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James Hetfield, on their performance of Metallica music with him as the guest vocal.

Some creators get and accept the presence of a fan work or a parody of their work. After all, there are creative fans who are willing to make anything based upon a work they love. Also, there are some other creators who not only accept such works existing but also enjoy the fan material and sometimes even showcase it to other fans.


While not everything that the creator would enjoy would become Ascended Fanon, some works, ranging from fan art to song parodies and fan films, would be good enough to catch the attention of creators, or those involved in the source material. Not only could the creators outright state their enjoyment for the fan material, but they can even link that work to share with other fans. Sometimes such works can become Ascended Memes.

Compare with Creator-Preferred Adaptation, where a creator dubs an adaptation to be superior to the original. Also compare Ascended Fanon, Promoted Fanboy, Official Fan-Submitted Content. Contrast Disowned Adaptation, Fanwork Ban, Sincerest Form of Flattery. Creators may even offer Parody Assistance.



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  • At one point, The California Milk Processor Board, the creators of the Got Milk? campaign, made a poster with their favorite spoofs of the slogan.
  • Anthony Sullivan is a fan of Jaboody Dubs and enjoys the parodies of his infomercial, even making a cameo appearance in one of Jaboody's non dub videos. According to him, Billy Mays originally hated it because he thought they were making fun of him but over time, came around and enjoyed it once he realized that it is supposed to be affectionate.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Those who worked at 4Kids Entertainment enjoy Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, even though many of the jokes revolve around mocking them. It helps that most of the work they did that the Abridged Series mocked was enforced by executives and censors, and so they were never too happy with it either. The original Japanese producers, on the other hand...
  • Dragon Ball:
  • This appears to be the stance of some mangaka and creators, such as CLAMP and Type-Moon. This could be due to their own ties with Doujinshi.
  • Hidekaz Himaruya was found to be this to his fanbase. To the point that he posted a drawing showing his thanks to them for all their work and even makes stuff every now and then explicitly for fans to work on.
  • Hayao Miyazaki personally approved of Joe Hisaishi's re-orchestrated score for Castle in the Sky, written exclusively for the Disney dub. Even Hisaishi thought it was better than the original.
  • Hitoshi Ariga enjoyed this video based on Mega Man Mega Mix so much that he asked the creator of the video if he could upload it to his YouTube channel.
  • At Florida Supercon, Jabberwocky1996, a Troper on the site, asked Caitlin Glass, Vic Mignogna and Dameon Clarke what would happen if The Hobbit crossed over with Fullmetal Alchemist and who'd use the Ring. To everyone's surprise, all three loved the idea, with Glass suggesting Winry should get together with Legolas, Mignogna jokingly suggesting Ed would shave his feet so he wouldn't be confused for a hobbit, and Clarke saying Scar would be fascinated with Gollum. They then expressed a desire to see it as a fic, to which the fan promised he'd write it.
  • Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri has endorsed Pokémon Adventures, stating "This is the comic that most resembles the world I was trying to convey." Game producer Tsunekazu Ishihara has also praised the series, saying, "I want every Pokémon fan to read this comic!"
    • Despite the sheer amount of Pokémon manga existing, Pokémon Adventures is the only one endorsed on the official Japanese Pokémon site.
  • Taliesin Jaffe, the English voice director of the original Hellsing anime and Hellsing Ultimate, is himself a fan of Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, and he's mentioned it in some of the commentaries for the latter episodes of Ultimate. He even got K.T. Gray (the English voice actress for Seras) to say the famous "Bitches love cannons" line in the commentary for Episode IX.
  • Cool-Kyou Shinsha, the creator of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, gave a Tweet approving of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game's Dragonmaid archetype, which was an homage to his manga.

  • Garfield Minus Garfield, a webcomic that takes Garfield strips and airbrushes out all the characters except Jon, leaving a strip about a crazy man who talks to himself. Jim Davis enjoyed it enough to approve publishing a book of the best ones. The book also features a section of unused strips created by Davis himself.
  • Sonic the Comic – Online!, a fan-made continuation of the long-defunct Fleetway comic, received messages of support from most of the creative team behind the original publication, some of whom have since contributed artwork and consulted on storylines.
  • Alan Moore has said that Harry Partridge's Saturday Morning Watchmen and the Justice League episode "For the Man Who Has Everything" are the only adaptations of his work which he approves of. Dave Gibbons loved the former, too.
  • Gary Larson wrote a The Far Side comic in which a female ape accused her mate of "doing more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp". As he related in his book "The Prehistory of the Far Side", Larson received a hostile letter from the Jane Goodall Society, threatening legal action over the strip. Shortly after that, he received a letter from the editors of National Geographic, who wanted to print the strip in an anniversary issue. When Larson explained his difficulties with the Jane Goodall Society, one magazine editor commented, "That doesn't sound like the Jane Goodall we know." After some research, they found out that Goodall enjoyed the strip and was not aware of the Society's actions against Gary Larson. Larson later met with Jane Goodall at her research facility in Mgombe. In his words, "Everything's cool."

    Film — Animation 
  • Heavy Metal: Richard Corben said the producers did a good job adapting his comics for the "Den" story, especially with John Candy playing the lead role.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: Cressida Cowell, when asked, showed no offence or anger at the differences the movie had from the original novel (tone, setup, etc.) — she acknowledged that it worked better for the new medium, and that the story stood strong on its own despite not adapting the books' narrative more strictly.
