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"Yeah, well, I'm gonna go build my own theme park! With blackjack! And hookers! In fact, forget the park!"
Bender, Futurama

A character or characters are disgruntled with the way a certain organization or group is run, and (usually after getting kicked out) decide that they will not just start their own, but it'll be better than the original. Generally either ends with the new organization actually being better or, alternately, failing miserably as An Aesop about how some things are harder than they look. However it ends up, this trope is what happens when someone is told Let's See YOU Do Better! and actually takes on the challenge.


The Moral Substitute is a Sub-Trope wherein the disgruntlement is (mainly) values-based.

Starting your own with friends or allies (however loose) will often result in an example of We ARE Struggling Together. Compare Renegade Splinter Faction.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • One Case Closed episode, "Computer Murder Case," involves a Tear Jerker failed example: The Sympathetic Murderer once worked for the Asshole Victim Corrupt Corporate Executive before eventually invoking this with a friend. Sadly, their new business was soon ruined by the victim, which also drove the friend to suicide. And to add insult to injury, the murderer then had no choice but to return to working for the victim, this time in a much-lower position — all while having to endure the latter's Speak Ill of the Dead taunts about the friend, on top of it. Understandably, the murderer finally snapped and decided to avenge his friend.
  • In, Haganai, Yozora starts the Neighbors Club as a club where people without friends could learn to make friends. Unfortunately, because Loners Are Freaks, the only people they get are other weirdos, and they more or less end up Lonely Together.
  • This is Haruhi's motivation for starting the SOS Brigade in Haruhi Suzumiya after she joins every single club at the school and quits after she gets bored.
    • Played very straight by being the direct cause of the plot in Boredom.
  • Lelouch, the Magnificent Bastard main character of Code Geass, starts the Order of the Black Knights after the existing La Résistance proves its incompetence by getting decimated in a single episode. He later upgrades that into declaring his intent to start a new country. Though in the end he gives up on the idea and switches to taking over the existing one, after the new country is founded. (Without him.) And the new, much more successful, alliance of nations is founded(With him.) Because his old organisation kicked him out. With guns. So, that's twice. Three times?
  • After having helped save the world at the end of the Pokémon 2000 movie, the Team Rocket trio have this discussion amongst themselves:
    Jessie: So then we're not bad!
    James: That's good!
    Meowth: But what if the boss finds out?
    James: That's bad.
    Jessie: We'll start our own team!
    James: That's good!
    Meowth: But we got no money!
    James: That's bad.
    Jessie: Then we'll just steal some!
    James: That's good! Or is that bad?
    • Team Rocket also threaten to do this in a later episode, when they find their memberships have expired. It is quickly pointed out they can just reapply.
  • This is the premise of the manga Gothic Sports, where, motivated by the fact that they simply would never see any play in their school's normal soccer team, a few girls (with two guys...) get together and start their own team for the school.
  • Ryuusuke and Eiji of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad initially play in the same band, Serial Mama, until personal differences and a missed opportunity with a record producer drive them apart. Both find success with their respective bands: Eiji's Belle Ame is commercially-successful, backed by influential producer Ran; while Ryuusuke with BECK have a much longer arc of struggles before gaining world-wide recognition.
  • In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Rikka forms her own school club, the "Far Eastern Magical Nap Association", which is more or less a legalized excuse to let her delusions run amuck with Yuuta, Kumin and Sanae tagging along, willing or not. Nanase-sensei approves the club as a social circle, only because she noticed Rikka's determination to see her dream come to life despite lacking the prerequisite five members. Then it becomes a full-fledged club once Shinka actually applies, hinting to her past life as another deluded teen herself.
  • One Piece:
    • Z, the Big Bad of One Piece Film: Z was once a member of the Navy, but got so fed up with their corruption that he left and formed his own private army. Problem? His methods are too extreme for even Admiral Sakazuki.
    • In the main storyline, Trafalgar Law was once a member of the Don Quixote Pirates, even being prepared to become Doflamingo's right-hand man on the Heart seat. (Dolfamingo's top Co-Dragons have a Playing Card Motifs). However, after Doflamingo killed the current Corazon, his own brother and Law's favorite person, Law broke away and eventually formed his own crew, the Heart Pirates, so he could eventually take revenge.
    • Earlier still, at the very beginning of the story, Luffy as a young boy begged to be brought along into Shanks's crew. He concludes the opening chapter by declaring to form his own crew instead.
  • Hoshi-no-Tsuji High and Middle School in Magic of Stella institutionalizes this trope, as it doesn't require a faculty advisor to start a Japanese School Club; a few student members and the appropriate paperwork already handles it. The series is about a club that make doujin games, which would be unthinkable everywhere else.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: The main characters are Child Soldiers who serve as expendable cannon fodder for a PMC who use "Run away while using the brats as human shields" as Plan A...and Plans B, C, D, etc. Understandably, they have issues with this, so they decide to start their killing off their bosses and taking over their facilities, changing the name from CGS to Tekkadan.
  • This is implied of the Outdoor Activities Club in Laid-Back Camp. The Outdoor Activities Club was born of Chiaki and Aoi's desire to experience the outdoors at a much more relaxed pace than the athletically-focused Hiking Club.
  • Kanna Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has very little interest in joining any of the established dragon factions due to the war being responsible for her parents' neglect. Instead, she started the "Kanna Faction".
  • Like the Magic of Stella example above, Sakuragaoka High School in The Demon Girl Next Door has a rather hands-off attitude on the establishment of clubs, as long as the club's objective can be fulfilled in the entire time the applicant is in school. As a result, the school has clubs for black magic, polishing human specimens, drafting anti-zombie manuals, or just playing with cats, while Mikan's proposal of growing tangerines (her namesake) is rejected, since it takes five years for the tree to start bearing fruit.
  • After certain events reveal the corruption and incompetence of parts of the Hero Association from One-Punch Man, various members, both heroes and staff leave to start the Neo-Hero Organization. Their reasons, however, are very different; McCoy seems to be doing it for the power and wealth, Child Emperor actually wants to make improvements to the hero system, and other heroes like Metal Bat were simply offered better pay and benefits.
  • In the backstory of Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru, Kaburagi Ryu karate started when their founder, Kaburagi Juzou, had to leave the already established Koudan Kaikan under undisclosed circumstances (Tachibana, who followed Kaburagi out of Koudan Kaikan, once claimed he was forced out by his former pupil Izumi when he became the Koudan Kaikan president, though Izumi denied the charge and stated Kaburagi should have become president in his place and left on his own).

    Comic Books 
  • In Ann Nocenti's final issue of her Daredevil run, The Kingpin decides that if he can't force newspapers to run or not run the stories he wants, he will start his own media empire.
    Kingpin: What sells newspapers?
    Underling: Crime... Tragedy... Violence...
    Kingpin: Well then, we'll just have to start a war.
  • In Greg Rucka's 2011 run, The Punisher takes on The Exchange, a bunch of former members of other various criminal organizations in the Marvel universe who decided to start their own organization.
  • This trope seems to be Tony Stark's standard reaction whenever he loses control of Stark International.
  • An old strip in The Dandy had a pair of eliminated wrestling champions who are kicked out for cheating. They decide to start a new wrestling league where everyone is allowed and no one gets eliminated.
  • When the Justice League of America wouldn't let Batman interfere in international politics by arresting a supervillain dictator, he quit and formed The Outsiders.
    I've had enough of your two-bit Justice League! From now on, these are my new partners!
    Batman and the Outsiders #1
  • Star Wars: The Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju: The eponymous character is a former Jedi initiate who quit the order after failing the knighthood trials but kept studying the Force. He runs a small order of Force Sensitive students who focus on using the Force to enhance their hands rather than fight with lightsabers. He fights against the Separatists during the Clone Wars, but mostly just to humiliate the Jedi Order in the process.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Hobbes departed (or was booted out of) G.R.O.S.S. and formed his own club, C.A.D. (Calvin's A Dope). It was a short-lived schism, since as soon as Susie showed up, Calvin was willing to make up with Hobbes so they could throw rotten apples at her.
    Calvin: That's not a name for a club!
  • A cat hair left Garfield to start his own cat. Upon getting caught by Jon's vacuum cleaner, he complained they hadn't told him about that in business school.

    Fan Works 
  • Since Spider-Man (1967) is well known as a meme generator, one particularly oft-used meme is one where Spider-Man declares that he'll form his own Avengers team. With Ninja Turtles.
  • On an Island in the Sun: Harry, tired of the accusations of cheating his way into the Tri-Wizard Tournament, is convinced by Susan and Hannah to start his own island country, which, according to them, is entirely possible if you're powerful enough. The news of this prospective country attracts many people, some of whom are magical creatures who are tired of being victims of Fantastic Racism.
  • This is what gets the ball rolling in the pro wrestling story, A Ring Of Their Own. Victoria gets fed up with the state of women's wrestling and after conveniently winning $20 million in the lottery, starts her own promotion, the FWF.
  • In Your Father, Jack and a number of other cold-based mythological beings, tired of being left out of Christmas parties and such, started celebrating Christmas together a few decades ago.
  • In What Are You Doing? (Youth!), the citizens of Konoha pack up and leave (literally, they take the entire village) in response to learning that the Council has forbidden Naruto from becoming Hokage. It isn't until later that Sakura notes that with the stuff they've taken, they can form their own village and make Naruto a Kage.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series uses this as an homage to both the Futurama joke and the Fosters joke.
    Kaiba: C'mon, Mokuba. We're going to have our own tournament. With blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the tournament.

    Dartz: We'll have our own evil council, and ours will be much better. And we'll have pizza! Pizza is better than tacos.
  • In this chapter of Harry Potter fanfic "Up Your's Dumbles", Fudge and Umbridge are informed that the Daily Prophet's new major stockholder prohibited them from publishing lies and Umbridge starts thinking it's time the Ministry starts their own newspaper. She hopes the Malfoys will support the idea.
  • A major turning point in The New Adventures of Invader Zim comes in Episode 17, when the Tallest tell Zim the truth of his mission and abandon him on Earth. Norlock then channels Zim's rage over this into going rogue, with plans of creating an empire of his own and using it to take revenge.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has this as the backstory for Teams Aqua and Magma. Archie and Maxie used to work for another organization known as Team Zenith, but ended up leaving due to a lot of disagreement and infighting amongs Zenith's members, and founded their own teams in their bid to change the world in their own way.
  • LadyBugOut is kicked off when Marinette becomes frustrated enough with how Alya has been running her Ladyblog that she decides that Ladybug should start her own blog — one where she can help straighten out some facts while working to better support and protect Paris.
  • In Harry's Last Stand Against Voldemort Dumbledore refuses to let Harry join the Order of the Phoenix so he decides to start his own order.
  • In Legacy (Sekiro/Kimetsu no Yaiba), Kiyoshi decides that as a shinobi, the Breath of Thunder doesn't suit him, instead drawing upon its teachings to create a new Breath style, the Breath of Silence.
  • A benevolent example in the Peggy Sue Series Fic Start Again, where the Phantom Thieves are sent back to the past at different points in time and believe they are the only ones that remember. This leads them to form their own group of Phantom Thieves (respectfully Haru, a non-remembering Makoto, and Akechi; Futaba and Yusuke; Ryuji and Ann) with new Persona users, before coming together at the end of Valor and Discretion.
  • The plot of Glee Reprise is kicked off by Rachel starting her own glee club out of the Kenmore Community Centre down the street from Carmel High after Beth is rejected from Vocal Adrenaline.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ratatouille: After they lose Gusteau's restaurant due to the health inspector finding out about the rats. Rémy, Linguini, and Colette start up their own small bistro with Ego as a main investor. Judging by the line outside the door as the camera pulls back for the final shot, it seems to be a success.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Accepted is about some kids who couldn't get into any college starting their own.
  • In the movie Bring It On Again the main character starts her own cheer squad after having enough with the snobby head cheerleader.
  • CODA (2021): When Ruby and her family finally get fed up with how poorly the fish market treats them and their fellow fishermen, they end up making a miniature market of their own, selling the fish they catch straight off the dock.
  • One of the jokes in Euro Trip about the Bratislavan exchange rate involves Scott tossing a small coin to a hotel employee, who then quits and announces that he intends to buy his own fancy hotel with the coin.
  • Jerry Maguire starts off with Jerry becoming disillusioned with the way the sports agency operates and he is subsequently fired. He decides to start his own agency and the rest of the movie follows his struggle to keep the business afloat while still maintaining his new principles.
  • In Little Giants, after linebacker Becky isn't picked to join Coach (and uncle) Kevin O'Shea's football team solely because she's a girl (despite that she's probably the best player at tryouts), she starts her own team, naming her dad (Kevin's brother Danny) as coach. Danny goes along to spite the way his brother has treated him all his life.
  • Lord of the Dance was essentially Michael Flatley's "blackjack and hookers"-attempt after his contract re-negotiations with the Riverdance team broke down.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian has several subversive groups (Judean People's Front, People's Front of Judea, People's Popular Front, etc). It is implied that some of these came to be by breaking away from each other: the Popular Front apparently consists of one "splitter."
  • In Nixon, the President feels that he can't rely on the FBI or the CIA, so he institutes his own personal covert agency, The White House Plumbers.
  • Revenge of the Nerds centers around the titular nerds creating their own fraternity chapter after being rejected by all the existing ones. Of course, being nerds, the only one that will even give them a chance is the historically-black Lambda Lambda Lambda, due to a loophole which requires the frat to give them a trial period to start their own chapter. This does come in handy later on in the movie.
  • Dewey in School of Rock threatens to do this after he's kicked out of his band, then falls into the perfect opportunity when he finds out some of the kids in his class are pretty good musicians.
  • Paranoia2013: Wyatt used to work for Goddard before he quit to start his own company.
  • Hans Gruber from Die Hard. The leader of the terrorist organization he used to belong in even called a TV station to say he no longer works for them. Subverted. He didn't start a new terror cell, but a heist gang.
  • Metegol: Unable to prevent El Grosso from destroying their town, the townspeople merely start another town elsewhere.
  • The Big Bad from True Lies started the Crimson Jihad terrorist organisation after he felt that the other terrorist networks he worked for weren't extreme enough for him. His plan involves holding the United States to ransom with nuclear weapons.
  • Of Gods And Warriors is about a Viking princess fighting to reclaim the throne that was denied to her by her uncle. The writer/director had a young daughter, had seen every Disney Princess film More Than Once, and felt moved to make his own princess film. His film is rated 18 note  in the UK, so it will be a while before his daughter can watch it.

  • We have this trope to thank for both The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, good friends in college and both big fans of classic mythology, both became frustrated that no one was writing those kinds of stories anymore. Finally they both agreed that they should write those stories themselves.
  • In Paradise Lost, when all the demons are debating what to do next, Belial suggests that they could just apologize. Mammon, being the Jerkass that he is, shoots that down, and then suggests that they make their own heaven, although blackjack and hookers aren't mentioned (but you know it would have them).
  • When The Babysitters Club put Mallory through a ridiculous series of training exercises in order to make her prove herself worthy of joining, she calls them out on their crap and starts her own club with her new best friend Jessi. It doesn't last, since the sitters eventually figure out that they were in fact acting like bitches and invite both girls to join the club.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo’s Back Story is not fully revealed in this novel, but He declares he has lost all his family because of The Empire, and the world continued like every other day. A lesser man would be just Maddened Into Misanthropy and cut all ties with society. Captain Nemo starts his own society recruiting men who hate The Empire, training them to build and tripulate the Nautilus, creating their own language, obtaining all his resources from the sea and none from shore, reclaiming the South Pole, financing the Cretan rebellion and converting themselves into a N.G.O. Superpower.
    "if I can trust my hunches, if I truly understand the captain's way of life, his Nautilus isn't simply a ship. It's meant to be a refuge for people like its commander, people who have severed all ties with the shore."
  • Happens a couple times in Warrior Cats:
    • Some remnants of BloodClan decide to make their own Clan... in Ravenpaw and Barley's barn.
    • Sol, some time after parting ways with SkyClan, attempts to form his own group in an abandoned Twoleg nest.
  • In Jean Merrill's The Toothpaste Millionaire sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower responds to the high cost of store-bought toothpaste by starting his own toothpaste company with the help of his best friend.
  • In Erwin Strauss's out-of-print book How To Start Your Own Country, he details how to start your own country.
  • Parodied in Discworld with the Church of Om, formerly an imperialistic theocracy that has since descended into a schism every other week. Nailing one's theses to a church door is now the standard method of disagreeing with doctrine, to the point that there are waiting lists to do so.
  • Background material in the Harry Potter franchise reveals that the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in North America was founded by a witch who really wanted to attend Hogwarts but was prevented from doing it by her Evil Aunt. In an unintentional "screw you" to her supremacist aunt, who despised Hogwarts for allowing Muggle-born wizards and witches to attend, Ilvermorny was founded by the girl with the help of her Muggle (well, No-Maj since he's American) husband and their adopted sons. Thus, Ilvermorny became even more democratic than Hogwarts ever was, accepting wizards and witches regardless of their origin.
  • The Pillars of Reality: Teenaged Mage Alain and teenaged mechanic Mari start the New Dawn to defy their former guilds and give dissidents from the guilds and unaffiliated commoners a new place to go.
  • In the present setting of The Wheel of Time, the Aiel are a race of feared and powerful warriors, expert in violence and hardened with honor. The original Aiel were a group of magically-inclined servants of the Aes Sedai sworn to non-violence. Eventually, years of living as constantly harassed nomadic pacifists drove four of their number to commit Accidental Murder to rescue their sisters from being enslaved by brigands. Their elders exiled the survivors of that mission, but their leader still insisted that in spite of unintentionally violating one of their most sacred oaths, that he and his companions were "still Aiel." The group, continuing to refer to proclaim themselves as Aiel, attracted more and more people from their original tribe to join them, as the prospect of being allowed to protect themselves was an appealing alternative to being killed, kidnapped, eaten, or raped. Eventually, their numbers got to the point that the "exiles" could sustain communities of their own while their progenitors continued to dwindle in number. In addition, their growing reputation as fierce fighters, determined hunters, and eerie assassins gave these new Aiel a much grander reputation than the originals, eclipsing their forefathers entirely as "the" Aiel. To their credit, these successors never stopped trying to look out for those that cast them out, helping them when asked until they went extinct and maintaining peaceful relations with a similar splinter group: the Tuatha'an aka "The Tinkerers".

