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Creator's Favorite

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Just like the fans, it's inevitable for a creator of a work to have a favorite character. When this happens, it can go horribly wrong, leading to the creator trying to force the character on an uninterested audience and we get a Creator's Pet. However, they can just as easily handle it better. Maybe the character isn't The Scrappy and audiences like them, or they don't get a lot of Character Focus, or maybe instead of Character Shilling the writer chooses to show instead of telling you how great the character is. Whatever the difference is, these characters do not qualify as a Creator's Pet.


In fact, since many of the obvious tells for favoritism aren't there, often the only way to know for certain is from Word of God. Compare My Real Daddy, which is where a specific creator is associated with a character due to his or her work with the character's title, though no favoritism is involved.

Contrast Creator's Pest, a character which the author hates.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The series director of A Certain Scientific Railgun, Tatsuyuki Nagai, is a huge fan of the characters of Saten and Uiharu. However, in the manga, they don't get very much screentime, so for the adaptation he had their roles greatly expanded upon, adding them into arcs they originally weren't in, and even had entire non-canon arcs of the series made just to further show them off. However, this resulted in a fair amount of backlash, not so much at their characters, as his extra arcs diluting the manga's otherwise dark and tragic nature.
  • From Dragon Ball Z: Mr. Satan. Toriyama admits he is one of his favorite characters and he gets a lot of screentime in the Buu Arc. However, he's very popular (especially in the Japanese fandom, he's more of a Base-Breaking Character in the west). According to Akira Toriyama, this has shifted through the years starting with Goku, Krillin, Tenshinhan, and finally settling on Piccolo as his overall favorite character.
    • Later on Toriyama has stated that out of all the characters he had created, his favorite was Jaco, his most recent creation who at that point had been worked into the revival of Dragon Ball in addition to his own series.
  • Dragon Ball Super:
    • Toshio Yoshitaka, one of the anime writers has stated to have fallen in love with both Caulifla and Kale, the Saiyan women of Universe 6.
    • In an interview with Salón del Manga, Hiroyuki Sakurada, the producer for Dragon Ball Super, admitted to liking Android 17 a lot and feeling he didn't have many fights to show his potential, resulting in 17 receiving a lot of focus in the arc, having his newfound power hyped by Goku and the participants/spectators in the tournament at every opportunity, getting to eliminate a bulk of U2 fighters and U4, playing a big part on the defeat of Anilaza and Toppo, and culminating in him winning the entire tournament and making the wish that saved all of the Dragon Ball multiverse.
    • Is heavily implied that the God of Destruction Liquiir is a personal favorite of the creative staff, as he is a rather minor character yet he receives a lot of focus from both the anime and manga. The fans don't mind.
  • Kazuki Takahashi has claimed that Katsuya Jounouchi (Joey Wheeler) is one of his favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! characters.
  • Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Director Mitsuo Fukuda admitted that they're stand-ins for him and his wife, Chiaki Morosawa, who is also one of the head writers of the show.
  • The author of Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama, mentioned that his favorite character is Jean Kirschtein due to his ability to be blunt and say exactly what he's thinking despite the circumstances.
  • The director of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Seiji Mizushima, stated that his favorite character was Nena Trinity, largely because he worked with her CV, Rie Kugimiya, on Fullmetal Alchemist. Although Nena's role in the series was largely unimportant and her fate was anticlimatic, she was a popular character in the series in Japan. Of course, in the West, to this day it's still a push between people who think she's cool and those who look at her as an evil bitch.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Watsuki has admitted to Kyoto Arc villain Shishio Makoto being his favorite character, and basically resorted to Deus ex Machina so that Kenshin wouldn't have to break his vow in order to survive their battle.
  • Naruto: At approximately 25:00 of this 2015 Viz Shonen Jump podcast, Masashi Kishimoto reveals that his favorite female character is Hinata, because "she's not violent at all."
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki has stated that his favorite Jojo is Diamond Is Unbreakable's Josuke Higashikata. While he is generally liked by the fandom, he's not the favorite, those being Jotaro Kujo in Japan and Joseph Joestar in the west.
  • Bleach: Kubo admitted he likes every character he's created. However, he's often misquoted as saying his favourite is Mayuri Kurotsuchi: Mayuri is his favourite character to draw. The character is guaranteed to always appear in bizarre costumes and make-up. He is also the author's exploration of "necessary evil" and Kubo has admitted writing Mayuri's character has made him reassess what he is and is not willing to tolerate in life.
