaps of food! And cookies!"
- In Terranigma, Marily from Loire works at an expensive boutique at low wages, but after Loire expands, you can help her start her own business that sells affordable clothing to average consumers.
- If you manage to depose President Dave in Fallout 3, he'll leave with plans to start a new republic. Presumably one that's better and without people who get more votes than him.
- It does not go well. And if you provoke him while he's in a slump, he'll attack you.
- The Enclave is also a form of this. After their main headquarters in the Pacific went boom, their chief intelligence in D.C. figured "fuck it" and reformed the remnants as his own democracy, rather than a fake democracy of royal presidents. Not that he's any better - it's a low blow to call an AI an inhuman monster and someone who can't vote, but it logic bombs him to death.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, one of the options for the White Glove Society sidequest is to expose Mortimer as a cannibal. When he realizes that he won't be able to turn the rest of the society (who are reformed cannibals) back to the old ways, he declares that he'll build an even better society before running off.
- Super Mario Fusion Revival is an odd case. JudgeSpear long ago started a game he called Super Mario Fusion: Mushroom Kingdom Hearts, a fan game focused on Mario visiting other dimensions. The influence of other developers made it mutate into Mushroom Kingdom Fusion, a game that took Mega Crossover Up to Eleven. At one point in development communication between JudgeSpear and other developers was strained, so the game mutated further in that direction without his consent. When he became active again, Mushroom Kingdom Fusion was so different from his original idea that he decided to leave it be and essentially used this trope on himself.
- Has occurred in the Video Game industry as well. While working at Atari, Jay Miner (having previously developed the 2600 console and 800 computer) designed what would become the Amiga. Frustrated that Atari wouldn't produce it, he left, starting his own company, Hi-Toro, to build it. Hi-Toro went bankrupt, but Commodore bought them and the Amiga design, eventually manufacturing it themselves.
- A handful of Atari programmers during the Ray Kassar era were disgruntled that not only were they not getting credit for the games they created, but such information was treated as top secret. So they formed Activision, the world's first third-party gaming company, which upon creation gave credit to the programmer who created the game right on the game box and in television commercials.
- Electronic Arts was also founded for similar reasons not too long afterward. Now look at what they've become, although in hindsight, Activision is no different.
- tri-Ace, developers of the Star Ocean series, was founded by the main programmer of Tales of Phantasia who was frustrated with the Executive Meddling that occurred with the games development.
- A sad case is when most of the old-school developers of Blizzard Entertainment (the people responsible for Warcraft one and two, Diablo and StarCraft) left to form their own game studio, made the Diablo-clone Hellgate: London, and bankrupted.
- In some cases, developers will leave a company and form their own due to Executive Meddling, as in the tri-Ace example... only to find the new executives they installed are worse. Ouch.
- Telltale Games is another example, founded by ex-LucasArts employees after LucasArts all but abandoned the Adventure Game genre. Likewise, Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert also left LucasArts to form Double Fine.
- Ditto for Petroglyph Studios, formed by former Westwood employees after EA shut down Westwood.
- And the same thing can be said of Raw Thrills, which was formed in 2001 by Eugene Jarvis after Midway Games shut down their arcade division the year prior.
- After expressing more than a little disappointment with the lackluster Nintendo GameCube release WWE WrestleMania X-8, Dave Wishnowski and a dedicated group began work on the PC-based wrestling title Pro Wrestling X. Despite getting off to a strong start with an article in Game Informer magazine, then lengthy delays in development that threatened to send it to the Duke Nukem Forever pile of Vapor Ware, his company Wish Bone X managed to start bearing tangible fruit with the concept in 2009, and the Prequel to the game, Pro Wrestling X: Uprising is finally slated for release between 4Q 2010 and 1Q 2011. Its success will apparently determine the viability of the original (expandable) concept game he'd originally intended back in 2001.
- The Sony Playstation began life as a CD add-on for Nintendo's Super NES console. However, when Nintendo backed out of their contract with Sony during developmentnote and instead contracted with Philips for the add-on (which never materializednote ), and dumped Sony in the most dickish way imaginable to Japanese businessmen (news of the change was withheld from Sony until the day of the CES, and then announced in front of an audience)note , Sony turned to Sega... only to be laughed at by the Sega execs, who claims that Sony knows nothing about the video games industry. This resulted in them turning the peripheral into a stand-alone console and entered the game market themselves, determined to teach Nintendo and Sega a lesson...which they did, displacing Nintendo's position at the top of the game industry with the PlayStation while contributing to the death of Sega's hardware business, and then retaining their stranglehold on the market with the PlayStation 2, forcing Nintendo to re-think gaming entirely in order to get back on top with the Wii.
- Similar to the above, Atari passed up an opportunity to distribute the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US, leaving Nintendo to market and distribute the NES on its own. You know what happened next. Many video game fans think that was for the best; while the NES would have come to North America a couple of years earlier, it's likely that Atari's mismanagement would've simply dragged Nintendo down with them, dooming the entire video game industry to a Japan-only niche.