  • Coraline: Neil Gaiman, the author of the original novel, outright encouraged creative liberties to be taken with the film during development and, by all accounts, was very pleased with the way the movie turned out.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • The authors of the Warrior Cats books enjoy the animations that fans have made - most notably, they've linked to SSS Warriors and AlliKatNya's "Gravity of Love" AMV.
  • Harry Potter:
    • J. K. Rowling has a section on her website to honor fansites who catalog her books, like Mugglenet or The Leaky Cauldron. She's also expressed that she wishes she had thought up the Shrunken Head on the Knight Bus in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film. She takes a "go ahead, I won't look" view toward fanfiction, though.
    • Rowling was more than happy with The Harry Potter Lexicon, a fan-made website which indexed everything in the Potterverse. But once the owner published it as a real book she sued because it was essentially the entire Harry Potter series as written by her only organized differently and with him as the purported author.
    • When asked if she'd seen it via Twitter, Rowling tweeted that she thinks the Harry Potter / Uptown Funk parody Dark Lord Funk is a work of genius.
  • George R. R. Martin was impressed by Russian artist Amok's amateur portraits of characters from A Song of Ice and Fire that he sent notes to make them more accurate and eventually commissioned him to make official A Song of Ice and Fire art. Especially notable as he's always taken a dim view of fan-fiction.
  • James Riley, author of Half Upon a Time, regularly posts fan art he receives for the series on its official blog.
  • Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series, frequently posts pictures of origami made by fans on his blog.
  • Randall Garrett showed E. E. “Doc” Smith the original version of "Backstage Lensman" at a convention. According to Garrett, Smith "laughed all through the convention," and even suggested one small but significant improvement note .

    Live-Action TV 
  • The folks at 30 Rock loved the porn version of the show so much they had the actors playing essentially themselves in a porno Tracy Jordan was making to get back at Liz Lemon.
  • Someone drew a comic spoofing the average plot of an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Chris Meloni, a former star of the show, ordered a signed copy.
  • While Legend of the Seeker was on the air, a fan created a blog called "Gay for Kahlan," which recapped each episode with light-hearted jabs and playing up the Les Yay between Kahlan and Cara. The show's stars, Craig Horner and Bridget Regan, both said they and the crew loved it and would read it every morning on the way to set. After the show wrapped, the crew sent her a prop from the set as a thank you.
  • In 2008, a fan film of Star Trek was made, called Of Gods and Men. While the production is of similar quality to other fan-made films, this one is notable for featuring many Star Trek alumni as main characters in both familiar and new roles, and was directed by Tim Russ, who also played his Voyager role of Tuvok (who had previously been established to have been alive in the TOS era).
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was a fan of Saturday Night Live's Hans and Franz, appearing in one sketch, and later using their Catchphrase "girlie men".
  • David Tennant saw Liam Dryden's video titled "David Tennant is Stalking Me" and sent him an email to let him know that he found it funny, later asking Liam to make a follow-up video alerting fans to online imposters.
  • Unlike Jason David Frank and Saban themselves, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, and Steve Cardenas like the Power Rangers Darker and Edgier short film Power/Rangers, with Cardenas even making light of Rocky's rather severe Adaptational Villainy. Carla Perez, who played Rita Repulsa in American footage, reprised the role of Rita in it.
  • The two main showrunners for the revival series of Doctor Who enjoy the works of Big Finish Doctor Who so much that they have both directly given the audio series a new lease on life.
    • When the 2005 series came back on, then-showrunner Russell T. Davies ensured that the BBC would not stop Big Finish from producing Doctor Who audios due to their outstandingly high quality of writing and acting.note  Most licensed works across all other formats featuring previous Doctors were being abruptly shelved to prevent confusion for the fans and to give sole focus to the new, upcoming Doctors. Russell himself would then have occasional collaborations with the company a decade later, allowing them the adaptation of one of his novels as well as the usage of his monsters since he retained their copyright ownership, and having extensive input to releases featuring other characters he created.
    • Under Steven Moffat, the Big Finish Doctor Who series was given permission to use post-2005 characters and concepts, beginning with Torchwood and UNIT, apparently at Moffat's own insistence. The audio series were also unconditionally given full "canon" status - the 8th Doctor's stories anyway, since he'll most likely never have a lot more TV adventures - in one of his episodes.
    • The BBC's Doctor Who social media team themselves occasionally advertise the Big Finish audios on their pages, which is rare because they are explicitly not allowed to advertise third-party products.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird is quite well-known for despising the female turtle Venus de Milo from the infamous live-action series Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, but the franchise's other co-creator Kevin Eastman stated in an interview after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise that he actually likes Venus as a character and hopes for her to make a comeback someday.
  • The Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries significantly changes several characters from the way they were depicted in creator Maureen Jennings' original novels. Despite this, Jennings is a strong supporter of the show, is directly involved as a creative consultant and has even directly written several episodes herself. Jennings has even said that star Yannick Bisson looks exactly the way that she always imagined Detective Murdoch in the novels, except for the mustache Jennings always gave him.
  • As with Murdoch Mysteries, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries takes quite a few liberties with the source material, but author Kerry Greenwood likes it anyway — particularly the casting of Essie Davis as Phryne. By Greenwood's own admission, she took one look at Davis' audition and went "Her! Her! I want her!"
