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Breakthrough Hit

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This is the very work that practically begins a creator's career and gives them success in their medium. This is the Breakthrough Hit.

For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts; these early attempts may end up being Vindicated by History, though. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of Tough Act to Follow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough. More often than not, creators (musicians in particular) often dread the idea of a Black Sheep Hit becoming their breakthrough, as what is intended to be a one-off experiment in other areas may result in the publisher forcing them to follow that style from that point on.

Compare Killer App (equivalent for game systems), Star-Making Role (equivalent for actors), and Gateway Series (equivalent for an entire genre or multimedia franchise). Contrast Creator Killer and One-Hit Wonder.


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