- Nintendo and Sony were so worried about large companies trying to co-opt their new consoles that they immediately rejected Microsoft's attempts to integrate online gaming into their console, so Microsoft started their own console.
- Treasure Co., Ltd. is a developer founded by the former employees of Konami. They are known for their action games with innovative design. They partner with large game developers and working with licensed titles.
- Vin Diesel was so tired of crappy licensed games based on his movies that he formed his own company, Tigon. Their first release was Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, which most consider better than the movie it's licensed from.
- Following Keiji Inafune quitting Capcom and forming his own company Comcept, Capcom's cancellation of Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3 (the latter of which Inafune was heavily invested in and had wanted to make for years), and Capcom making no more Mega Man games aside from the universally reviled Rockman X Over, Inafune started a crowdfunding campaign for a new game, Mighty No. 9, a new Mega Man game in all but name. The Kickstarter for the game managed to raise its $900,000 goal in just over a day. The final sum raised? A whopping 3.8 million US Dollars.
- Monolith Soft was founded by staff from Squaresoft, notably the developers behind Xenogears and Chrono Cross. They would be financed by Namco, developing the Xenosaga series under them, until they would be bought by Nintendo just after the Wii launched.
- After being sold to Microsoft from Nintendo, many of Rare's employees had left the company over a period of a few years. Most of them have since banded together to form a new company called Playtonic Games. Their crowdfunded project Yooka-Laylee manged to hit their funding goal of £175,000 (US$270,041) in 38 minutes of being launched.
- Yu Suzuki was Kicked Upstairs after the failure of the Shenmue series (which did cost Sega a lot financially). He left the company to start Ys Net, and after years of silence, has come forward to crowdsource for the next installment in the Shenmue series.
- The video game Jawbreaker was a case of this. It started out as a near-perfect port of Pac-Man for the Atari 8-Bit Computers done by On-Line Systems. However once Atari caught wind of it, rather than do the decent thing and license the program, they attempted to bully the programmer into giving them the game. As a result, Jawbreaker was released as its own game.
- Jersey Jack Pinball was started when game distributor Jack Guarnieri noticed his customers wanted expensive pinball games with deep rules and lots of mechanical toys, but Stern Pinball was moving towards simpler, low-budget tables. Jack decided the only solution was to start his own company and make the types of games that his buyers wanted.
- The Saikyo-ryu (lit. "Strongest Style") dojo started by Street Fighter's Dan Hibiki is his answer to being booted out of Gouken's Ansatsuken dojo for being too Revenge-obsessed with Sagat in his training.
- Chroma Squad starts out with the stunt actors for the Chroma Rangers walking off the set after getting fed up with the director's orders, and shortly thereafter starting a new studio in a warehouse owned by a relative of Chroma Blue's stuntperson.
- In the Homestar Runner game "Strong Badia the Free", Strong Bad gets everybody to secede from the King of Town's domain. He thinks everybody is going to join the now-autonomous Strong Badia, but instead they all go off and create their own countries. The rest of the game is him trying to convince everyone to band together to overthrow the King.
- Pucca and Ching wanted to visit Abyo and Garu's treehouse but Abyo wouldn't allow girls in. They built their own treehouse (which was better as expected of something built by Pucca) and wouldn't allow Garu and Abyo in.
- When Ling-Ling wouldn't allow Pucca and Ching to join the cheerleading squad, they started their own.
- Also, because Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue didn't like the food served at the Goh Rong, they started a rival restaurant.
- Trawn from Electric Wonderland started her independent newspaper out of discontent with futuristic Cyberspace news outlets placing decreased emphasis on presenting harsh truths to citizens.
- This xkcd strip tells it like it is.
- In Kevin & Kell, after R.L. ousts Kell as Herd Thinners C.E.O. and kills all of the changes Kell made to the company, Kell decides to open a competing company, with encouragement and backing from The Rabbit Council, who see Kell's potential company as a way to eliminate their own competition - i.e. other prey species.
- In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures , the three times we know about this happening two ended disastrously. Probably has something to do with the instigators of the first two being Creatures.
- First, the Cubi Cyra decided to take over a city called Hishaan from the dragon M'Chek, but after she succeeded in killing him an unexpected energy surge destroyed the city and in the process kickstarted the genocidal Dragon/Cubi War that resulted in the deaths of almost all of Cyra's children save one and the complete destruction of many other clans.
- Second, the Demon Aliph Soulstealer/Dark Pegasus was snubbed for a position of leadership in his family's city of Zinvth, so he tried to make his own and wound up accidentally creating the Undead race in the process when he screwed up a spell and made his would-be puppets self-aware.
- The third was the direct result of the second, when the newly sentient Undead decided to make their own nation and founded Trik'na Island, where they can live in peace without fear of being killed on sight. It's actually very successful economically since its residents neither need to eat or sleep, but the living world is reluctant to deal with them.
