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The most influential people who NEVER lived

 
 
Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:14 pm
Time magazine is running a survey to determine who are the most influential fictional characters of all time.

So far, the top 5 are Santa Claus, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, The Dude, The Good Samaritan.

You can see all the rankings here: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/05/21/vote-now-the-most-memorable-fictional-characters-of-all-time/slide/poll-results/

They didn't include the character who most influence me: Harriet the Spy.

Who would you choose?
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:17 pm
@boomerang,
Nancy Drew, I suppose.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:23 pm
@ossobuco,
Well, re reading, that is. Those books were the first ones I read that were part of a series, with what I later understood as sort of addictive qualities.
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:32 pm
@boomerang,
James T. Kirk? Yoda?
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JeffreyEqualityNewma
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:43 pm
Miss piggy and kermit the frog Very Happy
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:45 pm
A host of Dickens characters.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 01:50 pm
@boomerang,

My personal favorite: Toranaga!
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 02:02 pm
Whadya mean Santa Claus is fictional? Another bubble boist.

Francie Nolan (from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 02:02 pm
@boomerang,
Philip Marlowe
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 02:43 pm
@Roberta,
Hey, you canna foola me. I know dersa no sanity clause!
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 03:37 pm
Without question, it is Doctor Who.


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Kolyo
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 05:28 pm
You've got to love how politically-minded respondents were:

John Galt got 347 votes, and a whopping 1,075 votes against!
Meanwhile, Robin Hood did even worse -- 282 "for" versus 1,232 "against".
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 05:36 pm
Bond. James Bond.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 05:52 pm
@boomerang,
I am a bad bad person/atheist as I desire to say Jesus so badly I can not stop myself from doing so........

I will slap myself at least three times on each cheek for not being able to resisted doing so.

PS great tropic by the way.
BillRM
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 06:12 pm
Ok how about Tom Swift jr?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f1/Tom_Swift_and_The_Visitor_from_Planet_X_-_dust_jacket_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_17985.jpg/200px-Tom_Swift_and_The_Visitor_from_Planet_X_-_dust_jacket_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_17985.jpg


1.Tom Swift and His Flying Lab (1954)
2.Tom Swift and His Jetmarine (1954)
3.Tom Swift and His Rocket Ship (1954)
4.Tom Swift and His Giant Robot (1954)
5.Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster (1954)
6.Tom Swift and His Outpost in Space (1955)
7.Tom Swift and His Diving Seacopter (1956)
8.Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire (1956)
9.Tom Swift on the Phantom Satellite (1956)
10.Tom Swift and His Ultrasonic Cycloplane (1957)
11.Tom Swift and His Deep Sea Hydrodome (1958)
12.Tom Swift in the Race to the Moon (1958)
13.Tom Swift and Space Solartron (1958)
14.Tom Swift and His Electronic Retroscope (1959)
15.Tom Swift and His Spectromarine Selector (1960)
16.Tom Swift and the Cosmic Astronauts (1960)
17.Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X (1961)
18.Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung (1961)
19.Tom Swift and His Triphibian Atomicar (1962)
20.Tom Swift and His Megascope Space Prober (1962)
21.Tom Swift and the Asteroid Pirates (1963)
22.Tom Swift and His Repelatron Skyway (1963)
23.Tom Swift and His Aquatomic Tracker (1964)
24.Tom Swift and His 3-D Telejector (1964)
25.Tom Swift and His Polar-Ray Dynasphere (1965)
26.Tom Swift and His Sonic Boom Trap (1965)
27.Tom Swift and His Subocean Geotron (1966)
28.Tom Swift and the Mystery Comet (1966)
29.Tom Swift and the Captive Planetoid (1967)
30.Tom Swift and His G-Force Inverter (1968)
31.Tom Swift and His Dyna-4 Capsule (1969)
32.Tom Swift and His Cosmotron Express (1970)
33.Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts (1971)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 06:51 pm
Superman, Batman and Spiderman.
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George
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 07:31 pm
@BillRM,
BillRM wrote:

I am a bad bad person/atheist as I desire to say Jesus so badly I can not stop myself from doing so........

I will slap myself at least three times on each cheek for not being able to resisted doing so.

PS great tropic by the way.

You are so bad and so brave.
I am in awe.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 09:07 pm
@George,
You know, I suspect there are characters likeUncle Tom in Uncle Tom's Cabin, which maybe make us blush now, which had real influence. I have a vague idea that that book mobilised much anti-slavery feeling .

Not sure if Dickens' Joe the crossing sweeper did so, also?

Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 09:16 pm
When I was a kid, definitely Pippi Longstocking.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 24 May, 2013 09:18 pm
@dlowan,
Personally, Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch was very influential.....probably Jane Eyre....trying to think of characters from children's books....
 

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