Vote Now: The Most Memorable Fictional Characters of All Time

Which fictional characters — from ancient mythology to Madison Avenue — do you think have had the greatest impact on our lives?

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stark
stark

harry potter, mickey mouse, james bond, batman, superman, zeus (basically all the gods from the olympus), romeo and juliet, etc

puglady
puglady

Where is Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird?" A glaring omission.


sevans1
sevans1

God is the most influential character that never existed

WiseMan
WiseMan

Where is Heathcliffl and Catherine from Emily Brote's Wuthering Heights. They have to be a couple of the most memorable charactors ever.

Fravoroti
Fravoroti

John Galt, more so every passing day.

AarronDixon
AarronDixon

Yahweh... untold ignorance, misery, suffering, and death, and the source for Allah, so I think Yahweh can take credit for all of his horrors as well.

BettyInColumbia
BettyInColumbia

Attius Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird is a great fictional character.

PuritaFleschhut1
PuritaFleschhut1

How about Scheserazade of the One Thousand and One Night fame? Or the legendary King Midas whose touch turned everything into gold?

DevonCollins
DevonCollins

Jesus Christ...total myth...and overrated too..

Rational.Dialogue
Rational.Dialogue

In the future, when the Truth becomes known, then the greatness of His Holiness, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, will enlighten us all.

Rational.Dialogue
Rational.Dialogue

It's patently obvious that the most influential fictional character(s) ever have been, are, and always will be, any and all gods, especially those spelled with a capital G.

cfr66666
cfr66666

Medea is at the top of my list.

jimenezprinter
jimenezprinter

the most important fictional character of the story is God

really.amazed
really.amazed

the Good Samaritan springs to mind with every good turn done by any one person on behalf of another

gwiz
gwiz

the dude abides

constantirritant
constantirritant

"Fictional character?" is that from the "reading" stuff I've heard about? 

JRTeeter
JRTeeter

Romeo and Juliet weren't created by Shakespeare.  They existed in earlier stories by other authors.

MarcusTaylor
MarcusTaylor

The Welfare Mother who drives a Cadillac, you know, the one Reagan spoke of.

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

James T Kirk is far more influential than Lara Croft, Wonder Woman or the Dude!  Who made this list?

stark
stark

@peterw C.S. Lewis is not a fictional character...

rpearlston
rpearlston

@jimenezprinter N ot the most important, but probably the most-widely known, and unfortunately (this is where we agree), believed to be all too real by far too many people.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@really.amazed And that's the basis of all religions - treating everyone equally.  You may not believe it, you may not want to believe it (particularly of an religion that you don't share, and if that does not describe you personally, my apologies, because I'm talking in general terms), but even the most casual reading about comparative religion will show just that.

martorious
martorious

@JRTeeterNo, but Shakespear is the one who immortalised them. Whilst many of his characters appeared in older text, predominantly Italian folk tails. It was Shakespeare that turned them into wonderful characters and as such it is him that is and should be credited.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@martorious @JRTeeter Or did he?  There is and probably alway will be a disagreement about the actual author of the works credited to Shakespeare.

martorious
martorious

@rpearlston @martorious @JRTeeterIndeed there is, though that number is decreasing. The two most  spoken play-writes that people believe may have written his plays, Marlow and Bacon are so very different. I have never understood why there is the debate among academics. Although, it is my understanding that a majority of the most learned academics believe Shakespeare did in fact write his plays and those who believe otherwise are in the minority and that those that believe that he did not write his plays are on the wain. :)



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