Greatest 12 Characters of the 1890's

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Synopsis  
This is one of a set of lists I made showing a progression of the greatest characters in a heroic style throughout time. Focusing for the most part on one decade at a time. The heroes that we know and love today were inspired by heroes before them. Some are even real people who moved into folklore. Before comics there were pulp magazines. Before that there was dime novels and before that was the penny dreadfuls. There were many others as well like Gothic novels, story papers and yes even a real novel.  
 
The List  
This is a list of the greatest characters between the years of 1890 and 1899.  These would be characters who will go on to be the biggest influences in comics either directly or indirectly.  In other words these will become great inspirations to future comic characters and stories. Right now they are in order of year.
 
 The Invisible Man
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These characters are not just inspirational they are some of the greatest, classic, characters, of all times.  Dracula, Dorian Gray, The Time Traveler, James Moriarty, Moreau and the Invisible Man are know by just about everyone.  These are legends that are timeless.
 
Here is the past list
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1880's
Here is the next list 
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1900's

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11 Comments
Posted by Mr.Q
the scariest thing is that Dracula was real. your just gonna keep making these lists until you reach the first hunter drawn on a cave wall, aren't you?
Posted by Liberty
@Mr.Q:   Yes, I am.  =]  Dracula the character was based on Vlad but they are not the same.  Vlad is scarier. 
Posted by Mr.Q
@Liberty said:
" @Mr.Q:   Yes, I am.  =]  Dracula the character was based on Vlad but they are not the same.  Vlad is scarier.  "
not the same... just keep telling yourself that, hmhmhm. but yes Tepes was bad-ass before bad-ass was cool.
Edited by cbishop
@Liberty: The Invisible Man was funny... like so many of the classic "horror" novels, it was hardly scary at all.  He was dubbed "The Terror." lol 
 
I've had a problem with depictions of Van Helsing, ever since I read Dracula.  In the book, he was an older, Indian man, not British.  Someone should revisit that character in a future adaptation and do him right.

@Mr.Q: Vlad the Impaler was a straight up wack job.  He ran around at night impaling people he ran across, for no discernible reason.  When they finally imprisoned his freaky butt, he impaled the rats in his cell.  Someone should've tripped and accidentally stabbed him like twenty-eight times, long before he went on his shish-ka-bobbing spree.
Posted by Liberty
@cbishop:   Yes but he does go mad and becomes a megalomaniac..
Posted by cbishop
@Liberty: The Invisible Man or Van Helsing?  IM went quite mad, yes.  The interesting thing to me was that the books with his research were left behind... one of the earliest books I know of that is begging for a sequel. lol
Posted by ComicMan24

Very nice.

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Posted by The Poet

Lot of my favorite characters on this list. just love reading literature from this time period

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Vampires didn`t start from Dracula, but more like from legends and folk-stories that had been told for a long time before him. But...Since he can live forever, it might be that the legends were influenced by him...

Posted by Liberty
@kfhrfdu_89_76k: I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that.  I even have vampires on older lists.  Like Varney in the 1840's.  Whan I read your comment I was like "duh, I know that"  Then I looked and I just had to laugh.  Thanks for letting me know.  I shudder to think how many people saw that.  Oh well.
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

@Liberty:

Well, mistakes happen to every one.