Moriarty's criminal side appears to be based on Adam Worth, who was given the Napoleon nickname by a Scotland Yard detective. Worth got his start as a New York pickpocket and bank robber before moving to England and building a criminal network that Carmen Sandiego would envy. He cracked safes, robbed trains, and stole paintings, and he used his profits to buy houses, horses, a yacht, and a bar that he converted into a center for illegal gambling. When he died a detective who clashed with him mourned the loss of a "great gentleman thief," because back then it was OK to steal shit as long as you were dapper about it.
The Little Mermaid's Ursula Is Based On An Infamous Drag Queen
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The Little Mermaid's Ursula is a grotesque, purple-skinned sea-witch, which is a hell of a dig on her real life inspiration ...
Divine, the world's most famous drag queen.
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They even have the same eyeliner, mole near their mouth, and talking eel servants.
Divine's biggest claim to fame is starring in the works of John Waters, whose bizarre films are adored by the sort of people you generally don't want to talk to. Divine's act was raunchy even by drag standards. Considering her signature line was "Fuck you very much," it should be clear why Disney didn't go out of their way to advertise the obvious visual inspiration.
Divine's most infamous work was Pink Flamingos, which was essentially 90 minutes of John Waters trying to make you vomit. In it, Divine is named "the filthiest person alive," and spends the entire movie proving that the title was well-earned. Divine murders and eats police officers, tars, feathers and executes her rivals in filth, has oral sex with her son, and declares "Blood does more than turn me on, it makes me cum. ... Kill everyone now! Condone first degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit!"
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Here's one of the more normal scenes.
One line from that manifesto was taken disturbingly literally. Divine provided her own feces for a scene where she unwraps a box of shit, and that's not even the worst shit-related scene. The movie ends with Divine following a dog around, waiting for it to do its business, and then eating an actual, honest-to-God piece of dog shit on screen. That's called character commitment, Daniel Day-Lewis.
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