    Live-Action TV 
  • An episode of Are You Being Served? had the regular staff getting into a disagreement with the cafeteria staff. The cafeteria staff walks out and the regular staff are determined to do a better job than the cafeteria staff. They do - but only by sneaking out and getting expensive take-out food. Realizing that they were working extra-hard and spending themselves into a hole, they gave in and apologized.
  • A Story Arc of The Office (US) focused on Michael Scott quitting Dunder-Mifflin to start the Michael Scott Paper Company. By the second episode of the arc he was at it again: "I should leave them and start my own paper company. That'll show them." Either he's in some sort of feedback loop or it's a writer's lampshade.
  • Pretty much the overarching plot of the short-lived Wall Street drama Bull (not to be confused with the court drama Bull): A group of young turks break away from the stockbroking firm they work for and make their own. It's not always smooth sailing, of course, which provides the drama of the series.
  • Smallville episode "Pandora" has Future Chloe take Lois to Watchtower. She responds with this line:
    Lois: Hey, Chloe? Remember when we were ten and I kicked you out of my clubhouse for spilling soda and you said you'd just build a cooler one? You win.
    • Also, at the end of Season 1, when Lionel Luthor decided to shut down Luthorcorp's fertilizer plant in Smallville, Lex started Lexcorp in retaliation. Then it was revealed Lionel had planned all along to give Lex a little taste of independence before taking everything from him.
  • This is what happens at the end of season three of Mad Men when Sterling Cooper becomes Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, in order for the partners to avoid yet another merger.
  • Sesame Street: Big Bird formed his own Birdketeer club when Oscar denied him admission to his Grouchketeer club because he's too nice.
  • An episode of Smart Guy had these sentiments. When the cost of a type of soda went up to over a dollar, T.J. began to create and sell his own soda for 30 cents.
  • Angel: In season 4, Wesley, having been cast out of Angel Investigations, is shown to have formed his own operation with a new gang. There's no mention of what happened to this gang after Wesley is accepted back.
  • The Practice: After Lindsay Dole's murder conviction had been overturned, she decided to start her own legal practice instead of resume her work at Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt. Later on, Bobby Donnell left the firm to start another practice and the firm was renamed Young, Frutt and Berlutti. Later on, when Alan Shore and Sally Heep were fired from Young, Frutt and Berlutti, Sally suggested to Alan the idea of starting their own practice but he rejected the idea. After Alan's successful lawsuit for wrongful termination of employment, Jimmy left the firm to start a new practice.
  • Boston Legal: Jerry Espenson, a former associate of Crane, Poole and Schmidt, started his own practice after being fired for his reaction about not being named a partner. Despite having a good success, he decided to return to his former employers and was eventually named a partner.
  • Caça Talentos: This Brazilian show featured a talent agency named "Caça Talentos" (It can be translated to either "Talent Hunter" or "Talent Chaser") that was facing hard times. Silvana Carloff, who owned 30% percent of the agency, was pressuring the major shareholder into selling it. One of her efforts consisted of starting her own talent agency to compete against his. "Caça Talentos" itself is another example since its founder started it in protest against his former boss' policies at Mundo Real Produções Artísticas.
  • Princess Princess D: This live-action version of the manga Princess Princess featured a group of boys that, not satisfied with their all-boys school's "Princesses", started their own group of "Princesses" known as "Dark princesses".
  • One episode of Get Smart dealt with ACB, the third spy network (with KAOS and CONTROL). They were founded by a KAOS agent who got passed over for promotion too often. He first tried to defect to CONTROL, who didn't want anything to do with him. This led him to starting his own group, and the episode revolves around Max and Siegfried having to team up to stop him.
  • In the fourth Season Finale of Scorpion, the team has a big blow-up, leading to Paige, Sylvester, Toby and Happy leaving Scorpion and starting their own firm, Centipede Partners.
  • At the end of season 4 of Chuck Chuck gets fired from the CIA and decides to start his own spy agency.
  • At the beginning of Outsourced, Todd Dempsy considered starting his own novelties company rather than being transferred to India. All his boss did to make him accept going to India was remind him of a debt.
  • In one episode of Boy Meets World, Eric decides to start his own fraternity after getting fed up with the hazing of the official fraternities. Unfortunately for him, the dean catches on.
  • Nikos Karabastos, from Brazilian soap opera Uga-Uga, used to work at a toy factory until he decided to start his own and eventually became wealthier than his former employers.
  • In Glee, Sugar Motta has her rich father fund a second Glee Club within the same school after New Directions refuses to let her join. It doesn't change the fact that she can't sing to save her life.
  • A common trope for the gang in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Among many examples, they started their own band after seeing Dee's ambiguously retarded boyfriend being a hit rapper. They also wanted to launch their own gasoline preservation to make money for the bar. Charlie at some point, writes and directs his own musical. The list just goes on and on, including a desire to start their own police force, clothing line, Dennis running for comptroller, an all-age drinking bar, their own radio station, and so forth... it usually all descends into We ARE Struggling Together category.
  • On How I Met Your Mother Barney and Ted always wanted to start their own bar called Puzzles. On New Year's Eve 2011 they are outraged by the high cover charge at their usual bar and jokingly suggest that they should just start their own bar in Ted's apartment. The idea takes off and news of the bar goes viral. However, as more and more people show up, the party turns rowdy. As their costs due to damages and other expenses rise, they have to keep raising their prices until they are almost the same as the real bar and everyone leaves. Also they don't actually have a liquor license.
    • After Ted is fired from his company, he decides to start his own architectural firm. Unfortunately, it failed.
  • The basis for several episodes of The Goodies, including "Radio Goodies" and "Hospital for Hire".
    • When Tim has Bill and Graham drummed out of the Scouts, they threaten to start a Scout group of their own, in this case an outlaw Scout gang that causes the Scouts to be banned outright as a subversive organisation.
  • Pair of Kings: Unhappy on how Brady was running Kinkow's Junga Ball team, Boomer started his own.
  • In Scrubs when the Janitor teaches Ted to be less of an Extreme Doormat and stand up for himself, Ted disagrees with how the Janitor is running the Brain Trust and starts his own group called The Brain Bunch.
  • Kickin' It: Jack and Jerry were once in charge of Rudy's dojo. When Jack decided to ignore Jerry's ideas, Jerry opened his own dojo at Falafel Phil's. Also, Phil inspired Jerry by telling about his cousin, who used to work with Phil but decided to start his own because Phil refused to use real meat in the food he sold.
  • In Boardwalk Empire, after being snubbed in a deal, Gyp Rosetti takes over the strategic chokepoint of Tabor Heights to force Nucky into selling him liquor directly rather than have Arnold Rothstein acting as a middle man. Gyp soon recognizes the potential to supplant Nucky as Rothstein's main supplier and expand to the rest of New York and starts his own smuggling operation from there.
  • At the end of season four of Babylon 5, Earth demand that Sheridan resign from his political post, due to his role in rebelling against the Earth government. He willingly does so and is immediately made President of the new Alliance.
  • In season 4 of The Good Wife, all the fourth year associates are denied a previously promised partnership. They fake poaching clients for a while, hoping to scare the partners enough to get their promotion, but only manage to get Alicia promoted. Ultimately Cary, Alicia, and the fourth year associates successfully found Florrick, Agos, and Associates.
  • Logan starts his own secret society in Zoey 101, after not being selected for the Silver Hammers.
  • Sam on Cheers almost did this at the start of season eight, planning to buy an abandoned bar after getting fed up with Rebecca's bossiness. Robin Colcord talks him out of it, though, and steers him on the path he really wants: buying Cheers itself.
  • Fayed from 24 season 5 formed his own terror group when his superior Assad decided to start peaceful negotiations with the West.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon does this just about any time he doesn't get his way. When his friends kick him out of their team for a science competition, he starts a new "team" (consisting of just himself). When they kick him out of their mobile app venture, he tries creating an app for Penny instead. When he fails to obtain a ticket to Comic-Con, he decides to start his own comic book convention. And so on...
  • An episode of Frasier had this happen with Frasier and Niles's wine club. Frasier is tapped to become the head, or "Corkmaster," of the group, only for Niles to run against him in an election. This naturally leads to fighting and arguing, at which point Martin comes down and reminds his sons that they used to do the same thing when playing as children. After he humiliates them in front of their friends ("Are you gonna let your brother play?"), Frasier and Niles decide to start their own wine society.
  • Mosley. After a speech denouncing the British government's inept response to the Great Depression, several other politicians offer an alliance with Oswald Mosley. However he prefers to form his own splinter party, which fails to gain the votes after he's laid up with flu during the election, unable to sway the populace with his legendary charisma. After this Mosley becomes increasingly ostracized from mainstream political life as his new party turns fascist.
  • In Arrow, Damien Darhk's rivalry with Ra's al Ghul results in him leaving the League of Assassins and forming H.I.V.E. Talia al Ghul also forms her own unnamed all-female cult. Later on, after the League is disbanded, it's revealed that Malcolm Merlyn created the Thanatos Guild out of the former members of the League still loyal to him.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow, after discovering that the Time Masters are working with Vandal Savage, Rip Hunter, a former Time Master, and the Legends destroy the organization. Sometime later, Rip decides to create another organization, dedicated to policing Time Travel — the Time Bureau. Unlike the Crystal Spires and Togas nature of the Time Masters, the Time Bureau is based in present day and wears generic black suits. The Bureau's technology is also nowhere near the level of the Time Masters.
  • In Young Indiana Jones and the Phantom Train of Doom, Indy encounters a British army unit composed entirely of Old Soldier types. When Indy asks how the unit came to be, one soldier invokes this trope almost word for word, stating that none of the regular British army units wanted them, so they formed their own.
  • In one episode of The Red Green Show, some of the lodge members are so unhappy with Red's leadership at Possum Lodge that they decide to abandon him and form a lodge of their own, the Salamander Lodge. They even try to lure Red's nephew Harold into joining by offering him a digital editing suite. Fortunately for Red, that lodge doesn't last too long when they learn of its rules and regulations, and by episode's end, they all decide to return to Possum Lodge instead.
  • In a Kenan & Kel episode, Kenan is told he is too young to get into a dance club, so he starts his own club at Rigby's.
  • The premise of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is that a boy named Evan gets cut from the hyper-competitive Ducks, so his mother decides to start a new hockey team to return to the idea of children playing for fun rather than to always win.

  • The entire DIY music-making ethic is based upon this trope. Musicians and bands who don't agree with the way major labels run the music industry will instead start their own labels and release their own records.
    • Comedy rapper Devo Spice started the label FIDIM Interactive, "FIDIM" standing for "Fine, I'll Do It Myself".
  • After being fired from Metallica prior to the release of Kill 'Em All, Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth.
  • Ozzy Osbourne started his own band after Black Sabbath gave him the boot. His work there solidified him as a rock god. His replacement, Ronnie James Dio did the same thing.
  • Heavy Metal band Motörhead was formed when Lemmy Kilmister was given the boot from space rockers Hawkwind.
  • Killswitch Engage was formed following the demise of Overcast and Aftershock. Mike D'Antonio and Adam Dutkiewicz had plenty of musical ideas kicking around in spite of their mutual lack of functioning bands to make those ideas happen. This led to the birth of the former.
  • Although Kim Deal formed The Breeders while she was still in The Pixies, a major reason the band was started was that she didn't get to sing and/or write enough songs in her main band. They were also able to lure Tanya Donelly away from Throwing Muses, making this a Spin-Off of two different bands...
    • Then Donelly herself left The Breeders to form Belly meaning The Breeders were both the result and the start of this trope.
  • Original Weezer bassist Matt Sharp started the Rentals out of a desire to do his own take on early New Wave rock, and made it his full time job after butting heads with Rivers Cuomo. However, there couldn't have been too much animosity; Rivers co-wrote "My Head Is In The Sun" for Seven More Minutes, the first Rentals album to be released after Matt Sharp left Weezer.
    • Jason Cropper became The Pete Best of the group, departing over band friction about his girlfriend's pregnancy before The Blue Album was completed, and formed a similarly Power Pop-influenced band called Chopper One.
  • The original Cannibal Corpse singer, Chris Barnes, started Six Feet Under in 1993 to do a more groovy style of death metal, and made it his full time job after he left his other band due to Creative Differences.
  • Vocalists Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn were fired from Woe, Is Me in 2011 due to Creative Differences. In response, they founded Issues the next year, which quickly became bigger than Woe, Is Me ever was.
  • Two examples come from the Power Metal band Helloween. The first being Kai Hansen's band Gamma Ray, formed after he got fed up with Michael Kiske and quit, the second being Masterplan, a band formed by Uli Kusch and Roland Grapow after being kicked out of Helloween for trying to take the band in a Darker and Edgier direction.
    • In turn we have an example from Gamma Ray. The original frontman, Ralf Scheepers went on to form Primal Fear.
  • After leaving After Forever due to Creative Differences, Mark Jansen formed Epica.
  • Girlschool started like this.
    Kim McAuliffe: The reason we were all girls was we couldn’t find any blokes who wanted to play with us! This was the natural thing to do.
  • When Rob Zombie was working on movies instead of writing music and touring, his guitarist Riggs and drummer Tempesta got tired of waiting on him and his band to start their own band, Scum of the Earth.
  • Two groups grew out of the short-lived super group Azteca: After creative differences, founder and former Santana guitarist Neal Schon would break away and form the band Journey, while bassist and former Sly & The Family Stone member Larry Graham took what was left of Azteca and formed Graham Central Station.
  • Four out of six members of the original lineup of Swedish Horrible History Power Metal band Sabaton left to form the very similarnote  Civil War after recording Carolus Rex in 2012, citing fatigue with Sabaton's touring schedule and a desire to have more of a role in songwriting. Sabaton frontman Joakim Brodén says they're still friends but admits things were tense at the time.
  • In 1968, Motown's star production team, Brian & Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, got into a financial dispute with Berry Gordy and when he didn't budge, left to form their own record label, Invictus/Hot Wax.
  • After parting ways with Vio-lence in 1992, guitarist Robb Flynn formed Groove Metal band Machine Head.
  • Michael Amott formed Arch-Enemy a year after his departure from Carcass.
  • Following a huge family crisis, Max Cavalera parted ways with Sepultura and formed Soulfly. The fans remained loyal with the latter.
  • Dan Lilker did this with Brutal Truth after being booted out of Anthrax.
  • Erik Rutan formed Hate Eternal following his first departure from Morbid Angel.
  • Following the release of Dying Fetus' album Destroy the Opposition, every band member except John Gallagher departed and formed Misery Index.
  • Kids Praise: An in-universe example: in the Baseball Episode (album number 8), two of the Kids Praise kids try out for a baseball team called The Bulldogs, but don't make the team. When they tell Psalty their woes, Psalty's answer is to start his own baseball team, called The Psalters.
  • After Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins was arrested on child molestation charges in 2013, the rest of the band departed and formed No Devotion with Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly.
  • Jake E. Lee formed the Blues Rock band Badlands after being fired from Ozzy Osbourne's band.