- Also, Wikis. Many are started because they have focused subject matter, but many others are founded because Wikipedia's standards of notability and citation somehow exclude them, or they think there's something biased about it. For instance, Conservapedia was created by a group who decried Wikipedia's "evidence" and "objectivity", and made their own online encyclopedia with their own bias. Another example specializes in covering the tropes of popular culture. Since Wikia allows anyone that wants to start a Wiki to do so, this happens quite often with those who don't like the guidelines, procedures, etc., etc. of a particular wiki. It often doesn't end well, since most of these people are neither suited to be admins nor have the ability to gather followers to their new wiki. One of the most prominent examples (and far more successful than most) is the Star Wars fandom's Wookieepedia, which came about when Wikipedia purged a great many Star Wars articles as "non-notable". Copies of the purged articles were part of the core of Wookieepedia in its early days. Now Wookieepedia is the 5th-largest Wiki in existence.
- Happens online all the time, due to the relative ease of creating a website. If we listed all the examples we'd be here all day. However, two famous victims are Livejournal, which has a half-zillion clones at this point (all of them near-perfect clones in fact, due to the site's open-source codebase), and Deviant ART, whose restrictive policies led to the creation of SheezyArt and later FurAffinity. In most such cases, the result is similar to the comedic examples in fiction, with so many people starting their own site that none of them have many users.
- At one point in its history, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe had a new referee who decided, without any consultation on the owners of the property, or with the other referees, that he was going to rewrite the history of the game world, and move the game to a new site out of the owner's control. When he was (justifiably) booted with extreme prejudice, he declared the old group lame and started up his own. It lasted about four months before folding.
- Happened with Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Issa Rae, the creator, started the show because she was tired of the depiction of people like her as a Sassy Black Woman, a Magical Negro, or a sexy vixen.
- The above quote is from the Futurama episode "The Series Has Landed" after Bender is kicked out of Lunar Park, and later when Fry and Leela keep Bender out of the Apollo 11 lunar lander. The line has gone on to become a popular meme.
- In an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Bloo is not allowed into a rock band called Pizza Party. So to spite them, he invents his own band called Taco Feista (because, he reasons, tacos are more exotic than pizza). Bloo's own band leaves him and so he forms another band, which is just himself in various costumes.
- In another episode, Bloo started his own foster home for imaginary friends, which was nothing more than a cardboard box.
- In an episode of The Simpsons, the Stonecutters start the No Homers Society after they get disgruntled by Homer's attempts to do good in his position of power.
- In another episode, Bart is kicked out of Mr. Burns' casino for being underage. The Squeaky-Voiced Teen taunts him, saying "What are you going to do? Start your own casino? In your tree house? And get all your little friends to come? I'd like to see that!" Cut to the next scene, where Bart is welcoming his friends into his tree house casino. "Well, he certainly showed me."
- Yet again on The Simpsons, when Moe's Tavern gets a hip makeover and the old customers are no longer welcome, Homer starts a "hunting lodge" in his garage (he couldn't have a tavern there) where he and the old regulars hang out until Moe comes to his senses. They even went as far as taking part on regular hunting trips as all hunting lodges are required by law.
- When Homer was banned from Moe's the first time, Marge suggested he pretend the house was a bar, so he could spend every night at home. He responded he wasn't even going to dignify it with an answer.
- And yet again, when Homer is offended that Ned didn't invite him to his family reunion, Homer says he'll have his own barbecue and invite whomever he wants - "That'll show you!". However, Ned politely asks whether he can come and Homer says "Sure!" reflexively. D'oh!
- The cause of Jebediah Springfield and Shelbyville Manhattan's split:
Shelbyville: I will not live in a town that robs the man of the right to marry his cousin.
Springfield: Then I will start my own town, based on abstinence, chastity and a flavorless mush I call root marm.
- An episode of Arthur revolves around the kids creating their own "James Hound" movie, since they're not old enough to see the actual PG-13 movie themselves. They eventually discover that all the outtakes are actually better than what they planned.
- An earlier one involved Muffy getting fed up with Arthur's shabby clubhouse and leaving to start her own club, and Buster and Francine deciding to join her. Gradually, everyone abandons not only Arthur's never-been-official-anyway club, but each other's as well, until everyone is a one-person "club" of their own. Eventually they all realize how stupid it all turned out, and get back together.
- A later one involves Francine and a group of friends starting a band called U Stink only for Francine to quit and start her own band called We Stink with Arthur, Buster and George. Arthur and Buster end up getting mad at her and quitting and claiming they will form their own band and call it She Stinks. George doesn't mind staying but Francine gives up.
- Similarly, in Rocket Power, the kids try to make their own movie and find it to be much harder than they were expecting.
- Hanna-Barbera's The Little Rascals:
- In an early episode, when Alfalfa won't let Darla into the He-Man Woman-Haters' Club, Darla threatens to organize a She-Woman Man-Haters' Club: "And there will be no boys allowed!"
- In a later episode, the Rascals put on their own circus after being denied admission to a real circus. Darla had told the circus owner that she and the boys were tending the animals because they had no money for tickets.
- The male unicorn decides to build his own ark after missing Noah's on Robot Chicken. 