  • In Saint Seiya Omega, Aquila Yuna was the favorite character of the director and the main screenwriter, and it showed: her episodes and stock footage were usually much better drawn and animated than the other characters', and she became a huge Spotlight-Stealing Squad in the Sanctuary Arc, taking over Souma, Ryuho and Haruto's roles as The Lancer, The Heart and The Smart Guy. She was still popular with fans because she was a nice and reliable girl, people liked seeing the token female character getting a prominent role in a battle Shōnen, or they just found her hot. When the writer and director were replaced in the second season, the new staff wasn't nearly as fond of Yuna and she was Demoted to Extra.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! gives us Chiho Sasaki, at least in the anime version. Naoto Hosoda, who directed the anime, has openly declared his love for the character, to the extent that the ending sequence for each episode includes Naoto's own fanart of her. He also downplayed all of her negative attributes like how dangerous she can get when in Clingy Jealous Girl mode, and played up Emilia's aggressive nature to kill off any potential threat to his favorite ship of Chiho/Maou.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Director Akiyuki Shinbo absolutely adores Sayaka, to the point that he begged Gen Urobuchi to bring Sayaka back to life after she'd been killed off, to which Urobuchi said no. Amusingly, Urobuchi's favorite is also Sayaka.
  • Both authors, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, consider L to be their favorite character in Death Note. This doesn't protect him from dying in the middle of the series, though.
  • In-Universe example in Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, where Nozaki zig-zags this with his shoujo manga male lead Suzuki. He likes Suzuki's visual design, and will use it for new characters when he doesn't have a model. He's also firmly behind Suzuki and Mamiko's relationship, such that he can't see them with anybody else. However, the only thing he likes about Suzuki is his visual design; he doesn't seem all that interested in him as a person, and finds his name snark-worthy.
  • Koichi Tokita, creator of the Mobile Fighter G Gundam manga, had a major preference towards Allenby Beardsly, causing Rain Mikamura to suffer character-wise, going from a sisterly-type character to more of a Tsundere than she was in the show and making the series' climatic battle turn into a Anti-Climax.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's director, Hiroyuki Imaishi, has stated that Kittan is his favorite character. Notably, he gets a few Ship Tease moments later in the series with Yoko, who is stated to be the favorite character of Atsushi Nishigori, the show's animation director.
  • Takeshi Shudo, the original head writer for the Pokémon anime, stated that Musashi/Jesse and Kojiro/James of Team Rocket were his prized creations, which made him all the more frustrated with their Villain Decay as the series went on.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Yuu Watase herself confessed that Nagako is her favourite character and tended to favor him because of it.
  • Fujio Akatsuka had a list of his favorites published in a magazine back in the day, stating his top favorites were Papa of Tensai Bakabon, and Chibita originally from Osomatsu-kun.
  • Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, has three: Luffy, Gaimon, and Buggy.

    Audio Plays 
  • This situation is a frequent problem that occurs over at Big Finish Doctor Who where the creators of Doctor Who audio enjoy working with a particular actor/actress too much.
    • In particular we're describing Sophie Aldred (Ace, 7th Doctor), India Fisher (Charley, 6th and 8th Doctors) and Philip Olivier (Hex, 7th Doctor). So they keep using and re-using their characters long past their ability to generate decent stories. The result? A character that everybody remembers for sticking around too long, characters that would have had a much more memorable run if they'd gone out on a high, and left people wanting more.
    • Tracey Childs (Klein, 7th Doctor) is another character which is reeling due to not knowing when to quit. There have been at least three points where her story could have come to a natural end (Nazi, tragic villain, companion, and now tykebomb). Big Finish just enjoys working with Childs, but that isn't a strong reason in storytelling terms. Ironically, Klein was brought in as a companion because fans were tired of the Seven-Hex-Ace team.