  • Early in its run, Spanish late-night show Buenafuente featured in its regular cast "Latin crooner" Miguel Chiclé, a parody of Michael Bublé. When the real Bublé was a guest on the show, he had a lot of fun with his impersonator.
  • Ryan Murphy apparently is quite fond of American Horror Story fans comparing the newest season to Avengers: Infinity War, to the extent he used the caption “AHS: Infinity War” for this post.
  • Will Smith caught wind of the Darker and Edgier The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fan film "BEL-AIR" and loved it, prompting him to interview the writer/director of the short and eventually helped get a series based on the short greenlit for NBC Universal's Peacock streaming service, with Smith as executive producer.
  • MAD is constantly praised by the spoofed celebrities. Illustrator Tom Richmond in particular has a "Hall of Shame" of TV parodies that the depicted cast decided to autograph.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's parodies are sometimes met with this from other artists. This isn't surprising since he insists on seeking approval from them first before he records them, so they know what to expect. Of course, the fact that his interest in parodying an artist is a sure sign they've hit the big time helps ease things along.
    • The most notable exception was Coolio, who felt that "Gangsta's Paradise" was too serious and intense a song to be parodied, and was upset when "Amish Paradise" was released. Yankovic felt bad about it and had been incorrectly told that he had Coolio's approval. Eventually, Coolio got over it and gave Al a hug. As Al put it, "I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's birthday party, but at least I don't have to wear a bulletproof vest to the mall anymore."
    • Don McLean has gone on record as saying that he and his children loved Al's "The Saga Begins" parody of American Pie so much that they've found themselves accidentally starting to sing the lyrics to Al's version during live performances.
    • Michael Jackson was a big fan and he enjoyed the parodies of his work. He also lent Al the set from the music video of "Bad" to shoot the music video for "Fat". In fact, Jackson was such a fan that he gave Al permission to spoof any of his songs in perpetuity but asked that he not record a parody of "Black and White" because he felt that its message was too important. Though Al did parody the song (his version is called "Snack All Night") and occasionally performs it live, he kept his promise and has never put it on any of his albums.
    • Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was incredibly flattered when Weird Al asked for permission to parody "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Al reports being incredibly nervous when forced to admit that the lyrics were all about how indistinct and mumbly Cobain's vocals were, but Cobain loved the idea (in fact, he allowed it on the grounds that Al didn't write about food, like many of his 80s hits). The entire band reportedly laughed hysterically when they saw the video, and Cobain called Yankovic a "musical genius" in his journals. He even said that a Weird Al parody was when he knew the band had "made it."
    • Chamillionaire of "Ridin'" fame loved the parody "White and Nerdy" and even featured it on his MySpace page shortly after release. He was even impressed by Al's rapping abilities. And then he name-dropped "White and Nerdy" in the sequel, "Ridin' Overseas".
    • Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo congratulated him for "Dare to be Stupid" and called it "the perfect Devo song".
    • When Yankovic approached Lady Gaga's management to spoof "Born this Way," he got turned down. Gaga herself heard about it, tore her management team a new one, and gave Yankovic a green light to spoof what he pleased. She even said that she saw the parody as a continuation of her original version.
    • James Blunt also approved when Yankovic remade Blunt's hit "You're Beautiful" as "You're Pitiful" was the label, Atlantic Records, who refused to allow Yankovic to release it on an album. Yankovic responded by releasing it as a freebie online, and getting the last laugh both in the "White and Nerdy" music video and in concert ever since.
    • On the flip end, Weird Al himself is very receptive to fan content. In fact, he has a list of his favorites on his website.
  • Country Music parodist Cledus T. Judd:
    • He has often gotten approval from the original artists on his parodies, also with some Parody Assistance (e.g., Brad Paisley playing lead guitar on "More Beaver", a parody of his own "Me Neither", or the director of Faith Hill's "This Kiss" video doing a shot-for-shot parody for "Christ-Mas").
    • Judd's parody of Garth Brooks' "In Another's Eyes", which he planned to parody as "In Another Size". Garth originally asked Judd not to parody it, but later changed his mind.
    • Luke Bryan loved Judd's swan song "Luke Bryan", a parody of "Blurred Lines" that poked fun at him.
  • Despite her reputation as a serious, intense ballad singer, Céline Dion has a really good sense of humor and is really good at taking a joke. When SNL was doing their parody of her in the wake of Titanic, she thought it was so hilarious, she invited Ana Gasteyer to her show in New York, where she did her Celine Dion impression for the crowd. On another occasion, when promoting her French album Sans Attendre on TV, she invited another imitator, Véronique Dicaire, on stage.
  • Corey Taylor of Slipknot was asked what he made of "Psychosocial Baby", a mashup of the Slipknot song "Psychosocial" and "Baby" by Justin Bieber. Contrary to the opinions of many Slipknot fans, he loved it and found it hilarious.
  • None of The Beatles objected to The Rutles, and George Harrison liked the idea enough to produce and appear in the All You Need Is Cash mockumentary. John Lennon loved The Rutles so much that when their first film came out, he watched it almost nonstop on loan from the studio. When time was up, he very reluctantly gave the film back. Apparently, Paul McCartney was a little bit wary at first, but his wife Linda assured him that it was all right.
