Why is it that so many of our favorite characters, heroes and villains have totally unexpected origins? It's a mystery we can't explain, but we're glad for it. Would life really be as interesting if Abe Lincoln didn't start out as a country bumpkin living in a one a room cabin? Or if Ukrainian President Zelensky didn't get his start as a comic actor?

The thing is, this trend extends to fiction as well. We wanted to explore some famous characters will totally unexpected origins. What we found surprised even us.

For example, did you know the entire gang in Scooby Doo was lifted more or less whole cloth from a live action teen drama called The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis? The only thing missing was a talking stoner dog.

And apparently, Cookie Monster’s story begins with … potato chips. 

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