Land of the Lustrous creator Haruko Ichikawa really has a thing for bodies breaking apart, whether it's just limbs or entire bodies shattering. It happens to the characters in Land of the Lustrous fairly often due to being humanoid gems, but it also crops up quite a bit in her other one-shot works; these characters are often non-human, likely to justify how their bodies can break apart without it involving a lot of blood.
Daigo Ikeno, the artist behind the Street Fighter series (specifically Third Strike, EX3, and the IV series), is responsible for Chun-Li's thighs increasing in girth with each game, as he loves him some big ol' thighs. The producer of the series, Yoshinori Ono, prefers thinner women, so Ikeno has admitted that he's often delivered thinner designs at the start of development and slowly made Chun-Li's legs thicker with each new drawing. Then, once he's sent his final design to the 3D model crew, it would be far too late for Ono to do anything about it. (It's all in good fun, though, and the two men have had a good laugh about it.) So prominent is Ikeno's love of thick thighs that Street Fighter X Tekken featured Nina Williams as having some pretty thick thighs herself, even though they are more slender in Tekken.
It's not just the thighs. When you compare the character models and renders to artwork and sprites from previous games, SFIV and SFxT have really ramped up the Heroic Build for the cast to what was previously seen in Street Fighter Alpha, if not beyond. This goes for not only the men, but several of the women as well. Chun's legs have always been thick (and she was drawn with an overall strong build in Alpha), but now no description other than massive would suffice. Makoto is shown to have surprisingly well-developed arms, possibly out-muscling even Cammy (who is incredibly buff herself, as is her literal and figurative clone Decapre in Ultra), and the previously slender Ibuki isn't doing too badly in that department either if one takes a quick glance at her broad shoulders and fairly large biceps. Super newcomer Juri is at least at figure model levels of muscularity. Poison gets six-pack abs and muscular legs. As said before, even Tekken girls like Nina and Julia, usually nothing more than athletic, are affected in the same way (Nina's legs are the most notable aspect of her physique thanks to her Spy Catsuit, but one of her alts. exposes her washboard stomach). However, it's hard to say if Capcom's tastes rubbed off on Namco: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 presented some of the ladies, Nina and Julia included, with notably heftier builds and Nina was previously shown to be particularly muscular in 4 (most evident in artwork).
James Jacobs, game designer and the creative head at Paizo, is a huge fan of dinosaurs, so much so that he has made sure that EVERY hardcover monster book published contains at least four of them.
Brian Jacques, creator of the Redwall series, liked food. Most novels in the series started with a feast and detailed, mouthwatering descriptions of the food being served. Food often became a minor plot point as well (e.g. the "shrewcakes"note a honey-sweetened pancake with dried fruit, used as a travel ration in Mattimeo). Jacques said that he was a child during World War II when food was being rationed, and his love of delicious food and lots of it stemmed from that.
Jeph Jacques, creator of Questionable Content, is obsessed with girls with psychological issues, and the entire cast of his webcomic except for a small handful of male characters is filled with just that. He also loves skinny girls, though a lot of focus gets put on a pair of curvier women's busts. His love of short hair was so noted that he admitted it in a post, promising to not cut all of a character's long hair off right away like he usually does.
Niklas Jansson has a tendency to draw girls with exposed midriffs, white low-leg panties (it was even in his deviantArt name), and white thigh-highs with knee-high boots. Even when he's doing his game "redesigns", these will pop up, regardless of setting. For example, count the girls dressed such in Kawaiik. He's made a jokeor two about it.
Shock comedian Anthony Jeselnik has stated that he loves sharks. The cover of his second comedy album Caligula is of a breaching great white shark even though sharks are never mentioned in the album itself. Jeselnik later caused an international backlash over a sketch on The Jeselnick Offensive in which he celebrates the fact that a New Zealand man was eaten by a shark. In his subsequent comedy album Thoughts & Prayers, he discusses his love for sharks and explains that far more sharks are killed by humans, so whenever a human is eaten by a shark, it's a score for "our side."
It looks like Jim Jinkins was quite a fan of Madonna back in The Nineties when he made Doug. For one, she is the only Real Life person ever mentioned In-Universe, but she is mentioned both in the Nickelodeon and the Disney show. Besides, Beebe Bluff's Quailman alter ego is named Material Girl.
Johns' personal favourite character is Barry Allen, the second Flash and the guy who started the Silver Age! In Johns' Flash run, which featured Wally West as the protagonist, Barry was featured quite a bit, and Wally all of a sudden started storing his costume inside a ring like Barry, when by that point he'd been able to actually just manifest one around himself. Later, Johns would write The Flash: Rebirth which focuses on Allen's return, and is basically one long love letter from Johns to Barry. Johns would go on to write Flashpoint, wherein the DCU is rebooted and Barry is established as being the only Flash. While the level of control he had over the story is debated, as it was editorially mandated, Johns is still one of the top three people in charge at DC.
Similarly, Hal Jordan is obviously Johns' preferred Green Lantern. After he became a villain and was hated by many people in the DCU, Johns' JSA run featured him in a few arcs as the Spectre, and his first arc on The Flash had Wally openly defend Hal in a Mirror Universe where he has his own museum. In Johns' Green Lantern run, Hal is even specifically called "the greatest Green Lantern.''
Johns did it again with the Legion of Super-Heroes. His "Lightning Saga" crossover brought back the Pre-Crisis, Silver Age Legion. His follow-up Legion work, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds put the other two versions of the Legion on busses so that his Legion, dubbed the Retroboot Legion, is the only one left in the mainstream DCU.
