1. Romeo and Juliet – We might put part of the blame on them for our skewed idea of a “perfect relationship” and also on the increasing number of divorces.
2. Big Brother – This fictional character of George Orwell is a relatively new addition to the list and must be included in view of his being dragged into various social protests that are being staged.
3. The Little Engine that Could – This is all about the moral values that are associated with hard work, optimism and self-belief. This is regarded by many people as the metaphor of the “American Dream.”
4. Icarus and Daedalus – Our need and quest to conquer the skies all started with the tale of Daedalus and his son Icarus and their lust for the sky and flying.
5. Rosie the Riveter – She is more popular by her looks than by her name. She personifies the women’s quest for recognition and respect from the society. Rosie became the rallying figure in motivating an entire generation of working women to get out of the home and help in the war efforts during the Second World War.
6. Marlboro Man – There is no Marlboro man just as there is no Marlboro country. He is just the creation of a carefully thought out marketing campaign to introduce filtered cigarettes to image-conscious men.
7. The Cowboys – The fictional cowboy hero is armed by shiny gun and is the champion of the high moral values of Western society. The cowboys are the epitome of defense for justice, manliness and the protection of children and women.
8. Robin Hood – Make no mistake about it, Robin Hood is just the figment of our imagination and no matter how much we immortalize him, Robin Hood will remain as such, a fictional character.
9. Barbie – Barbie has started as a simple and pretty girl and has now evolved into a character of very diverse personality.
10. Santa Claus – We can’t miss Santa Claus in this list of most influential fictional characters and every kid is expected to go through a certain phase where he will discover the wrong notions that he may have had in his life.