Fiction’s Greatest: We Pick the 13 Most Memorable People Who Never Lived

A superhero, an iconic toy, and an outlaw hero — they're among the 13 fictional characters we rank among the all-time greats

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DCC
DCC

because many people believe Jesus Christ is a REAL person and others believe he is a fictional person. it wouldn't be fair to add him to the list.


ljdecker
ljdecker

Interesting.  The photo for "Walter Mitty," while undeniably that of Danny Kaye, is not from "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but from "Hans Christian Anderson," a person who did live and walk the Earth (unlike Mitty).


cjh2nd
cjh2nd

since when do computers (even supercomputers) count as "people" or a "person"? if you're going to go for memorable characters, call it that, but even in a movie, a computer isn't a fictional person.  this isn't rocket science

DakBroadbent
DakBroadbent

Here's my list.

Captain Kirk -  a promiscuous yet honorable Starship Captain who explores the far reaches of space

Luke Skywalker-  a godlike warrior who helped free a galaxy his father enslaved 

Sherlock Holmes - a gumshoe who pioneered the use of forensics in police work; possibly the greatest user of deductive reasoning

Superman- last survivor of planet Krypton, godlike power, yet a humble compassionate protector of a race that has a lot of growing up to do.

Frodo Baggins- a hobbit who undertook a long and perilous journey into a land of ash and fire enduring starvation, several stabbings, a giant spider bite, and mental breakdown in a nearly hopeless but ultimately successful mission to save his homeland. 

Optimus Prime - the wise and powerful leader of machine like warriors who seeks to rebuild his war torn race. 

Francis Tucket -  a kid who went missing from a wagon trail heading west on the Oregon trail, got captured by indians, saved by a mountain man, met Jim Bridger, learned to survive on his own in the wild west, saved two kids,  fought off a band of murdering outlaws, and managed to find his family in Oregon. 

And many others I would include but now I'm tired and going to bed. Good night. 

JoeBananas
JoeBananas

I Vote for JesusChristCrispy!! YES, JesusChristCrispy is memorable for Walking on Water, changing Water to Wine, and other immensely useful tricks. JesusChristCrispy is even alleged to have risen from the DeadZone like a XtianRobZombie!! Seriously, then he will be killed again by those MeanRomanSoldiers, as they just cannot get enough of evil!! JesusChristCrispy is also a hybrid of man genome and god genome as a god impregnated JesusChristCrispy mommy while she was engaged to Joseph. Sorry, Joe, you are NOT the father!! hehehe!!

CecilioDecolongon
CecilioDecolongon

Every time I think about myself, Homer Simpson comes to my mind. The only thing that makes me better than Homer is my being wiser for not having a family yet.

MateoKowal
MateoKowal

What about God?  

No one *really* believes in that 2000-year-old badly-translated pile of superstitious twaddle found in the Bible.  Do they?

ScottLong
ScottLong

what no James Bond or captain James T Kirk or someone from star wars

DAS37
DAS37

No Sherlock Holmes?

LynnBaldschun
LynnBaldschun

How can anyone have possibly created this list without mentioning Arthur "rex quondam, rex futuris?" For a thousand years, English and French speakers have been creating stories about the same character, and continue to do so.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@MateoKowal I'm thinking not.  

After all, if they "really" believed it they'd know that all things happen according to God's plan - which means that those who don't believe don't believe because it's part of God's Plan that they'll not believe.  And if whether someone believes or not doesn't MATTER to God's plan, why bother with the expense, hassles, time and guilt involved with believing in the first place?  So they go around trying to convince others because they secretly fear that they're delusional and feel better if they can coax others into sounding as delusional as they are.

This also explains why con men and politicians (which are ALSO con men) target these folks.  After all, if you say you "believe", they'll welcome you with open arms because, hey, their delusion is validated by someone ELSE and they feel better about themselves for it.  Saying you believe and believing are, of course, two different things.  This is why con men get away with thievery and politicians get away with treason.

But that element of not believing it and being afraid of being labeled delusional (and paranoid) is what drives them.  So no, they don't "really" believe it.  It's just a group of people desperately engaging in mutual self deception.

ljdecker
ljdecker

I agree with DAS37.  You have "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" but not Sherlock Holmes? Seriously?

DecadesSprawl2
DecadesSprawl2

@DeweySayenoff@MateoKowalThe fundamental flaw with your attempt at "explaining" the motives behind Christians is clear--you're assuming that our God is not a personal one, whereas if you actually picked up a Bible instead of going off your own morphed preconceptions, you'd find that to clearly be the case. Our faith is one of substance; it is not blind dogma, but a personal relationship with God though Jesus Christ that shapes our lives and directs it. We are CALLED to be apart of God's work--Matthew 28:19. God's plans are far beyond us, to be sure, but He can and does use us as His instruments in fulfilling them--and we do it with joy, because once you've experienced the love of God you too will not be able to contain it. Deride us as delusional, write us off as miserable souls attempting to fool ourselves, but you might as well be denying the heat of the sun; this is real, and this is here--if you'd extend a hand of faith, you'd be able to see it.