Johns also really likes Silver Age Superman stuff, specifically Superman having been Superboy when he was a teenager, something that was retconned away for a good 20 years before Johns himself brought it back. Post-Infinite Crisis (another of Johns' works), Clark was Superboy as a teenager, and a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Johns did not make it a secret that he did not like the Rogues having powers in the New 52, and much preferred them using weapons. So of course, in his Forever Evil crossover, he has Deathstorm pull Captain Cold's powers right out of him, so Cold falls back on using his Cold Gun.
He also apparently really likes people having their arms ripped off.
The Wheel of Time plot continually depends on slavery, servitude, and subordination; the plot winds up depending on a magic leash that allows its owner to inflict pain or pleasure on their slaves at will. Almost all relations between a man and a woman have elements of submission and constraint.
He also seems to have a thing for powerful women falling to lowly positions, doing housework and such. Queen Morgase and Siuan Sanche, in particular, spring to mind. And that's not counting the villainous women getting their degrading comeuppance.
He also tends to write a rather interesting kind of pornography. Clothing Pornography - Just read some of his later books where he goes into pages-long descriptions of clothes that are never mentioned again.
There are a lot of revered rites that involve naked women. Point: the breast-baring "I am a woman" scene, which is alluded to have involved "more thorough" proof in backstory.
The "humorous" Mat and Tylin subplot, where none of the characters bat an eyelid at Mat falling into a relationship where his consent is questionable at best (and where several characters think it's just what he deserves).
Many female characters of the series are punished (or threatened to be) with spankings, whippings, birchings... happens several times to Morgase.
Discreet lesbian relationships ("pillow friends") are referred to with increasing frequency among the various all-female organizations, especially among Aes Sedai, due to Situational Sexuality. Most Tower initiates grow out of this once they become full Aes Sedai; some of them don't, and Galina Casban verges on Psycho Lesbian at some points, but most Aes Sedai are simply asexual. The same thing happened in most of Jordan's Conan the Barbarian novels, to the point of being one step away from a Gor pastiche. Most of the heroines wound up naked, mind-controlled, in bondage and/or spanked at some point.
In Conan The Invincible, Red Sonja Expy Karela The Red Hawk was forcibly stripped and bound by bandits. She was also mind-controlled into dancing in the nude (and possibly more) by an evil wizard. The same wizard freely admitting to having a boot fetish, and forced Karela to strip down so she was wearing nothing but her leather boots. And she ended the novel nude except for a metal collar, on a slave chain, begging Conan to buy her.
Conan The Triumphant centered upon Al'Kiir; the demon-god of female subjugation who required a steady stream of female souls to "play" with. Al'Kiir was said to prefer very strong-willed women as "brides" and his rituals required sacrifices to be stripped, oiled with some kind of aphrodisiac, chained down and whipped. Naturally Karela wound up on the altar by the novel's end...
The Conan books at least were considered an Old Shame on Jordan's part, originally published under a different name.
Hiraku Kaneko loves two things in his anime series: Gigantic breasts and copious amounts of fanservice...usually involving gigantic breasts, so expect a lot boob shots and bouncing breasts. All of the series he's directed (Seikon No Qwaser, Manyu Hikencho, Kagaku na Yatsura, Maken-ki! OVA and season 2) are adaptations of extremely raunchy works with multiple characters sporting breasts at least the size of their heads.
He was one of the many character designers for the Queen's Blade visual combat books. He did the character design of Cattleya, who, in terms of size breast size, dwarfs most of the cast who are also busty.
Masakazu Katsura is a huge fan of Batman, and anything he works on will inevitably have some sort of nod or reference to the Caped Crusader. The most blatant was in I"s, where one character (an aspiring sculptor) managed to get some of her artwork included in the background of a very thinly-veiled version of one of the Schumacher Batman films.
Lloyd Kaufman of Troma (The Toxic Avenger) Entertainment likes his Gorn, girls and especially in combination. He's not alone, as he finds many actresses and models who love appearing blood-splattered and faux-mangled. Promoting this as a defining quality of Troma blurs the line between Author Appeal and Playing To The Fetishes.
Guy Gavriel Kay has the extremely obvious fetishes of male submission (complete with pillows and silken ropes) and Mardi Gras-type festivals involving anonymous sex.
Stephen King nearly always has a reference to a character farting in his books. Goodness knows why.
Perhaps a strange one, frequently in his novels a classic song of some sort will repeatedly be played.
Characters pee in their pants.
There is usually at least one fat woman in his books, and she's always a greedy,lazyJerkass.
His greatest fetish is Stephen King. Seriously, take a look at his stories' main characters and check the following list: writer, famous writer, smoker, had a car accident, alcoholic or drug abuser (sometimes recovering).
And if that wasn't enough to convince you...well, can we just say The Dark Tower? You write what you know, right?
In the rare instance one of his books isn't set in Maine, it will probably take place in Colorado.
Characters typically discuss baseball, which King is a fan of, at least once every few chapters.
In Donald Kingsbury's Psychohistorical Crisis has several pairings of adult or even middle-aged male characters with underage female characters.
Yukito Kishiro of Gunnm fame just loves to destroy the human brain. Dramatically. He allso likes to tear his hapless main character to pieces over and over again. Kishiro is a self admitted pervert.
Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto, has obviously a foot fetish and likes drawing toes. Pretty much every character besides the samurai (who live in a snow region) wear sandals. And he also likes exotic eye designs.
Mohiro Kitoh, creator of Narutaru and Bokurano, seems to have a thing for feet with long, almost finger-like, flexible toes. Most of his characters, especially the younger ones, have them and show them off by being bare-footed a lot, even though such feet are relatively rare in reality.
Are you a character in a Kazuo Koike manga? Better start urinating. On yourself, if possible. And hey, would it kill you to drink some urine, too?
