Forrest Gump

    Character » Forrest Gump appears in 20 issues.

    Main character in the book and movie of the same name.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Forrest Gump last edited by rovedo5540 on 10/25/23 02:05PM View full history


    Forrest Gump is a fictional character from the 1986 novel "Forrest Gump" by Winston Groom, as well as the 1994 Academy Award-winning film adaptation directed by Robert Zemeckis. The most popular origin story of Forrest Gump centers around his upbringing in the small town of Greenbow, Alabama. Forrest is depicted as a man with a below-average IQ but an extraordinary and eventful life. The story is narrated by Forrest himself, recounting his experiences, adventures, and the many historical events he inadvertently influences. His life is marked by resilience, kindness, and the ability to triumph over adversity.


    Forrest Gump was created by author Winston Groom for his novel of the same name. The character was brought to the screen by actor Tom Hanks in the film adaptation. Groom's novel and Zemeckis's film brought Forrest Gump's unique and heartwarming story to a global audience.

    Character Evolution

    Forrest Gump has evolved as a beloved and iconic character in popular culture, primarily due to Tom Hanks's remarkable portrayal in the film. His character represents the enduring qualities of innocence, perseverance, and the ability to influence history despite his simple nature.

    Major Story Arcs

    The major story arc of Forrest Gump follows his life journey, which includes his childhood, service in the Vietnam War, time as a college football star, a successful shrimp business, and more. The narrative unfolds through Forrest's firsthand accounts of historical events, reflecting the changing times in the 20th century and his unique experiences in each era.

    Powers and Abilities

    Forrest Gump does not possess any superhuman powers or abilities. Instead, his character is known for his extraordinary endurance, his running prowess, and his kind-hearted nature. These attributes, combined with a unique series of events, lead him to achieve remarkable feats throughout his life.

    Alternate Versions

    Forrest Gump has not had alternate versions or interpretations in the traditional sense, as he is a character deeply associated with the specific novel and film in which he was created. However, the character's legacy has continued through references, parodies, and adaptations in other media.

    Other Media

    Forrest Gump has had a significant impact on popular culture, inspiring countless references, parodies, and adaptations in various forms of media, including television, literature, and even theme park attractions. Tom Hanks's portrayal of Forrest in the film remains one of the most iconic and celebrated performances in cinematic history, and the character's famous catchphrase, "Life is like a box of chocolates," continues to be widely recognized and quoted.


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