From: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
First Appearance: The Hobbit (1937)
When it comes wizards, Gandalf is the most iconic and influential wizards in fiction. Inspiring many fantasy writers to create their own magician wielders in the process. Gandalf is not only a wizard but acts as a wise mentor to both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
From: The Odyssey
First Appearance: The Odyssey
The hero from Homer's poem The Odyssey, Odysseus is best known for fighting in the Trojan War and his brilliant plan to capture the city of Troy with the wooden Trojan Horse. The journey of the hero returning home is a tale that has inspired many storytellers.
From: Star Trek
First Appearance: The Man Trap (1966)
Spock is Half-Vulcan and Half-Human and is one of Star Trek's most endearing characters. Spock constant struggle with his duality of being a human and Vulcan is a highlight of his development as a character. Spock is Sci-Fi's most inspirational and parodied character in the genre.
27. Mickey Mouse
From: Disney Cartoons
First Appearance: Steamboat Willie (1928)
Mickey Mouse is the first cartoon superstar. Starred in over one hundred films and had a successful run in comics under the pen of Floyd Gottfredson. Mickey is Disney's mascot, icon in pop culture, merchandise machine and influenced many animators to get into the field of animation.
First Appearance: San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 (1993)
From the mind of Mike Mignola, comes one of the most successful creator-own comics ever, Hellboy. The main agent of the paranormal group BPRD, is a demon fighting on the side of good. Hellboy is all around a great character with a great sense of humor and loves pancakes too.