  • They Might Be Giants post many fan videos of their music on their Facebook page and website, among various other things. A popular flash for "Certain People I Could Name" garnered much attention from them.
  • Apocalyptica started out their career covering songs by Metallica on 4 cellos. Metallica liked their arrangements so much that they played with Apocalyptica playing music written by the former in arrangements done by Apocalyptica.
  • Beatallica, a band whose oeuvre consists entirely of Beatles/Metallica mashups (example songs: "The Thing That Should Not Let It Be" and "And Justice For All My Loving"), was aided in a minor legal dispute with Sony (who currently holds the rights to most of Beatles songs) by Lars Ulrich.
  • Bob Rivers parodied Joan Osborne's "One Of Us" into "What If God Smoked Cannabis". Osborne liked it so much, she covered the parody herself.
  • Michael Bublé loved Bad Lip Reading's parody of "Haven't Met You Yet": "Russian Unicorn". And Gotye tweeted the parody of his "Somebody That I Used To Know".
  • Robert Plant has said that comedy tribute band Dread Zeppelin is his favorite of all the LZ tribute bands out there.
  • In an interview, Rebecca Black was asked which parody of "Friday" was her favorite, which was the Brock's Dub version.
  • When asked in a radio interview about his opinion of Time Lord rock band Chameleon Circuit, David Tennant said that "They're quite good, aren't they? It's like proper, decent music."
  • Taylor Swift tweeted her love for Walk Off the Earth's cover version of her song "Trouble".
  • Taylor's reaction to Ryan Adams' cover album of her 1989 album, done in Adams' Alternative Country style has been extremely supportive and positive. She has been promoting in on her Twitter account as enthusiastically as with one of her own albums. note 
  • Barry Manilow reportedly enjoyed Ray Stevens' parody of him on "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow".
  • One Direction showed approval for fanfiction spoof cartoon The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction
  • Voltaire apparently browses the AMV sections of YouTube and even told someone "Nicely done!!!!" (yes, with all the exclamation marks) on their AMV of his song Crusade.
  • Lorde thought South Park's parody of her (where she turns out to be Stan's dad Randy crossdressing as her) was pretty funny, and even recorded a clip of herself going "ya ya ya ya, I'm Lorde" just like Randy does.
  • The Tumblr blog "This Charming Charlie", combining Peanuts strips with lyrics from The Smiths, is another example of mixed reaction, garnering a cease-and-desist from Universal Music on behalf of Johnny Marr and praise from Morrissey. Since the two jointly hold the copyright, and they have to agree in order to pursue a claim, and they don't, the site remains.
  • Perturbator reposted this Slam Remix of "Sexualizer". James Kent, the man behind Perturbator, is incredibly humble and tends to have this reaction to any and all fanworks of his stuff.
  • Bryan White who is responsible for the song, "God Gave Me You", was amazed how the song was used for GMA Network's variety noontime show Eat Bulaga for their "kalye-serye", AlDub, which shows the host Alden Richards' courtship to Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza in Real Life) which is done by lipsynching various songs as a way of conversing each other and it is in split screen.
  • While Trent Reznor hesitantly gave Johnny Cash permission to cover Hurt at first, he describes hearing it for the first time felt as if Johnny Cash had stolen his girlfriend, and loved the legend's interpretation of the song.
    • When it was announced that the 2020 'Cold And Black And Infinite North America' concert tour was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandamic, Reznor put a link on the official NIN site a fan-made concert film consisting of several shows from their 2018 tour, stating "HOW IN THE FUCK DID YOU PULL THIS OFF??"
  • Devo's cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is seen by The Rolling Stones as better than the original.
  • Paul Simon of Simon & Garfunkel gave his approval to Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" after they performed it on Conan.
  • Composer Alberto Ginastera gushed about Emerson, Lake & Palmer's adaptation of his work "Toccata", praising it as "diabolic" and saying that the band had "captured the essence of my music, and no one's ever done that before". Aaron Copland also liked the band's adaptations of "Hoedown" and "Fanfare for the Common Man". On the reverse side, Keith Emerson, who wasn't always thrilled with covers of his band's work (most likely because it's so difficult to play and few people have the chops to pull it off properly), praised Jordan Rudess' covers of ELP, most notably "Tarkus".
  • Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason gave praise to this video of a Brazilian keyboardist's Mondegreenified version of "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" on his Facebook account, saying: "When you sound this good you don't need to know all the words..."
  • Tally Hall wrote a song that depicted Shia Lebouf as a cannibalistic Serial Killer. Not only did he tweet about it, he made a cameo in the music video, applauding the actors on stage.
  • Dolores O'Riordan approved of American metal band Bad Wolves' cover of "Zombie" with updated lyrics highlighting how war never changes. She was even set to re-record the song with the band before her untimely death in January 2018. The band intends to donate proceeds from the song to her children, and the music video is dedicated to her.
  • Ariana Grande's response to The Late Late Show with James Corden's "thank u, next" spoof "thank u, jeff"? She went on Twitter and asked for the Jeff Goldblum scrapbook Corden flips through in the video — "it's for a friend. promise."
  • There's a cottage industry on YouTube of homemade music videos set to Sabaton songs, which the band has praised in interviews.
