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Surprising Fictional Characters Created from People (11 pics)

Posted in Random » Awesome   10 Aug 2011   / 12718 views

You might be shocked to find out that some of your favorite fictional characters are based off of real people and animals. Check out these cartoons and other famous characters.



Shrek's appearence is based on that of pro-wrestler Maurice Tillet, a man born with a rare disease called acromegaly.

Beavis & Butthead

Mike Judge based the look of Beavis & Butthead on two professors he had at UCSD.

The Joker

Joker's signature look is derived from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. Of course, that movie is super creepy.


Quasimodo gets his signature appearance from an actual historical figure, a sculptor working in Notre Dame in the 1800's.

Winnie The Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is based on Winnipeg the bear, a small black bear who lived in the London Zoo.

Dr. Eggman

The creators of Sonic based the appearence of Eggman on Theodore Roosevelt… and an egg.

The Dude

The Cohen Brothers' inspiration for Jeffery 'The Dude' Lebowski was producer and politcal activist Jeff Dowd. Apparently Dowd also enjoyed white russians.

Patrick Bateman

Christian Bale said he based his performance of Patrick Bateman in the film 'American Psycho' on Tom Cruise. Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote the book, also said he considered Cruise an influence. Makes sense.

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam was inspired by Samuel Wilson, a meat-packer who sold his product to soldiers during the War Of 1812.

Norman Bates, Leatherface, & Buffalo Bill

Movie murderers Norman Bates, Leatherface, and Buffalo Bill were all based on one serial killer: Ed Gein. Gein is notorious for murdering his victims and keeping the cut-up pieces of their bodies around his farmhouse. When investigators raided his home, they found, among other things, “four noses, nine masks of human skin, a lampshade made from the skin from a human face, and a belt made from human female nipples.”

Comments (4):

mali 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
so how many nipples do you need for a belt? 0_o
f33dback 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Approximately 36, based on your waist size.
einsib 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Ed Gein did not kill that many people, I don't remember if it was 1 or 3. How ever, he would dig up the graves of newly dead young women, take the bodies home and have his fun. The Butcher of Plainfield
Peanut 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Interesting info.