Kohei Horikoshi has a very obvious fixation on hands - several characters in My Hero Academia have Quirks that are activated via their hands (Bakugou, Uraraka, Shigaraki), Midoriya is always breaking his fingers that require close-ups of his hands, Hagakure's hero outfit is literally just a pair of floating gloves and some boots and Shigaraki Tomura even wears several disembodied hands on his person, including one over his face.
He also tends to draw the girls in the series a bit thicker than most anime girls because he finds that body type attractive - Uraraka in particular is somewhat plump for Japanese standards and he notes in Mina's character profile that she has "healthy thighs."
In Metal Gear Solid, the main character is forced to identify a female soldier by her distinctive hip-shaking walk, which was extremely well hand-animated. There's an extended close-up of her buttocks filling the screen as she runs away in slow motion and motion-blur. She can be seen sans trousers depending on how long it takes you to trigger a certain cutscene, where she pinches her own buttocks after Snake comments on how she has 'a great butt'. She spends the final battle in a coma, lying on her side, tied up, buttocks thrust towards Snake. A certain male soldier is found naked and unconscious with his buttocks in the air. The Twin Snakes ups the ante by having Snake show himself off for the cameras in the Briefing scene, a particularly weird shot being of him with his arms resting on a bed, his legs straight, and his buttocks lifted right up to two of the four cameras, as he calmly discusses the mission.
In Metal Gear Solid 2, Solid Snake and Raiden both wear obscenely tight outfits which stretch flatteringly over muscles, but cling very, very tightly to every cleft and dimple of their buttocks. You can even see their underwear lines through their suits (neither of them wear anything particularly substantial). Emma wears skintight cycling shorts which hug her flatteringly, and Fortune wears a tight swimsuit - they bothered to shape the way the cut of the swimsuit changes the shape of her buttocks. Raiden spends a couple of areas completely naked, and, due to the camera angle, his buttocks are very prominent. The climactic scene of the game involves a shot where Snake is attempting to break out of handcuffs, requiring a gratuitous close-up of his hands and buttocks as he shakes them from side to side, in a sequence which lasts a good thirty seconds.
The tightness around the buttocks is faithfully reproduced in the action figure.
In Metal Gear Solid 3, the camera adores EVA's buttocks almost as much as it loves her breasts, to the point where listing individual - or even egregious - examples is impossible. Bringing her up in the Cure viewer can, depending on the time on your PS2 clock, reveal her doing a Stripperiffic posing routine in her underwear.
The less said about the Beauty and the Beast unit in Metal Gear Solid 4, the better. And Snake manages to pull off a Thong of Shielding despite being very old. The opening scene to Act 2 involves Snake crawling along the ground in a disarmingly...undulatory way, with the camera focused on his buttocks the whole time. The scene lasts a good two minutes.
When asked in an interview if he and Snake had anything in common, Kojima responded that 'we both think we have nice asses for our age'. There's really nothing more to say.
The Sneaking Suit in MGS has straps that draw attention to Solid Snake's crotch. The Sneaking Suit in MGS2 has straps that draw attention to Solid Snake's crotch. Raiden's "Skull Suit" has a prominent crotch bulge for no good reason. The Sneaking Suit in MGS3 has straps that draw attention to Naked Snake's crotch. Volgin's "cage match" outfit has bandoleers that cross his hips just above his crotch, and one that hangs down right in front of it. In MGS4, Old Snake has the straps and a bulge. Raiden has a bulge, which is especially odd considering he's a cyborg with no reproductive abilities whatsoever. The art for the Audio Drama? Crotch straps. Big Boss in Peace Walker and the Portable Ops series? Crotch straps. Monster Hunter Freedom 3? Well, Snake doesn't appear. But you can get the outfit for your cat. And yes, crotch straps. Despite not actually wearing any pants.◊ Raiden in Revengeance? No, of course he doesn't have crotch straps, that'd be silly. He does have a codpiece. With straps leading to it. On his cybernetic body.
Heinrich Kramer, the author of the Malleus Maleficarum, was so obsessed with demon rape that he got tossed from every monastery he got sent to after he drove the monks up the wall by talking nonstop about it.
Tite Kubo, author of Zombie Powder and Bleach, once said that if he wasn't a manga artist, he'd like to be a designer of either fashion or architecture and that he wrote Bleach to be kimono-heavy because he loved the idea of beautifully billowing sleeves during battle. He's also a huge music buff and loves the sound and nuance of languages.
The Arrancar are named after models, artists and architects from around the world. Entire manga panels are lovingly devoted to zoom in/out shots of characters standing in dramatic poses with clothing billowing around them. Most characters look like models that have stepped onto a catwalk. Clothing Damage for men and scantily clad women abound. He won't draw backgrounds so that panels can focus exclusively on the drama and emotion of a character without distraction. His volume and chapter cover artwork often depicts characters in artistic poses, dressed in provocative, cutting-edge clothing. One interviewer even said the way the entire manga is structured on a page makes it look like movie stills put together to create a cinematic experience.
Volume and chapter titles are usually inspired by music, especially album and song titles, and often include the terms 'mix' or 'reprise' to evoke musicality. He also inserts a lot of gratuitous 'language X' due to his love of languages and word play, and his desire to associate the "feel" of a language with a particular race: He feels German sounds like an organised, intellectual and efficient language, so it's the language of the regimented and militaristic Quincies. He feels Spanish has an Evil Is Sexy flair, so it's the language of the Hollows, especially the fan-service Arrancars. He'll throw in English or slang Japanese for the "cool" characters and uses historical Japanese for traditional and spiritual characters, such as the Shinigamis' Tokugawa-era culture.