  • BTS's heavy references to the book Jung's Map of the Soul in MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA (as well as the fandoms's Wild Mass Guessing and analysis of the album based on the book) were very well received by the book's author, Murray Stein.
  • The Dutch EDM duo, Vicetone, find the use of their song, "Astronomia", in the dancing coffin meme very hilarious.
  • Chris Barnes tweeted about an acoustic cover of the Cannibal Corpse song "I Cum Blood," calling it "pure gold."
  • Charlie Puth gave cover artist Kurt Hugo Schneider a "Well done!" in the comments of his version of Puth's song "One Call Away".

    New Media 

  • X Minus One's "The C-Chute": Isaac Asimov loved the actor for Mullen so much that he claimed to have deliberately taken steps to avoid learning the name so that the actor would always be "Mullen" to him.

    Stand Up Comedy 
  • Eddie Izzard has said she's impressed with various YouTube videos that take her routines and make them into stop-motion LEGO films.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mark Rosewater, the head designer of Magic: The Gathering, not only approves of fans who design their own cards and sets, he actually writes official articles on the site intended to teach them how to make good, fun cards that play well. He DOES note that he's not allowed to look at any fan-made cards for legal reasons, but he still very much supports custom card-making.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda frequently retweets fan art of Hamilton and posts pictures of him posing at the stage door with various fan artists, like the creator of The Ham Wing, a site that mashes up Hamilton with The West Wing.
  • Jack Black went to see the School of Rock musical and he loved it, telling the actor who played his role for the show, "There’s no way I could have done it that well. He really made it his own and he took it to another level. I was laughing, I was crying and I was rocking!"
  • When Noddy Live was performed at numeorous theaters in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s. Two of Enid Blyton's daughters praised for how faithful the show was to the original Noddy books while combining elements of Toyland Adventures into the mix.

    Theme Parks 
  • At Universal Studios:
    • Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss, was both surprised and very pleased with how well the Seuss Landing area at Islands of Adventure turned out to be, feeling that it did great justice in translating her late husband's works into a theme park setting.
    • Similarly, J. K. Rowling was more than impressed with how Universal handled the Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas.
    • The temporary Sailor Moon 4-D show at Universal Studios Japan earned the approval of the franchise's creator, Naoko Takeuchi, who said, "I wish I could experience it every day! Seeing the beautiful Sailor Guardians leaping about and fighting evil, it's all so amazing. It makes me glad to be alive."

    Video Games 
  • The Angry Birds fansite AngryBirdsNest was created in 2010 with developer Rovio Entertainment's permission, and Rovio has acknowledged them on the official Angry Birds website, as well as an Angry Birds Seasons "Pig Days" level.
  • Jun Senoue, who writes music for the Sonic the Hedgehog games, praised the soundtrack of Sonic: Before the Sequel's SAGE 2012 re-release.
  • Sonic creator Yuji Naka called the Sonic Fan Film "Awesome!!" on Twitter.
  • SEGA in general is pretty lenient when it comes to fan works. When Game Grumps drew the attention of the official Sonic the Hedgehog channel to fan game Green Hill Paradise Act 2, the channel threatened a DMCA...only to reveal they were just kidding and encouraged fans to keep making great stuff.
    • The Sonic Twitter account has also had a lot of fun with Game Grumps episodes of Sonic games, even though every episode takes the piss out of the franchise (Arin Hanson notably loves the aesthetic of Sonic but abhors its gameplay in any fashion). It's become a two-way good-natured street of Arin making fun of the series, and Sonic Twitter having fun at Arin's expense.
  • Valve Software
    • One of Valve's founding principles was to do the opposite of id Software, whose release of source code was a combination of throwing the fans a bone and Carmack showing off his programming genius. No matter how thriving or prolific the mod community became id dismissed them as geeky hobbyists, amateurs and peons, and made no attempts to support them when communities and distribution channels were at risk of disappearing. Valve from the beginning hosted modding forums, and file databases and file sharing.
    • The company posts fan works of Portal and Portal 2 on the games' Facebook page. These have included "This is Aperture" and a video of "Still Alive" done with lasers.
    • In an earlier example, Valve approved and publicized a Half-Life 2 fan film titled Escape from City 17.
    • Every once in a while, the official Team Fortress 2 blog showcases fan works for the game, such as Brentalfloss's Team Fortress 2 theme song.
    • There is Black Mesa, a Fan Remake of Half-Life in the Source Engine, which Valve added to Steam through Greenlight. Valve allowed it on condition they remove "Source" from the name (so people wouldn't think it was an official Valve release), and on condition that they got first dibs on playing it.
    • In general, Valve is extremely supportive of fan works, even going out of their way to release and support tools to help make them, particularly Game Mods. Valve's reason for being so benevolent toward these efforts? In a plot worthy of The Last Starfighter, they use them as a means of scouting for talent.
  • Bungie is pretty benevolent toward all fan works of its material, regularly showcasing notable ones like Red vs. Blue or Halo: A Fistful of Arrows on its news. They gave Rooster Teeth permission to use the Halo assets without problems.
  • Hideo Kojima said he was very impressed of Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy, and was moved by the filmmakers' passion and respect for the Metal Gear series.
    • He also liked the reaction videos to and the various parodies of the Death Stranding announcement trailer. In particular, he said his favorite that he'd seen was Beer Stranding.
