10 Fictional Characters Based on Real People

You know him as the evil professor Snape from Harry Potter. It turns out author J.K. Rowling disliked her chemistry teacher. This makes sense because Snape was known for his defense against the arts class as well as his potions.

Winnie the pooh comes in at number six on the list. Pooh was created after Winnepeg, a Candian black bear, at a zoo in London. The bear is said to have wanted condensed milk and honey.

We all know the classic character Popeye by created by E.C. Cegar who was an American cartoonist. Popeye is based on a man known as Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a local legend in Cegar's hometown of Chester, Illinois. Fiegel was known to take on several men at once in fights and like Popeye, he smoked a pipe and was toothless.

Next up, detective Sherlock Holmes. Author Conan Doyle based Holmes on his teacher, doctor Joseph Bell, who he had studied with while attending college. He was so good, it's said that he had the ability to know a patient's symptoms before they even uttered a word.

Indiana Jones tops the list. Jones is said to be inspired by Bingham the third, who went on many adventures, but was also said to be very intelligent. He too had many titles, but listed himself as an explorer.

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