- In the Adventures in Care-a-Lot episode, "Whose Friend is Who?" a bit of a club war gets started because Cheer, Harmony, and Love-a-Lot reject Funshine and Oopsy's help in making a "project" with their human friend McKenna. So, with Grumpy, they make their own "project" and a subsequent club to go with it. The girls retaliate by forming their own club, and a montage of the two clubs one-upping each other in their projects ensues, with McKenna stuck in the middle, not wanting to pick a side. She eventually gets the two clubs to see how silly they're being by making a club with Wingnut, and calls them out when they band together to exclude her club.
- In Family Guy, Peter is so jealous of Joe's home movie theater that he decides to build an addition onto his house to create an even bigger and better theater than Joe's. Of course, this plot is quickly forgotten once Peter digs up an Indian skull and the real plot of the episode starts.
- A Looney Tunes cartoon started with Daffy Duck as a janitor of an inn that belonged to Porky Pig. Daffy was feeling unappreciated and, when Porky tried to show his appreciation by giving him a new broom, Daffy decided to start his own inn. Daffy's dishonest attempts to run his former employer out of business backfired. His last plan consisted of blowing up Porky's inn. Daffy DID blow up Porky's inn, but accidentally revealed the presence of oil under it, allowing Porky to build an even better inn. To show Daffy he doesn't keep hard feelings, Porky hired him to work at the new inn... as a janitor.
- One episode of the Dennis the Menace animated series portrayed Dennis and Margareth as business partners in a lemonade stand. Unsatisfied with her share of the profits, she started her own lemonade stand to compete against her now former business partner.
- Dennis and Joey grew so tired of working on Margareth's float for a Fourth of July parade (and of her bossiness) they declared independence from her and made their own float.
- A mock episode of Bird Man retconned Murko the Marauder as a F.E.A.R. agent leaving to start his own criminal organization.
- One episode of The Mask featured a character named Celia N. Airtight. She was a top researcher at Wrapmaster Corporation until being fired for knowing too much about food preserving and then she started her own company named Putterware to compete against Wrapmaster. Not satisfied with selling more than her rival, she plotted to turn leftover food into monsters to destroy Wrapmaster.
- King of the Hill features Thatherton Fuels, a company founded by M. F. Thatherton, a former employee of Strickland Propane.
- Taz-Mania episode "Francis Takes a Stand" featured Francis starting a lemonade stand. Taz opened another one across the street from Francis'. The only customer who ever appeared was a tax collector who, after buying a lemonade from Francis (and hating its taste), revealed himself a tax collector and took the money he gave Francis as payment for the lemonade.
- In Camp Lazlo, Edward starts an "I Hate Lazlo" club, inviting everyone except, of course, Lazlo. He tells Lazlo to form his own club, the "Nothing Club", which Lazlo does. Soon everyone leaves Edward's club after finding it too boring (it's all about talking about how much they hate Lazlo, which only Edward does) and head over to Lazlo's.
- In an episode of Doug, Patti was rejected from the Honkers baseball team, because she's a girl. As a result, she forms "Patti's Pulverizers", which consists of players who were rejected by the Honkers.
- Spongebob started his own "Pretty Patty" stand after being mocked for his idea by Mr.Krabs and Squidward. He ended up having 46,853 customers.
- SpongeBob also created his own Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy movie when the big-budget movie starred muscle-bound actors instead of the elderly, retired heroes.
- Mission Hill - when Andy and his friends are kept out of a hip new nightclub in their neighborhood, they retaliate by pretending to open a new club in an unlocked boiler room, and keep out all of the hip crowd who queue up at the door.
- The Critic: When Duke Phillips can't get the daughter of the assistant to one of his most expendable employees into The Rainbow's End Preschool:
- Duke Phillips: I've never been so insulted!
Mr. Jordell: So what are you going to do, build your own preschool? Ha ha, your own preschool, I'd like to see that. (Chuckles)
(Cut to: "Duke Phillips' Pre-school: Built on a Dare.")
- Iron Man: Armored Adventures: When Justin Hammer took over Stark International, Tony decided to create his own company. Pepper suggested he named it "Circuits Maximus" but Tony had already opted for "Stark Solutions". Both names count as Mythology Gag since Tony Stark did start companies with both names in separate occasions he lost control of Stark International.
- Jem: After Eric Raymond lost his half of Starlight Music, the Misfits needed another music company to promote their albums so Pizzazz asked her father to start one.
- In "KJEM", Jem took over a radio station so the previous owner wouldn't lose it to a former employee who had started his own radio station for not liking how his former boss ran things.
- Kimber (from Jem and the Holograms) and Stormer (from the Misfits) were feeling underappreciated and temporarily became a duo.
- NASCAR Racers: Megan temporarily left Fastex to start her own racing team.
