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Most Famous Fictional Characters

These are the 100-ish most well-known fictional characters by number of Wikipedia languages, in descending order. Can you name them and the franchises/media they are from?
Mythical, legendary, religious and folk characters not included
Some characters are missing due to being synonymous with their franchise (e.g. James Bond)
Groups of characters not included
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Last updated: September 29, 2022
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Franchise
Character
Duck universe
Mickey Mouse
DC
Wonder Woman
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Marvel
Spider-Man
DC
Batman
DC
Superman
Duck universe
Donald Duck
Mario
Mario
Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Star Wars
Darth Vader
Marvel
Hulk
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Pokémon
Pikachu
Harry Potter
Hermione Granger
The Simpsons
Homer Simpson
Harry Potter
Ron Weasley
Tarzan
Tarzan
Harry Potter
Lord Voldemort
Marvel
Captain America
Harry Potter
Albus Dumbledore
Marvel
Iron Man
Duck universe
Minnie Mouse
Harry Potter
Severus Snape
Peter Pan
Peter Pan
Popeye
Popeye
Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny
Tolkien universe
Gandalf
The Simpsons
Bart Simpson
Pirates of the Caribbean
Captain Jack Sparrow
Harry Potter
Rubeus Hagrid
DC
Joker
Pinocchio
Pinocchio
(mascot)
Tux
Sherlock Holmes
Dr. John Watson
Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy
Poirot series
Hercule Poirot
X-Men
Wolverine
Tolkien universe
Bilbo Baggins
Tolkien universe
Frodo Baggins
Star Wars
Luke Skywalker
The Simpsons
Marge Simpson
Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking
Star Wars
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Tolkien universe
Sauron
Sonic
Sonic the Hedgehog
Duck universe
Goofy
Star Wars
Yoda
Dracula
Count Dracula
Cthulhu Mythos
Cthulhu
Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
Naruto
Naruto Uzumaki
Marvel
Thor
Tolkien universe
Aragorn
Franchise
Character
DC
Catwoman
X-Men
Deadpool
Duck universe
Pluto
Star Wars
Han Solo
Star Wars
Leia Organa
The Simpsons
Lisa Simpson
Duck universe
Scrooge McDuck
The Simpsons
Maggie Simpson
Star Wars
Sheev Palpatine
Duck universe
Daisy Duck
Godzilla
Godzilla
Tolkien universe
Gollum
Tolkien universe
Legolas
Mario
Luigi
Naruto
Sasuke Uchiha
Dragon Ball
Son Gokū
Looney Tunes
Daffy Duck
Betty Boop
Betty Boop
Marvel
Daredevil
Miss Marple
Miss Marple
Star Wars
C-3PO
Star Wars
Chewbacca
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian
Harry Potter
Ginny Weasley
Star Wars
R2-D2
Tolkien universe
Galadriel
King Kong
King Kong
Star Wars
Padmé Amidala
SpongeBob
SpongeBob SquarePants
Marvel
Thanos
DC
Aquaman
Tolkien universe
Arwen
Hannibal Lecter
Hannibal Lecter
Tomb Raider
Lara Croft
Mario
Princess Peach
Star Wars
Qui-Gon Jinn
Harry Potter
Sirius Black
Mario
Bowser
DC
Harley Quinn
Naruto
Sakura Haruno
Tolkien universe
Saruman
The Little Mermaid
Ariel
Marvel
Doctor Strange
Felix the Cat
Felix the Cat
Tolkien universe
Gimli
DC
Green Arrow
DC
Green Lantern
Tolkien universe
Morgoth
Robert Langdon series
Robert Langdon
Tolkien universe
Smaug
Peanuts
Snoopy
The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin
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Level 87
Sep 29, 2022
Every single last one of these is for kids. No wonder Hollywood keeps cranking out that stuff.
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Level 63
Sep 29, 2022
Surely Cthulhu isn't for kids?
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Level 87
Oct 2, 2022
Maybe, if tricks are for kids.
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Level 70
Oct 13, 2022
Plus Sherlock Holmes, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Dracula?
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Level 87
Oct 25, 2022
The Hobbit and Star Wars are definitely for kids.
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Level 76
Oct 13, 2022
Yeah. Kids love the Hanibal Lector action figure.
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Level 84
Oct 13, 2022
oh bugger off and let us have fun condemning things we haven't even looked at.
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Level 27
Sep 29, 2022
Great list, love it!
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2022
I tried Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo, Juliet, Tom Sawyer, The Little Tramp...wow.
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Level 87
Oct 25, 2022
You'd think some along those lines would be in most languages.
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Level 73
Oct 14, 2022
Confused as to why James Bond isn't included but characters like Mario are. Loads on this list share their name with their franchise so surely shouldn't be included if James Bond isn't.
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Level 67
Oct 15, 2022
I agree that it can sometimes seem arbitrary, but it's the only way to keep the list objective. The Mario franchise is under "Mario (franchise)" and "Super Mario" on the English Wikipedia, but many other languages that don't distinguish only have the article for Mario. For James Bond, on the other hand, the character is under "James Bond (literary character)" and only has 33 languages, while the franchise "James Bond" has 82.
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Level 69
Oct 14, 2022
Most of these make sense, but it seems pretty crazy to me that Lara Croft is popular enough to have made the cut. I guess it must be the bump from all those awful movies? I would've thought video game franchises like Halo, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter would have made the cut before Tomb Raider.