    • The favourite monster of Nicholas Briggs, the Big Finish Doctor Who director and producer, is the Daleks, and it shows. Most of the stories he writes have something to do with Daleks, he plays all of the Daleks, he plays the Daleks in the revival series, he even played the Daleks in the DVD re-release of the Third Doctor story "Day of the Daleks", he does the Big Finish podcasts with his ring modulator at the ready slipping in and out of his Dalek voice, the first story he wrote for Tom Baker's much-hyped return was an attempt to give him a Dalek story with no Davros in it, the big event series Dark Eyes is all about Daleks, any event story he writes is all about Daleks... On the bright side, he is very, very, very good at it.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics' X-Men maestro Chris Claremont:
    • He has a particular fondness for Storm (it's not a coincidence that bad guys under his pen often take a shine to her). He also particularly likes Shadowcat. In both those instances, these are sterling examples of Tropes Are Not Bad, since both characters are beloved by fans as well. On a lesser side, he was particularly fond of Sage during the early-to-mid-noughts, having her go from very minor recurring character to major member of a tertiary X-Men title to Uncanny X-Men to New Excalibur to a major supporting role in his run on Exiles.
    • Surpassing all of the above, however, is Magneto, who Claremont famously reinvented from a stock Card-Carrying Villain into the tormented He Who Fights Monsters archetype fans know and love today. Indeed, Magneto was so favored by Claremont that when he left Marvel in the '90s, his last story focused on Magneto taking on a Bastard Understudy named Fabian who then quickly betrayed him ('coincidentally', the writer replacing Claremont was Fabian Nicieza).
  • Dave Cockrum's favorite X-Man was his creation Nightcrawler, while John Byrne's favorite was Wolverine.
  • Frank Miller has admitted that Miho is his favourite Sin City character.
  • Marvel Comics' Jim Starlin:
    • While he did not create Adam Warlock, he is certainly a favorite character of the author who took him from an obscure Fantastic Four side character to one of the foremost tacticians of Marvel Comics in the 90's.
    • He has also expressed fondness of Spider-Man and inserts him into most of his cosmic based stories, even though Spidey is generally considered a "street-level" hero.
    • Also on a regularly basis, he seems to like the Hulk. And preferably in his big, strong, Savage Hulk persona.
    • It also seems he has a soft spot for Doctor Strange, trying to include him in his stories whenever he can.
    • Beyond all of these, however, is Thanos, who is somewhat like Adam Warlock in being a cosmic-tier character of the type that Starlin preferred, with one very important difference — Starlin did create Thanos, and so favored him above all others. How much did he favor Thanos? Enough to demote the aforementioned Warlock into Thanos's emo sidekick during the '90s, as well as to come up with the The Infinity Gauntlet storyline which basically boils down to "Thanos lords it over the ENTIRE REST OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, and is not even defeated by any hero or combination of heroes but instead by his own hubris". Indeed, Starlin's love of Thanos ran so deep that when he eventually crossed over to write for DC, he reinvented the obscure Hawkman/Captain Comet villain Onimarr Synn into a very thin Expy of Thanos.
  • Kurt Busiek, creator of Astro City, has created many characters for the setting that include super-powered beings, armored villains, aliens, and gods among others, but has stated that his all-time favorite is Quarrel.
  • The late Mark Gruenwald's favorite superhero was Captain America, and to this day Gruenwald's run on the character is considered one of the best.
  • Paul Dini acknowledged that Zatanna is his favorite character; hence, her inclusion in many of Dini's works in comics and the DCAU.
  • Robert Kirkman has said that Carl Grimes is his favorite character in The Walking Dead and has said that the story is about him and his growth.
  • Simon Furman, writer for a great number of Transformers comics, has a couple favorites:
    • Grimlock. By his pen, Grimlock is a cunning warrior who uses Hulk Speak to make his enemies underestimate him, while the TV series simply had him be too dumb to string a sentence together.
    • Nightbeat, a C-list character whom Furman brought to the forefront by making him a Film Noir-style Hardboiled Detective. In the current IDW-universe that Furman created, he killed Nightbeat off so fans knew that Anyone Can Die, even his own favorite character. He did something similar in the G2 comics, killing off Nightbeat as a self-inflicted Player Punch.
    • Galvatron. Give Simon Furman a chance to writer Transformers, and sooner or later, the big G will turn up, and lots of character death tends to follow. In the original Generation One comics, there were no less that three different versions of the guy by the end of the series (in the UK version at least. The US only had to deal with one).
    • Bludgeon and Thunderwing, whenever he needs a badass Decepticon leader. Bludgeon tends to get more use, though.
  • Shimy and Razzia from Les Légendaires were stated by the author to be his favourite characters. Regardless, they both still are fan-favourites, and he admitted he enjoyed turning Shimy into a Doom Magnet.