    Pro Gaming 
  • Dota 2: Team Secret was founded after The International 2014 with the help of legendary now-former Natus Vincere captain/support Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, and had also brought together his teammate and support partner Kuro Salehi "KuroKy" Takhasomi, midlaner Gustav "s4" Magnusson, and former Fnatic support duo Johan "BigDaddyN0tail" Sundstein and Tal "Fly" Aizik. However, months after this formation, Fly and N0tail would soon depart/be kicked(?) from the roster, with Evil Geniuses's Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg taking their places. The team was dubbed as quite possibly the most start-studded roster ever built leading up to The International 2015, having also won 4 LAN's to prove their status as favorites. But with this much talent, there was also a problem of egos clashing despite their success. At The International 2015, this became part of the reason why they were sent home in 7th-8th, a solid, yet extremely disappointing finish for a team of their caliber.
    • At the post-TI5 shuffle, Puppey was the only remaining member left on the squad, with KuroKy leaving to form his own 5-man team, to eventually be signed by NA/EU organization Team Liquid, s4 returning to Alliance, and Arteezy and zai returning to Evil Geniuses. Puppey's new roster included the unpredictable yet talented Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao and his longtime partner Johan "pieliedie" Astrom, talented Romanian midlaner Aliwi "w33" Omar, and Danish veteran Rasmus Berth "MiSeRy" Filipsen. The team, like the previous iteration, was loaded with talent. They finished 2nd at The Frankfurt Major and 1st at The Shanghai Major. But like before, problems started to arise.
    • Before The Manila Major, w33 and MiSeRy were kicked out of Team Secret, with Arteezy once again coming in, this time taking Saahil "Universe" Arora with him. The ensuing Major saw them get eliminated in the first round of the Lower Bracket stage. This was more than enough for Universe to leave the team and rejoin EG. Sam "BuLba" Sosale would take his place. At TI6, they would be eliminated in the first round once again.
    • It was at this point that reports arose that Secret had not been paying some of their players (and manager) the money they earned from the tournaments they participated in along with their merchandise sold under the Team Secret banner. Including this is the organization's manager and Puppey himself taking a paycut from the winnings earned. There were also reports of bullying within the team. Eventually a TwitLonger from Puppey was released, stating that all financial obligations were now met, and that the team's manager was then let go and hired a new manager.
    • After TI6, the only player who remained not named Puppey was pieliedie. Taking their places would be former MVP Phoenix teammates Lee "Forev" Sang-don and Pyo "MP" No-a, and Fnatic midlaner Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng. Forev didn't stay long, returning to MVP just nearly three months into his tenure, with Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann coming in, and in May 2017, pieliedie would also leave to join his old teammates in Team NP, and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat would take his place. This iteration would have inconsistent success throughout the season, with their lowest point being a 9th-16th finish at The Kiev Major, upset by Brazil's SG e-sports. At TI7, they would fall 9th-12th courtesy of eventual champions Team Liquid.
    • The roster shuffle pre-Dota Pro Circuit 2017-18 had MP and KheZu leaving the team, and in their place were Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard, and Adrian "Fata" Trinks. They had mixed success all throughout, but their 2nd place finish at ESL One Hamburg and wins at Dreamleague Seasons 8 and 9 gave them the majority of the points to qualify for TI8, finishing 4th in the DPC standings. At the tournament itself, they improved...albeit marginally, finishing 5th-6th, once again at the hands of Team Liquid.
    • Post-TI8 and into the 2018-19 DPC, Ace and Fata would leave to reform Ninjas in Pyjamas's Dota 2 squad as part of Peter "ppd" Dager's 5-stack, paving the way for Secret to sign Michal "Nisha" Jankowski and the return of zai to the lineup. Already they look unstoppable against many other teams as shown in The Kuala Lumpur Major, only beaten by in the Grand Finals 3-2, and have dominated in the Chongqing Major EU Qualifiers, taking the 1st seed once again. However, time will tell if they can continue this momentum heading into TI9.
    • Over the course of the organization's existence, the team's went through many shifts and ups and downs. Eventually, it went from a team desiring to create an all-star team to a team focused on building around a certain player, in this case Puppey himself, as he also takes a role in building some of the younger players with huge potential, like Nisha and YapzOr. Over time the organization has also decided to sign players in other pro games such as Rocket League, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six: Siege. The organization as a whole has shied away from controversy since the one that impacted them in late 2016, and has become better since.
  • Dota 2: OG was founded after The International 2015 mainly through the efforts of best friends N0tail and Fly, along with former Team Secret manager Evany Chang. Their other three founding members and teammates were Fly's compLexity Gaming teammate David "MoonMeander" Tan, Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen, and Amer "Miracle-" al-Barqawi. Initially starting off as (monkey) Business, they rebranded to OG prior to The Frankfurt Major.
    • At Frankfurt, they were unsuccessful in the group stage, resulting in them starting off in the Lower Bracket. And then they performed what is arguably the greatest Lower Bracket run of all time, defeating Fnatic, Mineski,, TI5 runner-up CDEC Gaming, EHOME (who also had started from the Lower Bracket as well), and TI5 champions Evil Geniuses to face off in a grudge match against Team Secret, and capped off their unbelievable run winning 3-1 against them.
    • The Shanghai Major...did not fare well for OG, finishing 7th-8th after losing to Fnatic, but the roster held strong, bouncing back at The Manila Major and taking their second Major title, defeating Team Liquid 3-1. With two Major wins under their belt, along with Miracle- becoming the first player to reach 9000 MMR, they were the absolute shoe-ins to win TI6.
    • You all know what happened next. After dominating the group stages, they would go on to lose 2-1 to MVP Phoenix, and then get knocked out 2-0 by TNC Pro Team. Unlike what happened after Shanghai, the team couldn't stick together after their disastrous and embarrassing loss at TI. Only Fly and N0tail stuck together, with Cr1t- moving on to Evil Geniuses, MoonMeander going to Digital Chaos, and Miracle- leaving to go to Team Liquid. In their place were s4, Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka, and Anathan "ana" Pham. This OG would go on to win two more Majors in Boston and Kiev, making Fly and N0tail 4-time Major winners, the most of anyone. But at TI, they just couldn't perform well to the hype, as while they got revenge on TNC, they would then be eliminated by LGD Gaming, finishing 7th-8th.
    • ana leaves the team, and Roman "Resolut1on-" Fominok would be the team's new midlaner. This time, however, they lost their form during the 2017-18 DPC, only managing to gain a Minor win at MDL Macau. By March 2018, Reso left the team, resulting in coach Sebastien "7ckngMad" Debs standing in until they could find a new midlaner. It wouldn't come. And then Fly and s4 would leave OG for EG, just mere days before the China Dota2 Supermajor.
    • Not to mince words, but the sudden departure of the two utterly broke the rest of OG, especially for N0tail, who had a really close bond with Fly. As a result, OG withdrew their invite for the Supermajor, and had to look for players to fill in their roster for the impending arrival of TI8. N0tail found their midlaner in Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen, and ana returned to the team. With the team having reformed just for the sake of making it to TI8, not many, if there were any, had them making a deep run.
    • You all know what happened next. After dominating the EU Qualifiers, they managed to do well in the group stage with a 9-7 standing, enough for a spot in the Upper Bracket, where they faced off and defeated VGJ.Storm. Then came Evil Geniuses, and OG won it out after an amazing comeback performance in Game 3. Then they went up against PSG.LGD...and made another phenomenal comeback in Game 3, punching their ticket to the Grand Finals. PSG.LGD would sweep EG for another shot at OG. What then followed was an epic 5-game series that was highlighted by OG's comeback performance in Game 4. OG would go on to win Game 5 and The International, breaking the East-West cycle.
    • By this point, OG has arguably become the most successful Dota 2 team of all time, having won 4 Majors and a TI, and so far, they are the only ones to have won a TI and more than one Major (the only other team having won a TI and a Major is Team Liquid). The team has gone through huge success in the 4 Major wins and the downs of TI6 and TI7, but now they have won The International. The only team who can be able to surpass that level of success is if they can win TI9 (what's even more amazing if they do so is the fact that the current VP roster (except for RodjER as he had joined them in February 2018) had stayed together for two years and counting).
  • CS:GO: From the ashes of what was once Team SoloMid/Questionmark, Astralis was formed on January 18, 2016, consisting of an all-Danish roster of Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, René "cajunb" Borg, and Finn "karrigan" Andersen, once they were able to obtain the rights to the Astralis name from the original founders of the 1.6 Finnish team.
    • Their first year had a very mixed bag of results, with a 3rd-4th place finish at the MLG Columbus Major and a 5th-8th finish at the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major. Unfortunately, even with their newly created organization, they still couldn't surpass the demons that had plagued them over the past few years, which was their inability to make it to a Major Final, due to their tendency to choke. Ultimately, it wasn't skill-related, but more of a mentality issue. Over the course of the year, cajunb would go to Team Dignitas in exchange for Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye, and with karrigan acquired by FaZe Clan, they would acquire their new in-game leader in Lukas gla1ve Rossander. Following that, they made the pioneering decision to hire a sports psychologist to help improve their mental game. And like that, their results skyrocketed. They would finish 2016 with a 2nd place finish against OpTic Gaming in ELEAGUE Season 2, and a 1st place finish against OpTic once again at the ECS Season 2 Finals.
    • 2017 started off on a high note for the Danes, as they would win the first LAN of the year: the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017 against They followed that up with a win at IEM Season XI World Championship against FaZe. Unfortunately, over the course of the year, dev1ce had been sidelined with a hiatal hernia that kept him out for most of the year, but even with him back in time for the PGL Major Krakow 2017, they just could not defend their Major title against a surging Danylo "Zeus" Tslenko-led Gambit Esports, who would go on to win the Major after defeating fellow dark horses Immortals. With dev1ce sidelined, it led to another mixed year, ending on a subpar note with a 9th-10th finish at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.
    • Astralis would start 2018 in terrible fashion, with an early elimination at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 courtesy of eventual champions Cloud9, finishing 12th-14th. And in sudden fashion, Kjaerbye left the team in February to join North. The Danes were scrambling to quickly sign their fifth player, and in time came Emil "Magisk" Reif.
    • What no one could've predicted was the start of yet another dominant era. Starting off in a dominant win at Dreamhack Masters Marseille 2018, it began their rise to the top (and the Intel Grand Slam). They would truly cement their era with their ascendant run at the FACEIT Major: London 2018 with only two map losses throughout their entire run from the New Challengers Stage (in lieu of their early group stage elimination at the previous Major in Boston) all the way to the bracket stage, where they dominated every single team in their path, becoming the latest team to win multiple Majors. And at the ESL Pro League S8 Finals, they would win against Team Liquid, and as a result, the first ever Intel Grand Slam title.
    • 12 Grand Finals appearances. 10 trophies. Major Champions. Grand Slam winners. The overall #1 team in the world. 31-0 on Nuke over the course of nine months (February-December). Summed up, everyone was just a witness to Danish dominance in 2018.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Lou Thesz famously created the NWA World International Championship belt with the long term goal of losing it to Rikidozan since it was clear a JWA bid for the World Heavyweight Champion belt would fail but Thesz wanted to keep his program in Japan going, since it was the most profitable of his career. This has also happened with other title belts, such as World Wrestling Associates creating a belt for Freddie Blassie when the rest of the NWA ignored his defeat of Édouard Carpentier, Ted DiBiase (Sr.) creating the Million Dollar Belt, Taz creating the FTW Title, Poison Sawada Black creating the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship, and Zack Ryder creating the Internet Championship.
  • This was the genesis of both the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and the WWE (originally the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and then the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)): In the early 1950s, Verne Gagne wanted to be the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. The heads of the National Wrestling Alliance wanted to keep the belt on Lou Thesz, to the point where they wouldn't let Thesz wrestle Gagne anymore. Gagne and a couple of smaller promoters from the upper midwest broke away and formed the AWA in 1960, with Gagne as champion and boss. The WWWF formed under similar circumstances in the New England region in 1963: NWA champ "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers was reluctant to wrestle outside of the NE area. When the NWA had him lose the belt to Lou Thesz, he quit the NWA in protest, then joined with the regional promotion, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, to form the WWWF.
  • All Japan Pro Wrestling and NJPW both broke away from the JWA in 1970. Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling was formed when the founders of both of those breakaways, Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki, rejected Atsushi Onita's idea that "everything should be allowed in Puroresu" while SHIN FMW broke away(sort of) from regular FMW when Tarzan Gotoh was trying to become a draw without Atsushi Onita, W*ING broke away from FMW altogether and IWA Japan broke away from W*ING. The Universal Wrestling Federation broke away from New Japan and Shooto broke away from that over Tiger Mask feeling he wasn't getting paid enough. Super World Of Sports was formed when Megane Super hired All Japan wrestler Genichiro Tenryu as a spokesperson and MS executive Hachiro Tanaka decided to use Tenryu as the foundation for his own pro wrestling promotion and Tenryu broke away from that to form WAR when Giant Baba wouldn't let him return to All Japan. Pro Wrestling NOAH broke away from All Japan following the death of Giant Baba when Mitsuharu Misawa felt his widow was restricting the roster too much. Pro Wrestling ZERO1 broke away from New Japan when Inoki had Naoya Ogawa shoot on Shinya Hashimoto in an effort to force his retirement. Big Mouth Loud was formed when New Japan wrestler Katsuyori Shibata was told he could make more money as The Ace of a new promotion. Wrestle-1 broke away from All Japan when The Great Muta left the company in shame after TARU beat Super Hate so badly Hate had a stroke. Suffice to say, whenever an even moderately successful Japanese wrestler leaves a company they are associated with, with even a little publicity, fans expect a new one to be formed around them within a month.
  • Lucha Libre Internacional broke away from EMLL, taking on the Universal Wrestling Association as its athletic commission in 1975 when several key EMLL employees and investors discovered Salvador Lutteroth was grooming his son to take over the company. AAA broke away from EMLL in 1992 when Antonio Peña decided he wanted more freedom in booking. Ironically AAA's entry into the market was instrumental in killing the earlier breakaway group. Perros Del Mal Producciones was an engineered breakaway from CMLL that went horribly wrong and ended up working with AAA.
  • For many years, the Memphis wrestling territory was run by promoter Nick Gulas. His head booker, Jerry Jarrett, entered an agreement with Gulas that he would eventually buy into a full partnership with Gulas. When Gulas screwed Jarrett over on the dealnote . A furious Jarrettnote  then set about plans to start his own promotion, convincing Gulas' top talent (Jerry Lawler) and the announce team (Lance Russell and Dave Brown) to jump ship to his promotion. Several of Gulas' other wrestlers (including "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson) caught wind of the plan and signed on. Within weeks, Jarrett's promotion had fully taken over the Memphis territory and Gulas' promotion had been shut down.note 
  • After being fired from The Nation of Domination by Faarooq, Crush and Savio Vega formed their own groups "Disciples of Apocalypse" (DoA) and "Los Boricuas" respectively, leading to The Gang Warz.
  • ECW tapes were RF Video's main source of income, so when ECW went out of business in 2001, RF Video decided to make up for that loss of income by becoming a distributor of CZW media. Getting CZW / John Zandig to agree proved difficult however, but while watching All Pro Wrestling's second King Of Indies a little later that year, the guys at RF Video decide they wanted that instead and created Ring of Honor, based around previous KOI winner Christopher Daniels, then most recent winner American Dragon and runner up Low Ki.
  • Behind the scenes (mostly) example: Jeff Jarrett and Vince McMahon came to foster a mutual loathing for each other during Jeff's last WWE run, to the point that, when WCW went under, neither Jeff nor Vince were at all interested in working with the other — Vince even announced, live and simulcast on WWF Raw and WCW Monday Nitro, that Jeff was "G-double-O-double-N-double-E... GOONNEE!" So Jeff (with the help of his father, long-time promoter Jerry Jarrett) started his own Professional Wrestling promotion, TNA, now known as Impact Wrestling. On a side note, it should be noted that Jerry Jarrett is a long-time friend of the McMahon family; he personally delivered the wrestler who would become Vladimir Kozlov to the WWE. Also, Jeff Jarrett said that Vince was one of his biggest supporters during the death of his wife, so things have probably been patched up between the two.
    • Having been pushed out of TNA by his major investor, Dixie Carter, Jeff looked to repeat the feat by starting a new promotion, Global Force Wrestling. His quest to get GFW a television presence was met by many a setback, but the GFW brand nonetheless survived and eventually ended up supplanting the name TNA, as the major investors who replaced Carter brought Jeff Jarrett back, along with as many wrestlers associated with GFW as they could, and allowed them to permanently take over "iMPACT", TNA's main television show. Though someone apparently got cold feet, as iMPACT quietly dropped the GFW branding after a while.
  • His time in Evolution left a deep impression on Randy Orton. His ousting from the stable is largely considered his Start of Darkness, and left him a strong hatred for Triple H and to a lesser extent Batista. However, what shows Randy's inability to get over what happened in Evolution is his formation of his stable the Legacy, an obvious Expy of Evolution, but this time with Randy as the leader of the group and his quest to keep hold of the WWE Title paralleling Hunter's own quest to remain World Heavyweight Champion.
  • After David Otunga schemed to get Wade Barrett kicked out of The Nexus and CM Punk installed as leader in his place, Barrett went to SmackDown and formed The Corre instead. And two other founding members of The Corre, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, walked out of The Nexus shortly after Barrett was deposed, unhappy with the way Punk was running things. Barrett is quick to point out that, unlike with The Nexus, he is not the leader of The Corre, as it's a gathering of equals; then again, he said that about The Nexus at first too. It took a few months, but Barrett's It's All About Me attitude took over, and Gabriel and Slater promptly disbanded the group because of it.
  • After a stint in the indies, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Ring of Honor, the former ROH Bullet Club a.k.a The Elite members Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page (sans Marty Scurll) split up from both New Japan and Ring of Honor and started their own promotion called All Elite Wrestling with the backing of Jacksonville Jaguars owners Shahid and Tony Khan.
  • After a time of infighting between the members of the New World Order, Kevin Nash and a handful of other nWo members, including Randy Savage and Konnan, split away to form their own babyface faction of the group, the Wolfpac, which used a black-and-red color scheme as opposed to the original nWo's black-and-white, while Hulk Hogan and the members that stayed with him created nWo Hollywood, which used the original black-and-white color scheme.

  • The Goon Show: In "The Greatest Mountain in the World", Neddie's plans to become the first man to climb the highest mountain in the world are foiled when he learns that Mount Everest has already been climbed. So he instead plans to construct a higher mountain in Hyde Park and climb that.
  • After his contract with Premier Radio ended, Art Bell founded his own radio show on internet radio. After his death, Heather Wade, the current host of that program, was fired after taking too many days off to grieve his death without having a guest host on (as the program was driven by subscriptions that unlocked the past show archive for podcasting, this meant that the subscribers were not getting their money's worth.) She started her own paranormal talk show soon afterwards. Finally, two years later, after the digital radio network was sold upon the retirement of the majority owner/producer/webmaster, the then-current host was fired. He then proceeded to start his own small digital radio network.

