15 Famous Characters With Unexpected Origins

Apparently, Cookie Monster’s story begins with … potato chips. Check out the full details of that and 14 other stories:

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Street Fighter's M. Bison got that name kind of randomly. om The original M. Bison M. Bison The character was originally called Vega In the Japanese version of Street Fighter lI, and M. Bison was the name of a boxer character who was a pretty clear homage to Mike Tyson.

Source: Kotaku

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The Scooby Gang was based on the characters in a 1960s TV show. It was called The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and it was a teen sitcom that the creators of Scooby-Doo basically just lifted the main characters from. CRACKED.COM

Source: Snopes

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Geordi LaForge was based on a disabled Star Trek superfan. His name was George LaForge, he'd suffered from muscular dystrophy, and he showed up all the time at fan conventions. He made friends with Gene Roddenberry, and Roddenberry remembered him when he was creating characters for The Next Generation.

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Mario was only created because Nintendo couldn't get the rights to Popeye. When Shigeru Miyamoto was making Donkey Kong, Nintendo tried to license the Popeye characters, but that fell through, so he came up with new onesc. including Mario, the player character. CRACKEDGOM

Source: New Yorker

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Tropic Thunder''s Les Grossman was Tom Cruise's creation. The character wasn't in the script, but Cruise said I think you need another villain other than just the 12-year-old drug king, and suggested somebody who embodies the sleaziest, seamiest side of Hollywood. CRACKED.COM

Source: Grantland

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Jack Kirby came up with The Hulk after seeing a woman lift a car. Her baby got caught underneath it, and in her desperation, Kirby says she lifted the rear of the car to save her baby. He realized that we can all do something like that in desperation or

Source: TCJ

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Charles Schulz created Franklin because of a fan letter. In 1968, former teacher Harriet Glickman, wrote to Schulz and suggested he add a Black character to peanuts as a small of way of helping change those conditions in our society which led to the assassination of MLK and which contribute

Source: NYTimes

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Cookie Monster was created for an ad for Munchos potato chips. In the ad, he ate up a whole bag of the chips, to the slogan of There's more to a Muncho! Later, he made his way to Sesame Street and found a love of cookies rather than chips.

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They created April Ludgate after a casting director met Aubrey Plaza. The director called Parks & Rec writer Michael Schur and told him I just met the weirdest girl I've ever met in my life. You have to meet her and put her on your show. So Schur met with

Source: AVClub

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G.. Joe's Snake Eyes is only black to save paint. They made him black so they wouldn't have to put any paint on the action figure c-it's 100% black, the color of the plastic straight from the vat. CRACKEDGOM

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Alan Moore's Constantine was based on Sting. The artists who worked with Moore on Swamp Thing asked him to come up with a character based on Sting for the comic, so he obliged, and created a warlock who looked, well, just like Sting.

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