- In the original Franklin, there were a few of these: Franklin's "Turtle Trackers" group in "Franklin Wants a Badge," the various characters' secret clubs in "Franklin's Secret Club" and Franklin's "Turtle Point" in "Franklin's Birthday Party." In "Franklin, the Planner" on the Franklin and Friends spinoff, the kids all end up doing this, pairing off and starting their own floor plans for a new treefort when it doesn't seem like there's enough room to fit each of their own ideas in the original floor plan. The problem, of course, being that only one treefort can be built and they need something that satisfies everyone. It's Franklin who comes up with the idea for compromise, they can't all have everything they want in the treefort, but each of them can use their best idea and they'll put it all together.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Hail Doofania!", Dr. Doofenshmirtz is frustrated that his goody two-shoes little brother Roger got elected mayor of Danville, so he tries to build his own floating city in Danville Harbor. Doofania's civic anthem even boasts "It's founded on spite!"
- Texas oil tycoon Clint Murchison, Jr. wanted to buy the then-flagging Washington Redskins in 1958, but he backed out of the deal after Redskins owner George Preston Marshall changed the terms that were unfavorable to him. As a result, Murchison formed the Dallas Cowboys in 1960, and the most-well known rivalry in NFL history was born.
- This is the state of boxing with four "main" sanctioning bodies (five if you count the IBO) they are:the W.B.O, I.B.F, W.B.C, and the W.B.A. This means that at any time there are four champions in any given weight class at any time. Becoming "the" champ is damn near impossible because of a set of convoluted rules that pretty much disqualifies boxers from holding all the belts at the same time. This, compounded with all of them being notoriously corrupt and numerous other organizations springing up almost daily, effectively make belts worthless.
- In March 1995, Tony George, head of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Indy 500), announced the formation of the Indy Racing League (IRL), ostensibly to make open-wheel racing in America less Euro-centric and give more direct control of the sport to track owners. Oh, and the Indianapolis 500 would only be open to IRL drivers. The existing sanctioning body, C.A.R.T, responded with a blanket boycott of all IRL races and scheduling the new US 500 to run at the same time as Indy. The split remained for thirteen years before the sport was reunified under the IRL banner. Ironically, racing fans, confused and frustrated by the split, turned in droves to stock car racing and NASCAR.
- The American Basketball Association formed in 1967 to compete against the NBA, but was actually a long-term plan to merge its teams with the NBA, which happened (for some of them) in 1976.
- The founder and first president of the ABA went on to form the World Hockey Association in 1972, and was the most successful challenge to the NHL's dominance in North American hockey and helped bring down the NHL's reserve clause. The WHA administration refused to incorporate the reserve clause (which allowed a club to extend a player's contract by a year when it expired and do so indefinitely, effectively binding a player to one club for his entire career) and set a then-landmark $2.7 million salary for Bobby Hull. Though the league didn't survive the Seventies, several teams merged with the NHL.
- The NHL itself was the result of a long-running dispute in the predecessor National Hockey Association between Eddie Livingstone, principal owner of the Toronto Shamrocks and Toronto Blueshirts, and the other owners of the league (Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs). The other owners realized the NHA's constitution meant they couldn't expel Livingstone, but they could vote to suspend the NHA (officially because too many of their players were overseas fighting in World War One) and then form the National Hockey League where those owners could keep Livingstone out. Which is what they did in 1917.
- The NFL has been challenged by several rival leagues, among them include the American Football League, the United States Football League, and Vince McMahon's XFL. The AFL was successful enough that it eventually merged with the NFL without losing any teams. The others... not so much (the USFL was successful enough in a few areas that the NFL later added expansion teams in those places, but the XFL was highly gimmick-driven and taken seriously by approximately nobody).
- Australian television magnate Kerry Packer attempted to buy Cricket broadcasting rights from the Australian Cricket Board in the 70s, but they refused, so Packer formed World Series Cricket, signing many of the players from Australia, England and the West Indies.
- The genesis of the American Football League is a perfect example of this trope: In 1959, the National Football League had only twelve teams, had no interest in expansion and only one team - the then-Chicago Cardinals - was considered to be on the market. Texas oilman Lamar Hunt had a meeting with Cardinals general manager Walter Wolfner (husband of team owner Violet Bidwell) who basically blew Hunt off. Wolfner bragged that they had suitors from all over the country, mentioning groups from Denver, Houston and Minneapolis, so he really didn't need to deal with Hunt. As Hunt flew back to Dallas, he realized that if there were really that many parties trying to get into pro football, there was no reason they couldn't just start a new league. The eight-team AFL debuted a year later. The documentary Full Color Football has the story in greater detail.
- Similar to the Dallas Cowboys example, and also crossing over with Create Your Own Villain, when the Cleveland Browns fired Coach Paul Brown, who the team is named after, he joined the new AFL and formed the cross-state Cincinatti Bengals, who not only are the Browns' second biggest rival behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also will never let Cleveland forget this by playing their home games at Paul Brown Stadium. It should be noted that, at the time of the Bengal's inception, Brown knew the AFL/NFL merger was a done deal and that the ensuing league realignment meant his new team would likely be placed in the same division as Cleveland.