  • During his career at Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis had a longstanding habit of introducing his own original character upon taking over an established book and then favoring that character over all others. During his Uncanny X-Men (2013) run, his pet character was Tempus. Miles Morales was spawned as the end result of his run on Ultimate Spider-Man. And his run on Invincible Iron Man produced Riri Williams, the last and hardest pushed of his favorites.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire's author George R.R. Martin has freely admitted on several occasions that Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character, and he's one of the more popular characters with the fandom (especially in the television series). However, he's also stated that not even he's safe.
  • J. K. Rowling has claimed her favorite character in Harry Potter is Remus Lupin, who is also a fan favorite. Though it doesn't stop her from killing him in the 7th book. According to her, she cried after writing that chapter, then cried again years later when writing his biography for Pottermore.
    • Stephen Kloves, the screenwriter for all of the movies save the fifth one, told Rowling that Hermione is his favorite character. Some fans cite this as the reason Hermione gets far more attention than Harry or Ron in the later movies.
  • Reputedly, Jane Austen loved her creations. We know about it from her letters to family and friends and from her nephew's memoir who wrote that she had taken a kind of parental interest in them and kept thinking about them after she had finished her work.
    • Two of her great favourites were Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park and Mr. Knightley from Emma. She thought them to be superior and moral.
      Jane Austen: They are very far from being what I know English gentlemen often are.
    • When sending a copy of Emma to a friend whose daughter had been lately born, she wrote: "I trust you will be as glad to see my Emma as I shall be to see your Jemima." She was very fond of Emma, because when commencing that work, she said, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like".
    • Soon after the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen jokingly wrote about Elizabeth Bennet, "I must confess that I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know". She had also personal affection for Mr. Darcy. She once joked that as long as readers liked the central couple, she didn't mind if they hated all the other characters.
  • Brandon Sanderson has stated that Hoid, the mysterious world-hopping Deadpan Snarker of The Cosmere, is his favorite character. Hoid is quite popular with fans as well, but Sanderson has stated that the specific reason he loves Hoid is still a spoiler.
  • In her A Tale Of novellas, Serena Valentino really loves the Odd Sisters, to the point where she's said, "These stories are heavily influenced by The Odd Sisters, and they have quite taken on a life of their own, and I find they are very frequently directing the plot." This would explain why they go from being secondary characters in the first story to being occasional POV characters who are directly responsible for most of the plot points in the second story.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien named Samwise Gamgee as his favourite character in The Lord of the Rings, going so far as to name him the real hero of the story.
  • The late Robert Jordan named Lan as his favorite character from The Wheel of Time.
  • Neil Gaiman's favorite character from mythology is Loki, and has used him in two separate works - The Sandman and American Gods.

    Live-Action Film 
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X-Men: First Class: Matthew Vaughn has made it very clear in interviews that Magneto is his favourite X-Men character, and he even dismissed Professor X as being sanctimonious and boring. As a consequence, Erik is the main protagonist in First Class despite the film being heavily advertised as containing two lead characters of equal importance. If Vaughn had remained as the director for the sequel, Magneto would once again be the central figure. However, he dropped out and was replaced by an Xavier fanboy (see the next entry).
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Bryan Singer has admitted at both the SDCC panel and the "X-Men Unguarded" group discussion on The Rogue Cut Blu-Ray/DVD that Professor X is his favourite X-Men character (he even got a Cerebro helmet tattoo with Patrick Stewart providing him moral support after this movie broke the $700 million mark), and this is why Singer gave the spotlight to the younger Charles.
      • Singer even has a second favorite: Nightcrawler. He's been trying to find some way to bring the blue elf back since X2: X-Men United all the way back in 2003. He finally succeeded over a dozen years later in X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim screenwriter, claims his favorite characters are Mako Mori and Caitlin Lightcap.
  • Toshiro Mifune said that his favourite character to play was Kikuchiyo in Seven Samurai, and we can all see why.
  • Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It's easy to see why. He's the most interesting, three-dimensional character in the movie, and by far the most likeable. Both Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef realized that director Sergio Leone had a great deal of affection for Tuco, and the director and Eli Wallach became good friends afterwards, in spite of the world of pain that Wallach went through making the movie.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • James Gunn has stated several times that Rocket was a big, if not the main, reason he wanted to make this movie. In fact when it was confirmed that the film was a hit, Gunn put a heartfelt thank you letter online and specifically thanks everyone for letting a Raccoon make them a little more human.