  • Texas oil tycoon Clint Murchison Jr. wanted to buy the then-flagging Washington Redskinsnote  in 1958, but he backed out of the deal after Redskins owner George Preston Marshall changed the terms that were unfavorable to him. As a result, Murchison formed the Dallas Cowboys in 1960, and the most-well known rivalry in NFL history was born. What's more, Murchison purchased the rights to the Redskins' fight song, "Hail to the Redskins". Murchison gave the song back to Marshall, in exchange for Marshall's vote that would allow the Cowboys to be formed (at the time, a unanimous vote among NFL owners was required for a new team to be formed, and Marshall was the lone holdout, due to him wanting to maintain the Redskins' fanbase in the Southern US).
  • This is the state of boxing with four "main" sanctioning bodies (five if you count the IBO): the WBO, IBF, WBC, and the WBA. This means that at any time there are (usually) four champions in any given weight class. Becoming "the" champ is damn near impossible because of a set of convoluted rules that pretty much disqualifies boxers from holding all the belts at the same time. This, compounded with all of them being notoriously corrupt and numerous other organizations springing up almost daily, effectively make belts worthless.note 
  • In March 1995, Tony George, head of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Indy 500), announced the formation of the Indy Racing League (IRL; now known as INDYCAR), ostensibly to make open-wheel racing in America less Euro-centric and give more direct control of the sport to track owners. Oh, and the majority of the drivers at the Indianapolis 500 (25 out of 33) would now have to be from the IRL. The existing sanctioning body, CART, responded with a blanket boycott of all IRL races and scheduling the new US 500 to run at the same time as Indy. The split remained for thirteen years before the sport was reunified under the banner of IRL and its IndyCar Series. Ironically, racing fans, confused and frustrated by the split, turned in droves to stock car racing and NASCAR.
  • The American Basketball Association formed in 1967 to compete against the NBA, but was actually a long-term plan to merge its teams with the NBA, which happened (for some of them) in 1976.
  • The founder and first president of the ABA went on to form the World Hockey Association in 1972, and was the most successful challenge to the NHL's dominance in North American hockey and helped bring down the NHL's reserve clause. The WHA administration refused to incorporate the reserve clause (which allowed a club to extend a player's contract by a year when it expired and do so indefinitely, effectively binding a player to one club for his entire career) and set a then-landmark $2.7 million salary for Bobby Hull. Though the league didn't survive past the end of the Seventies, four of its teams merged with the NHL.
  • The National Hockey League was the result of a long-running dispute in the predecessor National Hockey Association between Eddie Livingstone, principal owner of the Toronto Shamrocks and Toronto Blueshirts, and the other owners of the league (Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs). The other owners realized the NHA's constitution meant they couldn't expel Livingstone, but they could vote to suspend the NHA (they could vote to suspend the NHA officially because too many of their players were overseas fighting in World War I) and then form the National Hockey League where those owners could keep Livingstone out. Which is what they did in 1917.
  • The NFL has been challenged by several rival leagues, among them the American Football League, the United States Football League, both versions of Vince McMahon's XFL, and the Alliance of American Football. Of these challengers, the AFL was successful enough that it eventually merged with the NFL without losing any teams, and led to the creation of the biggest event for the sport, the Super Bowl. The others... not so much (the USFL was successful enough in a few areas that the NFL later added expansion teams in those places (the USFL name was later revived in 2022 for a minor league football organization co-owned by Fox Sports), but the first XFL was highly gimmick-driven and taken seriously by approximately nobody; the Alliance of American Football, while having tons of potential, crashed and burned due to legal issues; and the second XFL would have been an effective COVID-19 casualty if it weren't for a group led by Dwayne Johnson buying the league out of bankruptcy).
    • The genesis of the American Football League in particular is a perfect example of this trope: In 1959, the National Football League had only twelve teams, had no interest in expansion and only one team - the then-Chicago Cardinals - was considered to be on the market. Texas oilman Lamar Hunt had a meeting with Cardinals general manager Walter Wolfner (husband of team owner Violet Bidwill) who basically blew Hunt off. Wolfner bragged that they had suitors from all over the country, mentioning groups from Denver, Houston and Minneapolis, so he really didn't need to deal with Hunt. As Hunt flew back to Dallas, he realized that if there were really that many parties trying to get into pro football, there was no reason they couldn't just start a new league. The eight-team AFL debuted a year later, and quickly became a league to rival the NFL. The documentary Full Color Football has the story in greater detail.
  • Australian television magnate Kerry Packer attempted to buy Cricket broadcasting rights from the Australian Cricket Board in the 1970s, but they refused, so Packer formed World Series Cricket, signing many of the players from Australia, England and the West Indies.
  • Similar to the Dallas Cowboys example, and also crossing over with Create Your Own Villain, when the Cleveland Browns fired Coach Paul Brown, who the team is named after, he joined the new AFL and formed the cross-state Cincinnati Bengals, who not only are the Browns' second biggest rival behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also will never let Cleveland forget this by playing their home games at Paul Brown Stadium. It should be noted that, at the time of the Bengals' inception, Brown knew the AFL/NFL merger was a done deal and that the ensuing league realignment meant his new team would likely be placed in the same division as Cleveland.
  • When the English football team Wimbledon F.C. decided to relocate to Milton Keynes in 2002, a lot of Wimbledon fans were rather upset. In response, they formed their own club, AFC Wimbledon. In less than a decade, the new club had made it into the Football League, and in 2014, they beat the relocated "Milton Keynes Dons" in a cup match. Then AFCW joined MK Dons in League One (the third level) in 2016, and in 2018, there was much rejoicing throughout England as MK Dons were relegated to League Two, meaning that in 2018–19, AFCW would play at a higher level than MK Dons for the first time. Though that only lasted one season; MK returned to League One for 2019–20, and both remain at that level in 2020–21.
    • In 2005, a group of Manchester United fans unhappy about Malcolm Glazer's takeover founded their own club, FC United of Manchester. FC United are, as of 2015-16, in the sixth tier of the league.
    • A much older and more prominent example: when Everton were first founded, they played their home matches at Anfield. In 1892, after a dispute over rent, Everton left to go play at Goodison Park instead and Anfield's owner, John Houlding, decided to make his own team. He thus founded Liverpool F.C. with some of his old Everton friends, and one of English football's fiercest rivalries was born. Other teams in Europe, such as Italy's Inter Milan and Spain's Real Betis, were founded in a similar way.
  • When The Olympic Games decided to drop baseball and softball in 2005, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF)note  along with pro leagues from all over the world (including America's Major League Baseball and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball) started their own large-scale international tournament, the World Baseball Classic.
  • Pat Riley spent five years as the head coach of the New York Knicks, building his team into a gritty, grind-it-out playoff powerhouse. Known for their physical play and rough fouls, they made it to the NBA Finals in 1994, where it took the full seven games before the Houston Rockets defeated them. That, along with several other heartbreaking losses, prompted Riley to step down as coach of the Knicks. Instead of retiring, however, he took the reins down at South Beach, where he became the head coach and team president of the Miami Heat. However, like the Paul Brown example above, Riley crossed it over with Create Your Own Villain; the Knicks became the biggest reason as to why he couldn't win a championship in the late 90s, eliminating the Heat three straight years after making the Conference Finals against the Bulls. Unlike the Knicks, however, Riley stuck around, and although it took a while, he finally did achieve what he couldn't with New York - a championship to Miami.
  • A very common way for new NCAA conferences to form, with several schools breaking away from one conference to start another. Both the Southeastern (1933) and Atlantic Coast (1953) conferences were created by large breakaways from the Southern Conference (and became More Popular Spinoffs). The modern Pac-12 started after several schools were kicked out of the old Pacific Coast Conference (but eventually most of the remaining PCC members joined the new conference). Then there's this Recursive Reality situation: In 1938 several schools left the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to start the Mountain States/Skyline Conference. In 1961, most of those schools joined with a few others to start the Western Athletic Conference. Then in 1999, eight WAC schools broke away to form the Mountain West Conference.
    • The current iteration of the Big East conference came about this way: Originally started in 1979 as a northeastern basketball-centric conference, the conference was slowly taken over by the football-playing schools. The non-football playing (and, co-incidentally all Catholic) schools note  (many of whom were original Big East members) tired of being treated as the conference little brothers, so broke away to form their own non-football conference, and took the Big East name and legacy with them (including conference records and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament). The remaining football schools note  scrambled to reform, poaching the strongest schools from Conference USA note (most of whom were trying to increase their football programs' profiles) along with the Naval Academy as a football-only member note  to form the American Athletic conference.
  • Facing sponsor pullout, the J. League side Yokohama Flügels hastily arranged a merger with cross-town rival Yokohama Marinos in 1998 to form Yokohama F. Marinos. A significant portion of Flügels' fans, however, refused to change their allegiance to merged side and considered Flügels to have dissolved instead. What they did, then, was to fund a new club—Yokohama FC—to take over Flügels' place.

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  • The third party Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 sourcebook Untapped Potential was created by a group of Psionics fans in response to quality issues (Hint: It gets called "Complete Crud" for a reason) in the Complete Psionics first party sourcebook.
    • The group responsible for that book, Dreamscarred Press, would later port over the psionics rules to Pathfinder, along with spiritual successors to Magic of Incarnum and Tome of Battle.
  • Pathfinder was created by D&D fans upset with the way that D&D's 4th edition turned out.
  • The Pathfinder Adventure Path Kingmaker has the player characters start out as adventurers with the order to secure a disputed border area and defend it against possible raiders or invaders from neighboring countries. Starting with the second adventure, they are making their own kingdom, with whatever additional features they want to!
    • The rules from Kingmaker have been expanded and updated in the Ultimate Campaign rulebook, which also includes rules for building your own stronghold or running your own business or organization between adventurers.
  • The Sons of Medusa chapter of Space Marines originated in a variation of this in Warhammer40000. A schism in the Adeptus Mechanicus spread to their chapter, resulting in several companies being exiled by the Iron Council. These proceeded to form their own chapter, one of the quite rare examples of a Space Marine chapter being founded without the consent of the High Lords of Terra. The Sons of Medusa were eventually recognized by both the Imperial government and the Iron Hands, but relations with the latter are chilly at best.

  • In The Book of Mormon, after the Mormon church closes down Kevin Price and Arnold Cunningham's mission for teaching ridiculous things to the Ugandans, they decide to continue the mission as their own sect of Latter-Day Saints, based on the Book of Arnold.

    Video Games 
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: Prior to the start of the game, Tommy Vercetti is a trusted and highly skilled enforcer of the Forelli mafia family. But after a drug deal goes south and he loses everything, he proceeds to start the search for lost money by building a whole new criminal organization in Vice City. After he finds out that Ricardo Diaz was behind the ambush on the trade, he (violently) adds his holdings to the growing gang. By the end of the game, entire city's underbelly is under Tommy's control, independent from any other mafia family.
  • Mass Effect: Fed up with the bureaucratic crap at the Citadel, Garrus Vakarian traveled to Omega and formed a task force to antagonize the local criminals and warlords. He gained so much notoriety as "Archangel" that he forced an Enemy Mine between the Blue Suns, Eclipse and Blood Pack, the three most powerful crime syndicates in the lawless Terminus Systems, and you find him just as they're gearing up to (try to) kill him.
  • Happens several times over in Mass Effect: Andromeda:
    • First off, the krogan, who are so pissed by their shabby treatment at the hands of Acting Director Tann they leave en masse, founding their own colony, which up until Ryder gets there is doing pretty well for itself, a fact their leader, Nakmor Morda, takes pleasure in rubbing in Ryder's face.
    • The Exiles, who got kicked out five minutes after the krogan, set up shop on Kadara. That doesn't work out so well, because the water on Kadara is pure poison.
    • In one quest, Ryder runs into the representative of an independent colony, not affiliated with the Exiles, living elsewhere on Eos, who left because they didn't want to work for Tann. Fortunately, they're peaceful, just preferring to be left alone.
    • The Charlatan, shadowy boss of the Collective, wasn't involved in the Nexus Uprising, but struck out with the Exiles. On arrival at Kadara, they figured both Tann and Sloane Kelly had done such awful jobs that it'd be better to make their own start.
  • In Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3, an ex-member of the racing team Unlimited forms a spinoff called Neo Limited.
  • Laharl in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories: "I don't even wanna be a part of this stupid world. I wouldn't stay if you begged me! I’ll go find a better world, with heaps of food! And cookies!"
  • In Terranigma, Marily from Loire works at Mme. Papilo's expensive boutique at low pay, but after Loire expands, you can help her start her own boutique that sells affordable clothing to the masses.
  • If you manage to depose President Dave in Fallout 3, he'll leave with plans to start a new republic. Presumably one that's better and without people who get more votes than him.
    • It does not go well. And if you provoke him while he's in a slump, he'll attack you.
    • The Enclave is also a form of this. After their main headquarters in the Pacific went boom, their chief intelligence in D.C. figured "fuck it" and reformed the remnants as his own democracy, rather than a fake democracy of royal presidents. Not that he's any better - it's a low blow to call an AI an inhuman monster and someone who can't vote, but it logic bombs him to death.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, one of the options for the White Glove Society sidequest is to expose Mortimer as a cannibal. When he realizes that he won't be able to turn the rest of the society (who are reformed cannibals) back to the old ways, he declares that he'll build an even better society before running off.
    • You can also build your own empire after disregarding both Legion and NCR and killing or subduing Mr. House. And since it's Vegas, it will have blackjack and hookers!
  • The Saikyo-ryu (lit. "Strongest Style") dojo started by Street Fighter's Dan Hibiki is his answer to being booted out of Gouken's Ansatsuken dojo for being too Revenge-obsessed with Sagat in his training.
  • Chroma Squad starts out with the stunt actors for the Chroma Rangers walking off the set after getting fed up with the director's orders, and shortly thereafter starting a new studio in a warehouse owned by a relative of Chroma Blue's stuntperson.
  • After being kicked out of nearly every guild, this is what motivates Karol to start one with Yuri in Tales of Vesperia.
  • In the Total War: Shogun 2 DLC The Fall of the Samurai, you start out on the side of either The Emperor or the Shogun. The goal is to unify Japan under as either the Empire or the Shogunate. However, halfway through, you are presented with a third option: tell both the Emperor and the Shogun "screw you" and form a Republic instead with you at the helm, although this results in both declaring war on you.
  • Tyranny: One of the game's Story Branching paths involves the Fatebinder starting their own faction in the Tiers instead of backing one of Kyros' two existing armies. You do this by allying with the Vendrien Guard in the first chapter, essentially conscripting them into Kyros' armies by turning them into agents of the Court and therefore subordinate to you.
  • In their A rank support in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Petra invites Ashe to come with her to her home nation Brigid. While Ashe admits he'd like to visit, he still wants to focus on his Goal in Life to become a knight and thus contend with that duty. Petra, as the future queen of Brigid, offers to establish an order of knights in Brigid for Ashe to be a part of. If the two are paired together, the epilogue will say that Petra did found an order of knights with Ashe's guidance, naming them the Blue Sun Order and using them to declare independence from Fódlan.
  • In Fashion Forward Risha decides to start her own clothing boutique because none of the ones she's visited in Hollywood have non-petite sizes.

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  • Homestar Runner:
    • In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Strong Badia the Free, Strong Bad gets everybody to secede from the King of Town's domain. He thinks everybody is going to join the now-autonomous Strong Badia, but instead they all go off and create their own countries. The rest of the game is him trying to convince everyone to band together to overthrow the King.
    • In the Cheat Commandos episode, "Two Parter: Part One", after getting kicked out of the Cheat Commandos, Gunhaver, Silent Rip, and Crackotage get jobs at a pizza joint. When that doesn't work, they start their own restaurant...which doesn't turn out so well.
      Kitchen Commandos, a really bad idea!
      It closed down after three mooooonths!
  • Over The Hills: The plot is kicked off by the railroad that serves the Penwyth Valley and the towns in it closing down, and the people suffering through a winter that closed the roads. So, they all banded together to start a heritage railway group to run trains on the line themselves.
  • Pucca:
    • Pucca and Ching wanted to visit Abyo and Garu's treehouse but Abyo wouldn't allow girls in. They built their own treehouse (which was better as expected of something built by Pucca) and wouldn't allow Garu and Abyo in.
    • When Ling-Ling wouldn't allow Pucca and Ching to join the cheerleading squad, they started their own.
    • Also, because Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue didn't like the food served at the Goh Rong, they started a rival restaurant.
  • Red vs. Blue: In season 14's "Mr. Red vs. Mr. Blue"; incensed over not getting a part in the Blood Gulch Crew's remake of Reservoir Dogs because of its lack of female roles, Sister declares that she'll make her own movie with an all-female cast.
    Sister: Fine! Enjoy being sexist! I'm gonna go make my own movie! And it'll only have girls! Then you'll see who's sexist!

  • Trawn from Electric Wonderland started her independent newspaper out of discontent with futuristic Cyberspace news outlets placing decreased emphasis on presenting harsh truths to citizens.
  • xkcd
    • In Standards, two of the characters create a single unifying standard for the fourteen other (competing) standards. Instead of helping anything, there are now just 15 competing standards.
    • In Honor Societies, Cueball creates tautology club when he finds out it doesn't already exist.
  • In Kevin & Kell, after R.L. ousts Kell as Herd Thinners C.E.O. and kills all of the changes Kell made to the company, Kell decides to open a competing company, with encouragement and backing from The Rabbit Council, who see Kell's potential company as a way to eliminate their own competition - i.e. other prey species.
  • In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, the three times we know about this happening two ended disastrously. Probably has something to do with the instigators of the first two being Creatures.
    • First, the Cubi Cyra decided to take over a city called Hishaan from the dragon M'Chek, but after she succeeded in killing him an unexpected energy surge destroyed the city and in the process kickstarted the genocidal Dragon/Cubi War that resulted in the deaths of almost all of Cyra's children save one and the complete destruction of many other clans.
    • Second, the Demon Aliph Soulstealer/Dark Pegasus was snubbed for a position of leadership in his family's city of Zinvth, so he tried to make his own and wound up accidentally creating the Undead race in the process when he screwed up a spell and made his would-be puppets self-aware.
    • The third was the direct result of the second, when the newly sentient Undead decided to make their own nation and founded Trik'na Island, where they can live in peace without fear of being killed on sight. It's actually very successful economically since its residents neither need to eat or sleep, but the living world is reluctant to deal with them.
  • The Order of the Stick prequel volume that shows the backstory of Xykon and Redcloak and how they came to be villains shows us that Xykon, then a young sorcerer, once did this. As an apprentice to The Unholy Master, Xykon was under consideration to be promoted to the Number Two position... but was passed over in favor of both his Friendly Rival (and sometimes lover) Yydranna and Keith Baker. (A real life Friendly Rival to the author of OOTS.) Furious at having Baker chosen over him, Xykon decided it was time to quit being an apprentice and go into business as a villain for himself.
  • Guilded Age: The effectiveness of the Gastonian Peacemakers was not lost on Harky, especially after the miserable defeat in B'ial Vezk, so in response he put forth a call to arms for a team of champions that would serve the World's Rebellion, one member from each race. It worked. Extremely well.
  • Played for Laughs in 8-Bit Theater where not one, not two, but three groups of heroes (for a given value of the term anyway) simultaneously dissolve their groups and form new ones amongst each other. Including the protagonists. And their, supposedly, mortal enemies. Even weirder, for three groups that initially consisted of four members each (for a total of twelve people) they somehow ended up with five teams. Then six teams. The entire matter was dropped when no one could remember whom their new allies were.

