Dan Salvato is the creator of Doki Doki Literature Club! and the founder of Team Salvato, the development studio behind the game.
Salvato wrote the original story of the game in 2015. He 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.
- In Act 3, Monika mentions Super Smash Bros.. She doesn't know why she said that or what it even is and advices 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 community as a Melee hacker and mod developer.