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the gentleman whose name escapes me right now that portrayed him for Granada. (Jeremy Brentham?)
Does Ryan Dempster count?
Is Sherlock Holmes the greatest fictional character ever?
Probably my favorite character in fiction is Daniel Waterhouse, one of the protagonists of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, but he'll never achieve "greatness" by the silly measure of popularity simply because he's a wimp. Well, that, and he's in a series of books that will never be that widely read.
This is what people think of when they think of red-headed women.
Would I be taken seriously if I put Charlie Kelly forward as a candidate?
also, odysseus was real. all those greek myths are based on historical figures, the stories are just inaccurate. jesus i'm also confident was a real person.
Somebody's gotta suggest an all redhead lineup. I'll start
The evidence for Odysseus is about on par with the evidence for a real Paul Bunyan.
Falstaff, Iago, Lady Macbeth
Lots of great suggestions in this thread. I do find it interesting that this is the only female character mentioned (unless I missed a few...or unless Jessica Rabbit was meant as a candidate).
Greatest female fictional character could be an interesting conversation as well.
but in the sense that up until recently in human history it's been kind of rare to have great female characters (or so I would guess). Greatest female fictional character could be an interesting conversation as well.
It's unusual almost to the point of being jarring when a female character on TV or in film is cracking the jokes or getting up to hijinks instead of playing the straight man or the reasonable one (less so, perhaps, in animation or literature).
Lucy Ricardo connects both ends of this thread. I don't think she's in the discussion for greatest fictional character in history, but she was probably the greatest fictional character in TV for a long time.
Pun intended, but for fictional characters, you have to give the Devil his due. That guy has a million great origin stories and actors who play him always seem to be having more fun than everyone else.
Not HOF, but probably HOVG, among others I'd nominate Raskolnikov, Jean Luc Picard, Holden Caulfield, James Bolivar DiGriz, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn.
Great female characters from classical literature: Clytemnestra, Antigone, Dido, the as-mentioned Lady MacBeth, Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina. I'm sure I missed some.
Frankenstein's monster - he's a complex guy, with abandonment issues, and real horrific staying power.
Buffy was a blonde. Willow's the redhead.
Errr, I don't think anybody was claiming Buffy was a redhead. She was being suggested as greatest female fictional character.
Greatest female fictional character could be an interesting conversation as well
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