    • Vin Diesel loved his character, Groot, so much that he would go to promotions and premieres wearing the stilts he wore for the movie and a shirt proclaiming "I Am Groot."
  • Star Wars: George Lucas's favorite is Series Mascot R2-D2.
    • The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson named Luke Skywalker as his favorite. He admits it was sobering for Mark Hamill to tell him he fundamentally disagreed with the direction the film would take the character.
  • Johnny Depp's favourite roles of his career are Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Russell Crowe named Maximus and Jimmy Braddock as his favourite roles.
  • Denzel Washington named Detective Alonzo Harris as his favourite role.

    Live-Action Television 
  • WKRP in Cincinnati: During season 3 the writers decided that Herb was their favorite character so there were suddenly many episodes focusing on him.
  • On the DVD Commentary for the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21), the writer, Sera Gamble, said she loved Andy. She said, "You know my heart belongs to the geeks, the nerdier... If you live in a van filled with weird books then I’m your friend, you know?"
  • Kennedy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While not necessarily the favorite of his, Word of Joss was that he really liked the character and she was given a lot of focus despite a lot of fans hating her and claiming Creator's Pet.
    • At various points, Whedon named Spike, Willow, and even Riley Finn as his favorite character from the show.
  • Vanessa and the Creature from Penny Dreadful are series creator John Logan's favorite characters to write for.
  • Regina of Once Upon a Time is reportedly this for Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, and it shows.
    • Writers Jane Espenson and David H. Goodman have both cited Rumpelstiltskin and Captain Hook as favorites of their's.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Avon was a lot of people's favourite character on Blake's 7 - including creator Terry Nation and script editor Chris Boucher.
  • Kermit the Frog was Jim Henson's signature character, but his favourite was Rowlf the Dog. When he died, Kermit was recast, while Rowlf was retired for a while.
  • Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey was series creator Julian Fellowes' favorite character, and dear god, it showed.
  • Laraine Newman's favourite Saturday Night Live character to play was Lina Wertmuller, who she described as a character "which, I think, only pleased me and no one else".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The greatest lie the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that Triple H was over.
  • It's often the case that pro wrestlers have juice with some of the promotional big-wigs. Other times, the producer just takes an odd liking to them, and gives them the stage at every opportunity. Some examples from WWE: Honky Tonk Man (Elvis impersonator, known for getting hit with his own guitars), Irwin R. Schyster (tax collector, known for "auditing" his opponents), Bray Wyatt (Max Cady imitator, known for his fortune cookie babble), and Hugo Savinovich (um...dances?).
    Wrestlecrap: Here’s the thing about Savio: he was on like every Raw from 1994-1996. Like every single one. Why? Who knows. Maybe Vince thought he was the second coming of Pedro Morales or something. Anyway, he was on a million of these shows, yet somehow I had successfully blocked his dance routine from my memory. And now it comes rushing back. Yeesh.
  • Examples from WCW: Scott Steiner, The Dog aka Al Green (literally a guy who barked and ran around on all fours; he feuded with Ernest "The Cat Miller"), Vincent, and Marc Mero a.k.a. Sable's ex-husband.
    Brandon Stroud: If you’re not familiar with Johnny B. Badd, here’s what you need to know: WCW gave a former boxer with almost no wrestling training a Little Richard gimmick and put him over everybody for five years. A Little Richard gimmick. His finish was a punch. A Little Richard who could beat you by punching you once. Also, he had a confetti gun. DO YOU LOVE JOHNNY B. BADD YET.
  • Sable was neither a good speaker nor a good wrestler, had no desire to improve, treated the other women like dirt, killed her (then) husband Marc Mero's career, and only wanted use her position in the company get into Playboy. She was only pushed because the Vinces(McMahon Jr and Russo) were enamored with her, at the expense of much more talented and dedicated women on the roster. However, Sable was popular with the crowds, so she managed to avoid Creator's Pet status. Even purist fans only there for the wrestling couldn't say too much bad about Sable specifically, because at the time wrestling was hardly the focus for either the WWF or WCW, women's wrestling even less so. Even the more (at the time) wrestling focused ECW did not have a women's division. Furthermore, Sable ended up pushing her boundaries too far and losing her pet status with at least every creator not named Russo, losing her push in the process. McMahon was willing to give Sable a second chance but by then the crowds were used to seeing good wrestlers again and had seen several Miss Fanservice types similar to Sable on top of that, so she wasn't nearly as popular the next time around and not pushed as hard as a result. Sable still got some fairly high profile angles pay per view matches over more talented women like Nidia and Dawn Marie, but that was nothing compared to how she previously went over Sunny, Marlena, Luna Vachon and Jacqueline.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Games Workshop love the Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000. They give the SMs more focus and spotlight than any other faction in the game. Particularly they have special rules and unique models and characters for several Space Marine Chapters.
