fictional character

Definitions of fictional character

n an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)

character, fictitious character
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in the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie
(Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
an imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children
the woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy
the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon
(fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
James Bond
British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming
Brer Rabbit
the fictional character of a rabbit who appeared in tales supposedly told by Uncle Remus and first published in 1880
Paul Bunyan
a legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States and Canada
John Henry
hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill
Cheshire cat
a fictional cat with a broad fixed smile on its face; created by Lewis Carroll
Chicken Little
a fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling
a fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince
Colonel Blimp
a pompous reactionary cartoon character created by Sir David Low
fictional vampire in a gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker
Don Quixote
the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical
El Cid
the hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century
a villain in a novel by Charles Dickens
Sir John Falstaff
a dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays
Father Brown
a Catholic priest who was the hero of detective stories by G. K. Chesterton
an alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge
the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses
Frankenstein's monster
the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)
a cartoon character created by Walt Disney
a fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father
Captain Horatio Hornblower
a fictional English admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in novels written by C. S. Forester
the villain in William Shakespeare's tragedy who tricked Othello into murdering his wife
Commissaire Maigret
a fictional detective in novels by Georges Simenon
a nonexistent person popularized by American servicemen during World War II
King Lear
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters
a 6-inch tall inhabitant of Lilliput in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Philip Marlowe
tough cynical detective (one of the early detective heroes in American fiction) created by Raymond Chandler
Wilkins Micawber
fictional character created by Charles Dickens; an eternal optimist
Mother Goose
the imaginary author of a collection of nursery rhymes
Mr. Moto
Japanese sleuth created by John Marquand
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who would not trust his wife
an incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire
a character in the commedia dell'arte; portrayed as a foolish old man
Perry Mason
fictional detective in novels by Erle Stanley Gardner
Peter Pan
the main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie; a boy who won't grow up
Pied Piper of Hamelin
the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning
a male character in French pantomime; usually dressed in white with a whitened face
a cartoon character created by Walt Disney
Huckleberry Finn
a mischievous boy in a novel by Mark Twain
Rip van Winkle
the title character in a story by Washington Irving about a man who sleeps for 20 years and doesn't recognize the world when he wakens
an imaginary inhabitant of Ruritania
Tarzan of the Apes
a man raised by apes who was the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tom Sawyer
the boy hero of a novel by Mark Twain
Uncle Remus
the fictional storyteller of tales written in the Black Vernacular and set in the South; the tales were first collected and published in book form in 1880
Uncle Tom
a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Sam
a personification of the United States government
Sherlock Holmes
a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle
Simon Legree
the cruel slave dealer in an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Sinbad the Sailor
in the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages
a fictional beagle in a comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz
Ali Baba
the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
the boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
the principal character in a work of fiction
one of a race of intelligent horses who ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Little John
legendary follower of Robin Hood; noted for his size and strength
Little Red Riding Hood
a girl in a fairy tale who meets a wolf while going to visit her grandmother
Rodya Raskolnikov
a fictional character in Dostoevsky's novel `Crime and Punishment'; he kills old women because he believes he is beyond the bounds of good or evil
Robin Hood
legendary English outlaw of the 12th century; said to have robbed the rich to help the poor
Robinson Crusoe
the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel about a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island
a dwarf in one of the fairy stories of the brothers Grimm; tells a woman he will not hold her to a promise if she can guess his name and when she discovers it he is so furious that he destroys himself
a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare
(Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
(Middle Ages) the bride of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with the king's nephew (Tristan) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
a stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward
the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically
Sweeney Todd
fictional character in a play by George Pitt; a barber who murdered his customers
singer in a novel by George du Maurier who was under the control of the hypnotist Svengali
Walter Mitty
fictional character created by James Thurber who daydreams about his adventures and triumphs
one of a race of brutes resembling men but subject to the Houyhnhnms in a novel by Jonathan Swift
King Arthur
a legendary king of the Britons (possibly based on a historical figure in the 6th century but the story has been retold too many times to be sure); said to have led the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot
Sir Galahad
(Arthurian legend) the most virtuous knight of the Round Table; was able to see the Holy Grail
Sir Gawain
(Arthurian legend) a nephew of Arthur and one of the knights of the Round Table
(Arthurian legend) wife of King Arthur; in some versions of the legend she became Lancelot's lover and that led to the end of the Knights of the Round Table
Sir Lancelot
(Arthurian legend) one of the knights of the Round Table; friend of King Arthur until (according to some versions of the legend) he became the lover of Arthur's wife Guinevere
(Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
the main character who opposes the protagonist in a narrative or play
Type of:
imaginary being, imaginary creature
a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction

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