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  • ARIA has Aria Pokoteng, the "Mars cat" that functions as the president of Aria Company. He's not particularly smart or funny, and can only speak using annoying baby talk. This gets even more obvious in the anime adaptation, where his constant loud interruptions often get in the way of the interactions between the other characters. Still, he gets shoved in almost every scene, and the characters in the story can't help but proclaim how cute and interesting he is.
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  • Bleach: A common accusation thrown against Nozomi Kujou from the anime. Kon's canon modsoul background was rewritten to justify Nozomi's existence, give her a hybrid version of Yumichika and Ukitake's unique Energy Absorption abilities (but stronger than either) and make her Kon's Love Interest (reducing Ichigo's role from Hero Protagonist to sidekick). Faster than even Ichigo's unique development, she took only about 36 hours to go from powerless to saving Yamamoto's life from enemies too powerful for even him to defeat. Writers also broke their own rules for modsoul death (instantaneous reversion to pill-state) to give her a protracted Heroic Sacrifice everyone could weep over.
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  • Darker Than Black: Suou Pavlichenko in the second season. She gets much more attention than the original protagonist, which is particularly jarring since Hei's personality has changed drastically (and not for the better) with the explanation relegated to the OVAs released with the DVDs. Suou herself doesn't have a very distinctive personality and is often used as a vehicle for lolicon subtext and fanservice, alienating viewers who aren't interested. Some go so far as to say she singlehandedly ruined what could have been an interesting story; others just feel some of her screentime could have been better spent focusing on established major characters like Yin, Hei, or Kirihara. She also breaks what being a contractor is like as she goes back and forth between being a contractor and a regular girl. She's a Magical Girl in a setting that doesn't have them.
  • D.Gray-Man has developed their own Creator's Pet in the form of Johnny. Initially a very minor and forgettable character that would appear among the other members of the Science Department. But clearly through the power of the mangaka's love, Johnny's role in the manga increased tenfold after the arc with Noah's Ark, appearing more in the manga than the second main protagonists Lavi and Lenalee. And while he is supposed to be a normal human, he seems to live through several near death experiences and injuries that are fatal to more minor characters, much to the chagrin to the fanbase. When he isn't nearly dying, he is crying or thinking about Allen Walker (the main protagonist) in a very obsessive way. We're also supposed to assume that Allen and Johnny are close friends, though this friendship was never seen developed on screen even though 80-90% of the manga focuses on Allen's life and experiences in the Order. To find a fan who loves Johnny is extremely rare in the fanbase, most seem to simply wish for him to go away and for Hoshino to remember she has other characters.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has Chiho Sasaki. Though not an offensive character in of herself, being a nice schoolgirl who has a crush on the main character, she is favoured to a ridiculous degree by both the writer of the Light Novel and the director of the anime, at the expense of overall plot flow and the screentime of other characters. In the light novel, both the narration and characters (be it enemy or friend) will dedicate a page to praising Chiho's strength of character and generosity no matter the context of the narration or the topic of the conversation, even though Chiho's actions did not stray at all from normal everyday behaviour within modern society; which often slows the pace of the light novel to a crawl. In the anime, she was so favoured by the director that Emilia's (the other female lead) character was purposefully Flanderized to be more hateful overall so that Chiho would seem more like a saint, resulting in more detractors against Chiho.
  • Agon of Eyeshield 21 became this to many fans during the World Cup. To elaborate, Agon's original purpose was to be the heel of the series. While every other antagonist was a lovably quirky Worthy Opponent, Agon was a completely unsympathetic Jerk Jock. Unfortunately, it seemed that Inagaki and Murata found his character to be Affably Evil and was thus promoted to Token Evil Teammate, and the was Character Focus of the arc (sharing the position with Gao). Regardless of whether you hated him, loved him, or loved to hate him, pretty much all fans agree that Agon shouldn't have gotten as much attention as he did (even more then the main character).
  • Food Wars! has Asahi. Being introduced as a Romantic False Lead for Erina to force a lacklustre Love Triangle plot between him, Soma and Erina already meant that he's not going to win a lot of fans from the start, but the fact that the highly reviled final arc seem to revolve all around him—with almost all of the existing supporting cast getting shunted to make time for him and his goons—only makes things worse. He's portrayed as invincible and unbeatable from the start—everyone from his goons to the side characters to the Big Bad of the last arc shills him as the perfect chef, he curbstomps fan-favorites like Joichiro, Eishi, both the Aldini brothers, and Megumi, and he smugly rubs his effortless victories in everyone's faces. Not helping is the fact that his presence pretty much undoes the Character Development Erina has from the last season, and his skills runs on borderline nonsense (the manga's chef consultant left at some point before the final arc, so the cooking aspect of the manga gets downplayed in favour of over-the-top gimmicks that makes no sense). Yet despite pretty much the cause of the manga's quality dip, the author seems to favour Asahi, to the point that the manga's epilogue is dedicated on his development and letting him finally get what he wants instead of showing the growth of the actual protagonists.