He also really, really likes the Japanese Spirit trope - characters will take one hell of a beating, only to pull themselves back up again and win multiple times.
His women also tend to have huge tits, Rangiku, Orihime, Yoruichi, Cirucci, Neliel, Halibel, Kuukaku, Isane and Unohana being the, ahem, biggest examples.
Stanley Kubrick's movies frequently have major scenes taking place in a bathroom, someone spitting or salivating, extreme close-ups of intensely emotional faces, and "the glare"head tilted forward with eyes looking up.
Koji Kumeta has a couple of appeals that seem to be present in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. It might be just part of the general weirdness, but there's several scenes that sort of randomly show a dominatrix prostitute "doing her thing" and the character of Ms. Chie was shown to be a sadomasochist. On the non-sexual side, the whole series showcases meticulously selected Awesome Anachronistic Apparel and has a Retro Universe feel. There's a similar Fan of the Past vibe in the characters- Ikkyu "loves everything old", Nozomu is very knowledgeable of both classic literature and older pop culture, Harumi has an encyclopedic knowledge of manga history. Finally, it's quite likely that many of the numerous character filibusters reflect Kumeta's opinions.
Akira Kurosawa absolutely loves the weather on film. His films would usually depict heavy rain, wind, snow, fog or intense heat. He also likes characters who are rebels, misfits and nonconformists.
The late horror writer Richard Laymon is a notorious Guilty Pleasure — largely due to the amount of time his characters spend thinking about women's breasts and the many, many instances of sexual violence against women.
The presence of barely nubile young girls the Twain more often than not lust upon...
If you're watching a Sergio Leone film and there's a female character in it, you can bet that she'll be raped at some point, or that she's a prostitute. Or both.
This is pretty standard for all Spaghetti Westerns. For example, the first Django movie opens with a scene, which goes on for nearly 10 minutes, of a semi-naked woman being tied up and whipped by a group of men. She was being punished for sleeping with a Mexican.
Triple H loves to make penis gags. Specifically, he loves to imply he has a giant one. Also, according to Mick Foley's The Hardcore Diairies, he was the one to note AC/DC's Brian Johnson's significant pants bulge to the other wrestlers during their time on Saturday Night Live.
He seems to be a real life Amazon Chaser. He dated Chyna for years, and now he's got Stephanie McMahon (who was never particularly fit before) working out heavily and making workout tapes with him. This also shows up in a lot of the promotional footage for the women of WWE NXT - they're much more likely to show videos of the women doing squats and chin-ups in the gym instead of wandering around the beach in bikinis.
His use of Motörhead for his entrance theme counts, though it was incidental. WWE's music director asked if he'd ever heard of Motörhead when it came time to do a new theme; it turns out Trips has been a huge fan of the band since his youth. So far, he got two songs for himself ("The Game" and "King of Kings") and one for his Power StableEvolution. Hunter is such a big fan that the band itself (or simply their frontman Lemmy) has appeared at WWE events, including playing Trips out to the ring live at two separate WrestleManias.
By all accounts, WWE NXT is a running case of Author Appeal. He loves old school southern style wrestling with more of an emphasis on the wrestlers than other people. According to sources, NXT is sufficiently under Vince McMahon's radar, and is Triple H's "baby," and he's pretty much running it himself:
Since becoming head of Talent Development, he's signed Sin Cara as well as IWC favorite Awesome Kong, and has focused on the old-school style of using promos to introduce new wrestlers before calling them up. To the IWC's great delight, also, he has also reportedly made some tweaks in developmental, expressing (among other things) a desire to have the talents there learn to cut promos from bullet points rather than the writers writing the promos word-for-word.
He has been trying to talk Vince into resurrecting the WarGames match for years - which he finally managed to make happen in 2017 in NXT, booking a War Games match between SanitY (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain), The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong and The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) at the eponymous NXT TakeOver: WarGames event.
He wrote Leia as a 14 year-old in a romantic relationship with an older Luke Skywalker in the first draft of Star Wars. He then was very enthusiastic about Indiana Jones having met, romanced and abandoned Marion when she was 14 while brainstorming Raiders of the Lost Ark with Kasdan and Spielberg; this is not stated outright in the final film but it's implied that Marion was very young and Indy took advantage of her when she says "I was a child. I was in love. It was wrong and you knew it!"·(the official Ultimate Guide that she was 16 and Indy 10 years older). Finally, Amidala was 14 years old when she met Anakin in The Phantom Menace, although he was actually younger than her (9) and no romance took place until the next movie, set 10 years after that.
Baz Luhrmann movies will always feature a wild party. And comparatively modern music if it's a period piece.
Maffewreeeealy likes CHIKARA, and wants his followers to like it, too. More than one of the Botchamania videos have had allusions to the small, independent wrestling promotion; even their main website links to Chikara's page.
Though that's probably because CHIKARA pays him and is the main sponsor of Botchamania videos.
Michael Mann loves seedy underworlds full of Black-and-Gray Morality, where heroes dive so deep into any means necessary to take down villains that it's hard for them to tell which way is "up" (and the true-blue villains are normally horrible, who maintain a degree of Evil Is Cool because they are borderline hyper-competent), lots of Reality Ensues moments (both regular "world is crap" and "guy who isn't a Combat Pragmatist will get his ass kicked by the guy who is" kind of moments) and the Pyrrhic Victory being the best victory a protagonist can get (or even hope for). He also seeks hefty amounts of authenticity on his films, to the point that acts that need to handle firearms are put through tactical boot camps.
