Top Ten Most Inspiring Fictional Characters


The Top Ten

1 Forrest Gump 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.

Forrest may be dim as a light-bulb but he sure is able to succeed to play ping-pong, saving an army buddy's life and running a business company that sells a pile load of shrimp. Possibly, he could be just an inspiration to these average people.

Yes. He is very inspiring. In the movie, it shows that it isn't all about the brains.

Inspires lots of people - PeeledBanana

A truly inspiring character. That says it all...

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2 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger

Most Intelligent Witch of her age, probably will invent spells out of this world, and saved Harry Potter and the gang with her intelligence so many times. She inspired me to become great at what you do and love and help others because of it. She is also very brave and kind. Katniss could never have helped so many people nor have been more intelligent. Should be at the top of this list.

She shows girls that is not all about being "pretty"
She is smart, brave and strong
She punched an idiot right in the face (sorry Draco's fans)
She found the answer to almost all questions in the books
She's the kind of girl that seems only a useless bookworm, but is in fact an awesome and useful bookworm
Gotta love her, my favourite character... maybe ever

(Sorry if some of my grammar is wrong, but English isn't my first language... at all+ I'm 12)

Hermione is really the brains in the entire series. I mean, how many times would Ron and Harry get expelled or killed without her? Hermione helped me feel OK to be smart and don't worry what people say.

She should be number 1! Hermione is vital in the Harry Potter series. Harry and Ron would just stumble around school achieving nothing at all if it were not for her!

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3 Homer Simpson Homer Simpson Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

To alcohol; the cause and solution to all problems.

Go watch the Simpsons Movie. You can't tell me this stupid drunkard isn't inspirational?

He was so fat that I had to vote

Homer always does the wrong things 90% of the time, or even more, WhooHoo!

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4 Goku Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He had many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. more.

He, though being the strongest on Earth, had the courage to die for even the weakest on the Earth. He had no fault in him but his own stupidity, but that's his simplicity.

According to me he is the most inspirational character. he should at least be in the top ten

He's got a cool name

The master

5 Wolverine Wolverine Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly associated with the X-Men. His powers and abilities include a healing factor and his signature adamantium claws and adamantium skeleton.
6 Katniss Everdeen Katniss Everdeen Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation franchise.

She is a very inspirational person that I think a lot of girls look up to. She is a very level headed girl and so strong that she makes me want to get up and make a difference.

Katniss got beat by an ex-outlaw, a made man and an Irish anti-hero? Uh no way are Sean Devlin, Vito Scaletta and John Marston more inspiring than The Girl on Fire!. - Catnip

The Girl on Fire is inspiring and she should be number 1. How could Forest Gump get number 1 when katniss saved millions of lives? She deserves to be number 1

I'm glad she is in the top ten although I am disappointed that Peeta is not. - thalia_thatsme

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7 Captain America Captain America Captain Steven Grant Rogers, most known as Steve Rogers or Captain America, is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a World War II veteran and is known as the world's first superhero. The character was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and more.

So inspirational that all it takes to become a true hero is not about being big, or strong, or fast, because those things are just for support, but being a good, smart, brave, and heroic man no matter the size, is what it truly takes.

8 Hawkeye Hawkeye

AKA S.H.I.E.L. D agent Clint Barton - jezza0

A sharpshooting archer with pinpoint accuracy who is the eyes and ears of the Avengers Innitiative.

Potrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Jeremy Renner

9 Rocky Balboa Rocky Balboa

Dear lord how is homer Simpson more inspiring than rocky

10 Batman 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 Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, more.

How to get from your parents dying to bringing the people of Gotham justice

He taught me that beating up criminals is cool and right


Come on he should be the no. 1

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The Contenders

11 Atticus Finch Atticus Finch Atticus Finch is a fictional character in author Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird.

He is one of the leading protagonists in the book and movie "To Kill a Mockingbird. " He inspires others to stand up against inequality, injustice and stand up for others even if they will not succeed or suffer the consequences of their actions.

Stands resolute for justice and stands alone if necessary. A great inspiration.

Yes I'm reading this book and I love him - MoldySock

12 Molly Weasley

A very devoted housewife and mother. Because of the abuse Harry Potter received in his own home, she became a mother figure to him, in place of his own mother, who was killed while he was still an infant. Later, when Bellatrix Lestrange attempts to kill Molly's daughter, Molly kills her in a fit of zealous rage.

