Kenjiro Hata (畑 健二郎, Hata Kenjirō, born October 19 in 1975 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga author. He is notable for the creation of the series Hayate the Combat Butler. He likes to collect anime related items, such as figurines. He was once an assistant of Kōji Kumeta. Vivian Wijaya and Junpei Gotou were once his assistants.