Sondra Marshak's Star Trek novels are all about the importance of physical strength as the ultimate resolving factor. One gets the distinct feeling (particularly after having ploughed laboriously through either The Price of the Phoenix or The Prometheus Design) that she was brutally bullied in school and/or had a tough time in Phys Ed, to the point that she is obsessed with strength.
Marston: Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.
Lying. Marston was also the inventor of the first lie detector. Lying was in interest of his, and Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth is inspired by that. Lie detectors of the scientific type that Marston developed make some appearances in the stories as well. However, the way that the Lasso compels the truth has more to do with submission, which leads us too...
Submission. Marston seems to have felt that a little BDSM now and then was a healthy way of sublimating the aggression in a relationship. Oh, and bondage leads to world peace. It was startlingly blatant for the 1940s. Amusingly, attacks by Media Watchdogs cracking down on comics were treated more as a misinterpreted annoyance than any outright denials of its themes. More examples here, courtesy of Superdickery.) Notably, while women are positively depicted when dominating both men and other women, dominant men are always depicted as abusive, and evil in other ways as well.
The copious quantities of Les Yay also seem to have been consciously inserted by Marston out of Girl-on-Girl Is Hot tendencies. In real life, he was definitely known to have been in a triple relationship with his wife Elizabeth and his former research assistant Olive Byrne, and while there is no direct confirmation of a sexual relationship between the two women, they lived together for the rest of their lives after William's death.
He has some disturbing shit out there, but the only major recurring theme he has is a bunch of stories that have the protagonist losing a woman to his best friend—something that he openly states happened to him and he wrote a lot of depressed stories that featured the idea.
He seems to really like writing about incest. A lot. To the point that one of the first questions on one of the "You Know You've Read Too Much ASOIAF When..." lists floating around the Internet is: "You no longer view incest as inherently wrong as long as they love each other." Although it tends to be committed by the bad guys, such as Cersei with her brother Jaime Lannister which leads to Joffrey Baratheon being born.
He seems to enjoy unusual sex scenes, in general—be it incest, twincest, Ho Yay, Foe Yay, Les Yay, unusual proportions, ugly characters, loveless couples, virgins having awkward first times, borderline Lolicon and Shotacon, or even just normal-ish characters who wouldn't ordinarily get to have sex shown on screen (e.g. somewhat pudgy, bad complexion, shorter than average, etc.) Some readers find this a refreshing change from fiction where every love scene involves perfect people having perfect sex, and others find it gross.
Martin clearly loves reading and books... granted, that's not such a surprise considering that he's an author. Every A Song of Ice and Fire character who is depicted as a great reader or lover of literature is sympathetic. At the beginning of the series, we are informed that Winterfell—the ancestral seat of House Stark—is home to one of the greatest libraries in Westeros. Tyrion—by far the most sympathetic Lannister—loves reading. Samwell Tarly loves reading. Rhaegar Targaryen loved reading. Rodrik Harlaw—possibly the only genuinely sympathetic of the Ironborn lords, and the only one who seems to think that there's more to life than raping and pillaging—loves reading. Ser Jorah Mormont gave Daenerys Targaryen books as a wedding gift. In short, not every sympathetic, likeable character is a great reader, but every great reader is a sympathetic, likeable character. On the other hand, the villainous Roose Bolton is seen reading a book... and throwing it to the fire after finishing it. Could it be an Establishing Character Moment?
Tyrion says, "I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things," and he's clearly not the only one. In A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin really likes to write about characters that don't conform to the ideal of their society, especially the male-warrior dominated societies presented in the series. He likes writing about bookish people, women, cripples, bastards, the deformed and people who are outsiders in one way or another. He also likes writing about difficult family dynamics, especially if they involve someone feeling that they don't meet the standards set by their family.
Nipples/breastfeeding. The relationship between young Robert Arryn, and his mother Lysa in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is famous for the fact that she breastfeeds him beyond what many would consider the appropriate age—although it's meant to be weird and creepy. In A Feast for Crows alone, Martin fixates on the blackness of various female character's nipples, describing them as "coal black" and having Cersei fixate with one female's nipples and thinking about how she would like to suckle them. Samwell Tarly drinks his paramour's breastmilk. When a man is torturing somebody he comments on how a man's nipples are as sensitive as a woman's and promptly cuts the boy's off. Cersei has a dream where her nipples are cut off and somebody drinks the blood out of them like one would breastmilk.
A Song of Ice and Fire has a copious amounts of Food Porn. There's even a blog about it. Many readers of the series have joked that if Martin didn't go into such loving detail describing every meal the characters eat, the series would be several hundred pages shorter.
Melanie Martinez likes to include references to cotton candy in a lot of her songs.
Shirow Masamune appears to have an amputee fetish judging from the number of times his heroines lose an arm. He even makes them cyborgs, so he can dismember them repeatedly!
Shirow did it once and then every single adaptation has included it as a reference. Which means that combined, Maj. Motoko Kusanagi has lost three arms, one leg and two heads!
He also seems to have quite the thing for shiny bodies, to the point that one of his Hentai manga is called Greaseberries.
Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow series of spy novels, loves food so much that if a specific item is mentioned in a chapter, there will be a recipe for it at the end of said chapter. And even if it's not the food item that will be getting a recipe for that chapter, most of the food is described in detail anyway. If the events of a chapter don't involve any character interacting with food in anyway, he'll use an analogy instead, then append its recipe.
Brooke McEldowney has long made clear his love of nubile cartoon women (and has a talent for drawing the legs of women), but a recent Story Arc in his web-comic Pibgorn has also featured a lot of shots of said women in bondage and/or outright torture. 9 Chickweed Lane has bondage in it too, which he plays for laughs.
