Dan Salvato is the creator of Doki Doki Literature Club!, and founder of the development studio behind the game, Team Salvato.


In a Twitter post, Dan stated that he intended the game's release to be on April 1, 2017, but he knew it was not ready and wanted to publish a complete product.[2] He also stated that the game was born from his love-hate relationship with anime. In particular, he cited the "cute girls doing cute things" trope to be a double-edged sword.[3]


  • In Act 3, Monika mentions Super Smash Bros. She doesn't know why she said that or even what it is and advises the player to ask her creators. When someone asked Salvato about it on Twitter, he explained that it's a joke referencing his history in the Smash Bros. community as a Super Smash Bros. Melee hacker and mod developer.[4] This line is not shown in game as of version 1.1.1.


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