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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, Tough Act to Follow, One-Hit Wonder and Follow-Up Failure. 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.
  • Masashi Kishimoto is known for creating Naruto, its sequel series, and nothing else. He has created several one-shots before and afterward, as well as an unrelated serial manga that flopped because Naruto was a Tough Act to Follow.

    Comic Books 
  • Alan Moore is associated with Watchmen and The Killing Joke, much to his dismay. Though his other work, V for Vendetta, is fairly well-known and got a film adaptation in 2006.
  • Scott McCloud and Understanding Comics.
  • At least for comics, Neil Gaiman is almost always associated with The Sandman. It's his longest comics work, it was critically and commercially successful, it became the flagship title for DC's Vertigo imprint and it was a rare example of a company-owned series that ended when the creative team brought it to a conclusion, rather than being cancelled due to falling sales or handed over to new work-for-hire creators. But it's far from his only comics work.
    • In 2022, when Gaiman and Mark Buckingham returned to Marvel to finish their 1990s series Miracleman: The Silver Age, media attention was still almost entirely focused on the TV series adaptations of Gaiman's Sandman and Good Omens instead.
  • Art Spiegelman and Maus.
  • Themo Lobos and Mampato (ironically he was not the one who created Mampato)
  • Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird will be forever remembered as the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Trying to find any of their comics non-related to said franchise is a rather difficult task.

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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.
  • FromSoftware is known primarily for Dark Souls and their similar games Demon's Souls, Bloodborne and Elden Ring. Not many people realize that they've been releasing games since 1994, including the King's Field and Armored Core 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 Entertainment 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.
  • Shigesato Itoi is a fairly prolific copywriter with a number of projects and business ventures to his name, but since most of these didn't hop the Pacific, he's best known outside of Japan as "the guy who made EarthBound".

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