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23rd Mar, 2016 10:05:48 AM

In the case of Wolverine, his Creator's Pet entry has already been cut for misuse.

I don't know enough about comic books to be helpful otherwise.

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23rd Mar, 2016 10:10:38 AM

We have a dedicated forum topic for Creator's Pet cleanup. In a nutshell, it has to fit all four criteria: it must be The Scrappy, it must be a Creator's Favorite, it must have undue Character Focus, and it must be the recipient of Character Shilling in-universe.

23rd Mar, 2016 10:27:43 AM

I will say this.

First, it is true that Creator's Pet status depends a lot on the writer, insofar as different writers will apply different levels of Character Shilling and Character Focus to the character.

That said, being The Scrappy is still a requirement, and that means that, yes, the character must be nigh-universally hated. That doesn't apply to Captain America. It doesn't really apply to Wolverine or Luke Cage either, so I'm not sure why it's on those pages.

23rd Mar, 2016 07:55:14 PM

Personal opinion + shoehorning tends to be the reason in cases like that.

24th Mar, 2016 10:23:46 AM

I guess Character Shilling will do the thing, thank you, I will try to fix Creator's Pet from now on.

25th Mar, 2016 08:11:44 AM

Honestly, I think part of the problem is that Creator's Pet doesn't sound negative enough. From the name, I'd think it's "This character gets preferential treatment from the creator" which might be a valid trope (overlapping, but not identical to, Creator's Favorite).

Colloquially, I'd find it hard to say that Luke Cake isn't Bendis' pet character, so he's a creator's pet character, but he's definitely not a Creator's Pet.

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