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Author Usurpation

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A work so iconic, it defines the creator. And makes people forget that He Also Did (other works, which you wouldn't believe if you didn't know).

In most cases, authors that create a great work and several lesser-known works can still be associated with all of them. However, if the work is popular enough, it overshadows all other aspects of their career. In extreme cases, the work becomes synonymous with the author's name.


For the actor version, see I Am Not Spock. Compare Magnum Opus Dissonance and Tough Act to Follow. Contrast One-Book Author for when the person has only made a single work.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Kentaro Miura and Berserk. It's literally impossible for Manga readers to mention one without bringing up the other, and any attempts to search for Miura's other works online will inevitably have "Berserk" in related searches, even if the other work belongs to a completely different genre.
  • If you know Ken Ishikawa, it's because of Getter Robo. Any of his other work (most notably Kyomu Senki) is relegated to obscurity at best. The fact that most of his non-Getter work is both untranslated and never got adaptations doesn't help.

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    Video Games 
  • Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear Solid, to his annoyance.
  • Bungie, despite making ground-breaking series such as Marathon and Myth, will forevermore be known as the studio that created the Halo series.
  • AlphaDream have created quite a few games over their studio's lifespan, but they're mostly known for the Mario & Luigi series.
  • Game Freak and Pokémon. Also for that matter, Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri and artist Ken Sugimori, who are also mostly known for their work on Pokemon despite having worked on a fair few games at the company in the past.
  • Core Design was a fairly prolific developer throughout the 16-bit and 32-bit era with many successful titles on the Amiga and Sega CD, but most will recognize the company as the original developer of the Tomb Raider series and nothing else.
  • Rovio is remembered for its Angry Birds franchise to the extent that fans got really sour when the original game was removed from the App Store, among several others.
  • Mojang has worked on other games, but they are usually considered to be synonymous with Cash-Cow Franchise Minecraft.

    Western Animation