- When The Olympic Games decided to drop baseball and softball in 2005, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) along with pro leagues from all over the world (including America's Major League Baseball and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball) started their own large-scale international tournament, the World Baseball Classic.
- Pat Riley spent five years as the head coach of the New York Knicks, building his team into a gritty, grind-it-out playoff powerhouse. Known for their physical play and rough fouls, they made it to the NBA Finals in 1994, where it took the full seven games before the Houston Rockets defeated them. That, along with several other heartbreaking losses, prompted Riley to step down as coach of the Knicks. Instead of retiring, however, he took the reins down at South Beach, where he became the head coach and team president of the Miami Heat. However, like the Paul Brown example above, Riley crossed it over with Create Your Own Villain; the Knicks became the biggest reason as to why he couldn't win a championship in the late 90s, eliminating the Heat three straight years after making the Conference Finals against the Bulls. Unlike the Knicks, however, Riley stuck around, and although it took a while, he finally did achieve what he couldn't with New York - a championship to Miami.
- Lord Of The Dance was essentially Michael Flatley's "blackjack and hookers"-attempt after his contract re-negotiations with the Riverdance team broke down.
- This is how Cambridge University was formed. A bunch of students were kicked out of Oxford, made their way across the country, and started their own university.
- This is also how University College London, the third university to be founded in England after Oxford and Cambridge, came into being. Unlike Oxford and Cambridge, it was entirely secular and allowed women in on an equal footing with men, inspired by the (then) radical philosophies of Jeremy Bentham.
- The University of Bristol was genuinely founded by a man whose son failed to get into Oxford. The original 'college' is now the Physics Department.
- A couple of the early 20th-century industrialists started their own golf clubs, university endowments, etc., because they kept getting shunned by old money families.
- In the same way, New York City's grandest palazzo, the Metropolitan Club, was organized by J. P. Morgan in protest against not being admitted to some of the city's other exclusive private men's clubs. He showed them.
- Quite a few Christian sects got started because of this trope:
- The Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, who formed their own sect of Christianity because its founder, George Fox, objected to the Anglicans' emphasis on ceremony.
- Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. So he started his own church! With beer! And wives for the clergy!
- Henry VIII wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon. Only problem, the Catholic church considered divorce a sin, and so he had to ask the pope for an annulment. When the pope refused (Pope Clement VII was afraid of Catherine of Aragon's nephew, the Hapsburg king Charles V), Henry formed his own church, the Church of England, installed himself as its head, and divorced her anyway.note
- The Baptist church in the United States in the 1800s favored abolition of slavery. The Southern Baptist church splits off in 1845 as an explicitly pro-slavery sect.
- The Free Methodist Church's name comes from their abolitionist roots. That, and their refusal to charge for seats.
- Christian humorist Adrian Plass, in one of his novels, mentions the concept of church groups splitting so often that some people are in danger of dissenting themselves right back to where they started...
- Mormon Fundamentalists are what happens when, deciding mainstream Mormons were wrong to abandon polygamy, hardcore religious nuts start their own. This came about, mind you, after Joseph Smith did the same thing to Christianity. (Although Mormons would disagree with labeling their church as reformed.)
- The Episcopal Church in the US went through this following the election of a gay divorced man as bishop of New Hampshire. This caused many conservative Episcopal parishes to separate themselves into the Anglican Church in North America. For the time being the Episcopal Church retains membership in the international Anglican Communion (though relations are strained) and the ACNA has not been granted full communion.
- The Raskol was in protest of changes of the liturgy by the Patriarch Nikon.
- The Church of the East was created after the 431 Ephese Second Council.
- And, of course, the Older Than Print Trope Maker of religious schisms, the Great Schism, whereupon the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches went their separate ways.
- As parodied in Monty Python's Life of Brian, political groups (especially radical fringe groups) are very splinter-prone. Just for fun, try to find a list of your local political parties and see how many different leftist groups there are. Also happens on the far right.
- It's not just third parties, either. In 1824, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote in the presidential election as one of four candidates running under the banner of the Democratic-Republican Party, but the Electoral College was split. The party elite in Congress ended up awarding the presidency to Jackson's rival, John Quincy Adams. In response, Jackson founded his own party, the modern Democratic party, and ran against Adams four years later, winning in a landslide.
- This trope is credited as one of the reasons that Libertarianism (in the American sense) has so much trouble becoming a party with any real power. There are simply too many different groups that consider themselves Libertarian to ever organize.
- In the art world of the 1860s, the Salon des Refuses was started in Paris by a group of artists, now referred to as the Impressionists, who were infuriated at being constantly rejected by the official Salon de Paris.
- The Secession movement in Vienna, for much the same reasons.
- Software, too, especially GNU and the Free Software Foundation. Half of the software listed on SourceForge would not exist without this trope, though it's usually spurred on by avoidance of restrictive licenses. Where religions have schisms, open software has "forks".
- Granted, this trope is at the heart of FOSS software: according to their philosophy, anyone who thinks they can do better should be given the opportunity to prove it.
