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Creator's Favorite Episode

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Whenever you have a series that's really adored by the fans, it's natural that many different fans are going to have their own favorite episodes. At the same time, creators and others involved with the shows can definitely feel a sense of pride with their work, and as such, will find a particular episode that they feel really stands out that they favor. Many creators particularly favor ground-breaking episodes.

In some instances, the creator's choice might be a case of Magnum Opus Dissonance.

Not to be confused with Creator's Favorite, which covers creators' favorite characters — but it may overlap.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Aka Akasaka stated that his favorite chapter of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War was chapter 43, "Chika Fujiwara Really Wants to Eat".
  • Gosho Aoyama has been asked his favorite Case Closed case multiple times over the years, and has consistently answered The Trembling Police Headquarters: 12 Million Hostages.
  • Hayao Miyazaki named Howl's Moving Castle as his favorite of his films.
  • Hirohiko Araki considers JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable his favorite part of the series.
    • Billy Kametz, the voice of Josuke in the Dub, said that his favorite episode was "Let's Go Eat Some Italian Food".
  • Hello! Sandybell: Several people working for Wendros AB who produced the Swedish dub, including the company's founder Christer Hagström, have stated that Hello! Sandybell was their favourite anime dub project (along with Candy Candy).
  • A special airing of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode "Delivery Dilemma" was put up in memory of Maddie Blaustein, the voice of Chef Kawasaki and Waddle Doo, as it was her favourite episode.
  • Yoh Yoshinari considers episode 8, Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld, to be his favorite episode of Little Witch Academia (2017).
  • Time Stop Hero: In an interview, the author, Yasunori Mitsunaga, said his favorite chapter was Chapter 9 "Realm and Stop", for the epic scene where Kuzuno Sekai freezes time to evacuate everyone in the city and save them from a meteor shower. The editor said his favorite chapter would either be Chapter 3 "Disarm and Stop", for the hilarious scene where Sekai freezes time to strip Clau Belltree and her party naked in an instant, or Chapter 10 "Orison and Stop", for the scene where Sekai strips Zaraza and then goads her into making sexy poses with an audience watching.

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    Fan Works 
  • Paradoxus (Winx Club, World of Warcraft''): Since it has several authors (for fanfic standards, anyway), each author has her own favorite chapter.
    • Crowgirl's is the sixth as she thinks the transition between the Bergström and Oathdir families (who are the same people under different aliases) is very smooth and cool.
    • Phoenix Daybreak's preferred chapter is the twenty-third because it's the moment when Trisha finally bites back, turns into a fallen keeper of the Dragon's Flame, and thus her more unhinged, raw side is depicted. All in all, when the consequences of her psychological wounds are fully blown in our faces.
    • Bloom_Farella favors chapter twenty-four by virtue of being the point where everything in the plot converges. The events of the half nightmare, half flashback prologue are finally disclosed, which fully explains the character's motivations and personalities (both thanks to severe trauma) and how they ended up in their current predicament.
    • Popsicle leans towards the twenty-fifth chapter since Altalune confronts her aunt Daphne in it. The former discovers she and her sister were the nymph's Unwitting Pawns all along and feels understandably miserable about it. It doesn't help that she lost badly against the Big Bad. Like her sister two chapters ago, this is the turning point in her Character Development.