13 Link Link Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.

He is the boy with the triforce of courage who must save the world from thousands of years of darkness. He is only a small child but travels through time where he is older and defeats the biggest, mightiest and most evil enemies with his wits and strategy. I don't think anyone can top what link was burdened with.

He proves that age doesn't matter, character does. He is a 9/10 year old boy who is tasked with saving the world. He is looked down upon for his age, but in the end he succeeded. Just because you are younger doesn't mean you are worse.

Link had no "powers" like almost all of these people. He all he had was his courage which barely got him by, step by step, each enemy more frightening than the last, but his determination was unmatched and unfacable.

14 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes

Absolutely brilliant mind! He'd keep my attention with his witty and wry observations.

15 Samwise Gamgee Samwise Gamgee

He's loyal and honest and persevering and really good friend! Plus he's a good cook and a good gardener. And he got a sweet wife and had a ton of kids and lived happily ever after (not to mention that he eventually got to go to the Undying Lands because he was a Ringbearer). Oh yeah, and he was also elected as the mayor a gazillion times, so he was popular too!
Thank you, I know I'm awesome.

He never gave up, never gave in to fear, rose to every challenge and grew enormously and got Frodo over the line and still remained humble and good hearted.

I love Sam, he's loyal and humble. He never left Frodo's side even when Frodo was acting out and Sam married Rosie and got his happy ending - brookeloveslotr

Even christopher lee (the man who played saruman in the film) has cited sam as an influence.

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16 Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

I'm honestly extremely thankful for this show. Naruto is the most inspirational character that I've had the liberty of learning from. His story is life changing, cunning and brilliant.

There are many fictional and non-fictional characters who may inspire you, but when it comes to life lessons, Uzumaki Naruto is the one for me...

This guy inspires me to try my hardest at everything, and to always have a good attitude.

Chase Your Dreams FOREVER!

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17 Vito Scaletta Vito Scaletta

Vito just wants to make enough cash to help out his family. In the process he finds out who killed his dad and made friends in the Falcone crime family.

Vito Scaletta is one gangster you wouldn't want to mess with. Katniss and Hermione would be foolish to cross paths with Vito.

He just wants to make a lot of cash but also has principles.

What the hell is some geeky bookworm (Hermione Grainger) doing ahead of a war hero turned mafia made man like Vito Scaletta?

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18 Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa.
19 Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop) Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
20 John Marston John Marston

He has taken on numerous predators and outlaws. He was more of a hunter than Katniss ever will be. Katniss wished she could hunt grizzly bears.

One of Rockstar Game's finest creations, John Marston was pretty much the old school redneck cowboy who stuck to the old ways despite jumps in technology. He'd choose a horse over a motorcar any day of the week.

Outlaw turned vigilante who helps the uber cool Marshall Leigh Johnson and his funny deputies clamp down on outlaws like Walton's gang and the Bollard Twins' gang.

More of a role model than Hermionie ever will be. - jezza0

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21 Peeta Mellark

That very first comment is rude Peeta Mellark is a sweet guy and always puts katniss first and is always thinking of others.

Why peeta he sucks fatness is the obvious one she is way better she is so inspirational the only reason peeta is on here is because he is a dude but if U watch the hunger games or read it it has an extremely strong background message about the empowerment of women

Peeta is the cutest guy ever, not only his looks, but his personality

Peeta should be higher on this list. - thalia_thatsme

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22 The Doctor (Doctor Who) The Doctor (Doctor Who) The Doctor is the title character and protagonist in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.
23 Rocko (Rocko's Modern Life) Rocko (Rocko's Modern Life) Rocko is the eponymous fictional character of the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name.

He is just downright adorable and part of the show's personal appeal comes from seeing him and other characters struggle through their dramatized daily lives and realizing that it is indeed a satire of real American life.

24 Tony Stark

Tony S should be 3

25 Kim Possible Kim Possible Kimberly Ann "Kim" Possible is a fictional character who appears in the animated television series Kim Possible, voiced by American actress Christy Carlson Romano.
26 Alice Kingsleigh Alice Kingsleigh

A role model to many, she stands up what what she thinks is right and makes her own path in life. Plus for the guys, Mia Wasikowska (the lady who plays Alice) is smoking' hot.

27 Jordan McAfee

He always manages to make me believe a point, even if I wasn't formerly interested.

He's a defense lawyer in Jodi Picoult's novels. He's a genius and I hope someday I'll be a good lawyer like him. - Fazrin

28 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.


He's so funny and fearless

Sonic is a big inspiration to everybody. His shoes were a concept envolved
From a design inspired by Michael Jackson's boots, the red scheme color based on Santa Claus, His personality is inspired by future president Bill
Clinton's "Get it done" attitude.

