Origin: "Mutant Enemy" was the nickname Joss Whedon gave to the typewriter upon which he started his writing career, and came from the Yes song "And You And I" (specifically, the third section of the song entitled "The Teacher and the Preacher"), a band Whedon is a big fan of. This song was inspired by Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series of books, and the "mutant enemy" of that series was a character called the Mule.
The famous 'Mutant Enemy' production screen (with its associated zombie) was, according to Whedon, the product of desperation: Whedon was told that he needed one, and the Big Meeting started in twenty minutes!
The term Lampshade Hanging was the one most used in the Mutant Enemy bullpen and it was for this reason that the trope was given the name here.
Writers from Mutant Enemy include:
- Tim Minear (aka The Tim Reaper) — Previously show-runner for Wonderfalls, The Inside, Standoff and Drive. Served as consulting producer/writer for Dollhouse. Currently Executive Producer on American Horror Story
- Jane Espenson — Served as consulting producer/writer for Dollhouse. Also noted for her work as a writer and producer on Battlestar Galactica (2003), then on Caprica — for a while, as showrunner, now back to primarily focusing on writing. Wrote five episodes for Torchwood: Miracle Day. She also wrote some Buffy comics. Now has her own webshow, Husbands, which guest-starred past collaborators Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion.
- Dana Reston — ? last credit: 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer "The Witch"
- David Greenwalt — Left Angel to run Miracles, then Jake 2.0, returned to direct Angel 5.20: "The Girl in Question". As of early 2007, his producer credits (consulting and exec'ing) have extended to include Surface, Eureka, and Kidnapped. Also co-created the FOX series Profit, starring Adrian Pasdar. Also co-created Grimm and worked on The X-Files and short-lived series Moonlight (not Moonlighting).
- Rob Des Hotel — ? last credit: 1998 Fantasy Island
- Jeffery Bell — Went to Alias, then Day Break. Currently co-showrunner of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Drew Goddard — Served as supervising producer for Lost season 3, then co-executive producer for season 4. Wrote Cloverfield. Directed The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. Also wrote for Buffy (including one season 8 arc) and Angel. He started working on the Netflix Daredevil adaptation, before stepping down due to his involvement with Sony's Sinister Six film(...which kind of went nowhere.)
- Dean Batali — Last on That '70s Show
- Matt Kiene — Last on Andromeda
- Reinkemeyer — Last on Andromeda
- Ashley Gable — Last on The Division
- Thomas A. Swyden — ? last credit: 1997 series Soldier of Fortune
- David Tyron King — ? last credit: 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Carl Ellsworth — ? last credit 2000 Cleopatra 2525
- Howard Gordon — Producer 24. Developped Homeland for Showtime and co-created Tyrant for FX.
- Marti Noxon — Executive producer for Private Practice, consulting producer for Mad Men, and currently on the Glee writing staff.
- David Fury — Wrote for 24 and Fringe.
- Elin Hampton — ? last credit 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Douglas Petrie — Worked on Pushing Daisies, American Horror Story. Showrunner for Daredevil season 2.
- Dan Vebber — ? Now on Family Guy and American Dad
- Tracy Forbes — Now consulting producer for Flashpoint
- Rebecca Rand Kirshner — Last seen as writer for Gilmore Girls
- Spotted writing for The CW's 90210 (and possibly showrunning?)
- Steven S. DeKnight — Wrote for Smallville , post Angel, then Dollhouse, created Starz's Spartacus, Showrunner on season 1 of Netflix's Daredevil and director of Pacific Rim: Uprising.
- Tracey Stern — ? last credit: 2001 Leap Years
- Jeannine Renshaw — Last on Charmed
- Jim Kouf — films National Treasure and Taxi.
- Drew Z. Greenberg — went on to Smallville , Dexter, Warehouse 13, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Ben Edlund — Creator and writer of The Tick, wrote for The Venture Bros., Supernatural and Revolution. Currently writing on Gotham, and has revived The Tick (2016) at Amazon Studios.
- José Molina — Started on Dark Angel then joined Firefly then The Vampire Diaries and Sleepy Hollow. Last seen on Agent Carter
- Cheryl Cain — Formerly on Threat Matrix, which was cancelled in 2003.
- Brett Matthews — presently on The Vampire Diaries
- Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain — (writing team) Went to The Shield, then Dollhouse, then Lie to Me, currently writing on The 100.
- Shawn Ryan — Creator of The Shield and Last Resort and showrunner for Lie to Me.
- Mere Smith — (an online fan who got a gig as writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, writer-mommy of Gwen Raiden) moved on to Jonny Zero, then Rome and now Burn Notice.
Films and TV Shows produced by Mutant Enemy:
- Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (Documentary)