The 50 Most Iconic Fictional Characters of All the Time
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The 50 Most Iconic Fictional Characters of All the Time

Since the 20th Century, the top iconic, well-known, and beloved fictional characters of film, television, literature, and pop culture are listed:

  1. Superman – Created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster for Action Comics #1 (DC Comics) in 1938
  2. Mickey Mouse – produced by Walt Disney and Ub Iworks for Steamboat Willie in 1928.
  3. James Bond – directed by Ian Fleming for novel Casino Royale in 1953.
  4. Bugs Bunny -produced by Warner Bros and originally voiced by Mel Blanc in 1940.
  5. Batman – Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane for Detective Comics #27 (DC Comics) in 1939.
  6. Dorothy Gale – directed by L. Frank Baum for novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. Later depicted by Judy Garland in the 1939 film adaptation.
  7. Darth Vader – made by George Lucas for Star Wars IV: A New Hope in 1977
  8. The Tramp – Created and portrayed by Charlie Chaplin for Kid Auto Races at Venice in 1914.
  9. Peter Pan –made by J.M. Barrie for novel The Little White Bird in 1902.
  10. Indiana Jones –produced by George Lucas for Raiders of the Lost Ark in (1981).Portrayed by Harrison Ford.
  11. Rocky Balboa -directed and portrayed by Sylvester Stallone for Rocky in 1976.
  12. Vito Corleone – made by Mario Puzo for novel The Godfather. Later represented by Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro in 1969, Coppola’s film adaptation.
  13. Han Solo – (1977) produced by George Lucas for Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Depicted most famously by Harrison Ford.
  14. Homer Simpson – made by Matt Groening for The Tracey Ullman Show, later The Simpsons as voiced by Dan Castellaneta in 1987.
  15. Lucy Ricardo – depicted by Lucille Ball for I Love Lucy in 1951.
  16. Archie Bunker – generated by Norman Lear for All in the Family in 1971. Portrayed by Carroll O’Connor.
  17. King Kong – Among best fictional characters , created by Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper for the film King Kong in 1933.
  18. Spiderman – made by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics) in 1972.
  19. Barbie – directed by Ruth Handler for the toy company Mattel in 1959.
  20. Spock – created by Gene Roddenberry for Star Trek in 1964. Depicted most famously by Leonard Nimoy.
  21. Godzilla – made by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishiro Honda, and Eiji Tsubaraya for the film Godzilla in 1954.
  22. The Joker –  produced by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane for Batman #1 (DC Comics) in 1940
  23. Scarlett O’Hara – generated by Margaret Mitchell for the novel Gone With the Wind in 1936. Represented most famously by Vivien Leigh for the 1939 Victor Fleming film adaptation.
  24. Winnie-the-Pooh – created by A.A. Milne for verse book When We Were Young in 1924.
  25. Popeye – made by E.C. Segar for comic strip Thimble Theater (King Features) in 1929.
  26. Tarzan – created by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the novel Tarzan of the Apes in 1912.
  27. Forrest Gump – produced by Winston Groom for novel Forrest Gump in 1986.
  28. Hannibal Lector– made by Thomas Harris for the novel Red Dragon in 1981.
  29. Big Bird – created by Jim Henson and portrayed by Carroll Spinney for Sesame Street in 1969.
  30. Holden Caulfield – generated by J.D. Salinger for the Collier’s story “I’m Crazy’’ in 1945.
  31. Tony Montana – created by Oliver Stone for film Scarface in 1983.
  32. Tony Soprano – made by David Chase for The Sopranos in 1999. Depicted by James Gandolfini.
  33. The Terminator – Most inspiring among other fictional characters, created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd for The Terminator in 1984.
  34. Jon Snow -made by George RR Martin for the novel The Game of Thrones in 1996.
  35. Norman Bates – generated by Robert Bloch for novel Psycho in 1959.  Later depicted by Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock’s film adaptation.
  36. Charles Foster Kane – created and represented by Orson Welles for Citizen Kane in 1941.
  37. Marty McFly – produced by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale for Back to the Future in 1985.
  38. Rick Blaine – created by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison for the unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s in 1940.
  39. Man With No Name – generated by Sergio Leone for A Fistful of Dollars in 1964.
  40. Charlie Brown – protrayed by Charles M. Shultz for the comic strip L’il Folks; popularized two years later in Peanuts in 1948.
  41. E.T. – created by Melissa Mathison for the film E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982.
  42. Arthur Fonzarelli – created by Bob Brunner for the show Happy Days in 1974.
  43. Phillip Marlowe – Best among other fictional characters, produced by Raymond Chandler for the novel The Big Sleep in 1939.
  44. Jay Gatsby – created by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the novel The Great Gatsby in 1925.
  45. Lassie – created by Eric Knight for a Saturday Evening Post story in 1938.
  46. Fred Flintstone – produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for The Flintstones. Voiced most notably by Alan Reed in 1959.
  47. Rooster Cogburn – created by Charles Portis for the novel True Grit in 1968.
  48. Atticus Finch – created by Harper Lee for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960.
  49. Kermit the Frog – produced and performed by Jim Henson for the show Sam and Friends in 1955.
  50. George Bailey – made by Phillip Van Doren Stern (then as George Pratt) for the short story The Greatest Gift in 1943.

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