    • Games Designer Matt Ward's favorite chapters are the Ultramarines and Grey Knights, who were very much the Creator's Pet faction of GW during the height of his tenure.

    • Story writer Greg Farshtey's favorite is Kopaka — mostly cool, collected and stoic but incredibly stubborn and antisocial (though he has his moments). This is even evidenced in the first tie-in comic that made LEGO hire him as a comic writer, which tells the story from Kopaka's POV. He's also the favorite of Lego marketing manager Paul Bufton.
    • Lewa was the favorite of David Molina, co-director of the first Direct-to-Video film. The film presented him as, in his words, a cross between a Native American and a hippie, as opposed to his immature, snarky and aloof self from the comics and books.
    • Producer Sue Shakespeare chose Nokama from the second film as her favorite, for her being a strong but kind female character.
    • Kopaka's polar opposite, Tahu was the favorite of Jeppe Fonnesbaek from Advance (a marketing company that co-created the franchise) and marketing director Erik Kramer. Because he can surf on lava.
  • Mixels:
    • Andrew Seenan, the toy design lead for the series, has Chomly as his favorite Mixel, a lot of it out of how much expression his jaw and wild eyes gives him.
    • Gemma Anderson, another design lead, has the Weldos as her favorites, thanks to how varied in personality they are, along with their fun pieces and designs.

    Video Games 
  • Ragnar Tørnquist, the creator of The Longest Journey series, stated on numerous occasions that Crow is his favorite character in the series.
  • Persona:
    • Surprisingly, it's not one of Persona 2's staff members who has admitted that their favorite character was Lisa Silverman, but Takehito Koyasu, who was the voice actor for the game's male lead Tatsuya Suou.
    • For Persona 3, according to character artist Shigenori Soejima, Mitsuru Kirijo was the most popular character among the development staff, while he himself likes Akihiko Sanada. Their popularity among the staff, along with Aigis' popularity among fans, is likely why they appeared in Persona 4: Arena, whereas the rest of the P3 characters didn't appear until its sequel.
  • Ed Boon's favorite Mortal Kombat character is Scorpion. Not only has he appears in practically every Mortal Kombat game (except vanilla Mortal Kombat 3, through he's later added in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 due to fan demand), but he now serves as the mascot of Netherrealm Studios. There's a bit of personal connection here as Boon himself lends his voice for Scorpion's signature Catch-Phrase, "GET OVER/COME HERE!".
  • Hideo Kojima is notable for not giving his favorite characters any favoritism in his games. His favourite boss character is the extremely obscure Running Man from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake who is never seen or even mentioned again after his one battle (probably because his affection extended mostly to the game mechanics involved in his battle themselves). His favourite main character is Raiden, who gets Demoted to Extra in Metal Gear Solid 4 and has since only appeared in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a game written and designed by another team with no connection to Kojima whatsoever.
  • BlazBlue gives us Noel Vermillion. She's the mascot character of the series, and admitted favorite of Arc System Works producer Toshimichi Mori. She even became the central character in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. The only thing saving her from Creator's Pet status is that the fans don't (mostly) hate her.
  • Tomonobu Itagaki has gone on record to say, several times, Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series is his daughter, while showing no personal or close concern from any other character he has created or directed during his days at Team Ninja / Koei-Tecmo. The man was very protective of Kasumi too, openly admitting she would never appear in Ninja Gaiden, claiming Kasumi was too pure and wasn’t the type to engage in the same bloody works as Ryu Haybusa, allowing her less morally inclined (and almost as popular) sister Ayane to appear instead. Long after Itagaki had left Team Ninja, Kasumi started making cameos in Ninja Gaiden, becoming fully playable in Ninja Gaiden III and soaking herself in blood as much as Ryu and Ayane.