29 Harry Potter 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.

He never flinched from doing what was needed even to the point of offering his life up for those he loved.

Despite a horrible upbringing and many bad things happening to him he never embraced evil or lost his capacity to love and care about people.

30 Stewie Griffin Stewie Griffin Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series Family Guy. Obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin, and the brother of Meg and Chris Griffin.
31 Beatrice Prior Beatrice Prior

She was an amazing character who went to all lengths to try and protect her people and fight for the right thing

She is the true mixture of courage, intelligence and selflessness
She is truly DIVERGENT!

She is so fearless and inredible and INCREDIBLY HOOTT.

32 L (Death Note) L (Death Note) L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Come on! He is the world's greatest detective! Who WOULD'NT find him inspiring?

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34 Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

His dedication to his dreams & friends is what you just don't see enough

Best character

35 Superman 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.The more.

The first and arguably the best and most inspirational superhero ever created. Teaches people to be strong and do the right thing even if the odds are against you.

How are murderers and mafia guys in any way more inspiring than the Man of Tomorrow?

36 Tadashi Hamada Tadashi Hamada Tadashi Hamada is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 54th animated feature, Big Hero 6. The film is inspired by a Marvel comic book of the same name. V 1 Comment
37 Heathcliff

He so just needed a genuine friend.

38 Ezio Auditore da Firenze Ezio Auditore da Firenze
39 Mabel Pines Mabel Pines Mabel Pines is one of the lead characters of the Disney XD animated series Gravity Falls. The character is voiced by Kristen Schaal, and designed by the series creator, Alex Hirsch. She is inspired by Hirsch's own twin sister, Ariel Hirsch. She is a caring, boy-crazy 12 year old girl that moved to the more.

SHe's quite positive, making her a good character and inspirational. - AnonymousChick


40 Optimus Prime Optimus Prime Optimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. Optimus Prime is consistently depicted as having strong moral character, excellent leadership, and sound decision-making skills, and possesses brilliant military tactics, powerful martial arts, and advanced alien weaponry.

It pisses me off that Optimus Prime is only 54 on this list. That Vegeta and Trevor Philips, two very flawed anti-heroes/villains than the just leader of the Autobots are higher then Optimus on this list. Optimus is an inspirational hero without a bad fiber in his body. He is a true hero who would put his life on the line to protect others and is someone with high charisma and a good handle of his emotions. Someone who usually wants to settle things peacefully but knows when its time to fight for what you believe. Optimus is a wise and benevolent being that looks for the good in others and never gives up, not matter how bad things get. A true hero.

In my opinion he should be #1

41 Jotaro Kujo Jotaro Kujo Jotaro Kujo is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki and is the delinquent protagonist of Stardust Crusaders .

Because of him, now I say ORA whenever I move my arms really fast. - xandermartin98

42 Jay Gatsby
43 Hiro Hamada Hiro Hamada Hiro Hamada is a fictional character who appears as the main character in the 2014 movie Big Hero 6 and is in the Big Hero 6 comics named Hiro Takachino
44 Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor)

A Native American with British ancestry, Connor avenges the death of his mother against the rising Templar order. In the process he is involved in the American Revolution.

45 Cole Phelps Cole Phelps
46 Bart Simpson Bart Simpson Bart is the oldest child in The Simpsons. He was created by Matt Greoning. His hobbies are pranking people including Lisa Simpson and Homer Simpson.
47 Trevor Phillips Trevor Phillips Trevor Phillips is a character from the game Grand Theft Auto Five (GTAV), a Mature rated game from 2013, created by Rockstar. He is one of the games 3 antagonists. He is the former friend of Michael DeSanta, who he was part of a bank heist with 9 years prior to the main plot. He is known for being more.

Grand Theft Auto 5's Trevor Phillips don't take crap from anyone.

48 Rachel Berry Rachel Berry Rachel Barbra Berry is a fictional character and de facto female lead from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.

Her drive and passion for perfoming and the fact that she is a sweet small town girl with big dreams makes her character and her struggles for being a star believable. She definitely inspires me.

49 Ness (EarthBound) Ness (EarthBound)

I think Ness is a pretty cool kid. He kills aliens and doesn't fear anything.

50 Vegeta Vegeta Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

When I was a kid he was my favorite character on the show (sorry goku) I did everything like him, dress, train, talk, I even tried to go supersaiyan (we all did, don't lie).

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