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  • GaMetal's creator, Jonny Atma, stated in an interview that his favourite GaMetal songs are Hyrule Temple, Punch-Out!, Dark Star Core, Deoxys, The Legend of Mario and Fierce Battle, among others.
  • The Beatles:
    • Ringo Starr has said that "Rain" contained the best drumming he ever did.
    • John Lennon's favourites of the Beatles songs he wrote were "In My Life", "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I Am the Walrus" and "Across the Universe". His favorite of Paul McCartney's Beatles songs was "For No One", which he called "a nice piece of work." Lennon also picked The White Album as his favourite Beatles record.
    • Paul McCartney's favourite Beatles song is "Here, There and Everywhere", followed by "Yesterday".
    • Both Lennon and McCartney praised George Harrison's "Something" as one of the best Beatles songs of all. Lennon called it the best song on Abbey Road and McCartney said it was the best song Harrison ever wrote.
    • Harrison's favourite album was Rubber Soul.
  • David Bowie listed The Buddha of Suburbia as his personal favorite album of his in a 2003 interview, lamenting that it failed to make a dent in the album market when it first released in 1993.
  • All four members of The Smiths name Strangeways, Here We Come as their personal favorite of their four albums.
  • Tupac Shakur named Me Against the World as his favourite album of his own.
  • The Sisters of Mercy frontman Andrew Eldritch claims Vision Thing is his favorite of his albums.
  • The official ABBA Spotify account features playlists of all four members' top five favorite ABBA songs. "The Winner Takes It All" and "Dancing Queen" appear on three lists each.
  • Noisey's "Rank Your Records" feature asks musicians to rank their entire discography, with their personal favorite of their albums coming up on top. Results include the following:
    • Jonathan Davis' favorite Korn album is their 1994 self-titled debut.
    • Likewise, Corey Taylor's favorite Slipknot album is their 1999 debut album.
    • Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield's favorite of their albums is 1996's Everything Must Go.
    • mewithoutYou lead singer Aaron Weiss' favorite of their albums is 2006's Brother, Sister. His brother Michael, the band's guitarist, listed 2004's Catch Us for the Foxes as his favorite; It wound up at number four, out of five albums, on Aaron's list.
    • New Order drummer Stephen Morris named their 1985 album Low-Life as his favorite.
    • Ride lead guitarist Mark Gardener's favorite of his band's albums is 1992's Going Blank Again.
    • Including both his solo career and the albums he made with Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds named the Five's self-titled 1995 debut as his favorite of his albums.
    • Motion City Soundtrack lead singer Justin Pierre named 2005's Commit This to Memory as his favorite
    • Blur drummer Dave Rowntree's list was topped by 1993's Modern Life is Rubbish. Bassist Alex James also named that his favourite, while guitarist Graham Coxon named 1997's Blur as his favourite.
    • Spoon bassist Rob Pope named 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga as his favorite, and his list also included high showings for albums released before he joined the band — he had been a fan before he became their bassist.
    • John Rzeznik, lead singer of Goo Goo Dolls, named 2013's Magnetic as his favorite. In the article, he also made positive remarks about their first two albums, which he had not been very kind about in the past.
    • Lush lead guitarist Emma Anderson named their 1992 debut full length Spooky as her favorite, and listed two compilations ahead of their final album Lovelife, which came in last.
    • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante's list was topped by 1987's Among the Living.
    • Suede frontman Brett Anderson named his favorite album as 1994's Dog Man Star despite its Troubled Production.
    • Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie declined to rate his band's entire discography and only rated seven: the list included a B-sides compilation and was topped by 2000's XTRMNTR.
    • Moby selected his 1996 New Sound Album Animal Rights as his favorite of his albums. He said that even though the album was trashed by critics and fans and nearly destroyed his career, that he took "deep pride" in it, and that it was the album he is the proudest of.
    • Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson named their late-period, Band Minus The Face album Grinning Streak from 2013 as his favorite.
    • Dinosaur Jr.. frontman J. Mascis named their classic 1988 album You're Living All Over Me as his favorite.
    • Teenage Fanclub leader Norman Blake selected 1995's Grand Prix as his favorite.
    • Rapper Master P named 1996's Ice Cream Man as his personal favorite.
    • Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley chose 2011's Screaming Bloody Murder as his favorite.
    • Placebo singer Brian Molko chose none of the band's studio albums for his top spot, instead selecting their 2015 MTV Unplugged recording as his favorite.
    • Los Campesinos! frontman/lyricist Gareth Campesinos! and guitarist/songwriter Tom Campesinos! chose 2010's Romance is Boring as their favorite.
    • Superchunk bassist Laura Ballance named 1993's On the Mouth as her favorite.