- After Adidas was founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler, he ran it with his brother for a while, until 1948, when a violent falling out between the two led Rudolf Dassler to move across the river and start his own sport shoe company, Puma. The city of Herzogenaurach is still fiercely split between the two brands to this day.
- The hatchet was supposedly buried with a (UN-sponsored) soccer match, but Adidas and Puma remain independent concerns.
- The Dassler issue wasn't even a "Start My Own" issue but rather a clean-cut split. The original company was "Gebrüder Dassler OHG", read "Dassler Brothers partnership". Puma isn't an offshot of Adidas, both Adidas and Puma are split successors of the original Dassler firm. It's just the original factory that Adidas retained. And don't get me started with the original shoemakers going for Adi and the original business going for Rudi, let alone the brothers trying to denounce each other as Nazis to the American after the war etc., it got very nasty.
- Lamborghini supposedly entered the luxury car business for this reason. In the mid-sixties, Ferruccio Lamborghini, president of what was then primarily a tractor manufacturer, came to Enzo Ferrari to complain that his recently purchased Ferrari had a faulty clutch. He also explained that he had tried the clutch from one of his own tractors in the car and it worked fine. A fierce argument followed, and Lamborghini looked through his car some more and decided that his company already had the ability to make most of the necessary components for a luxury automobile. The extent to which spite motivated Lamborghini's decision to enter this market has probably been exaggerated by people more interested in good stories than microeconomics.
- Garry Kasparov split from FIDE, the World Chess Federation, to form the PCA (Professional Chess Association) in 1993.
- Sean Combs was fired from Uptown Records during the early 90's. Afterward he formed his own label, Bad Boy Records. The latter is more or less still thriving while Uptown folded.
- Dave Thomas (the restaurateur, not the actor) made a name for himself as assistant to Colonel Harland Sanders. Had he stayed in line, Thomas would probably end up inheriting the reins of KFC, but due to personal disagreements with the good Colonel, Thomas struck out on his own and founded his own restaurant chain, which he named after his daughter Wendy.
- Theodore Roosevelt disliked William Howard Taft and the growing conservatism of the formerly moderate Republican party, so he started his own progressive liberal party, known informally as the Bull Moose Party. As with all United States third parties, it failed and instead split the vote so the Democrat won.
- That was Roosevelt's intention. He hated Taft's policies and would have rather seen a Democrat win than Taft get re-elected. So he created the new party to sabotage Taft.
- Despite the failure of the Bull Moose movement, most of its adherents threw in their lot with the Democrats after Franklin Roosevelt - 5th cousin of Theodore - announced the New Deal policy platform in the 1930s.
- When Brazilian movie magazine SET was sold to a different publisher, one of the editors went to start its own publication, Preview. Both have a Fandom Rivalry now (it helps that said editor's boss at SET eventually returned to the magazine...).
- The Founding Fathers of America hated living in the colonies under Great Britain. So they started their own country. With freedom, and representation. And then muddled everything by keeping plantation slavery and establishing colonies of their own (Cuba, Guam, etc.).
- And of course the American Civil War was a failed attempt by the Southern states to form a new country due to many very deep rooted political divisions between them and the Northern states (including the question of Slavery). The same conflict led to the creation of the state of West Virginia, when it turned out that those Virginians living in the Appalachians wanted nothing to do with the whole secession business and decided to secede from Virginia and join the Union instead.
- Boyd Coddington's hot rod shop, Hot Rods by Boyd, faced bankruptcy in 1998. So, president Chip Foose left to form his own company, Foose Design. The two companies endured a fierce rivalry right up until Boyd Coddington's death ten years later.
- Carpe Fulgur, the company responsible for the localization of Recettear, was founded by two guys trying to get into the localization business only to be constantly turned down due to lack of experience. So they decided to create their own company to earn that experience.
- The United Services Automobile Association started as an insurance co-op formed by a group of American Army officers who couldn't get car insurance. Over the decades it has gradually expanded to become a rather successful financial institution offering insurance, banking, and various other services to American military personnel and their families.
- When The WB and UPN decided to merge and become The CW, the new network did not include any of the UPN affiliates owned by Fox (including many of the big-market stations). In response, Fox created a new network for these stations, MyNetworkTV.
- Disney as it exists today came about from Walt Disney losing his contract with Universal in 1928. The studio later founded its own distribution company Buena Vista in 1953 after disagreements with its previous distributor RKO Radio Pictures.
- Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising were two Disney animators who stayed with Universal after Walt Disney left in 1928, and they in turn left Universal in 1929 to form their own studio. In 1933 they teamed up with producer Leon Schlesinger, who got them a contract with Warner Bros. to distribute their new Looney Tunes series. Then in 1934 they left that studio and went to work for MGM.
- Ub Iwerks left Disney in 1930 to create a new studio with Disney's former distributor Pat Powers. Although he pioneered many new animation techniques in his shorts, Iwerks' studio was never profitable and he was dropped by Powers in 1936. After his studio went bankrupt a year later Iwerks retired from animation altogether, opting instead to rejoin Disney in 1940 as the head of their newly-formed research and special effects department.
