Fictional characters inspired by real people
When art imitates life
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Truth is indeed stranger than fiction, so it makes sense that some of the most wildly imaginative works of fiction known to man today have borrowed heavily from real life.
From movie villains to literary heroes, animated TV shows to multi-million-dollar franchises, numerous characters have been inspired by quite surprising people. Click through to see the fascinating real-life counterparts to beloved figments of imagination.
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