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Abed: I wanna tell the story of Jesus from the perspective of a filmmaker exploring the life of Jesus.
Shirley: That sounds ... very appealing to filmmakers.

Creators, as we know, are people, too. They have ups, they have downs, they have opinions, and sometimes they screw things up. This is an index for all of those tropes that show or result in some part of the creator's humanity, world view, or mental state influencing his or her final work.

Please note that if someone else's opinion influences the work, they've probably got the creator(s) on a Creativity Leash.


  • An Aesop: A story's main message or moral.
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  • Art Reflects Personality: An artist's work reveals what's going in their head and/or heart.
  • Artist Disillusionment: When an artist hates their own creative career and/or fanbase.
  • Author Appeal: Content featured in the work because it's what the creator likes.
  • Author Avatar: A character who is intended to represent the creator.
  • Author Catchphrase: A phrase not necessarily spoken by a character, but appears several times throughout a novel.
  • Author Filibuster: The story comes to a grinding halt so the author can give their readers a long, long speech about a message or opinion.
    • Character Filibuster: A character goes on and on and on about a message, a story, a philosophy, etc.
  • Author Phobia: The author's own fears come to fruition in their work.
  • Author Tract: The work is basically a heavy-handed rant expressing the creator's viewpoints.
  • Bleached Underpants: The creator of a kid-friendly work previously made a more adult-themed work, or the kid-friendly work itself is a more squeaky-clean version of its predecessor.
  • Borrowing from the Sister Series: A creator takes a successful feature from one of their series to use in another, minimizing the risk of trying something completely new.
  • Bury Your Art: The creator goes out of their way to make sure no one can access a work they hate.
  • Character Shilling: The creator likes a certain character and goes out of their way to convey this through the other characters.
  • Celebrity Break-Up Song: A Break Up Song written by a celebrity about another celebrity.
  • Constrained Writing: Writing with a certain challenge or limit.
  • Continuity Drift: Details in a work (setting, characters, history, etc.) change as it goes on.
  • Creative Differences: The reason given to the public explaining why a writer/actor/etc is no longer associated with a work. May or may not actually be the reason.
  • Creator Backlash: The creator despises their own work.
  • Creator Breakdown: A creator's Real Life poor circumstances and experiences influence their work.
  • Creator Career Self-Deprecation: The occupation of a character is portrayed as dumb, lame, etc., but it's the same career the creator has.
  • Creator In-Joke: When a creator slips in a joke that only they or their close friends can understand.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: The creator of the original work finds the adaptation to be better.
  • Creator Provincialism: Works take place in the same area the author is familiar with.
  • Creator Recovery: Good events or circumstances of a creator's life influence their work.
  • Creator's Apathy: The creator admits that they didn't care about the work's quality.
  • Creator's Favorite: The creator's most liked character.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: The creator's most liked episode.
  • Creator's Pest: A character the creator despises regardless of what the audience thinks of the character.
  • Creator's Pet: A character the creator likes and gives special treatment to when the audience can't stand the character.
  • Creator Thumbprint: When several works with the same creator all have at least one thing in common.
  • Dear Negative Reader: The creator responds to complaints and criticism by insulting the audience.
  • Depending on the Writer: A character's personality, interests and so on depend on who is writing the current episode.
  • Digital Destruction: The "remastering" of a work actually makes it look worse.
  • Disowned Adaptation: The creator of the original work dislikes the adaptation.
  • Doing It for the Art: The creator makes the work for artistic merit rather than profit.
  • Don't Like? Don't Read!: Using the rationalization that the detractors of the work shouldn't be watching a work that they don't like.
  • Everyone Owns a Mac: On top of seemingly everyone in a work owning a Mac, it's simply the only kind of computer device in the work.
  • Filibuster Freefall: A work starts off neutral at the beginning, but at some point, the author's personal opinions and feelings take over.
  • Half-Remembered Homage: A creator takes inspiration from another work, but while in the creation process, they actively avoid going back to the original work so as not to copy it.
  • Hemisphere Bias: When the Earth is seen from a distance, it is the part of the world holding the target audience that is shown.
  • Hollywood Style: An index for all tropes dealing with the liberties and logic of Hollywood.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Someone involved in a fictional project compares characters to actors who would best represent them.
  • Interpretative Character: As long as they keep a few defining traits, a character can be adapted in many different ways.
  • Loads and Loads of Writers: Having more than one writer for a work is not uncommon, but some works have a lot of writers.
  • Local Reference: Even when a work takes place outside of a creator's Real Life area, they will still include a reference or two to it.
  • Love Makes You Uncreative: The decline of quality in a creator's work is blamed on them entering a relationship.
  • Moral Luck: A character is condemned or praised for actions that they do, but said actions really depended on luck more than anything.
  • The Moral Substitute: The original work was just too scandalous, so a cleaner, better, "family-friendly" version is made.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Fans: Most of the time, if an author creates a fanfiction for a work, it's because they really, truly are fans of it. Thus, they are very knowledgeable about the original work's plot and setting.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: If a work brings up fanfiction, it'll most likely fall into the romance genre, and the author(s) will be a girl.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Children in a work act too young or too old for their actual age.
  • Most Writers Are Human: Other races besides humans appear in a work, but most of the focus will be on the humans.
  • Most Writers Are Male: Most published writers are male, so male protagonists, all-male teams, and misconceptions (or other problems) regarding women are more prevalent.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: A work includes a character who is a writer.
  • No Adaptations Allowed: The creator refuses to allow adaptations of their work being made.
  • Not Drawn to Scale: To avoid meticulous attention to detail, characters' sizes are not set.
  • Older Than the Demographic: The character(s) of a work are older than the target demographic.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Website content is free, but said website asks for you to subscribe, donate, etc.
  • Politically Correct History: Works about history gloss over or whitewash the aspects of the past that today's people would find politically incorrect.
  • Philosophical Parable: An ideology or philosophy is illustrated via a fictional work.
  • Protection from Editors: If a work is exempt from criticism or correction, its quality usually suffers.
  • Rarely Performed Song: Fans may or may not like the song, but the artist may (almost) never perform it again.
  • Self-Adaptation: The adaptation is made by the same person who created the original work.
  • Shown Their Work: A creator puts a lot of effort into researching for their work, and it's evident in the final product.
  • Signature Style: The recognizable style of an author.
  • Torch the Franchise and Run: The creator ends a series in a way that it can't conceivably be revived.
  • Troubled Production: A work finally sees the light of day, but its production had quite a number of problems.
  • Values Dissonance: The work has views and messages that people might not find politically correct.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: When a creator overestimates how intelligent their audience is.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Explaining every single thing as if the audience is too dumb to figure it out themselves.
  • The War on Straw
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: The creator gets sick of complaining fans, so they resort to drastic methods of retaliation.
  • Write What You Know: The creator bases the story on their personal experiences.
  • Write Who You Know: The characters in the work are based on real people the creator knew.
  • Writer on Board
  • Writer Revolt: Responding to Executive Meddling by sneaking in an insult aimed at the conditions forced upon the writer.
  • Writer's Block: A writer is struggling to actually, well, write.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: The story's plot doesn't make complete sense because the writer made a blatant mathematical error.
  • Writers Suck: Writers in a work always get the worst treatment.
  • Writing for the Trade: All together, a work is comprehensible and maybe even fun to read. But while it's being released in weekly/monthly installments, it can be hard to keep up with.
  • Written for My Kids: The work was made for the creator's child or children.