  • The creator of Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon himself, freely admitted that Bonnie, a literal Killer Rabbit, was the animatronic he found the most terrifying, having several nightmares about him during development. Since then, Bonnie has had a lot of appearances in promotional media, even overshadowing the titular character.
  • Several of the people behind Age of Wonders, including Djurre van Dijk himself, have named the Halflings as their favorite race, and Ham the Wanderer in particular as their favorite character. Ham's favoritism shows most in the Wonderpedia for Age of Wonders 3, where a LOT of the flavor text snippets for various units are attributed to him.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Hironobu Sakaguchi's reason for continually reprising the character of Cid was that he had a particular affection for middle-aged Boisterous Bruiser eccentrics.
    • Yoshitaka Amano says that his favourite characters for the series that he's drawn are Tina Branford (Terra) from Final Fantasy VI, and Kain Highwind from Final Fantasy IV. Tetsuya Nomura has said that his favourite design he's ever done is Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII, which he feels fits the character so perfectly he's never wanted to tweak it.
    • Kaori Tanaka, a character designer on Final Fantasy VI, also wrote all of Edgar and Sabin's dialogue. She imagined backstories for them more complicated than what we see in the game, explaining about their parents, the culture of Figaro, etc., and even published a doujinshi exploring their family background called A Marriage of Figaro. Japanese fans regard her as the Figaros' Real Daddy. She asked in interviews for fans to send her fanart of the brothers.
    • Final Fantasy VII:
      • The dev team was very fond of Cloud Strife, with Yoshinori Kitase, Kazushige Nojima and Tetsuya Nomura all calling him their favourite, and they occasionally engage in (affectionate) Armed with Canon about their personal interpretations of the character. Nojima even went so far as to rewrite Cloud's backstory while concealing it from the rest of the team, which only found out about Cloud's presence in Nibelheim and the involvement of Zack during playtesting. Nojima's On A Way To A Smile: Case of Tifa acts as a slight Fix Fic of Cloud's characterisation as it is portrayed in Nomura's Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, explaining his attempts to deal with his health and mental problems.
      • The only reason Yuffie Kisaragi still appears in at all is because one of the event planners, Jun Akiyama, was very attached to her and refused to let her be cut for time. Most of Yuffie's dialogue was written by him alone because he was the only one who cared, and it's consistently witty and attentive to her character in a way that several of the mandatory party members don't even get. In particular, she's often allowed to upstage the other party members by stating a contrary point of view (like telling Cloud not to help someone, or refusing to empathise with sympathetic characters), where other party members will simply feed Cloud the same line translated for their character's manner of speaking. She gets a date scene with Cloud (and is the only potential date who gets to kiss him, upstaging Cloud's 'serious' love interests), shows up to tag along with Barret during his and Tifa's escape in Junon, and gets her own elaborate sidequest. Later, when Akiyama became the main writer of Kingdom Hearts I, he made sure that Yuffie was included in it in place of the originally planned Rikku. Not bad for a character who was almost entirely cut.
      • Event planner Motoru Toriyama said his favourite character in VII was Aeris, as he was assigned to most of the early scenes featuring her and told to really make sure the player adored her as much as possible. Therefore, he wrote her as a bright, playful flirt in accordance with his own tastes.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Originally, series director Tetsuya Nomura said his favorite character was naturally Sora, the protagonist. But as time passed and the series became more of a Villain-Based Franchise, he changed his mind and said that his favorite was Xehanort, the Big Bad (particularly his original "Ansem, Seeker of Darkness" incarnation from the first game). However, given Xehanort's Base-Breaking Character status, some fans (particularly those who decry him as an Arc Fatigue-causing Invincible Villain) have interpreted this as confirmation that he's an outright Creator's Pet.
    • Nomura's favorite member of the Organization is Luxord. Oddly enough, he's the member of the Organization with the least amount of screen time.
  • Mass Effect: The developers had great affection for Liara T'Soni; after Shepard, she's the character with the most to do across the trilogy.
  • Katsuhiro Harada, the lead developer at the helm of the Tekken series names his favorite character as series regular Heihachi Mishima. Nothing's really come of the preferential treatment aside from Heihachi's appearance in every Tekken installment, though (this is in spite of the fact that he canonically did not even participate in the fifth tournament). However, it didn't stop him to have him Killed Off for Real in 7, since the game has been billed as the final chapter of the Mishima family, so it was quite surprising that Harada chose Heihachi to bite the dust, but not after he had the top story appearances throughout 7.