  • Reverge Labs puts up fan art of Skullgirls every Friday as part of Fan Art Friday on their developer blog.
  • Tim Schafer tweeted about a fanmade mashup of Psychonauts footage with audio of the Inception trailer and considered it well-done.
  • BIT.TRIP COMPLETE (the Compilation Re-release for Wii) includes, as Unlockable Content, remixes of songs from the first three games by a fan named Mike Dannebaum, and songs inspired by the games by PreciseHero.
  • There was a project to remake Duke Nukem 3D using the Unreal engine. Gearbox, the current holder of the Duke Nukem IP, approved of the effort. That is, until Interceptor read the details of the personal license they were granted...
  • Capcom:
    • The company has not only acknowledged the existence of Maximillian's Assist Me series by linking the videos on their website, they even sponsored the Ultimate Assist Me series so Max and the crew wouldn't have to pay for the production costs out of their pockets like they normally do. Taken even further in the finale of Retro Assist Me: where Yoshinori Ono makes a cameo at the end. The only thing preventing it from being Ascended Fanon at this point is that it's still a fanmade work and not official.
    • They also showed their support to the "Mr. X gon give it to ya" meme from Resident Evil 2 (Remake) and even made the joke on their own Twitter feed.
  • Bethesda:
    • Their official blog had linked to Fallout: Nuka Break, considering a "great work". They also tweeted Prequeltwice. Every Elder Scrolls and Fallout title produced and/or published by them comes complete with a modding kit that is essentially the API they used to build the game world. And Skyrim wound up being the launch title for Steam Workshop.
    • There's Fallout: Lanius, which got approval and support from both Obsidian Entertainment and Bethesda.
    • Enderal and Nehrim are considered among the greatest mods for Skyrim and Oblivion, respectively, being Total Conversions that are considered modern CRPG classics. That said, it's worth noting that Nehrim and Enderal were allowed to have official Steam pages for easy install.
    • Bethesda also featured the massive multi mod project, Beyond Skyrim, on their blog, expressing admiration for the ambitious scope of the project.
  • Double Dragon creator Yoshihisa Kishimoto praised Abobo's Big Adventure and doesn't mind unofficial derivative works as long as they're good and have something to do with the franchise.
  • Insomniac Games:
  • SWERY, the game directior of Deadly Premonition, loves any and all fan-works of the game, and regularly links to pieces of fan art and writings on the game on his Twitter account. In a Game Developer's Conference presentation, he even explained that creating fan-friendly characters and worlds is a part of his game design philosophy, because it gives fans a way to enjoy the game even when they're not playing it.
  • The Dreamcast version of Soulcalibur contained an extensive, unlockable fan art gallery. Unfortunately, these galleries aren't included in later ports of the game due to the fact that over a decade has passed since the original release and thus it is difficult or impossible to track down the original artists so they can re-sign the usage rights for new consoles, as well as some of the art being blatantly sexual in nature (and thus affecting content guidelines from other companies).
  • ZUN is generally quite supportive of Touhou fan work, and usually only demands that the products are clearly marked as unofficial fan material. It's even believed to be part of the reason canon is so vague and Unreliable Narrator-driven; it leaves more space for fanon.
  • Overkill Software, makers of PAYDAY: The Heist:
    • They saw a group of fans create a skill calculator for the sequel to help other fans get a better understanding of what each skill does and how much of a bonus some skill tiers give since the in game description can be either vague or outright wrong. Overkill gave the calculator their seal of approval. Due to some "anti-fan" moves from overkill, the site has since gone down with it showing no signs of going back up.
    • They later gave their seal of approval to HoxHud, a community made HUD upgrade that shows additional information about the game as well as other features, such as holding down the action key. The sound that HoxHud plays to show it's running, ("HoxHud, Initialized.") was provided by Hoxton's voice actor himself.
  • Hanako Games has an official section of their forum for fan art and fan fiction, and Hanako has been known to hold fan work contests with free games as prizes. note 
  • Rockstar Games has been looking over the top-rated jobs people make in Grand Theft Auto Online, and adding the best ones to the game proper, as 'Rockstar Verified'. They also regularly post news on their Social Club site about fanmade videos and crews that pique their interest. As of recently, however, they seem to have stopped doing this.
  • The Silver Lining, a fan-created sequel of the popular King's Quest series of adventure games, received a ringing endorsement from creator Roberta Williams, who was overjoyed to see her characters in 3D.
  • Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, approves of Photoshopped memes of a scene with Noctis and company in a car, which was first shown in the Tokyo Game Show 2014 trailer. With that, Square Enix rolls out transparent PNG files of that scene for everyone to poke fun with, which counts as Parody Assistance.
  • Nintendo employees have been careful not to give "official" approval/praise to fan works, if only for legal reasons, but they rarely pursued fans for creating them, and later announced an endorsement scheme for fan projects.
  • The developers of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Jake Solomon and Ananda Gupta, have regularly shown their support for Beaglerush, an influential player of their games. They would later give him a code to review the upcoming Enemy Within expansion. In turn, Beaglerush goes through every single piece of fan art submitted to him, especially praising talented artists and writers such as Vesmolol's fanfiction. Jake and other developers have also been very vocally impressed by the Long War Game Mod and cited it as a major reason for including modding tools and assets with XCOM 2.