Seth MacFarlane loves puke, poop, pee, and blood. Ever since Fox gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wants, he's made sure that every episode of his shows includes at least one scene with plenty of bodily fluid and/or waste.
He also has extensive vocal training and loves to sing. Family Guy has lots of musical numbers that are far longer than necessary to make their point. Almost all songs are also sung by his countless characters. He also loves Frank Sinatra's work so much that a world where Sinatra was never born is depicted as hell and Sinatra's son was a recurring guest star.
Hiro Mashima likes drawing women with large breasts, muscular men and he draws many chapters full of Fanservice. Also, he seems to have a foot fetish. There is also at least a weird looking or funny guy for each group. Even if it's a woman or a dragon.
Surprisingly, Todd McFarlane's run on Spider-Man inverts this: Fans assumed all the webbing he drew was for this trope, when he actually hated drawing webbing, but couldn't bring himself not to include it.
Robin McKinley's novels often involve May/September romances. McKinley's husband is 25 years her senior.
WWE chairman Vince McMahon, having been the final authority on all creative aspects of the WWE, has built up several over the years.
He has apparently been pushing for an incest angle for years now, and, at one time, even proposed a storyline that would show himself as the on-screen father of his daughter Stephanie's child (thankfully, Stephanie, as head of WWE's creative committee, was able to veto that one). Allegedly he also tried to book an incest angle with Stephanie and her brother Shane (they both refused to do it). He finally did the gimmick with Paul and Katie Lea Burchill, a brother/sister pairing who, when they debuted, had waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much Subtext. Fortunately, the incest portion of the gimmick was eventually dropped, and the Burchills were re-cast as a British Rich Bitch and her overprotective brother. And then became Jobbers, now that they no longer had Vince's interest.
He likes big men and extremely muscular men, an obsession that most infamously led to his disastrously short-lived World Bodybuilding Federation. His most favored wrestlers tend to be whoever is biggest and buffest (i.e. Batista), and he will push them, regardless of whether they're talented or not. Curiously, he hates it when big men do agile moves, and forbade Paul Birchill (see above), Mike Awesome and Sean O'Haire from doing the high flying moves they got popular from doing. Conversely, he has a notorious dislike of cruiserweights and smaller wrestlers - the only true cruiserweight he ever pushed in WWE was Rey Mysterio, and even in Mysterio's case Vince demanded that Mysterio not be booked too strongly.
Vince also thinks that having only one name makes wrestlers sound tougher. See also: (Dave) Batista, (Antonio) Cesaro, (Alexander) Rusev, Sheamus (O'Shaunessy), (Fit) Finlay, Big E (Langston), (Adrian) Neville, Elias (Samson), (Luke) Harper, (Erick) Rowan, TJP (TJ Perkins), Apollo (Crews). Wrestlers will often have a full name in developmental and drop it when they get called up, but it isn't rare for wrestlers to simply drop half of their name apropos of nothing.
This one's more alleged than confirmed, but Vince supposedly has a soft spot for wrestlers who partake in the older tradition of going out and partying with drugs after the shows rather than hanging out in the locker room or motels and playing videogames like a lot of the newer wrestlers do. It's said to explain his obvious soft spots for locker room troublemakers like Alberto Del Rio and Enzo Amore.
Vince is also something of an old school conservative, and rarely passes up a chance to throw rocks at the Democratic party and liberals in general. All American Faces tend to be well received, but other than that his attempts at inserting politics into wrestling usually come out poorly. Examples of this include having stereotypical smug ivory tower liberal and Harvard graduate Christopher Nowinski debate notoriously inarticulate Scott Steiner over the merits of the Second Iraq Warnote Vince assumed all it would take for the crowd to back Steiner was that he'd take the conservative position; instead the fans were noticeably more supportive of Nowinski, and a match between a fake Rosie O'Donnel and a fake Donald Trump that was so terrible the fans chanted for TNA.
Stephanie McMahon (Vince's daughter) is into social progressivism - ironically so, considering Vince's conservative leanings. She's stated her intent to feature LBGT characters in a positive light on WWE programming. Not much has openly come of that yet. Allegedly, the Balor Club started when Stephanie wanted to make Finn Bálor an "empowered gay" and was overruled by the rest of WWE creative (more allegedly, when she couldn't explain what an empowered gay was). Another character that is believed to have come from Stephanie is Nia Jax's brief run as a body-positive face.
Russ Meyer. Bosomania. Catch it! As the years passed, the boobs in his movies just got bigger and bigger.
Stephenie Meyer: The driving force behind characters in the Twilight series, but most especially the protagonists Bella and Edward, is that they have a predestined One True Love with whom they are paired, even before conception! Though Meyer gets a lot of accusations of this, Cleolinda Jones had a more humorous hypothesis. In her summary of Breaking Dawn, Cleo suggests that Renesmee being a "perfect baby" (sleeps most of the day, never cries, can communicate psychically) sounds like the fantasy of a woman who's had three kids ("I haven't slept in days, please God send help").
Frank Miller's work is notorious for almost always featuring at least one female character who is a prostitute, often of the dominatrix type. This tendency of Miller's reached its apotheosis in Sin City (movie and comic), in which a neighborhood of the titular city is wholly populated and governed by prostitutes (who nevertheless require a man's help when they get into serious trouble). He's managed to avert this so far in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, which has proven the least tolerable work of his career. The below-mentioned webcomicShortpacked! made light of this, when Ethan learned that Frank Miller would be directing the then-upcoming film adaptation of The Spirit: 
Ethan: [But] The Spirit isn't about whores. Amber: Correction: it wasn't about whores. Ethan: Oh, the karmic backlash.
A ridiculously varied palette of battle armor, all drawn in exquisite detail.