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  • This happens online all the time, due to the relative ease of creating a website. If we listed all the examples we'd be here all day. However, two famous victims are LiveJournal, which has a half-zillion clones at this point (all of them near-perfect clones in fact, due to the site's open-source codebase), and DeviantArt, whose restrictive policies led to the creation of SheezyArt and later FurAffinity. In most such cases, the result is similar to the comedic examples in fiction, with so many people starting their own site that none of them have many users.
  • Also, Wikis. Many are started because they have focused subject matter, but many others are founded because Wikipedia's standards of notability and citation somehow exclude them, or they think there's something biased about it. For instance, Conservapedia was created by a group who decried Wikipedia's "evidence" and "objectivity", and made their own online encyclopedia with their own bias. This very wiki specializes in covering the tropes of popular culture. Since Wikia allows anyone that wants to start a Wiki to do so, this happens quite often with those who don't like the guidelines, procedures, etc., etc. of a particular wiki. It often doesn't end well, since most of these people are neither suited to be admins nor have the ability to gather followers to their new wiki. One of the most prominent examples (and far more successful than most) is the Star Wars fandom's Wookieepedia, which came about when Wikipedia purged a great many Star Wars articles as "non-notable". Copies of the purged articles were part of the core of Wookieepedia in its early days. Now Wookieepedia is the 5th-largest Wiki in existence.
    • Wikia - and its successor Fandom - itself was a purveyor in many wiki drifts, most notably, which originated when the ones who did the Teletraan-1 Wiki decided Wikia was hindering them.
    • TV Tropes itself spawned several imitators after more stringent rules about what was appropriate content on the wiki were put in place.
  • An infamous example is Encyclopedia Dramatica, which was originally started as a place to chronicle Livejournal drama after Wikipedia purged it due to no-notability.
  • Gaia Online, being the progenitor of the avatar role-playing message-boards, had a ton of these spring up during its early years (Magivolve being one of, if not the very first). Most of these, however, did not have the server space to support a massive userbase or funds to run a website, and even more were run by people who couldn't program and used bought or free code and assets to build their custom avatar and currency systems. Staff and moderators were hired from members of their own userbase (most of them being teenagers), with the owners barely eclipsing their early twenties themselves. As a result, they weren't run nearly as well as Gaia and most closed down in a few years, while the ones that are still alive haven't updated since their heydays.
  • Once Box Office Mojo got a counter-intuitive redesign that even hid part of the content behind the paywall, some former fans decided to get together and make a film box office site like the old BOM. Whether it will take off remains to be seen.
  • birthed not one, but two, Questionable Questing and Sufficient Velocity.
    • QQ was created after one too many crackdowns and censures on the Role-Playing Game board, where some members found the site's rules against NSFW content too restrictive. A few got together and created a place with basically no rules against NSFW... anything so long as it was posted in the correct place.
    • Due to some unpleasantness regarding an admin being 'retired', Sufficient Velocity was spun-off, with many threads cloned or moved. Acted as an alpha site when SB reached capacity, then the users which had evacuated shuffled back when its problems were resolved at the eleventh hour. Is since better known for it's more... in-depth approach to site rules and moderation.
  • After Tumblr's infamous "no NSFW" rule change that saw the purging of a lot of content and the death of a lot of blogs, a number of former users created newTumbl which, in their own words, "offers asylum to all those who feel persecuted on other social media sites simply for wanting to exercise your freedom of speech." It's effectively what Tumblr was before the massive content ban.
  • The browser game Politics And War was inspired by the creator playing Cyber Nations. The games have similar concept and execution, but Politics And War is much more in-depth with deeper mechanics and gameplay, and, in recent years, a much more active userbase. On most online forums, Politics And War is considered the superior game.
  • Cyber Nations did something similar earlier on to NationStates. While Nation States is more of a day-to-day executive decision making game with more roleplay elements, Cyber Nations is inspired by it, but lets you micromanage more aspects of your nation, such as going to war, trading, etc. The games are different enough that comparing them is like comparing Apples to Oranges.
  • SCP-1054-FR-J was written as a satire of certain events surrounding the SCP Foundation, in which a scientist leaves the Foundation and starts his own competing organisation, the RPD Command. Then another scientist bring up grievances about how he's running the Command, while at the same time similar events happen at the Foundation, causing both resulting organisations to split again, and so on.

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    Western Animation 
  • The above quote and Trope Namer is from the Futurama episode "The Series Has Landed" after Bender is kicked out of Lunar Park, and later when Fry and Leela keep Bender out of the Apollo 11 lunar lander. The line has gone on to become a popular meme.
  • In an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Bloo is not allowed into a rock band called Pizza Party. So to spite them, he invents his own band called Taco Fiesta (because, he reasons, tacos are more exotic than pizza). Bloo's own band leaves him and so he forms another band, which is just himself in various costumes.
    • In another episode, Bloo started his own foster home for imaginary friends, which was nothing more than a cardboard box.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Homer the Great", the Stonecutters start the No Homers Society after they get disgruntled by Homer's attempts to do good in his position of power.
    • In "$pringfield, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling", Bart is kicked out of Mr. Burns' casino for being underage. The Squeaky-Voiced Teen taunts him, saying "What are you going to do? Start your own casino? In your tree house? And get all your little friends to come? I'd like to see that!" Cut to the next scene, where Bart is welcoming his friends into his treehouse casino. "Well, he certainly showed me."
    • In "Homer the Moe", when Moe's Tavern gets a hip makeover and the old customers are no longer welcome, Homer starts a "hunting lodge" in his garage (he couldn't have a tavern there) where he and the old regulars hang out until Moe comes to his senses. They even went as far as taking part on regular hunting trips as all hunting lodges are required by law.
    • In "Fear of Flying", when Homer was banned from Moe's the first time, Marge suggested he pretend the house was a bar, so he could spend every night at home. He responded he wasn't even going to dignify it with an answer.
    • And yet again, in "Lisa the Vegetarian", when Homer is offended that Ned didn't invite him to his family reunion, Homer says he'll have his own barbecue and invite whomever he wants - "That'll show you!". However, Ned politely asks whether he can come and Homer says "Sure!" reflexively. D'oh!
    • In "Lemon of Troy", this was the cause of Jebediah Springfield and Shelbyville Manhattan's split:
      Shelbyville: I tell you I won't live in a town that robs men of the right to marry their cousins.
      Springfield: Then we'll form our own town. Who will come with me, and live a life devoted to chastity, abstinence, and a flavorless mush I call root marm?
  • An episode of Arthur revolves around the kids creating their own "James Hound" movie, since they're not old enough to see the actual PG-13 movie themselves. They eventually discover that all the outtakes are actually better than what they planned.
    • An earlier one involved Muffy getting fed up with Arthur's shabby clubhouse and leaving to start her own club, and Buster and Francine deciding to join her. Gradually, everyone abandons not only Arthur's never-been-official-anyway club, but each other's as well, until everyone is a one-person "club" of their own. Eventually they all realize how stupid it all turned out, and get back together.
    • A later one involves Francine and a group of friends starting a band called U Stink, but Francine quits and starts her own band called We Stink with Arthur, Buster and George. Arthur and Buster end up getting mad at her and quitting, claiming they will form their own band and call it She Stinks. George doesn't mind staying, but Francine gives up.
  • Similarly, in Rocket Power, the kids try to make their own movie and find it to be much harder than they were expecting.
  • Hanna-Barbera's The Little Rascals:
    • In "Beauty Queen for a Day", when Alfalfa won't let Darla into the He-Man Woman-Haters' Club, Darla threatens to organize a She-Woman Man-Haters' Club: "And there will be no boys allowed!"
    • In "Big Top Rascals", the Rascals put on their own circus after being denied admission to a real circus. Darla had told the circus owner that she and the boys were tending the animals because they had no money for tickets.
  • The male unicorn decides to build his own ark after missing Noah's on Robot Chicken. [1]
  • In the Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot episode, "Whose Friend is Who?" a bit of a club war gets started because Cheer, Harmony, and Love-a-Lot reject Funshine and Oopsy's help in making a "project" with their human friend McKenna. So, with Grumpy, they make their own "project" and a subsequent club to go with it. The girls retaliate by forming their own club, and a montage of the two clubs one-upping each other in their projects ensues, with McKenna stuck in the middle, not wanting to pick a side. She eventually gets the two clubs to see how silly they're being by making a club with Wingnut, and calls them out when they band together to exclude her club.
  • In Family Guy, Peter is so jealous of Joe's home movie theater that he decides to build an addition onto his house to create an even bigger and better theater than Joe's. Of course, this plot is quickly forgotten once Peter digs up an Indian skull and the real plot of the episode starts.
  • A Looney Tunes cartoon started with Daffy Duck as a janitor of an inn that belonged to Porky Pig. Daffy was feeling unappreciated and, when Porky tried to show his appreciation by giving him a new broom, Daffy decided to start his own inn. Daffy's dishonest attempts to run his former employer out of business backfired. His last plan consisted of blowing up Porky's inn. Daffy DID blow up Porky's inn, but accidentally revealed the presence of oil under it, allowing Porky to build an even better inn. To show Daffy he doesn't keep hard feelings, Porky hired him to work at the new inn... as a janitor.
  • One episode of the Dennis the Menace animated series portrayed Dennis and Margareth as business partners in a lemonade stand. Unsatisfied with her share of the profits, she started her own lemonade stand to compete against her now former business partner.
    • Dennis and Joey grew so tired of working on Margareth's float for a Fourth of July parade (and of her bossiness) they declared independence from her and made their own float.
  • A mock episode of Birdman (1967) retconned Murko the Marauder as a F.E.A.R. agent leaving to start his own criminal organization.
  • One episode of The Mask featured a character named Celia N. Airtight. She was a top researcher at Wrapmaster Corporation until being fired for knowing too much about food preserving and then she started her own company named Putterware to compete against Wrapmaster. Not satisfied with selling more than her rival, she plotted to turn leftover food into monsters to destroy Wrapmaster.
  • King of the Hill features Thatherton Fuels, a company founded by M.F. Thatherton, a former employee of Strickland Propane.
  • Taz-Mania episode "Francis Takes a Stand" featured Francis starting a lemonade stand. Taz opened another one across the street from Francis'. The only customer who ever appeared was a tax collector who, after buying a lemonade from Francis (and hating its taste), revealed himself a tax collector and took the money he gave Francis as payment for the lemonade.
  • In Camp Lazlo, Edward starts an "I Hate Lazlo" club, inviting everyone except, of course, Lazlo. He tells Lazlo to form his own club, the "Nothing Club", which Lazlo does. Soon everyone leaves Edward's club after finding it too boring (it's all about talking about how much they hate Lazlo, which only Edward does) and head over to Lazlo's.
  • In an episode of Doug, Patti was rejected from the Honkers baseball team, because she's a girl. As a result, she forms "Patti's Pulverizers", which consists of players who were rejected by the Honkers.
  • Spongebob started his own "Pretty Patty" stand after being mocked for his idea by Mr. Krabs and Squidward. He ended up having 46,853 customers. Seeing how successful the stand was, Mr. Krabs traded Spongebob the Krusty Krab for it...right before all the customers starting experiencing colorful side effects to the patties and demanded a refund.
  • Mission Hill - when Andy and his friends are kept out of a hip new nightclub in their neighborhood, they retaliate by pretending to open a new club in an unlocked boiler room, and keep out all of the hip crowd who queue up at the door.
  • The Critic: When Duke Phillips can't get the daughter of the assistant to one of his most expendable employees into The Rainbow's End Preschool:
    Duke Phillips: I've never been so insulted!
    Mr. Jordell: So what are you going to do, build your own preschool? Ha ha, your own preschool, I'd like to see that. (Chuckles)
    (Cut to: "Duke Phillips' Pre-school: Built on a Dare.")
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures: When Justin Hammer took over Stark International, Tony decided to create his own company. Pepper suggested he named it "Circuits Maximus" but Tony had already opted for "Stark Solutions". Both names count as Mythology Gag since Tony Stark did start companies with both names in separate occasions he lost control of Stark International.
  • Jem: After Eric Raymond lost his half of Starlight Music, the Misfits needed another music company to promote their albums so Pizzazz asked her father to start one.
    • In "KJEM", Jem took over a radio station so the previous owner wouldn't lose it to a former employee who had started his own radio station for not liking how his former boss ran things.
    • Kimber (from Jem and the Holograms) and Stormer (from the Misfits) were feeling underappreciated and temporarily became a duo.
  • NASCAR Racers: Megan temporarily left Fastex to start her own racing team.
  • In the original Franklin, there were a few of these: Franklin's "Turtle Trackers" group in "Franklin Wants a Badge," the various characters' secret clubs in "Franklin's Secret Club" and Franklin's "Turtle Point" in "Franklin's Birthday Party." In "Franklin, the Planner" on the Franklin and Friends spinoff, the kids all end up doing this, pairing off and starting their own floor plans for a new treefort when it doesn't seem like there's enough room to fit each of their own ideas in the original floor plan. The problem, of course, being that only one treefort can be built and they need something that satisfies everyone. It's Franklin who comes up with the idea for compromise, they can't all have everything they want in the treefort, but each of them can use their best idea and they'll put it all together.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Hail Doofania!", Dr. Doofenshmirtz is frustrated that his goody two-shoes little brother Roger got elected mayor of Danville, so he tries to build his own floating city in Danville Harbor. Doofania's civic anthem even boasts "It's founded on spite!"
  • Sofia the First: In "Princess Adventure Club", Princess Zooey doesn't let Amber join the titular club and Amber retaliates by starting her own adventure club.
  • In an episode of Daria, after Sandi tricked Quinn into volunteering to help set up the school dance, she grew frustrated over the fact that Quinn wouldn't take her advice. She decides to throw her own party with the rest of the Fashion Club. It doesn't go over very well though. Since it's the same night as the school dance, no one shows up except for Joey, Jamie and Jeffy, and they quickly leave as soon as they realize Quinn isn't coming.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Lester Leonard left the Critter Getters to start his own monster-catching business.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Rhonda threw a party to which she only invited kids she deemed cool enough, Arnold himself making that list. Arnold quickly got bored of listening to Rhonda prattle on about her vacation in Europe and insulting his friends and left, rejoining with his friends and suggesting they throw their own party on the roof of the boarding house. One by one, the other "cool kids" leave Rhonda's party for Arnold's, realizing that the "geeks" are having more fun. Eventually, Rhonda gave up when everyone left, and she joined them all in the end. (Though she still was going to consider herself a cool kid).
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: In one Fan Club segment, Boris is disgusted by the club oath and decides to form his own fan club.
  • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: In "Doo Not Disturb", after Jack and Josh Stanley inherited the Good Sons Inn from their mother, Josh didn't want to run the place the same way he did and, unable to convince his brother to see things his way, forfeited his share and started a rival hotel named Castaway Resort Hotel. In spite of his success, Josh still wanted the now renamed Good Son Inn to the point he dressed himself as his mother's ghost to scare away Jack's guests.
  • In South Park, the boys start a garage band called Moop, but they're having trouble figuring out their direction and style. Cartman insists that they do Christian rock, claiming that all they have to do is take existing popular songs and replace words with "Jesus". The others think it's dumb, so Cartman leaves and starts his own Christian rock band with Butters and Token called Faith + 1, doing exactly what he said, and they become extremely popular. Naturally, Cartman ends up ruining it all by the end.
  • One episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features Scootaloo trading her obsession with Rainbow Dash for an obsession with the Washouts, an group of extreme-sports performing pegasi who "washed out" of the Wonderbolts. They're led by Rainbow's old rival Lightning Dust, who felt that the Wonderbolts' code of honor (under which she was expelled) is too restrictive and limits the stunts they're able to do.
  • In the third season of Young Justice, Batman and several members of the Justice League (plus their sidekicks on the Team) defect after the League's efforts are hampered by Lex Luthor's policies after he became the United Nations Secretary-General. The new organization gets the nickname "Batman Incorporated." This becomes subverted as it is revealed that Batman is leading his group alongside the League and the Team as part of a Benevolent Conspiracy.
    • On a more benevolent case, Beast Boy recruits a few members of the Team to become the Outsiders, who are a more public team of teen heroes that can help promote the stand against meta-human trafficking.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: In "I Am Marie Curie", since the girls of Poland aren't allowed to go to university, they start their own university where they can learn more about science. Brad takes inspiration from this idea and starts a butterfly club for people under 10.
  • A benevolent example occurs late in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), sometime after Karai recovers from Shredder's brainwashing. She decides to establish her own Foot Clan faction by recruiting her old friend Shinigami and some mercenary ninjas, in a bid to reclaim the former one's lost honor (due to Shredder's destructive and manipulative actions having been done solely for the sake of revenge at the expense of her free will).