- Art Babbitt left Disney as a result of him leading the 1941 studio animator's strike (and after a lawsuit he filed against them in 1947) and created UPA in 1948, which pioneered the Limited Animation technique that was prevalent during The Dark Age of Animation. After decades of bad blood he buried the hatchet with Disney shortly before his death in 1992, and was named a Disney Legend in 2007.
- Don Bluth was a Disney animator who was unhappy with the mediocre animated films that the studio was churning out after the death of Walt Disney. He and twelve other animators left Disney in 1979 to form their own animation studio, with the intention of replacing Disney or at the very least providing Disney with some genuine competition to force them to make better movies. The studio ended up succeeding on both fronts: it replaced Disney as the premier American animation studio in the 1980s and it forced Disney to step up their game... but as consequence Disney regained its powerhouse status in the 1990s and Bluth couldn't keep up, leading to the closure of his original studio and then later his second studio.
- After being fired from Disney in 1983 by then-studio head Ron Miller, John Lasseter was tapped by Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs to create CGI advertisements for their new line of computers. Lasseter's ad department turned into a short film department after buyers became interested in seeing how extensively the software could be used, and these shorts caught the attention of Jeffrey Katzenberg (who had replaced Miller as Disney's studio head in the mid-1980s). He signed the studio (renamed Pixar) to create a series of computer animated films in the early 1990s, and the rest is history.
- Richard Rich left Disney to form Rich Animation Studios in 1985 after disagreements with Disney Animation head Peter Schneider over the direction of his next film. Unlike Don Bluth his studio is still around today, but it was never anywhere near as successful as Bluth's was.
- Jeffrey Katzenberg left Disney in 1994 after arguments with then-CEO Michael Eisner, and went on to co-found DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. The best-known, most successful part of the company turned out to be Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Spielberg's live-action portion, DreamWorks Studios, had some success in the late 1990s/early 2000s but is much less active today.
- After getting fired from Gamespot for undisclosed reasons (though the most popular is for giving a mediocre review to Kane and Lynch: Dead Men while the game was advertised on the site), Jeff Gerstmann went off to start the gaming news site Giant Bomb alongside other former Gamespot journalists.
- Mister Rogers saw the violence in children's cartoon and television, so created the Neighborhood instead.
- The ReactOS project, an open-source Windows clone, began as a reaction to some of the more questionable business practices of Microsoft. It's also how it got its name.
- Even Al Qaeda is not immune to this, with Moktar Belmoktar, a former disgruntled employee starting his own terrorist group after Al Qaeda wrote him a scathing letter accusing him of, among other things, failing to carry out a single operation, not filling out expense reports, not attending meetings and not answering his phone when they called.
- Orion Pictures was created by former United Artists executives who were fed up with its then-owner Transamerica's influence on the company.
- Faction Paradox started out as characters in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, specifically the Eighth Doctor Adventures. When someone else was allowed to write a novel that not only changed the Faction's whole character but also derailed his plans for portraying the Time War they were involved in, their creator decided to spin the Faction off into their own series with its own, separate mythos.
- Esperanto, along with any other constructed language.
- Ido, its most popular offshoot.
- Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse in the Crimean War, was rejected by Florence Nightingale for being black, so she started her own hospital on the front line the British Hotel. She was ten times more involved than Florence and went to the front line herself. She died penniless, but she has been remembered by history, no matter if no one really remembers who she was outside of certain circles.
- A (possibly apocryphal) story has it that the founder of Netflix did so after his outrage over a $40 Blockbuster late fee inspired him to start his own video rental service. With blackjack! And hookers!
- Political parties, especially those positioned far from the center, ussualy start out this way with some radical from a more "grounded" party feels their party sold out and brakes of. For example, every left wing organization or party in Sweden, be they democratic socialists, syndicalist or outright Stalinist descends from the left-to-center-left Social Democratic party in one way or the other.
- This was essentially what lead to the creation of the Dassault Rafale - France was originally collaborating with the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain on the Eurofighter project, but they wanted to make a carrier-capable version; when it became clear that none of the other countries wanted to bother with one, France withdrew to pursue their own project. Similar to many other examples of this trope, the Rafale actually entered service before the Eurofighter.
- Seymour Cray was a star employee of Control Data Corporation during the mainframe computer era - until management turned down his proposal for a next-generation super-computer. Cray quit and formed his namesake super-computer company, which Control Data - at the time one of 'IBM and the Seven Dwarfs' - never fully recovered from.
- In the mid-70s, George Lucas wanted to do a feature-film version of Flash Gordon, so he set out to acquire its rights. But when he was outbid by Dino DeLaurentiis, he decided to create his own space opera.
- This is effectively the story behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe: after dealing with flops made by other studios with their characters, Marvel decided to make Iron Man on their own, and the rest is history. Possibly a subversion since Marvel was later bought by Disney (see above for the numerous studios founded by ex-Disney employees), but Disney has let the MCU function fairly independently.
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