Top 10 Most Iconic Fictional Characters of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Forrest Gump Forrest Gump is a fictional character who first appears in the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. Forrest Gump also appeared on screen in the 1994 film of the same name directed by Robert Zemeckis.
2 Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros.) He is one of the most famous cartoon characters, and he is in the show Looney Tunes. His famous quote is "What's up doc?". He is a gray colored bunny with big teeth and big feet. His ...read more.
3 Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928.

Ha Hey, Everybody! It's me, Mickey Mouse! Say, you wanna come inside my clubhouse? Whoops wrong topic... Mickey Mouse himself was the golden age for most grandparents as kids! He was the one who pretty much planted had the ideas for Jerry, and Bugs in their creators' heads. A talking mouse that's oversized and sings and dances, how is that not ironc?

He was the Second Cartoon Character to ever be made, and he's still around now, he's so Iconic.

He is the mascot of one of the largest movie making companies.

But somehow hated by many...

4 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael ...read more.

It doesn't matter who the actor is, who the writer is, how bad some people could ruin his comics or movies, it doesn't change the fact that HE'S BATMAN! He is ALWAYS be great in all media: comics, movies, T.V. series, animated series, animated movies, video games, with dozens of different incarnations...

Be it comics, T.V., video games, or movies, Batman will always be one of the first characters to come to mind.

Er... why is Forrest Gump #1? More people know of Bats than Gump.

Who always pays their taxes not Batman!

5 Superman Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman. ...read more.

He's SUPERMAN! Easily the most iconic character. And to prove it, I'll compare him with the ones currently above him.
Superman (5th) VS Batman (4th): The two big DC superheroes. Superman is more iconic, however, as he kickstarted the superhero genre. Without Superman Batman would not exist.
Superman (5th) VS Mickey Mouse (3rd): Probably the closest comparison here. I'm giving this to Superman by a hair, because of what Mickey has become. These days he's mostly thought of as a commercial mascot, with most people having never seen a single one of his cartoons. Superman's comics are more read worldwide.
Superman (5th) VS Bugs Bunny (2nd): Now, I like Bugs better than Superman, but is he more iconic? No. Bugs is a close number two to Mickey in terms of cartoon fame, and as we've already proven Superman is more iconic than Mickey, he is more iconic than Bugs Bunny.
Superman (5th) VS Forrest Gump (1st):...Excuse me while I laugh. Forrest Gump is considered iconic? I suppose his ...more

He's the most iconic fictional character in my opinion. Almost everyone around the world knows who Superman is and what he represents.

Superman is THE reason why modern superheroes exist. He's become the blueprint of establing a modern reconstruction of mythological heroes, with odes from Hercales, Thesus and many others.

On normal circumstances, I'm not Superman's biggest fan, but he kick-started superhero cinema.

6 Darth Vader Darth Vader is a Star Wars character and the main antagonist of the first three original Star Wars films and the main protagonist of the Star Wars prequel trilogy under his original name Anakin Skywalker. He had been trained as a Jedi but defected to the Sith lord and Galactic Chancellor Palpatine. ...read more.

When you ask what's a character everyone knows, it has to be the man himself Vader. I love almost all the characters on this list, but I everyone who ever read this list knows who this badass is.

Team Vader! Also, why is Forrest Gump 1st? I mean, I get that he's a good character, but he's not really that iconic, honestly.

How is this not #1? He is the best!

7 Super Mario Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super ...read more.

Mario has a lasting legacy and still sells today, along with having a ton of merchandise, having an upcoming movie and being the face of the currently most popular console

Relevant in the 90s, relevant now, relevant forever. That's Mario.

MARIO WILL NEVER DIE!
Mario is definitely iconic. People of all ages most likely know Mario. He's one of the best-selling video games of all time, with a TV show to boot.

8 Harry Potter Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

I don't see how Forrest Gump is number one.
Edit: actually, I do see how, he was clearly started off in first on this list, which gives him an unfair advantage

I'm pretty sure anyone that has access to the internet have heard of him.

9 Charlie Brown

Good grief. He's like 70 years old. Several generations know of Charlie Brown.

10 Spider-Man Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the ...read more.

If batman and superman made it to the top 5 then spiderman should at the very least be in the top 10.He is the one that created the term relatable superhero

Spider-Man should definitely be wayyy higher than this. maybe passing Superman AND Batman. no offense, but like... it's pretty obvious. This is obviously outdated.

Spider-man is relatable to anyone without the costume he is still peter parker. normal people issues and stuff

The Contenders
11 Pikachu Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ) are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

Pikachu should be higher

Its actually a fact that pokemon as a media series is the number 1 highest grossing series even more than star wars though star wars was 2015 figures pokemon was 2016 star wars was everything pokemon was only the games

12 James Bond Royal Navy Commander James Bond is a fictional character created by British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. He is the protagonist of the James Bond series of novels, films, comics and video games.

Not a big fan but he is surely more iconic than Charlie Brown.

His name and suit say everything!

13 Joker The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

Everyone who knows of Batman knows the Joker.

Why so serious?!

14 Godzilla Godzilla is a giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.
15 Donald Duck Donald Duck is a cartoon character created in 1934 at Walt Disney Productions. Donald is an anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He typically wears a sailor shirt and cap with a bow tie.
16 Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. ...read more.

Goku is iconic, but is he really more iconic to everyone in the world, more than: Jason voorhees, Scooby-Doo, Iron Man, Pac-Man, the Hulk, Optimus Prime, and the Joker?...Don't think so.

I think he is the best childhood memory for us right now as a teenager and as an adult as well.

17 Daffy Duck Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character produced by Warner Bros. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, where he usually has been depicted as the best friend and occasional arch-rival of Bugs Bunny.

I don't care if its shown negatively, I love daffy..

18 Captain Jack Sparrow Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He is a pirate in the film series. ...read more.

He was part of the best film decision ever, Depp played Sparrow perfectly. And Sparrow is the perfect character...

You'll remember as the day when you almost got captain Jack sparrow on top!

19 Yoda Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars space opera franchise created by George Lucas, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back.
20 Eleven

The most iconic character ever in my opinion, she has such an emotional story line and the more stranger things grows the more people will agree

21 Aang Avatar Aang is a fictional character and the protagonist of Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen. Aang is the last surviving Airbender, a monk of the Air Nomads' Southern Air Temple.
22 Barbie
23 The Doctor (Doctor Who)
24 Indiana Jones Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., often shortened to "Indy", is the title character of the Indiana Jones franchise.
25 Legolas Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.
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