  • Blizzard developers have admitted a few times that they prefer writing Horde characters and storylines when creating new World of Warcraft expansions, and have also often apologized when it leaves the Alliance content feel rushed or incomplete.

    Visual Novels 

  • The Jaegers from Girl Genius are apparently so loved by the authors that they keep getting involved in the plot. Not that anyone's complaining.
  • Misfile's creator Chris Hazelton has stated that his favorite character in the strip is Emily and he loves writing drawing her the most, and that she is the character he most identifies with in story. Which possibly explains her borderline "Sue-ish" moments.
  • Electric Wonderland creator Peter Paltridge has continually expressed an affection for Aerynn Arlia, a Magical Girl with unlimited gag potential and a mysterious origin.
  • El Goonish Shive creator Dan Shive stated his favorite character is Susan, which he found quite ironic as she was originally created to be an unlikable Straw Feminist he could tear apart… but then Character Development happened. He's also expressed a fondness for Grace.
  • Heartcore creator TL Welker is very fond of Teo, who often features prominently in artwork alongside Amethyst.

    Web Original 
  • Chess-centric YouTube channel founder and star agadmator will show any interesting game that crosses his path, but often favors games from Mikhail Tal, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, and Vassily Ivanchuk. Justified in that those three players are unusually inclined to choose active attacking lines over safer ones, which makes for sharper and more interesting games to study.
  • The SCP Foundation's SCP-173. While it's fairly average fare these days (a Living Statue that attacks unless someone is watching it), it has the honor of being the first SCP. As such, the site creators are very defensive of it. Even editing its article can incur the mods wrath.
  • Matthew Santoro has stated that Eugene is his favourite character in his web series, which is why he gets the most focus, secondly only to Matthew.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic, both Tamara and Doug have said that they really love acting and writing Abusive Parents Aunt Despair and Uncle Lies. Tamara was also delighted at playing Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, Rey in The Force Awakens and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and squeed about the costumes for a while.

    Western Animation 
  • Writers of Sonic Sat AM have admitted that Princess Sally Acorn is their favorite character.
  • Arthur: At a ComicCon panel, some of the writers admitted that George was their favorite character, on grounds that he's so interesting to write for, given how creative, imaginative, and inventive he is, despite being withdrawn, shy, and timid.
  • Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman has said that Black Canary is his favorite DC Comics character, which is partly why she's one of the team's mentors on the show.
  • Voice actor Peter Cullen has stated Optimus Prime and Eeyore to be his favourite voice roles.
  • Many people who watched My Life Me agreed that the only likeable character was Mr. Towes, a Large Ham who had a penchant for randomly slipping into an accent mid-sentence. According to this interview, the series' creator agrees.
  • Dib from Invader Zim is Jhonen Vasquez's favorite character and is actually based off of him (Jhonen) from his childhood. Doesn't stop Dib from being the shows Butt-Monkey.
    • However, he does mention Gaz as the character he would most like to spend time with. At the same time, he also lamented her lack of personality in the show, hence why he works to give her a more rounded personality in the comics.
  • Edward from Camp Lazlo is one for the writers.
  • Rebecca Sugar's favorite Steven Universe character is Greg Universe.
  • The Simpsons: Lisa is Matt Groening's favorite character as seen here and here. Although in this interview he says that his favorite is Homer. He also has mentioned some of the secondary characters as his favorite, like Comic Book Guy, Apu, and Ralph Wiggum.
    • Joe Mantegna, the voice actor for recurring Simpsons character Fat Tony has also stated in interviews how much he enjoys voicing the character, and will take time out of his schedule to make appearances as him in the show. Even if Fat Tony's only line in the episode is, quote, "him choking on a pretzel".
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone have said that Eric Cartman is their favourite character on South Park.
  • James Woods loves voicing Hades so much that he'll take any opportunity to do so and will do for the rest of his days.
  • Butch Hartman has admitted that his favorite character in The Fairly OddParents! is Mr. Crocker.
  • In an interview with Disney Magazine, Jim Cummings cited Darkwing Duck and Don Karnage as two of his favourite roles, stating "they're both probably the closest to me - I kinda improvise a lot of them, kinda ad-lib".
  • The Legend of Korra creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino stated this was the reason why Asami Sato went from being The Mole in production to one of the main characters, as keeping her in the former role would mean that she'd have no place in the show once her status as such was revealed.

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