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10 Iconic Cartoon Characters Inspired By Real People

The resemblance is uncanny in some of these characters!

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Most of us grew up watching cartoons on TV and so we’re likely familiar with the many iconic characters from our favorite animated shows. What some of us may not be aware of, however, is that cartoonists often created characters based on real people.

With creativity and imagination, creators drew inspiration from several individuals and used their personalities and distinct features to come up with some of the most popular characters ever in the history of animation.

Check out this cool list below and see for yourself:

1. W.C. Fields (Mr. Magoo)

Although cartoon writer Millard Kaufman clarified he initially didn’t base his character Mr. Magoo on W.C. Fields, that eventually changed. After several short films, creative directors decided to take cues from the comedian’s antics.

2. Frank “Rocky” Fiegel (Popeye the Sailor Man)

The resemblance is definitely uncanny in this one. E.C. Segar, creator of Popeye, grew up in Chester, Illinois where Frank ‘Rocky’ Fiegel is considered a local legend. He gained popularity for winning fistfights even when he was up against several opponents. And yes, he loves smoking pipe – just like our favorite spinach-eating sailor man!

3. Dennis Lloyd Ketcham (Dennis “The Menace” Mitchell)

Comic artist Hank Ketcham based Dennis ‘The Menace’ on his young son named, you guessed it, Dennis. Apparently, the boy made a lot of mess one day and Hank’s wife yelled “Your son is a menace” out of frustration. That stuck with him so he eventually sat down to draw a sketch.

4. Veronica Lake, Lauren Bacall, and Rita Hayworth (Jessica Rabbit)

Remember that sexy character from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ Of course! Who could forget Jessica Rabbit, right?

According to the creators, the character was inspired by three different women. Rita Hayworth, animation director Richard Williams’ seductive wife, was the main inspiration. Eventually, Veronica Lake and Lauren Bacall also influenced the character’s creation.

5. Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell)

Initial rumors claim that Tinkerbell was inspired by actress Marilyn Monroe but that’s actually false. In reality, Disney’s most prominent fairy was based on another actress named Margaret Kerry.

6. Deadeye/Red Skelton (Yosemite Sam)

Red Skelton has risen to popularity for portraying numerous Western-themed characters, one of which was Deadeye. At first Yosemite Sam of Looney Tunes was based on director Fritz Freleng but Deadeye became a bigger inspiration for later episodes of the cartoon.

7. Percy Crosby (Skippy)


Writer Percy Crosby based Skippy on his younger self. The character, known for being quite a trouble maker, rose to popularity as many readers found him to be relatable.

8. Marjorie Henderson Buell (Little Lulu)

Little Lulu’s story is actually similar with the above-mentioned origin. Cartoonist Marjorie Henderson Buell based the character on herself as a child.

9. Henry

Technically, Carl Anderson’s Henry wasn’t based on a real person. Instead, history tells us that the author made a quick sketch for his students at a school and his drawing eventually became the inspiration for the titular character.

10. Mickey Rooney (Archie Andrews)

Ever read Archie comics? Or maybe seen the recent Riverdale show on CW? Well the iconic character was based on Mickey Rooney, a redhead teen who was a popular comedian during his time.

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Japan’s Insane Game Show ‘Slippery Stairs’ Is Pretty Frustrating To Watch

The Japanese game show “Slippery Stairs” is the world’s most frustrating game show ever.

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But it turns out, we still haven’t seen the best of entertainment yet. We almost thought that the Koreans will reign the television, but apparently, nothing compares to the shows the Japanese are producing.

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Barbie Gets a Hijab and is Modeled After an Olympic Fencer

It is the latest addition in the company’s “Shero” collection, with Ibtihaj Muhammad being the model.

If you think Barbie could not get any better, then you probably have not heard the recent update. That is because she, for the first in history, will be wearing a hijab. And she will be modeled after a titular Olympic fencer.

The company Mattel announced that the newest inclusion in its “Shero” doll collection would be modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammed, the said Olympic athlete. Muhammed was known for being the first American to ever compete in the games while wearing a hijab.

Barbie's newest version will find her wearing a hijab.

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45 Times Former ‘Buffy’ Star Hilariously Recreated Celebrity Outfits

And he is only using the cheapest, available stuff at home!

If you have watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you would agree that it was one of the most popular TV series back then. This was way before the likes of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead took the industry by storm. And when talking about the said show, it is a crime not to include Tom Lenk on the topic.

Lenk was known for his role as Andrew Wells, but he was more applauded for his witty side. That is because the actor has been recreating fashionable outfits of fellow celebrities since then. From various premieres to award shows to photo shoots, he uses all of them as “inspiration.” Interestingly, his works involved the simplest of stuff – the kind that you can buy for a dollar or two.

Take a look at some of his famous recreations below and find out which one is your favorite. Enjoy!

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