10. Iron Man
From: Iron Man and Avengers
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)
Tony Stark aka Iron Man is playboy billionaire, genius engineer and industrialist. One of the first superheroes to be apart of the establishment. Outside of fighting supervillains, Iron Man has fought against world real situations such as terrorism and corporate crime. Along the way the character has suffered a long battle with alcoholism. Thanks to the three Iron Man films, the character went from a high B-level character into a superstar.
9. The Doctor
From: Doctor Who
First Appearance: An Unearthly Child (1963)
Doctor Who is by far the most successful Sci-Fi show in television history. With fans all over the world have been watching the adventures of The Doctor for fifty years. In Britain, where the show was first aired, The Doctor has greatly influence British culture. The series is showing no signs of slowing down and has expanded in other mediums like novels, radio dramas, and several spin off shows.
8. Buffy Summers
From: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
First Appearance: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Movie) (1992)
Buffy Summers made her first appearance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film in 1992. The film did okay, but it wasn't until the Buffy television series in '97 that saw the character exploded in popularity and became a strong role model for the modern female audience. She fought her own battles, grew as a character and after each battle, she would push herself to the limit to become a great slayer.
7. Sherlock Holmes
From: Sherlock Holmes
First Appearance: A Study in Scarlet (1887)
Sherlock Holmes is consider to be many scholars to be the greatest character in fiction. The character has influenced and inspired many generations of people to study forensic science and crime scene investigation. The detective has influenced many other fictional characters like John Luther to Hercule Poirot.
6. Wonder Woman
From: Wonder Woman and Justice League
First Appearance: All Star Comics #8 (1941)
In the male dominated world of superhero comics, Wonder Woman made a great impact in her comic debut in 1941. She fought for love, justice and sexual equality, which lead Wonder Woman to be popular with female readers and a feminist icon. She's one of the most powerful characters in the DC Comics and can match strength with Superman and apart the holy trinity of DC, along with Superman and Batman. She still inspires female readers to this day.