Disturbing sexuality—rape, violent satanist orgies, rape, incest, more rape, troll rape, demon rape, attempted rape, pedophilia and more rape. It's definitely telling that Guts and Casca's love scene in the manga before the Eclipse is one of the few positive and fully consensual sexual encounters in the series in general.
All the Eye Scream. Seriously. Eyeballs popping out all over the place...
Likes to feature loli (or at least adolescent girls) characters in his works as the Morality Chain and will rarely be subjected to brutal treatments above. In fact, a portion of them in Berserk is what makes the series more Lighterand Softer in later arcs, and especially Gigantomakhia that is depicted more idealistically.
Goo-ey creatures with large eyes, preferably functioning as minions. Both Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea are great examples of movies that have them. (Then again, Studio Ghibli also loves goo in general — Studio Ghibli movies will feature viscous and gooey materials quite often. Even the water is sometimes animated to look downright gelatinous, like it was in Ponyo.)
He loves all things Italian. "Ghibli" is an Italian word meaning "hot wind" that was used for a World War II era Italian airplane. Porco Rosso takes place there during the 1920s. The Wind Rises has an Italian "mentor" to protagonist Jiro
He also loves strong female characters. Most of his films have girls as protagonists but even his guy protagonists will have some awesome ladies in the lives. His last film and upcoming one have male protagonists but partially this is because he doesn't like the sexualization of the female characters by denizens of the internet.
Alan Moore certainly is fond of depicting sexual relations between young women and older/uglier men whenever he can. He does it in V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, From Hell... he also seems very fond of pornography. Old-time, classic pornography, usually from the Victorian era or the 'Tijuana Bible' style of pornography, granted, but pornography nonetheless. References to and appearances of pornography tend to appear in almost all of his works.
Chris Morrison of the webcomic Polymer City Chronicles and his glaringly obvious love of women with huge muscles and huge breasts. Indeed, when he included a female that wasn't of this body type, he rather abruptly ended the storyline involving her, continued the story as if it finished (sort of, he was unclear on the circumstances), and used the unseen events as an excuse to have the character start pumping iron like crazy until she was more buff than your average (male) American Gladiator.
Despite his regard for comics of the '50s and '60s, he's mentioned that he likes trying to inject more diversity into The DCU. His Seven Soldiers series introduced the new, black Golden Guardian, while Final Crisis introduced the Super Young Team and Big Science Action, two teams of heroes from Japan. Batman Inc. also introduced Mr. Unknown, the Batman of Japan, and Batwing, the Batman of Congo.
Toni Morrison has a thing for necrophilia, and adults breastfeeding other adults. She also has an oral fixation... one chapter of Beloved has an unnamed (but possibly the title) character crammed among the dead on a slave ship, and all she focuses on is a dead man's "pretty white points" of teeth and his sweet breath. Several times before, other characters' breath-scents are brought up.
Let's just say that for Morrissey, "rough trade" is more than just the name of the record label that The Smiths were signed to. There's also his fetish for leather car seats, which he's admitted to in interviews.
Haruki Murakami loves reading and his work often contain a lot of literature references and in general his characters tend to be very well-read.
He also really likes cats - Mari and Takashi spend the better part of the night talking to each other outside a café and Mari is cuddling a kitten the entire time in After Dark, in KafkaOnTheShore, Nakata can speak to cats and makes a living by reuniting cats with their owners and the bad guy of that book is a cat Serial Killer.
Dysfunctional family situations as well, most of his protagonists come from broken homes with absent, neglectful or even abusive parents.
Astral projection is a plot point quite a few times in his books, especially Kafka on the Shore and After Dark.
Go Nagai likes to feature a ton of bloody deaths and sexual aggression in his works.
He also seems to have some kind of running gag fetish throughout his works of impossibly strong naked women beating the tar out of men.
As someone pointed this out:
''I see Nagai has a fascination with cute ladies being paraded on large sticks." note Make of that what you will...
Bandai Namco Entertainment and spanking. Actually, butts in general, given characters like Isabella Valentine and Anna Williams from Soulcalibur and Tekken respectively. But spanking seems to be high on the list of things Namco developers would like to do to a butt.
Namco's Tales series seems to throw in a reference to spanking somewhere in every game. There's a fairly infamous scene in Tales of Symphonia where Raine catches Lloyd and her little brother Genis skipping school and she spanks Genis and then kicks Lloyd into a wall.
The biggest offender is Tekken 4 featuring old Heihachi Mishima in a mawashi; complete with an extreme close-up on his exposed ass during his entrance.
Tsukiji Nao of Adekan seems to love elabourate costumes, Bishōnen men, Ho Yay, scenery porn, uniforms, men in lingerie and sexy costumes, cute girls, and heaps of rococo-level detail.
Kinoko Nasu of Type-Moon fame apparently has a thing for eyes, especially the evil ones: at least two of his famous works (Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai) revolve around a main character with abnormal eyes, and guess how his Canaan's powers manifest themselves. He lovingly describes cooking.
Nolan has some kind of intense hatred for chronological order. Many of his films feature weird timeline shenanigans that disrupt the typical plot progression of events, whether it's a main narrative told back to front alongside a B-plot that progresses normally (Memento), extensive intercutting between flashbacks and the present (Batman Begins), multiple subsequent layers of reality occurring at increasing speed the farther down you go (Inception), time-dilation as a result of Faster-Than-Light Travel (Interstellar), or multiple overlapping time-frames that each cover increasingly short periods of activity (Dunkirk).
He likes subdued colors, but that's because he's partially colorblind.
John Norman's Gor novels began as somewhat mediocre Planetary Romance novels, but rapidly came to revolve entirely around male supremacy and the elaborate system of sexual slavery practiced by the men of Gor. The series has actually spawned a small but vocal BDSM subculture.