  • Nobuo Uematsu's reaction to hearing the OverClocked ReMix track "The Impresario" (a cover of the opera from Final Fantasy VI In the Style of... "Bohemian Rhapsody") was to say he owed the creators of the remix a beer.
  • Cindy Morgan posted an approval of the new Yori skin for Tron: Run/r on her Tumblr feed.
  • Hideki Kamiya, the creator of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, tweeted that he was looking forward to the result of Death Battle's "Dante vs Bayonetta" match. However, a short time later, he changed his mind and denounced it, saying he would rather Dante and Bayonetta team up instead of fight each other.
  • Yandere Simulator: YandereDev has posted fan work, such as videos and artwork, of the game on the blog. He's even said that fan work is one of the few things he wants to be emailed about, since he likes seeing it and makes him feel like programming the game is worth it. He's also commented on YouTube videos of the game, and lent his voice to the outro of "Senpai Notice Me: A Yandere Simulator Musical" by Random Encounters. His YouTube channel also lists liked videos, many of which are Let's Plays and other related works for Yandere Simulator.
  • Michiel van den Bos, the original composer of Deus Ex 's UNATCO Theme, said that Triple-Q's mashup of it with DMX's X Gon Give It to Ya "made my day." Meanwhile, Alexander Brandon approved of the mashup with Wan Chai Market.
  • Eipix, the developer behind the Dark Parables series, discovered a PowerPoint presentation about the games on Tumblr. They contacted the fan who made it for permission and have used it as official marketing on their social media sites. (They also thanked her for making the page about the games on This Very Wiki.)
  • Junichi Masuda of Game Freak went on record as saying that Pokémon Uranium sounded impressive and that he hoped the devs would make more games. Too bad Nintendo didn't share the former sentiment...
  • James Arnold Taylor voices his approval of a Final Fantasy X mod that replaces all audio with Tidus' laugh.
  • Doug Drexler, a popular Ascended Fanboy within the Star Trek series, was tickled pink when he was approached by Cryptic Studios for approval of making one of his popularly designed ships, the NX-Refit (namely a NX-class from Star Trek: Enterprise outfitted with a secondary hull that makes it a go-between of the NX-class and the popular Constitution-class) for Star Trek Online. In fact, Cryptic Studios approached CBS for permission to use this and they suggested they talk to Drexler himself.
  • While Pyst often gets a bad rap, Myst co-creator Rand Miller has said he loves it and even has a copy of it in Cyan's vault.
  • The Naughty Dog team have had warm praise for Vicarious Visions' work on the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
  • LSD: Dream Emulator creator Osamu Sato not only approves of, but would like to work with the LSD: Revamped project, an attempt to recreate the 1998 game in modern HD.
  • Edmund McMillen spoke very favorably of The Binding of Isaac: Antibirth, a fan-made expansion for The Binding of Isaac. So much so that the creators of the expansion were hired to collaborate with McMillen for the fourth and fifth expansion packs of Afterbirth+. And now, with the announcement of the Repentance expansion, Antibirth is becoming an official part of the game. You can't get much more approval from God than that.
  • The Sakura Wars franchise's founding father and other developers who worked on the previous games praised Sakura Wars (2019) even before its release:
    • Oji Hiroi, the series creator and lyricist for the games, and Satoru Akahori, the scenario writer for the first four games, were very impressed with Sega's work on the game.
    • Naoki Morita, who designed the world settings for the first four games, commented on Twitter that he was excited about the game.
  • Joe Sparks regularly posts replies or comments whenever Total Distortion is brought up. In one of his videos, he expresses amazement in how the game over song "You Are Dead" spread all over Youtube.
  • 11 Bit Studios, who created Frost Punk, commented on this video, calling the song "just too awesome". They even sponsered the creators of the song to create these songs that details the differences between the Faith and Order paths.
  • Ko Takeuchi, the art director for Rhythm Heaven, commented on this reanimation of the final remixes of all the Rhythm Heaven games, saying "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
  • Most video game creators ignore fan games, some voice approval of them. Scott Cawthon, creator of Five Nights at Freddy's? He's funding them. Behold The Fazbear Fanverse Initiative.


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    Western Animation 
  • In general, the showrunners and writers of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic tend to enjoy a lot of the fanworks created by the Periphery Demographic:
  • Several writers on Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers lurk on the fan list, and Chris Rowley admits to have read some of the fanfic.
  • Both Britta Philips and Samantha Newark, who shared the singing and speaking roles of the titular character of Jem is a fan of the extremely vulgar parody series/Gag Dub Jiz. Newark thinks that it's hilarious to make something as sweet as Jem so profane.
  • Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and a few other crew members associated with Superjail! have been known to appreciate the fanart and cosplay in existence for the series, while Karacas finds the adult fanart hilarious. It culminated in Karacas doodling a quick "Thank you!" illustration for a Japanese/Korean joint-produced doujinshi.
  • Greg Weisman has an account on the Young Justice Wiki. Also, it's sort of a meme in Tumblr fandom for the tie-in comic's artist, Chris Jones, to like or reblog someone's fanart or image edit, followed by the fan screencapping the notif and posting "He saw me!" Weisman also reused the explanation for Jeffrey Robbins knowing Hudson was a gargoyle introduced in The Goliath Chronicles in his official comic book follow-up. He's also "tickled" that the Xanatos Gambit trope was named after his show.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    Doug: So Grey Delisle is aware of my Avatar Vlogs and commented with a happy face on one of them. Um...should I be concerned about this? That is, the last time Azula said she looked forward to a show, there was a circle of fire and an assortment of killer animals. Eh, it'd be a cool way to go. " :) " back at ya.