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  • Finland. The duchy of Finland had been a part of the Swedish kingdom until 1809, when Russia conquered and annexed her after a war. When The Russian Revolution started and the Czar abdicated, a power vacuum was created in Finland. The bourgeoisie and the intelligentsiya wanted to stay with Russia; the nobility wanted to re-join Sweden. In the end, Finland eventually declared herself an independent state 6th December 1917.
  • This is notoriously commonplace with left-wing and socialist groups, who always seem to have trouble sticking together when disagreements arise. To wit: The Party for Socialism and Liberation, a major Marxist-Leninist organization in the United States, was split off from the Worker's World Party, and the Worker's World Party split off from the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Workers Party split off from the Communist Party USA, the Communist Party USA split off from the Socialist Party of America, and the Socialist Party of America split off from the Socialist Labor Party of America!
  • In 1824, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote in the United States presidential election as one of four candidates running under the banner of the Democratic-Republican Party, but the Electoral College was split. The party elite in Congress ended up awarding the presidency to Jackson's rival, John Quincy Adams. In response, Jackson founded his own party, the modern Democratic party, and ran against Adams four years later, winning in a landslide.
    • And in response to that, other elements of the disintegrating Democratic-Republican Party formed the Whig Party in 1833 to oppose Jackson. 15 years later, the Whigs were split over the issue of slavery which caused some of the anti-slavery Whigs to start their own Free Soil Party. Then in 1854, with both of those parties failing, former Free Soilers and northern Whigs got together to have another go at starting their own party: the modern Republican Party.
    • The Democratic party also split over the issue of slavery, resulting in the 1860 election (won by Abraham Lincoln) featuring four major presidential candidates, including two Democratic candidates and a "Constitutional Union" candidate. Unlike the Republican party, the Democratic party sort of healed their rift after the Civil War, only to split 80 years later over the issue of Civil Rights. However, the Dixiecrats - the Southern Democrats - rather than forming their own party, instead gradually took over the Republican party.
  • This trope is credited as one of the reasons that Libertarianism (in the American sense) has so much trouble becoming a party with any real power. There are simply too many different groups that consider themselves Libertarian to ever organize.
  • Theodore Roosevelt disliked William Howard Taft and the growing conservatism of the formerly moderate Republican party (and felt personally betrayed by his former protege Taft's role in that rightward shift), so after a failed attempt to unseat Taft as the Republican nominee (few states held primaries in that era, so party bosses had almost complete control over the nominating process and they were firmly in Taft's corner) he started his own progressive liberal party in 1912, known informally as the Bull Moose Party. As with all United States third parties, it failed and instead split the vote so the Democrat won.
    • That was Roosevelt's intention. He hated Taft's policies and would have rather seen a Democrat win than Taft get re-elected. So he created the new party to sabotage Taft. And in the process he left Taft with the ignominy of being the only incumbent US president to finish third place in his reelection bid.
    • Despite the failure of the Bull Moose movement, most of its adherents threw in their lot with the Democrats after Franklin Roosevelt - 5th cousin of Theodore - announced the New Deal policy platform in the 1930s.
  • The 13 British colonies in North America had a bit of a problem with the mother country's bad habit of forcing legislation (and taxation) on them without their permission (since it would be too much of a hassle to ship American politicians across the Atlantic to Parliament), so they decided to start their own independent government, with an eye towards fixing all the grievances they had with Britain. Britain of course took exception to that, the Americans took exception to their exception, the Americans won, and history was made.
    • And of course the American Civil War was a failed attempt by the rebellious southern states to form a new country due to fears that the country would restrict or ban Slavery (and a bunch of other, minor political and social tensions as well). The same conflict led to the creation of the state of West Virginia, when it turned out that those Virginians living in the Appalachians wanted nothing to do with the whole 'slavery' or 'secession' stuff and decided to secede from Virginia and rejoin the glorious 'murrikan motherland.
  • Even Al Qaeda is not immune to this, with Moktar Belmoktar, a former disgruntled employee starting his own terrorist group after Al Qaeda wrote him a scathing letter accusing him of, among other things, failing to carry out a single operation, not filling out expense reports, not attending meetings and not answering his phone when they called.
  • Political parties, especially those positioned far from the center, usually start out this way with some radical from a more "grounded" party feels their party sold out and breaks off from it. For example, every left wing organization or party in Sweden, be they democratic socialists, syndicalist or outright Stalinist descends from the left-to-center-left Social Democratic party in one way or the other.
    • Similarly, high profile members of far-right parties in the UK have a habit of suddenly deciding that the party is too moderate for their tastes and splitting off to form parties more in keeping with their personal ideals. Prominent examples include former British National Party members Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, who split away to form Britain First, and would-be UKIP leader Annie-Marie Waters, who suffered a surprise defeat in the 2017 UKIP leadership election, and subsequently stormed out of the party and formed For Britain.
    • A recent example from Canada: In September 2018, Conservative leadership runner-up Maxime Bernier, disgruntled with actual new party leader Andrew Scheer not being hard enough on immigration for his tastes, quit the Tories and founded the People's Party of Canada, a party with much the same views as the Conservatives but with a more libertarian, populist and, of course, anti-immigrant stance.
  • In the Philippines, the Liberal Party got its start in the 1940s as a splinter-off faction of the Nacionalista Party (virtually the only party in power at the time, as the country/semi-US-colony was essentially a one-party state). Disgruntled party members, chief among them Manuel Roxas (who would go on to be President in 1946), left and started their own party to challenge the Nacionalistas at the polls. Not that it really mattered party-wise, because the two parties differed very little in ideological leaning, and party-switching or "turncoatism" was rife—a reality that still holds today under an ostensibly multiparty government. The Liberals in fact were the originators of the "start-your-own-party" trend regardless of ideology or beliefs.
  • Benito Mussolini was originally a leader in the Italian Socialist movement, but soured on the group as they took an anti-war stance during World War One (Mussolini thought that a war would accelerate the socialist movement and allow for the overthrow of the old order). After getting kicked out of the Socialists, Mussolini formed the Fascists to cater to soldiers and strongmen who felt Italy had been cheated out of its reward for assisting the other members of the Entente, and they would go on to dominate Italian politics until World War II


  • This is how Cambridge University was formed. A bunch of students were kicked out of Oxford, made their way across the country, and started their own university.
    • This is also how University College London, the third university to be founded in England after Oxford and Cambridge, came into being. Unlike Oxford and Cambridge, it was entirely secular and allowed women in on an equal footing with men, inspired by the (then) radical philosophies of Jeremy Bentham.
    • The University of Bristol was genuinely founded by a man whose son failed to get into Oxford. The original 'college' is now the Physics Department.
  • Several current universities in Shanghai, or their predecessors, were founded that way during the first half of the 20th century:
    • In 1902, some students left the Nanyang Academy (predecessor of Shanghai and Xi'an Jiaotong Universities) over what they perceived as unfair treatment of one disciplinary action, and their sympathizers arranged them to study European philosophy from Rev. Ma Xiangbo, a Chinese Jesuit monk. These students became the first students of Aurora University, a Jesuit university founded the following year under Rev. Ma's behest. However, in 1904, Rev. Ma Resigned In Protest with a group of students as the Jesuits wanted to dissolve the student government—and went on to found Fudan University.
    • The two major predecessors of East China Normal University were also founded this way:
      • In 1924, the president of Xiamen University mentioned respect for Confucianism in a public speech, which did not sit up well with the college's radical elements, who left for Shanghai to found Great China University.
      • St. John's University was an Episcopal college known for being very good, very expensive, and very politically conservative, and predictively was not pleased with its pro-labor elements during a major labour movement in 1925. As a result, 19 members of the faculty and more than 500 students left to found Kwang Hwa University. Ironically, the main bulk of St. John's was forcibly merged into ECNU, which formed from a less-than-voluntary merger between Great China and Kwang Hwa.


  • A couple of the early 20th-century industrialists started their own golf clubs, university endowments, etc., because they kept getting shunned by old money families.
    • In the same way, New York City's grandest palazzo, the Metropolitan Club, was organized by J. P. Morgan in protest against not being admitted to some of the city's other exclusive private men's clubs. He showed them.


  • Quite a few Christian sects got started because of this trope:
    • The Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, who formed their own sect of Christianity because its founder, George Fox, objected to the Anglicans' emphasis on ceremony.
    • Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. So he started his own church! With beer! And wives for the clergy! And no corruption!
    • Henry VIII wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon. When the Pope refused to annul Henry's current marriage, Henry formed his own church, the Church of England, installed himself as its head, and divorced her anyway.note 
    • The Baptist church in the United States in the 1800s favored abolition of slavery. The Southern Baptist church splits off in 1845 as an explicitly pro-slavery sect.
    • The Free Methodist Church's name comes from their abolitionist roots. That, and their refusal to charge for seats.
    • Christian humorist Adrian Plass, in one of his novels, mentions the concept of church groups splitting so often that some people are in danger of dissenting themselves right back to where they started...
    • Mormon Fundamentalists are what happens when, thinking mainstream Mormons were wrong to abandon polygamy, more radicalized Mormons start their own. This came about, mind you, after Joseph Smith did the same thing to Christianity. (Although Mormons would disagree with labeling their church as reformed.)
    • The Episcopal Church in the US went through this following the election of a gay divorced man as bishop of New Hampshire. This caused many conservative Episcopal parishes to separate themselves into the Anglican Church in North America. For the time being the Episcopal Church retains membership in the international Anglican Communion (though relations are strained) and the ACNA has not been granted full communion (although some churches within the Anglican Communion are in full communion with ACNA instead of the Episcopal Church).
    • The Metropolitan Community Church in the US was founded by ex-Baptist/Pentecostal preacher Troy Perry in protest against the Christian attitudes toward homosexuality at the time.
    • The Raskol was in protest of changes of the liturgy by the Patriarch Nikon.
    • The Church of the East was created after the 431 Ephese Second Council.
    • And, of course, the Older Than Print Trope Maker of religious schisms, the Great Schism, whereupon the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches went their separate ways.
    • Christianity itself is this trope embodied. It all started when the Rabbinic Judaism declared the Messianic sects as heretic in the synod of Yamnia 90 AD. The Messianic sects of Judaism then unified and became Christianity, which was organized under the successors of St. Peter as Catholic Church.


  • In the art world of the 1860s, the Salon des Refuses was started in Paris by a group of artists, now referred to as the Impressionists, who were infuriated at being constantly rejected by the official Salon de Paris.
    • The Secession movement in Vienna, for much the same reasons.
  • The Metropolitan Opera Company was founded by a group of businessmen who were annoyed by being unable to obtain box seats at the Academy of Music.


  • An early example in the technology world was a group of engineers known as the "Traitorous Eight" who worked under William Shockley, the inventor of the transistor. Irritated by Shockley's increasingly erratic behavior and iron-fistedness, the Traitorous Eight quit and formed Fairchild Semiconductor, which in turn spawned Intel.
  • This is also true for software, especially GNU and the Free Software Foundation. Half of the software listed on SourceForge would not exist without this trope, though it's usually spurred on by avoidance of restrictive licenses. Where religions have schisms, free/open-source software has "forks". Granted, this trope is at the heart of FOSS software: according to their philosophy, anyone who thinks they can do better should be given the opportunity to prove it.
    • In the BSD world, OpenBSD and DragonFly BSD owe their existence to the fact that their founders had disagreements related to the development of NetBSD and FreeBSD, respectively.
    • Allegedly, one of the main reasons Linux came about was because Linus Torvalds was becoming increasingly frustrated with several of the design decisions that went into the design of Minix, a payware educational Unix distribution for personal computers, that he was forced to use at college. He then managed to get into a heated argument with the creator of the distribution while he was airing his greviences on usenet. After his pride was badly torn up by the creator and his fanboys, Linus decided to start his own, and the rest is history.
    • Also, the main reason ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) was created was because the OSS (Open Sound System) team had announced that they were going to split their driver packages into two- a free package for the most common consumer cards and a paid-for package for the higher end prosumer and professional sound cards. The Linux developers, whose motto was to have Linux running on everything, were repulsed and thus started their own.
    • As a side note, a different issue with OSS' drivers, namely lack of security, was what gotten the OpenBSD developers to create their own OSS-like set of drivers.
    • When dying computing conglomerate and open-source champion Sun Microsystems got bought over by the database megacorp Oracle, Oracle proceeded to discontinue OpenSolaris several weeks later, barely hiding their greed and hinting that people who want to continue using Solaris will now be subjected to either a crippled free version called Solaris Express, or have to pay up for a full version, where previously OpenSolaris was completely feature-compatible with the paid Solaris system save for the lack of tech support. Thing is, the license for OpenSolaris allowed the last version produced before Oracle shut the gates to the source code to remain free. The biggest contributors took the last version of the OS and forked, and illumos was born. note 
    • At the same time as it screwed the OpenSolaris community, Oracle's behavior stifled the development of OpenOffice. Many of their developers were laid off or left on their own accord, they went on to form The Document Foundation and fork OpenOffice into LibreOffice. Oracle did eventually just give OpenOffice away to the Apache Foundation, but that only created a bitter Fandom Rivalry as a result.
    • And to show that things come in the power of three, Oracle buying up Sun also gave them control of the MySQL database engine, which they then proceed to cripple as to prevent the free option from competing fairly against their flagship product. Again, many devs left and forked the last Sun-produced version, this time into MariaDB.
    • Another high-profile fork in the open-source community was the FFMPEG/LibAV schism in the software project that underlies nearly all video-related open source applications. Emerging from political turmoil within the FFMPEG project, the effects of the split the sent shockwaves through the broader open-source community, particularly Linux users, due to Ubuntu (one of the most popular distributions) initially siding with Libav. note  More than half a decade later, the two projects are still developed separately, with Libav pointedly ignoring FFMPEG's existence and FFMPEG continuing to expend effort to merge Libav's improvements back into itself in addition to doing its own development. The turmoil surrounding the issue has ceased, however, since most of the projects that initially sided with Libav have since gone back to FFMPEG.
    • Another heated one with the GNOME desktop project. When it was revealed that GNOME 3 was going to take a page out of Windows 8's book by doing away with a start button metaphor for a start screen metaphor designed for both desktops and tablets, a subset of the developers were vocally (and understandably) opposed to this on the grounds, that Microsoft were regretting doing that: The intention was to design a user interface that was optimised for mouse-and-keyboard and touchscreen operation but the result an interface that was sub-optimal for either. This led to two forks- MATE, which forks GNOME 2 with the intention of keeping the immediate interface but keeping the underlying libraries upgraded to the latest, and Cinnamon, which takes GNOME 3 but deletes the undesirable features while porting desired features from GNOME 2 back into it. The developers of GNOME eventually gave in and created an official GNOME 2 mode for the desktop environment, called GNOME Flashback.
    • And this is happening again with the XFCE project, a third option taken by some who hated GNOME 3 but did not want to wait for MATE or Cinnamon to mature as it was started as an attempt to create a GNOME 2 clone that is light on resources. When the newly appointed head of development proved himself to be a prima-donna and wanted to change XFCE to clone GNOME 3 (specifically, the hated elements like the start screen and the location of the save/open button in the file chooser) and specifically started to vocally attack anyone who protested the idea, a group of developers have immediately schism themselves from the main project and forked the current version to XFCE Classic.
    • A unique case: The creators of LXDE, another GNOME 2 clone that focuses on being lightweight, decided to switch from the ageing and depreciated GTK2 widget toolkit to Qt instead of GTK3, and forked themselves into LXQt. Work was stopped on LXDE proper and the project was officially abandoned, and users were advised to switch over to the new project. Not everyone was okay with this, as Qt uses a lot more system resources; not enough to be a problem on the majority of modern hardware, but an issue for devteams who create ultra-lightweight Linux distros designed to keep exceptionally old and underpowered PCs usable. Some of those devs assumed control of the original project and recommenced development using the newer GTK3 library, and now LXDE and LXQt are two separate projects, with the latter becoming an officially recognized fork of the former.
  • Microsoft created the C# programming language, which is similar to Java in many ways, after Sun Microsystems refused to allow them to create a customized version of Java to bundle with Windows, fearing that it would be subject to Microsoft's "extend, embrace, extinguish" strategy.
  • The ReactOS project, an open-source Windows clone, began as a reaction to some of the more questionable business practices of Microsoft. It's also how it got its name.
  • Seymour Cray was a star employee of Control Data Corporation during the mainframe computer era - until management turned down his proposal for a next-generation super-computer. Cray quit and formed his namesake super-computer company, which Control Data - at the time one of 'IBM and the Seven Dwarfs' - never fully recovered from.
  • After Steve Jobs was Kicked Upstairs at Apple due to his stubborn personality rendering him unable to get along with anyone else in the company, he decided to quit and form a new computer company, called NeXT, which was basically every stereotype about Apple turned up a notch. Its products generated a lot of buzz for their ease-of-use, technical sophistication, and striking aesthetic designs, but they were also ludicrously expensive and not compatible with any existing products note . This came at a time when the industry was rapidly embracing the standards set by the IBM Personal Computer, which also had the effect of driving costs down, leading to poor sales of NeXT's computers. Ironically, NeXT's legacy would be salvaged when Apple purchased them in 1997 in order to use their NeXTSTEP operating system as the basis for what became Mac OS X, bringing Jobs back to Apple in the process. Though at first he only held the position of "advisor", he quickly rose to the position of CEO, which he held until shortly before his death in 2011.
  • Developer byuu created the bsnes and higan Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulators, which are designed to be 100% accurate to the original consolenote  after the developers of ZSNES, a popular SNES emulator, refused to patch an inaccuracy in their emulatornote 
  • Brendan Eich started development of the privacy-focused Brave Internet browser after being fired from Mozilla when his donations to an anti-gay marriage group came to light.
  • Huawei launched their own mobile services framework called Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) as a substitute for Google Play Services, as well as their own app store called AppGallery after Google stopped providing software support to Huawei due to US government sanctions; the AppGallery has existed prior to the company being sanctioned in 2019, though it was only available in China until 2018. For the remaining apps which couldn't be published to the AppGallery due to sanctions or some other reason, they even came up with workarounds such as directing users to download APK installation files from mirror sites such as APKPure, though compatibility may be hit-or-miss as some apps may require specific Google APIs to function correctly.


