20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People

We can all take a moment and immediately think of a fictional character we consider iconic. And chances are, that character was heavily influenced by someone who really lived (or currently lives). And it makes sense. After all, someone who seems larger than life will likely translate well into a fictional setting. With that in mind, we bring you some of pop culture's most famous characters -- and their real influences.

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - Sydney Greenstreet was a film noir actor famous for playing greedy gangsters. George LucasRead More: 5 Characters Amazingly Based on Real People

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - John Nettleship described himself as “a short-tempered chemistry teacher with long hair ..Read More: 5 Villains That Were Thinly-Veiled Versions of Real People

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - When designing Kratos, the God Of War team looked to Edward Norton's character in AmericanRead More: 5 Characters Amazingly Based on Real People

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - Animation director Eric Stough got on the South Park creators’ nerves with his mild- manneRead More: 5 Plotlines Where The Creators Secretly Trolled People

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life was based on Woody Allen. When producers pitched the show tSource: A Celebration of Animation

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - Norman Bates was much tamer than inspiration d Gein. Gein liked to visit cemeteries and exRead More: 5 Badass Movie Characters You Didn't Know Were Real People

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - Louis “Red” Deutsch was a New Jersey bartender and ex-boxer. In the ’70s, professional praRead More: 5 Villains That Were Thinly-Veiled Versions of Real People

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20 Characters You Never Realized Are Based On Real People - Draper “Dan” Daniels was head of the Leo Burnett Agency in the ’60s. He was the creator ofSource: Chicago Mag