Katsuhito Akiyama: So I asked him "Obari, what would you do [to conclude the Knight Sabers' story]?". He said "in the end, giant robots will battle each other." This comment pretty much sums up his personality.
Frank O'Connor, the director of the Halo series, likes throwing in references to his birth nation of Scotland. In Midnight In the Heart of Midlothian, the protagonist grew up in Edinburgh (Frank's childhood hometown) and the ship in the title is named after his favorite Scottish football club. Then in Halo: Saint's Testimony, the AI Iona explains that her name comes from an island off the coast of Scotland, meaning the Island of Yew.
Experimental pop artist Frank Ocean, best known for his critically-acclaimed albums channel Orange and Blond(e), has been noted for his obsession with cars. Many of his song lyrics contain references to automobiles (such as "White Ferrari"), and the cover of the mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra is of a sports car. In addition, the magazine Boys Don't Cry, intended to be a companion piece to his albums Endless and Blond(e), is loaded with pictures of sports cars driving around empty fields.
Many covers and artwork have animals. Oda likes drawing animals, but he isn't an animal fan.
Most of his characters are ridiculous huge, even the women (most notably the women from Amazon Lily). Boa Hancock was the smallest of the Seven Warlords pre-Time Skip, despite being 191 cm (6'3¼") tall.
Afros, Crossdressers, and recently sunglasses appear frequently in his character designs as well.
Oh!Great, creator of, among others, Air Gear and Tenjho Tenge. Before he got a series in a major magazine, all of his works were hentai (such as Silky Whip), and Tenjho Tenge has copious amounts of sex. No, really, it must be seen to be believed. The breadth and depth of Fanservice even in Air Gear, his "tamer" series is... incredible.
He also seems to have a thing for people losing limbs, primarily arms, and Eye Patches Of Power; in fact the Mother of Tenjho Tenge's main character has both at the start of the series.
On both game music podcast Nitro Game Injection and its spinoff show GameFuel, the music playlist usually features a disproportionate amount of rock and metal remixes.
Most every episode also has at least one song from a Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man game. If it doesn't, it's usually an episode with a particular theme, or just a huge oversight. Eventually they just decided to embrace it and do a dedicated "Blue Hero" Mega Man/Sonic episode, which was kind of justified, because their guest that week was Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man comic writer Ian Flynn.
Shinobu Ohtaka seems to take a kick in making anime characters who are always barefoot, such as Morgiana from her series Magi: Labryinth Of Magic.
Hiroya Oku, creator of GANTZ (a series that has quite a bit of art involving girls with gigantic breasts wearing skintight suits or skimpy outfits or nothing at all) mentioned in the author's notes of one volume that drawing the series is "like masturbation for [him]." In his older series Hen the main character, Chizuru Yoshida, is a girl with an extremely thin body...and breasts as big as rugby balls.
Chuck Palahniuk always manages to get non-plot-related gay sex, homoerotic imagery, or at least a guy beating off into his novels. Lullaby actually has the female lead die and come back in a male body for this purpose. Apart from his obvious love of genital injury...
In an interview about Dorian Gray, Ben Barnes said something along the lines of "I asked the director, Oliver Parker, why every sex scene involved a mask, whip, knife, handcuffs, or a feather boa, why there was no non-kinky sex in the world of Dorian Gray. He just looked at his shoes. I assume it was plucked from his own bedroom but you'd have to ask him."
Dee Parson, creator of Kurami, is a big fan of Garfield. One of the strip's characters, Zane, is essentially Garfield in a hat. He also loves the Rachel Platten song "Fight Song" so much that he gave one character a bruised-looking alter ego with a "Fight Song" headband.
Charles Pellegrino really loves talking about the RMS Titanic. He's written and contributed extensively to the subject, perhaps most notably in a subplot throughout The Killing Star, where one of the characters continues working on and refining a Titanic VR program even after an attack by aliens has wiped out most of human civilization across the solar system.
Fred Perry's Gold Digger is loaded with toned, voluptuous, scantily clad women who kick ass and are usually rather aggressive in their affections. Like the Foglios, Perry also freely plays equal opportunity with his Fanservice. Combined with the above, you are far more likely to see the girls' drooling over a guy in his works than you are guys drooling over a girl. He apparently (perhaps rightfully) expects the readers to do that for him.
Tamora Pierce finds older men attractive. All three of Alanna's paramours are older and Daine falls in love with Numair, who's twice her age. (The fan outcry over the latter instance had her promise not to include that large an age gap again.) She's also a big animal person, and each protagonist usually has at least one animal companion with them in both the Tortall Universe and Circle of Magic books. Characters are also likely to value teaching highly, either finding a Parental Substitute in a teacher or caring for students of their own. Finally, on a less noticeable note, her characters seem to share a dislike of parties and alcohol, with few exceptions.
Christopher Pike, he of the big breast fascination. An interesting point, however, is that the main characters of his novels commonly have small frames and they mock the larger breasted secondary characters.
Hollywood producer Jon Peters was obsessed with having a Giant Spider in a film for years. Kevin Smith gleefully recounts in An Evening With Kevin Smith that even the other people at the studio were exasperated with his fixation when he was trying to get it put into a Superman movie Smith was writing. Eventually it found its way into Wild Wild West.
ElfQuest didn't start out this way, but gradually introduced Wendy Pini's ideas, which might best be described as a fixation on a Free-Love Future. By the second series, practically Everyone Is Bi including the hero. Although actual scenes never went beyond PG-13 or a mild R, it must have made things interesting for the parents who'd been reading Elfquest to very young children.