  • Adidas and Puma, two rival sport shoe companies, began as one company founded by brothers Adolf "Adi" Dassler and Rudolf Dassler. After the two had a violent fall out in 1948, the original company folded, with Adi founding Adidas and Rudi founding Puma. Their home town of Herzogenaurach became fiercely divided between the two brands, even the two football clubs; one was sponsored by Adidas, the other by Puma. The hatchet was finally buried in the late 2000's with a Peace One Day-sponsored soccer match, however Adidas and Puma remain independent concerns. Meanwhile, the brothers remained bitter rivals to their deaths (events like the original shoemakers going with Adi and the original management going with Rudi and each brother trying to denounce the other as a Nazi to the Americans after WWII certainly didn't help), and while they're now buried at the same graveyard, their graves are as far away from each other as possible.
  • Garry Kasparov split from FIDE, the World Chess Federation, to form the PCA (Professional Chess Association) in 1993.
  • This happens a lot in martial arts, especially after a particular organisation's founder has died. Often, a successor is chosen and many of their other protégés may disagree with this. There can often be other reasons as well, such as differences in what way the martial art chooses to (or not to) evolve or even what membership dues are required.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was this to Judo, although initially unintentionally — Hélio and Carlos Gracie both learned a martial art their Japanese-immigrant teachers simply called "Jiu-Jitsu" and affirmed they didn't heard the term "Judo" until the 1950s and thought they were doing the same "Jiu-Jitsu" that was done in Japan — however, they decided to "split" and not adopt the Kodokan rules when they were introduced in Brazil, and in 1967 they (along with other 4 schools of Alvaro Barreto, Joao Alberto Barreto, Hélcio Leal Binda, and Oswaldo Fadda) founded the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Guanabara with their own ruleset. The term "Jiu-Jitsu" served to differentiate it from Judo.
  • Examples in Bodybuilding:
    • The World Bodybuilding Federation was created in 1990 by then-WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation) owner Vince McMahon with help from veteran bodybuilder Tom Platz, with the intention of challenging the dominance of the IFBB while also mixing in elements of pro wrestling, such as competitors being given ring names and kayfabe personas that were showcased in entertainment-based segments of WBF's media. Despite hiring away a number of IFBB competitors, the WBF ended up folding after only a short period of time due to varying reasons, with many WBF members allowed to re-join the IFBB after paying a fine.
    • The IFBB Elite Pro league split from the IFBB Pro league in 2017. Many reasons had been cited for the split, including alleged personal rivalry between IFBB President Rafael Santonja and NPC President Jim Manion. Contestants have to choose either league to compete in, not both. The traditional Olympia competitions remained linked to the Pro league.
  • Bill Powell, after being banned from local golf courses due to racial segregation, designed and built the first integrated golf course in 1948.


  • Ferrari is involved in three examples:
    • First, inter-company politics in the early sixties led a group of engineers to jump ship and form their own company, ATS. Unfortunately, their first effort came across as lackluster and they folded after a couple of years. However, they were revived in The New '10s.
    • In the mid-sixties, Ferruccio Lamborghini, president of what was then primarily a tractor manufacturer, came to Enzo Ferrari to complain that his recently purchased Ferrari had a faulty clutch. He also explained that he had tried the clutch from one of his own tractors in the car and it worked fine. A fierce argument followed, and Lamborghini looked through his car some more and decided that his company already had the ability to make most of the necessary components for a luxury automobile. The rivalry continues to this day.
    • In 1963, Ferrari was desperate to secure funding, and the company entered serious talks with Ford about purchasing the company. When Enzo Ferrari learned that the Americans wouldn't allow him to keep control of the racing team, he broke off the negotiations. Ford (and Henry Ford Jr. in particular) was so incensed that they designed the GT40 specifically to challenge Ferrari's record in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GT40 went on to win Le Mans four times in a row. This event was dramatized by the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari.
  • Sean Combs was fired from Uptown Records during the early 90's. Afterward he formed his own label, Bad Boy Records. The latter is more or less still thriving while Uptown folded.
  • Dave Thomas (the restaurateur, not the actor) made a name for himself as assistant to Colonel Harland Sanders. Had he stayed in line, Thomas would probably end up inheriting the reins of KFC, but due to personal disagreements with the good Colonel, Thomas struck out on his own and founded his own restaurant chain, which he named after his daughter Wendy.
  • When Brazilian movie magazine SET was sold to a different publisher, one of the editors went to start its own publication, Preview. Both had a Fandom Rivalry until SET went under.
  • Boyd Coddington's hot rod shop, Hot Rods by Boyd, faced bankruptcy in 1998. So, president Chip Foose left to form his own company, Foose Design. The two companies endured a fierce rivalry right up until Boyd Coddington's death ten years later.
  • Carpe Fulgur, the company responsible for the localization of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, was founded by two guys trying to get into the localization business only to be constantly turned down due to lack of experience. So they decided to create their own company to earn that experience.
  • The United Services Automobile Association started as an insurance co-op formed by a group of American Army officers who couldn't get car insurance. Over the decades it has gradually expanded to become a rather successful financial institution offering insurance, banking, and various other services to American military personnel and their families.
  • When The WB and UPN decided to merge and become The CW, the new network did not include any of the UPN affiliates owned by Fox (including many of the big-market stations). In response, Fox created a new network for these stations, MyNetworkTV.
  • A (possibly apocryphal) story has it that the founder of Netflix did so after his outrage over a $40 Blockbuster late fee inspired him to start his own video rental service. With blackjack! And hookers!
  • A Real Life example of a fed up customer starting their own - Fed up with ISPs, a Michigan man started his own fiber broadband service.
  • This was essentially what led to the creation of the Dassault Rafale - France was originally collaborating with the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain on the Eurofighter project, but they wanted to make a carrier-capable version; when it became clear that none of the other countries wanted to bother with one, France withdrew to pursue their own project. Similar to many other examples of this trope, the Rafale actually entered service before the Eurofighter.
  • The ice cream chain KaleidoScoops was started in 1999 by a bunch of Baskin-Robbins owners who had their franchises terminated due to underperformance.
  • During the 1920's, Piggly Wiggly faced a decrease in business in Florida, which forced the chain's owner to sell his stores. A businessman in Atlanta purchased them, but chose not to visit the stores. One of the chain's managers, George W. Jenkins, decided to visit the new owner personally so that they could discuss the future of the business. But when Jenkins got to Atlanta, he was told the new owner was unavailable to talk due to a "critical business consultation". Jenkins overheard the new owner discussing his golf game over the phone, which only enraged him. Jenkins returned to Florida and started his own business, Publix Supermarkets, in order to compete against the new owner of Piggly Wiggly.
  • In 2018, the founder of Nuclear Blast Records, Markus Staiger departed from the label following the label's acquisition by Believe Digital. The split resulted in Staiger founding the label Atomic Fire Records in 2021 while transfering roughly a dozen bands from his former label over to the new label. Additional bands have since been signed such as U.D.O., Power Paladin, Skull Fist and Mystic Circle.
  • The Colorado-based pizza delivery chain Blackjack Pizza was started by Vince Schmuhl, a former Domino's employee, in 1983 after Schmuhl decided to open his own chain to provide an alternative to Domino's; which had been the only major delivery chain in the Rocky Mountain region.

Production Companies

  • Disney as it exists today came about from Walt Disney losing his contract with Universal in 1928. The studio later founded its own distribution company Buena Vista in 1953 after disagreements with its previous distributor RKO Radio Pictures.
    • Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising were two Disney animators who stayed with Universal after Walt Disney left in 1928, and they in turn left Universal in 1929 to form their own studio. In 1933 they teamed up with producer Leon Schlesinger, who got them a contract with Warner Bros. to distribute their new Looney Tunes series. Then in 1934 they left that studio and went to work for MGM.
    • Charles Mintz, Disney's one-time distributor and the man most responsible for causing Walt to leave Universal in 1928, was himself dropped by Universal in 1929. His response was to fully take over his wife Margaret Winkler's company the Winkler Studio (which he had been de facto running since 1924), renaming it the Mintz Studio and signing a deal with Columbia Pictures to distribute cartoons. Mintz eventually became indebted to Columbia and lost his studio to them in 1939, passing away one year later.
    • Ub Iwerks left Disney in 1930 to create a new studio with Disney's former distributor Pat Powers. Although he pioneered many new animation techniques in his shorts, Iwerks' studio was never profitable and he was dropped by Powers in 1936. After his studio went bankrupt a year later Iwerks retired from animation altogether, opting instead to rejoin Disney in 1940 as the head of their newly-formed research and special effects department.
    • Multiple Disney artists who found themselves out of work for taking part in the Disney strike created UPA in 1948, which pioneered the Limited Animation technique that was prevalent during The Dark Age of Animation.
      • Multiple animation studios came to be from former UPA staff, including Format Films (best known for the first animated incarnation of Alvin and the Chipmunks), Bill Melendez Productions (the Peanuts specials), Pantomime Pictures (Roger Ramjet), and Murakami-Wolf-Swenson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). A book about UPA, When Magoo Flew, suggests that the reason so many studios came to be was because many UPA personnell, disgruntled by Stephen Bosustow's mismanagement, felt they could run a studio better than he can.
    • Don Bluth was a Disney animator who was unhappy with the mediocre animated films that the studio was churning out after the death of Walt Disney. He and twelve other animators left Disney in 1979 to form their own animation studio, with the intention of replacing Disney or at the very least providing Disney with some genuine competition to force them to make better movies. The studio ended up succeeding on both fronts: it replaced Disney as the premier American animation studio in the 1980s and it forced Disney to step up their game... but as consequence Disney regained its powerhouse status in the 1990s and Bluth couldn't keep up, leading to the closure of his original studio and then later his second studio.
    • After being fired from Disney in 1983 by then-studio head Ron Miller, John Lasseter was tapped by Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs to create CGI advertisements for their new line of computers. Lasseter's ad department turned into a short film department after buyers became interested in seeing how extensively the software could be used, and these shorts caught the attention of Jeffrey Katzenberg (who had replaced Miller as Disney's studio head in the mid-1980s). He signed the studio (renamed Pixar) to create a series of computer animated films in the early 1990s, and the rest is history.
    • Richard Rich left Disney to form Rich Animation Studios in 1985 after disagreements with Disney Animation head Peter Schneider over the direction of his next film. Unlike Don Bluth his studio is still around today, but it was never anywhere near as successful as Bluth's was.
    • Disney purchased Miramax Films in 1993, in an effort to establish itself in the independent film market. After a rocky decade of relationships with Miramax's heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein (that culminated in Disney refusing to release Miramax's Fahrenheit 9/11 and suspecting that the Weinstein brothers weren't being entirely honest about their studio's profitability in the 2000s), the brothers left Disney to form The Weinstein Company in 2005. Disney shuttered and sold Miramax in 2010, while The Weinstein Company was thrown into bankruptcy in 2017 following the firing and arrest of Harvey over sexual abuse allegations that spanned decades.
    • Jeffrey Katzenberg left Disney in 1994 after arguments with then-CEO Michael Eisner, and went on to co-found DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. The best-known, most successful part of the company turned out to be Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Spielberg's live-action portion, DreamWorks Studios, had some success in the late 1990s/early 2000s but is much less active today.
    • Joe Roth replaced Katzenberg as the Disney Studios chairman and remained in that position until 2000, when he left to form his own production company Revolution Studios. He then left that company in 2007 to form a new one, Roth Films.
  • Orion Pictures was created by former United Artists executives who were fed up with its then-owner Transamerica's influence on the company.
  • After MGM shut down its animation division in the 1950s, animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbara formed their own animation studio, appropriately titled Hanna-Barbera.
  • Similar to above, after Warner Bros. closed down their animation division Friz Freleng teamed up with David H. DePatie (who was managing the division at the time) to form DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
    • When Chuck Jones was fired by Warners just shortly before their animation division closed down, he was hired at the newly reopened MGM animation division. After MGM closed it down again he formed his own company, Chuck Jones Enterprises.
  • Netflix's popularity has encouraged major studios like Disney and Warner Bros to start their own streaming services rather than license their content to Netflix or other services like Hulu or Amazon Prime.
  • In the mid-70s, George Lucas wanted to do a feature-film version of Flash Gordon, so he set out to acquire its rights. But when he was outbid by Dino DeLaurentiis, he decided to create his own space opera, Star Wars.
    • This is a double example. After deciding to create his own movie, Lucas had a very grand image for the special effects (poor effects being one of the things keeping sci-fi mostly confined to B-movies). When he couldn't find anyone who made the grade, he got together some college buddies and revolutionized special effects with his own company. They're still around today- you probably know them as Industrial Light & Magic.
  • This is effectively the story behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe: after dealing with flops made by other studios with their characters and only getting a small percentage of the profits the ones that were hits made, Marvel decided to make Iron Man on their own, and the rest is history. Possibly a subversion since Marvel was later bought by Disney (see above for the numerous studios founded by ex-Disney employees), but Disney has let the MCU function fairly independently.
  • Masi Oka decided he wanted to break into the game industry, since he enjoyed playing games and wanted to make some, but the studios he approached with his ideas turned him down. So, he asked a bunch of college kids about to graduate if they wanted to come work for him, and that's how Mobius Digital got started.
  • When the cult online game City of Heroes was shut down for some reason and NC Soft seemed unwilling to sell it, fans immediately considered developing a replacement, which became City of Titans. Less than three months later, even before the original game's shutdown had been completed, founding member Golden Girl started another project, Heroes and Villains, over Creative Differences. City of Titans will be a Spiritual Sequel (as in, revamping the game mechanics to some extent), while Heroes and Villains is apparently supposed to be City of Heroes with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
  • This is how the telephone industry got started. When Alexander Graham Bell's initial design was rejected by Western Union, then the leading distributor of telegraph services, he took the design to Joseph Henry, who saw its potential. Western Union tried to cram their patent into the office before Bell did, but eventually gave up, believing the telephone to be a minor threat to their telegraph monopoly that would fizzle out soon. They ended up shooting themselves in the foot with this decision, as in only 3 years, there were 30,000 sets worldwide, and 2 million sets by 1900. Thus, Western Union ended up being the one to fizzle out (save for use as a money-wiring system) and Bell's telephone company is still around to this day. You might have heard of them: a little company named AT&T.
  • This is how Image Comics came into being. Several artists who worked on most of Marvel Comics's top-selling properties in the late 80's to early 90's, such as Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, and Marc Silvestri, were dissatisfied with how poorly they were treated, in particular not owning any of the properties they created while working under Marvel. In 1992, they all left Marvel to form their own company: Image Comics. Image itself would not own anything other than its name and logo, and published the comics while the creators retained ownership, an arrangement completely unheard of at the time. Image single-handedly revolutionized the comics industry, with Youngblood's first issue being the all-time best selling independent comic at the time of its release. At the height of its success, Image actually beat out D.C. in sales, forcing them to take drastic measures like killing off Superman (albeit temporarily) and crippling Batman in order to keep up with them.
  • Quite a few Japanese animation studios were founded by well-respected producers, animators and directors:
    • Several studios were founded by ex-Tatsunoko crew:
      • Studio Pierrot was founded by a group of former Tatsunoko employees in 1979.
      • Ex-Tatsunoko Production and Kitty Film producer Tomoyuki Miyata founded JC Staff in 1986 after serving in Kitty Film's Mitaka Studio.
      • Mitsuhisa Ishikawa left Tatsunoko after the production of Red Photon Zillion to form Production I.G in 1987 along with Takayuki Goto, retaining the staff that produced the series.
      • Kenji Horikawa left Production I.G in 2000 for his native Toyama to follow a promise he made to his family. He would later go on to form his own animation studio, P. A. Works, as there were no animation studios nearby at the time.
      • Anime producer Nagateru Kato left Tatsunoko Pro to serve as a producer for MOVIC before going on to form TNK.
      • Koichi Mashimo began at Tatsunoko Productions in the 70s and went freelance by the late 80s. He eventually went on to establish his own studio, Bee Train Production in 1997.
    • Yutaka Fujioka formed TMS Entertainment after his previous company Tokyo Ningyo Cinema failed.
    • Ex-TMS and Toei animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata teamed up to co-found Studio Ghibli.
    • GONZO was formed by Showji Murahama, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Shinji Higuchi and Mahiro Maeda after they left Studio Gainax in 1992. When GONZO went bankrupt in the early 2010s, Tomonori Shibata formed Studio Gokumi, taking the staff of Studio No. 5 with him.
    • Shortly after Osamu Nagai left GONZO in February 2009, he took his staff of animators with him to found Hoods Entertainment.
    • After Masahiko Minami left Sunrise as an animation producer, he would later go on to form Studio Bones.
    • Mikihiro Iwata, also a producer for Sunrise, would later go on to found A-1 Pictures in 2005.
    • Former Mushi Productions animators Masao Maruyama, Osamu Dezaki, Rintaro and Yoshiaki Kawajiri formed Madhouse in October 1972. When Maruyama retired from Madhouse in 2011 at the age of 70, he went on to found MAPPA.
    • After Jiyū Ōgi and Yoshiyuki Matsuzaki left AIC, they would later go on to found Production IMS in 2013. Unfortunately, Production IMS shut down in 2018 due to bankruptcy.
    • Gaku Iwasa formed White Fox in 2007 after leaving OLM Incorporated.
    • Hayato Kaneko served as an animation producer for the animation studio Frontline. He would later go on to found his own company, SILVER LINK., in 2007 after leaving Frontline.
    • Studio Chizu was established by producer Yūichirō Saitō and director Mamoru Hosoda after leaving Madhouse in 2011.
    • When Studio Ghibli temporarily halted production of their works following Hayao Miyazaki's temporary retirement, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura left the studio and formed Studio Ponoc to produce Mary and The Witch's Flower.
    • Producer Yoko Hatta was a cel painter with Mushi Production. After marrying her husband, Hideaki in the late 70s the pair founded Kyoto Animation.
    • Knack Productions was formed by ex-Mushi and Toei staff, including Seiichi Hayashi, Sadao Tsukioka, Sakuro Koyanagi, and Seiichi Nishino. In spite of the talent involved, Knack Productions became infamous for its rather poor quality production, most notably Chargeman Ken!.
  • In approximately 2001, the editorial board of Enix's Shonen GanGan brand decided to move back to a more "orthodox" Shōnen direction, and shifted a large number of Multiple Demographic Appeal works—or even outright Shōjo series—to newer magazines such as Monthly Stencil or Monthly GFantasy. This caused a rather large uprising from its editorial staff as well as affected mangaka; Ichijinsha (as well as the smaller Mag Garden) are formed by some of the disgruntled editors, who brought with them more than a few of their artists. This is why Ichijinsha, publisher of Comic ZERO-SUM and Yuri Hime, is more known for its female-oriented works.

