The Creation of Fictional Characters Over the Past 100 Years

An argument against Fomenko’s New Chronology that I’ve heard numerous times is that (not verbatim) “it would be impossible to fabricate that many people, places, and events”. I made the list in this article to show how easy it is to create over 30,000 character (much less places and events) in under 100 years. The list below only counts the number of characters which have been created under the various titles. If I were to include the number of places and events, the numbers would be much higher. The dates that are in parentheses are the dates which the projects started.

The list below is not reflective of the shows with the most characters created, but is a list of 30 popular titles (amongst American consumers) with which readers may have heard of at least one or two. This list represents but a small fraction of the complete list of fictional characters which have been invented over the past 100 years.

The total amount of characters listed below that were created under titles founded in the past:

100 years: over 37,450.

75 years: over 18,250.

50 years: over 15,850.

25 years: over 10,550.

10 years: over 1,700.

Given that these numbers only represent a small portion of all fictional characters produced over the past 100 years, I think it’s safe to say that creating over 35,000 fictional people, places, and events in under 100 years is completely possible. If you want to help in compiling an even more exhaustive list, comment below or email us with the name of a company or product (made since 1920) and the amount of characters it has produced. When another 30 have been collected, I will update this article with the new information.

This study into the creation of fiction is important to historical studies because it helps provide insight into the extent of creativity within humans. It also goes to show just how easy it is to create fictional stories.

The argument that ancient and mediaeval history must be real because “it would be impossible to fabricate that many people, places, and events” in this case can be compared to a similar argument (which I hope you see the absurdity of) that the DC universe must be real because “it would be impossible to fabricate that many people, places, and events”. Maybe I have written this article too hastily, because just because no evidence has been found anywhere outside of texts for the existence of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist. Similarly, just because no evidence has been found anywhere outside of texts for the existence of the planet Krypton, that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist. (The last two sentences are humorous.)


Outside of Fomenko’s New Chronology, many people have questioned the existence of many historical characters. Before examining the data in the second part of this article, here is a list of historical characters that have had their existence questioned:

Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, Adam and Eve, Moses, Samson, Muhammad, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Romulus and Remus, Heracles, Homer, Plato, Tacitus, Cicero, Lycurgus, Socrates, Pythagoras, Zoroaster, Helen of Troy, Agamemnon, Theseus, Odysseus, King Solomon, King Arthur, King Midas, Prester John, William Tell, William Shakespeare, Morgaine, Brynhildr, Confucius, Huang Ti, Lao Tzu, and Sun Tzu.

Were they all made up from scratch? Maybe they were based on stories other than their own? Maybe they did exist and the reports about them can help us get to know them?

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Here is the current list:

DC (1934) – over 10,000.

Marvel (1939) – over 8,000.

Simpsons (1987) – over 3,600.

Game of Thrones (1996) – over 2,100.

Nickelodeon (1977) – over 1,100.

Pokemon (1996) – over 1,000.

Sesame Street (1969) – over 1,000.

South Park (1997) – over 1,000.

Adventure Time (2010) – over 900.

Lord of the Rings (1954) – the Legendarium contains 888 named characters.

Disney (1923) – over 800.

Harry Potter (1997) – over 750.

Runescape (2001) – over 750.

Spongebob Squarepants (1999) – over 750.

One Piece (1997) – over 700.

Naruto (1997) – over 600.

Rick and Morty (2013) – over 500.

Hanna Barbera (1957) – over 450.

Futurama (1999) – over 400.

Nintendo (after 1920, not including Pokemon) – over 400.

Bleach (2004) – over 300.

The Walking Dead (2010) – over 300.

The Chronicles of Narnia (1970) – over 200.

Dr. Who (1963) – over 200.

Family Guy (1999) – over 200.

Tobal franchise (1996) – over 200.

Dragon Ball series (1984) – over 100.

Final Fantasy franchise (1987) – over 100.

Star Trek (1966) – over 100.

Full Metal Alchemist (2003) – over 100.

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