    • Dante Basco, the voice of Zuko, also watched the vlogs. Appropriately, this became known soon after Doug released a vlog with immense praise for his acting. It even got to the point where Basco himself appeared as a guest star on a Nostalgia Critic episode.
    • Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (shortened to "Bryke") often reblog fanmade sets of gifs from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Similarly, Mike was screenshotted liking some fanart of Korra and Asami after the final episode of Korra was released. Note that this was a day or two before Bryke would make the announcement of it being canon. They've also admitted that various pun-related memes have become something of a Guilty Pleasure for them.
    • Janet Varney, the voice actress of Korra, noted at a convention that some fans had been reluctant to give their fanart of Korra and Asami kissing or about to kiss. She actively encouraged fans not to worry and said she would happily sign any such fanart.
  • ChalkZone co-creator Bill Burnett posted this fan video, where Rudy is an adult (and presumably forgot about ChalkZone) and Snap calls to catch up with him, on his Tumblr account and said it was awesome.
  • South Park:
    • One episode has Cartman becoming a hall monitor and turning it into a copy of Dog the Bounty Hunter, with his own crew and big-breasted wife, Beth. Dog loved the episode, and the real Beth said they should've made her boobs bigger.
    • Chris Hansen immensely enjoyed his depiction on South Park, saying that it made him cool in the eyes of his sons.
    • Billy Mays' son enjoyed the pastiche of his late father in "Dead Celebrities", where he pitches products to Kyle's younger brother Ike from beyond the grave, and at one point even pitches a threat to physically attack another dead celebrity, which Mays' son says he felt his father would laugh the most at.
    • Nintendo, of all people, seemed to enjoy the free promotion for the Wii in the "Go God Go" episodes. Not long after the episode aired, a poll on their website was made asking fans how badly they wanted the new console. One of the choices being "Worse than Cartman", which was at 80% when the poll closed. Nintendo later used a clip of him asking his mother for one in a montage for their E3 2007 presentation. They even gave Trey Parker and Matt Stone their own Wii consoles.
    • According to this article, Kanye West enjoyed the "Fish Sticks" episode, though admitted that their parody of him did hurt his feelings a bit.
    • James Cameron enjoyed their take on him in "Raising the Bar," though he denies making his crew members sing sea shanties about him. Interesting to note is that Cameron is portrayed in a fairly positive if not eccentric light as an adventurous man who, as the title of the episodes suggests, raises the bar with everything he does.
    • Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer has nothing but praise and laughter for his portrayal in Tsst. He is so pleased with how well the writers have Shown Their Work that he actually uses moments from the episode as teaching aids to eagerly explain the science and mentality behind the way his character is treating Cartman, without ever once being able to find something they Dan Browned. He even sincerely thanks Matt Stone and Trey Parker for the work they did, for promoting him and his show, and even offers his services if they ever find themselves with an out-of-control dog.
      They did such a great job on everything. Everything is perfection!
  • Rick and Morty: As soon as co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland found out that someone was working on a Mr. Meeseeks mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, he not only posted his wholehearted approval, but even offered to record extra lines for it.
  • Patrick McHale, creator of Over the Garden Wall, notably geeked out about Garden Falls, a fancomic crossing his show over with Gravity Falls, linking to it on Twitter and tagging Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch. Wirt's voice actor Elijah Wood also expressed approval via exclamation points.
  • Another Nostalgia Critic-related example: his video "Is Goofy Secretly Badass?" was shared on Twitter by Bill Farmer (Goofy's voice actor) and Jason Marsden (Max's voice actor).
  • The Mystery Shack, a fan-made Gravity Falls gift shop, has Alex Hirsch's approval.
  • The Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything" was adapted from a story of the same name written by Alan Moore. The latter is very disdainful of the mainstream comic industry and how it shamelessly milks its properties for all their worth. This also goes for other media attempting to use his work and he hated the Watchmen movie to use one example. The only work he has endorsed with his name is the aforementioned episode of Justice League Unlimited. This was possibly because they weren't his characters, and the producers bothered to ask him first with the episode itself being faithful to the original story and adapted well for the medium. Notably, his name actually appears in the credits for the episode.
  • Both Danny Phantom series creator Butch Hartman and voice of Danny David Kaufman expressed their approval of Danny's inclusion in Death Battle.
  • Zig-zagged with Schulz's reaction to the 1986 animated parody of the Charlie Brown/Peanuts series Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown. According to a Youtube comment by Mr Undiyne from a Youtube upload of the short. He knew somebody in the animation trade that managed to get Schulz to watch the short. Schulz watched the short in complete silence and told the crew that while he found it amusing, he wish to never see the Peanuts characters depicted like that again.
    Mr Undiyne: "According to someone I know in the animation trade, Charles Schulz was shown this on video at an animation convention. Jim Reardon and friends supposedly managed to talk Schulz into watching the film to get his opinion. He reportedly sat silent and motionless as he watched it. After it was finished he stood up, cleared his throat, and said, "Very clever, very funny, but just don't do it again, okay?" That was it."


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