Video Games

  • Super Mario Fusion Revival is an odd case. JudgeSpear long ago started a game he called Super Mario Fusion: Mushroom Kingdom Hearts, a fan game focused on Mario visiting other dimensions. The influence of other developers made it mutate into Mushroom Kingdom Fusion, a game that took Mega Crossover to the next level. At one point in development communication between JudgeSpear and other developers was strained, so the game mutated further in that direction without his consent. When he became active again, Mushroom Kingdom Fusion was so different from his original idea that he decided to leave it be and essentially used this trope on himself.
  • While working at Atari, Jay Miner (having previously developed the 2600 console and 800 computer) designed what would become the Amiga. Frustrated that Atari wouldn't produce it, he left, starting his own company, Hi-Toro, to build it. Hi-Toro went bankrupt, but Commodore bought them and the Amiga design, eventually manufacturing it themselves.
  • A handful of Atari programmers during the Ray Kassar era were disgruntled that not only were they not getting credit for the games they created, but such information was treated as top secret. So they formed Activision, the world's first third-party gaming company, which upon creation gave credit to the programmer who created the game right on the game box and in television commercials.
  • Electronic Arts was also founded for similar reasons not too long afterward. Now look at what they've become, although in hindsight, Activision is no different.
  • The development studio tri-Ace, known for the Star Ocean series, is named for the three employees who left Telenet Japan's Wolf Team studio to strike on their own. One of them was the main programmer of Tales of Phantasia, who was frustrated with the Executive Meddling from Namco that occurred with the game's development.
  • A sad case is when most of the old-school developers of Blizzard Entertainment (the people responsible for Warcraft one and two, Diablo and StarCraft) left to form their own game studio, made the Diablo-clone Hellgate: London, and bankrupted.
  • Telltale Games is another example, founded by ex-LucasArts employees Kevin Bruner, Dan Connors and Troy Molander after LucasArts all but abandoned the Adventure Game genre.
  • Like the Telltale Games example above, Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert also left LucasArts at around the same time to form Double Fine.
  • Ditto for Petroglyph Studios, formed by former Westwood Studio employees after EA shut down Westwood.
  • And the same thing can be said of Raw Thrills, which was formed in 2001 by Eugene Jarvis after Midway Games shut down their arcade division the year prior.
  • The Sony PlayStation began life as a CD add-on for Nintendo's Super NES console. However, when Nintendo backed out of their contract with Sony during developmentnote  and instead contracted with Philips for the add-on (which never materializednote ), and dumped Sony in the most dickish way imaginable to Japanese businessmen (news of the change was withheld from Sony until the day of the CES, and then announced in front of an audience), Sony turned to Sega... only to be laughed at by the Sega execs, who claims that Sony knows nothing about the video games industry. This resulted in them turning the peripheral into a stand-alone console and entering the game market themselves, determined to teach Nintendo and Sega a lesson...which they did, displacing Nintendo's position at the top of the game industry with the PlayStation while contributing to the death of Sega's hardware business, and then retaining their stranglehold on the market with the PlayStation 2, forcing Nintendo to re-think gaming entirely in order to get back on top with the Wii. To be fair, however, Sony's hands aren't clean in this. While no one may ever know for sure, Sony had inserted a clause that would have resulted in Sony getting a very significant portion of the profits from all sales and complete control over licensing. At the time, Nintendo CEO Hiroshi Yamauchi did not see much point in such a peripheral and assumed that gamers would not respond well to loading times, and initially refused the deal. Sony assured him they would only publish everything BUT video games on the new media. Nintendo told them, "Do your CD-ROM thing." Sony, however, had been expanding from a mere electronics company into a conglomerate, having spun off an insurance company with Prudential in the late '70s, and in the span of the final two years of the '80s, signed deals to purchase both CBS Records and Columbia Pictures. Most tellingly perhaps, in its first example of this trope, Sony even formed Sony Imagesoft, its first software development and publishing wing. Nintendo's CEO at the time, Hiroshi Yamauchi, was furious when he realized their true intentions and thought it was a great insult, and decided to fight fire with fire by humiliating Sony in public in return. It's easy to see this event as the cause of Sony's entry into the market, but Sony already had planned to manufacture their OWN SNES CD-ROM/cart units, titled Play Station, which left Nintendo out of the equation, meaning that Sony was just using Nintendo.
  • Similar to the above, Atari passed up an opportunity to distribute the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US, leaving Nintendo to market and distribute the NES on its own. You know what happened next. Many video game fans think that was for the best; while the NES would have come to North America a couple of years earlier, it's likely that Atari's mismanagement would've simply dragged Nintendo down with them, dooming the entire video game industry to a Japan-only niche.
  • Treasure Co., Ltd. is a developer founded by the former employees of Konami. They are known for their action games with innovative design. They partner with large game developers and work with licensed titles.
  • Vin Diesel was so tired of crappy licensed games based on his movies that he formed his own company, Tigon. Their first release was Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, which most consider better than the movie it's licensed from.
  • Following Keiji Inafune quitting Capcom and forming his own company Comcept, Capcom's cancellation of Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3 (the latter of which Inafune was heavily invested in and had wanted to make for years), and Capcom making no more Mega Man games aside from the universally reviled Rockman X Over, Inafune started a crowdfunding campaign for a new game, Mighty No. 9, a new Mega Man game in all but name. The Kickstarter for the game managed to raise its $900,000 goal in just over a day. The final sum raised? A whopping 3.8 million US Dollars. Unfortunately, it didn't end positively despite getting off to a great start. They ended up being bought out by Level-5.
  • Monolith Soft was founded by staff from Squaresoft, notably the developers behind Xenogears and Chrono Cross. This was due to the staff wanting to do to a follow-up to the former, but the company was becoming heavily focused on Final Fantasy, in particular, their new computer-generated film. Monolith Soft would be financed by Namco, developing the Xenosaga series under them, until they would be bought by Nintendo just after the Wii launched.
  • After being sold to Microsoft from Nintendo, many of Rare's employees had left the company over a period of a few years. Most of them have since banded together to form a new company called Playtonic Games. Their crowdfunded project Yooka-Laylee managed to hit their funding goal of £175,000 (US$270,041) in 38 minutes of being launched.
  • Yu Suzuki was Kicked Upstairs after the failure of the Shenmue series (which did cost Sega a lot financially). He left the company to start Ys Net, and after years of silence, has come forward to crowdsource for the next installment in the Shenmue series, much to the joy of the fandom.
  • Hideo Kojima spent much of 2015 living an absolute hell since Konami canceled Silent Hills, closed down his studio, Kojima Productions, removed his name from the cover of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and even forbade him from accepting any awards the latter game won. As soon as his contract with Konami expired, he established his own independent game studio called...Kojima Productions.
  • Victor Ireland was the president of Working Designs since he transformed it from an office software developer to a video game publishing company in 1990, four years after its founding. After Working Designs shut down in December 2005, Ireland formed Gaijinworks seven months later, with the rest of his staff joining him.
  • The video game Jawbreaker was a case of this. It started out as a near-perfect port of Pac-Man for the Atari 8-Bit Computers done by On-Line Systems. However once Atari caught wind of it, rather than do the decent thing and license the program, they attempted to bully the programmer into giving them the game. As a result, Jawbreaker was released as its own game.
  • Jersey Jack Pinball was started when game distributor Jack Guarnieri noticed his customers wanted expensive pinball games with deep rules and lots of mechanical toys, but Stern Pinball was moving towards simpler, low-budget tables. Jack decided the only solution was to start his own company and make the types of games that his buyers wanted.
  • It's been suggested that this trope was what inspired the inception of 2-D fighting game Beast's Fury by Evil Dog Productions; the leader of the development team, Ryhan Stevens, wanted the same fame and recognition (if not more) as Skullgirls, which had enjoyed a very successful crowdfunding campaign. The game would later be canceled in 2016 following a contentious production and online acrimony towards Skullgirls fans, which left the reputations of Stevens and Evil Dog tarnished.
  • A successful example of this trope: Eric Barone, having just graduated from college (computer science) decided to start making a game for fun and to practice his programming, he was a big fan of Harvest Moon, but considered the series to had gone downhill after Back to Nature and was unable to find something he thought was a suitable substitute for PC. He started to develop a Harvest Moon clone under the moniker ConcernedApe, but the project gradually grew in scope, and four years later, Stardew Valley was born.
  • Natsume were the people that translated Marvelous main franchise, Bokujō Monogatari, under the name Harvest Moon. However, Marvelous dropped Natsume and went with XSEED Games, a U.S.-based localizer and publisher of Japanese games that became a subsidiary of Marvelous a year earlier. However, since Natsume owns the rights to the Harvest Moon name, they decided to make their own and keep the series going. Bokujō Monogatari is now released under the name Story of Seasons.
  • With Doom being very friendly to modded content, this hilariously happened one time with the release of Doom: Rampage Edition. A mod infamous for its... quality. One reviewer said he could pull a better wad (Doom mod files were called WADs) from out of his ass. Lo and behold, three weeks later said reviewer came out with a mod: A Better Wad Pulled From My Ass.
  • In 2015, Tencent acquired Riot Games and requested them to make a mobile port of their global smash hit, League of Legends. Riot at the time declined, considering League to be too sophisticated of a game to try and simplify for a smartphone's interface, which Tencent then responded with "very well, then we'll try making a mobile MOBA ourselves." (thankfully for Tencent, two of their subsidiaries, TiMi and L&Q, actually believed in the potential on the get-go, unlike Riot.) The end result was Honor of Kings (adapted internationally as Arena of Valor)note  (by TiMi after an intercompany encouraged rivalry with L&Q, to which they bounced back from defeat), which then became an enormous smash hit in its own right, becoming the most popular mobile property in their native China by the end of the decade. Ironically, its powerhouse success convinced Riot to reconsider their stance on mobile MOBAs, leading to their mobile port of League being developed and released in late 2019 (Tencent would temporarily halt their plans of marketing Arena of Valor in western regions to allow Riot to make their announcements, so it seems there are no hard feelings in the matter).
  • Fire Emblem creator Shouzou Kaga left Intelligent Systems shortly after the release of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 for still undisclosed reasons note . Kaga went and formed Tirnanog studios, eventually released TearRing Saga for the Playstation. The game turned to be such a blatant Fire Emblem ripoff that Nintendo took both Tirnanog and game publisher Enterbrain to court. Things were settled out of court and all those involve would rather not talk about it ever again.


  • According to some of Charles M. Schulz's autobiographical books, the reason why Hello Kitty and Sanrio characters came into existence was due to a disagreement he had with the company. Sanrio also grew tired of paying royalty fees to Schulz. note  As a result, the company decided to create its own characters. In later years, the company gained back the merchandise rights to the Peanuts franchise in Japan.
  • Faction Paradox started out as characters in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, specifically the Eighth Doctor Adventures. When someone else was allowed to write a novel that not only changed the Faction's whole character but also derailed his plans for portraying the Time War they were involved in, their creator decided to spin the Faction off into their own series with its own, separate mythos.
  • After getting fired from Gamespot for undisclosed reasons (though the most popular is for giving a mediocre review to Kane & Lynch: Dead Men while the game was advertised on the site), Jeff Gerstmann went off to start the gaming news site Giant Bomb alongside other former Gamespot journalists. Ironically, they would end up becoming a sister site to Gamespot when Giant Bomb got purchased by then Gamespot's parent company, ViacomCBS.
  • Fred Rogers went into television precisely because he hated it so and thought there could be a better way of using it to educate young children — thus was born Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He especially took objection to the emphasis television put on violence (the first thing he ever saw on TV was a pie fight) and advertising (which led to him quitting his job with NBC to work in public television instead).
    • When Fred moved back to the U.S. from Canada to continue Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for what was then called NET, his understudy Ernie Coombs stayed in Canada and created his own show, Mr. Dressup.
  • Esperanto, along with any other constructed language.
    • Ido, its most popular offshoot.
  • Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse in the Crimean War, was rejected by Florence Nightingale for being black, so she started her own hospital on the front line of the British Hotel. She was ten times more involved than Florence and went to the front line herself. She died penniless, but she has been remembered by history, no matter if no one really remembers who she was outside of certain circles.
  • Kunihiko Ikuhara directed the second to fourth season of the 90s version of Sailor Moon. But when Toei Animation didn't give him enough creative control for SuperS he decided to create his own shoujo series.
  • When the Sony forums were hacked in 2011, the fanbases for their two biggest game show properties (Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!) migrated to fan forums and have been there ever since.
  • After Jean Chalopin left Dic Entertainment, he went on to found his own company, C&Dnote , which had produced its shows in a similar style.
  • The hotel chain America's Best Value Inn was started in 1999, and most of its first properties at the time were recently rebranded from other chains (predominantly Best Western and unbranded properties). The same is true of rival Magnuson Hotels.
  • In 1981, directer Larry Cohen was removed from the director's chair of a remake of I, the Jury, just before filming began.note . Since he already had shooting space reserved, he decided to use it to shoot his own movie. That movie turned out to be Q: The Winged Serpent.
  • Adam Pacitti, Adam Blampied, Jack King, Ross Tweddell, and Sam Driver resigned from WhatCulture in fall 2017. By November, four of them note had formed a new wrestling-themed YouTube channel, Cultaholic.
  • After making his internet fortune, Elon Musk spent quite a bit of time attempting to purchase space rockets from the Russian government to support a philanthropic pro-Mars-exploration venture he had his eye on. After several failed attempts, he decided he'd just make the rockets on his own and funded SpaceX
    • Likewise, Musk spent time keeping up on the latest efforts in the automotive industry towards the wide-scale development and production of electric cars, and repeatedly urged the company AC Propulsion to pursue broader development of its tzero prototype - something the company utterly refused to do. Shortly thereafter, Musk would co-found Tesla Motors, which became Tesla Inc. once it expanded into solar energy and large-capacity batteries.
  • This can occur sometimes in Speedruning communities when new glitches or techniques are discovered that radically alter how the speedrun of a game plays. Either the pre-existing categories accept the new technique, which prompts those opposed to it to create a new category that bans it to preserve the old style of play, or the pre-existing categories ban the new technique, which results in new categories that allow it in order to explore what new kinds of metagame develops around the technique. The result of this is that the leaderboards for some games can several tabs on sites like
  • In Malaysia, Chatime attempted to wrest control of the stores from the franchisee of the time in 2017 due to the usage of ingredients that are from suppliers instead of from Chatime themselves, as well as the franchisee not paying the royalties in licensing for the rights to use the name. The franchisee's response? Immediately cutting ties and rebranding to Tealive. Although Chatime did try taking the franchisee to court (they lost the case in Malaysia, although they tried again in Singapore and the battle is ongoing). Chatime opened their own stores in Malaysia a year later in 2018, also making this a case of Create Your Own Villain.
  • Some of the biggest names in roller coaster manufacturing today are spinoffs from other companies.
    • Bolliger & Mabillard have designed over 117 roller coasters around the world. The company's founders, Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, originally began as engineers at Giovanola, a contractor to roller coaster manufacturer Intamin. During their time at Giovanola, they helped design the company's first stand-up roller coaster, Shockwave at Six Flags Magic Mountain.note  They also worked on other projects, such as Z-Force at Six Flags Great America.note  In 1987, a change of management at Giovanola led Bolliger and Mabillard to leave and start their own firm, originally comprised of just themselves and two draftsmen.note  This was all they were made of when they built their first roller coaster, Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America, in 1990.note  In 1992, they built their first inverted coaster, Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America, and from there on, the rest is history.
    • Great Coasters International, one of the leading names in wooden roller coasters in the 21st century, was founded by Mike Boodley, a designer at the 1990s wooden roller coaster construction firm of Custom Coasters International.
      • Custom Coasters International themselves were more or less the successors to the Dinn Corporation, on account of their founders being the two children of Dinn Corp.'s founder Charles Dinn. When CCI went bankrupt and liquidated in 2002, most of its designers stuck together to constitute a new firm called The Gravity Group, best known for their construction of The Voyage at Holiday World (the world's second longest wooden roller coaster behind only The Beast at Kings Island).
  • Sometime after Nelvana co-founder Michael Hirsh left the company, he bought the assets of the crumbling CINAR to create his own company, Cookie Jar Entertainment.
  • In 2015, Joel Hodgson launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to resurrect Mystery Science Theater 3000 and sold the rights to air the new seasons on Netflix. When Netflix declined to make a third season and the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, Joel decided to go back to Kickstarter to not only resurrect the series again, but make his own streaming service, inspired by the change in filmmaking the pandemic pushed.
  • Nikita Khrushchev proposed building the Soviet Union's very own Disneyland following a much-publicized incident where the Soviet Premier was barred from entering ostensibly due to security concerns. Wonderland, as it was called, was conceived as "the entire Soviet Union in miniature" instead of focusing on a fantasy world sprinkled with various fictional characters as is with Disneyland's, affording Soviet children the chance to appreciate the country's diversity. While the Wonderland idea never came to fruition due to Khrushchev's removal from power in 1964, the Moscow-based Dream Island picked up where Khrushchev's project left off, and offered its own takes on Disney's attractions, even adapting Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen story in an effort to evoke Elsa from Frozen.
  • As Paul Wernick worked on Big Brother 2, he and friend Rhett Rheese decided to do their own take of reality television, resulting in the satirical The Joe Schmo Show.
  • When Jeremy Clarkson got fired from Top Gear, co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond both quit the show in solidarity. The three of them then went on to create The Grand Tour.
  • After William J. Abbott stepped down as CEO of Crown Media, Hallmark's television channels holding unit, he bought Great American Country from Discovery Inc., formed GAC Media and re-launched the network as GAC Family, positioning it as a competitor to the Hallmark Channel by hiring away a number of actors associated with Hallmark programming for the purposes of starring in GAC Family's original content and picking up the rights to several shows that Hallmark had cancelled.
  • Jared Mauch, a rural Michigan resident who was sick of not being able to get good broadband service from AT&T or Comcast, built a fiber ISP, albeit with the help of some government assistance and an angel investor or two. He subsequently expanded his ISP service's network across his area using government grants, and the broadband community generally applauded his attempts to take matters in his own hands.

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Akira Shimazaki and Masaya Takanashi take up the first job to protect Ema Morio as Shimazaki Security after KICKS refuses to continue the security contract any longer. This comes days after the two decided to leave KICKS.

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