    • Pavement co-founder and guitarist Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannenberg named the band's classic 1992 debut Slanted and Enchanted as his favorite of their albums.
    • The Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson named the band's 1990 final album All Shook Down as his favorite, despite its less-than-stellar reception with the band's fans.
    • Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor named 2009's Crack the Skye as his favorite.
    • Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace picked 2014's Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
    • Belle and Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson chose their 1996 debut Tigermilk as his favorite.
    • Franz Ferdinand lead singer Alex Kapranos picked 2009's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
    • Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchinson named 2013's Pedestrian Verse as his favorite of the band's albums. His article was notable because it was one of his last interviews before his death in May 2018.
    • Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell named Dirt as his favorite of their albums.
    • Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard picked 2003's Transatlanticism.
    • Murder by Death frontman Adam Turla chose 2009's Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.
    • Interpol singer Paul Banks chose their second album Antics.
    • Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner chose 1991's Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.
    • Low guitarist Alan Sparhawk chose 2007's Drums and Guns.
    • Tony Hawk, although not a musician, was asked to rank his favorite soundtracks from the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series. His list was topped by the one for the original 1999 game.
    • Deerhunter leader Bradford Cox picked 2013's Monomania.
    • The National bassist Scott Devendorf chose 2005's Alligator.
    • Titus Andronicus singer and guitarist Patrick Stickles picked 2015's The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  • Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creegan said his favorite song of theirs was "If I Had $1000000", which former frontman Steven Page later agreed with.
  • R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe said his favorite album is New Adventures in Hi-Fi, later changing his answer to Reveal in 2021.
  • In a 2016 web video for Wired magazine, Ice Cube stated that his favorite song overall and to perform live is "It Was a Good Day".
  • In a rare example where the creator agrees with the fans, Dean Ween of Ween has stated multiple times that The Mollusk is his favorite Ween album and that it was the album he was most proud of when it was released.
  • Brian May named Queen II as Queen's finest work.
  • David Gilmour and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd named Wish You Were Here their favorite album, despite the Troubled Production of recording it. Meanwhile, Roger Waters listed The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, tossing them in with his 1992 solo album Amused to Death as what he saw as his three most essential albums.
  • Jonny Davy named Sun Eater as his favorite Job for a Cowboy release and emphasized just how much work they put into it to make sure that it was their Magnum Opus.
  • Steve Wariner, at least in 1980s interviews, claimed that "Some Fools Never Learn" was his favorite single.
  • In an October 2013 interview, Kanye West revealed that "Can't Tell Me Nothing" is his favorite song to have been released by him.
  • Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters has said that his favorite song the band made was "A320", which they recorded for the film Godzilla (1998). Given how despised the movie became, even by the band themselves, Dave was relieved to see it at the tail-end of the credits. Unfortunately, Sony BMG are the current holders to the rights of the song, preventing the band from rereleasing it as part of any albums or singles outside of the initial release on the film's soundtrack, despite the fact that the band have been signed to Sony record label RCA Records since 1999. Though, during their first five years at the label, RCA was owned by BMG before BMG merged with Sony Music to become Sony BMG in 2004.
  • Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads named "Love → Building on Fire" as one of his favorite songs by the band to play live, despite the fact that it was their only song released before he joined the band.
  • Bob Dylan cited Blonde on Blonde as the album he's most proud of.
  • Nile Rodgers says that his favorite Chic production is We Are Family by Sister Sledge.
  • The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards has said that if he were only allowed to play one riff for the rest of his life, he'd pick "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

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    Web Animation 
  • Dinosauria: In a pinned comment on the teaser for "Our Frozen Past", the creator of the series David Armsby says that that episode is "easily my favorite of the series". "Sea and Sky" is his second favorite as well.

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Alternative Title(s): Creators Favourite Episode