  • The anime adaptation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria has Lefiya. She was not this in the original light novel, where she was simply a side character with occasional focus every now and then, but the anime turned her into a main character, cutting out important parts of Aiz's backstory to focus on Lefiya's not-particularly funny daydreams about her. The anime also flanderizes her obsession with Aiz and jealousy of Bell to the point where she's an obsessive stalker, but hardly any character in-series calls her out on that and instead heaps praise over her for her incredible strength and potential even though she's by far the weakest member of the party. All the while, the fans found her to be a worse version of Bell and thought it unforgivable that she basically demoted Aiz to extra in what was supposed to be her story.
  • Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force is a rather bad case of both the protagonist and the villains being this: on one hand, Thoma is a newcomer to the world of Nanoha, but the Remember the New Guy? way with which he is introduced, and the fact that he's instantly liked by pretty much every member of Nanoha's team, certainly reek of author bias.
    • Much less ambiguous is the case of the Hückebein, the villains of the piece: they have New Powers as the Plot Demands and have been wiping the floor with Nanoha and her friends ever since their introduction, and show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Only the introduction of the AEC Weapons gave the good guys a slight edge, and even so, the Hückebein are still at an overwhelming advantage. They are also very unsympathetic, slaughtering entire villages and communities while claiming they only do it to survive - but the delight they take in killing simply doesn't mesh with the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds image they're supposed to project. Despite this, the author spends more time focusing on the Hückebein and their escapades than writing about Nanoha and Thoma, and he seems to be genuinely shocked that the readers don't like them.
      • Though this appears to have improved slightly with the reveal of Hades Vandein being a superior villain. Not only does he wipe the floor with them in the most humiliating way possible, his monologues indicate the Huckbein are little more than his pawns.
    • But then again all this became moot when the series itself went 'on hiatus' and is likely canceled altogether, seeing as the last update was in 2013 and ViVid was received much more positively.
  • An In-Universe examples appears in Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. The tanuki mascot characters are an In-Universe example. Maeno pushes for them to be in every story Miyako makes, and she doesn't mind (to a certain degree). They are hated by everyone else, to the point where one is featured being violently destroyed by Sakura and Hori in the anime's opening.
  • Sgt. Frog: Joriri, an anime exclusive character. An annoying, one note joke, poor role model who apparently taught many lessons to the young Keroro and friends. Did we mention he wasn't mentioned until 150 + episodes in? Fans tolerated his presence in the fan favorite flashback episodes...until he appeared in the present, bumming it in the base. That officially graduated him into Creator's Pet territory.
  • Slayers has Pokota, a Bratty Half-Pint trapped in a Ridiculously Cute Critter form and who has an angsty backstory. His personality was said to be based on a character who appeared later on in the Light Novels. This might not have been so bad (though he IS still annoying), but Pokota just so happens to be a Black Mage on par with Lina Inverse and a Magic Knight wielding a replica of the Sword of Light. These two things, plus his bratty behavior and the fact that the plot of Slayers Revolution all but revolves around him definitely makes him a contender for being a Creator's Pet. The worst thing is that while many "guest stars" in the Slayers anime do share similar traits (Filia could be annoying and Xellos has power levels equal to that of a God-Mode Sue), Pokota largely isn't *funny* in a comedy show and yet gets a lot of screen time, a strong sign of a Creator's Pet.
  • Transformers Armada: Alexis, Rad and Carlos lived somewhere between Damsel Scrappy and The Kid with the Remote Control for most of the series, then quickly spiraled into Creator's Pet territory when they used their Super Special Awesome powers of Mini-Con communication to single-handedly bring down planet-eating Big Bad Unicron.
    • This extended into the sequel shows Energon and Cybertron. The former had Kicker, with a powersuit and the ability to both detect Energon and be free of any consequences of acting like a complete jerk. The latter went back to the three kid format with Coby, his little brother Bud, and Lori, who were basically the Autobot cheerleaders/Earth travel guides.
    • Some fans consider any puny human, or at least any puny human who threatens to be a significant figure in the continuity in question and takes away screen time/page count from the Transformers, to fit this trope (especially if what should be a minor subplot about Sam Witwicky's desire to engage in squishy human procreation takes over the whole movie). The only exceptions to this seem to be Stella Holley, Sari Sumdac, William Lennox and Robert Epps, Cade Yeager, and Charlie Watson from Bumblebee.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has the legacy characters - characters intended to be alternate versions of characters from prior series, who began to appear over the course of the dimension-traveling later arcs. Of the five introduced, only Alexis is uncontroversially well-liked, and that's largely because she was the only one to ''not'' be a Creator's Pet. Crow was disliked for having been at best a Base-Breaking Character and Spotlight-Stealing Squad in his home series, Kite and Aster were disliked for being completely out-of-character and having bad duels and incredibly rushed and poorly-done Character Development, and even Jack, who was largely identical to his popular original counterpart, got hate for taking up far too much plot to the point of being more the rival than the supposed actual rival. Despite this, all four of them were given a massive amount of screentime and focus in a series with a notoriously overstuffed cast, to the point of pulling attention away from the show's own characters who had been there from the beginning. They even took up most of the screentime in the defeat of the final boss! Crow and Jack in particular are constantly shilled, have some of the strongest decks, star in the longest arc, and get to beat very important characters, with Jack going so far as to have the second-last Duel in the series. The fact that director Katsumi Ono also directed their series is likely unrelated.


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