Greatest 12 Characters Between 1600-1799

Who is on this list, what this list is about and how they got on the list!

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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  
These are characters who first appeared between the years of 1600 and 1799.  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 
 
New Stuff 
Well here we are with another list.  This time instead of making it a decade long list.  I made it a two century long list.  You may have noticed that I have more than 12 that is because I may break this up into two lists at a later date if I get enough diverse characters of note.  If you have any suggestions let me know.
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 Let me tell you a story
 
Here is the past list

Greatest 12 Characters Between 1400-1599 
 
Here is the next list   
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1800's

List items

  • Don Quixote is a noble man but not seemingly all together in control of his mental stability. He first appeared in the novel The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha in 1605.

  • Sancho Panza might be the first sidekick. He became Quixote's squire in his fight against windmills. He first appeared in the novel The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha in 1605.

  • Tom Thumb was no bigger than his father's thumb and yet he goes on many adventures. He could not change size but would be a precursor to characters like the Atom, Aunt Man and Doll Man. He was also friends with King Arthur and was the first fairy Tale even to by printed in England. His first appearance is in The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621.

  • Christian first appears in 1678 in Pilgrim's Progress. Christian is suffering from his burden and despite everyone who tries to get him to stay (Including his family), He leaves. He ends up on a journey of life that is full of evil pitfalls and temptations.

  • Alan-a-dale pledges his life to Robin Hood when he saves his love. He becomes Robin's mistral. An exact date for the first appearance in Robin Hood and Alan-a-Dale is not known but it was in the seventeenth-century making him a nice addition to the list.

  • Puss in Boots was written in the book Puss in Boots in 1698. It is about a cat who gets into trouble. I know shocking.

  • Little Red Riding Hood is a fascinating character who in some tales she fights a werewolf or ogre. She is also forced to eat her grandmother flesh and blood and strip and throw her clothes in the fire and then get into bed with the wolf. She even tells the wolf that she has to defecate in order to escape. Sometime she does sometimes she fails, sometimes she is saved by someone else. Her first written story is in the Tales of Passed Times, by Mother Goose in 1698.

  • Sleeping Beauty is another character from a legendary fairy tale. Just like little Red Riding Hood she got her first appearance in the Tales of Passed Times, by Mother Goose in 1698.

  • No piece of literature predates the "translation" of A Thousand and One Nights his first appearance in 1709. This leads scholars to speculate how old the tale is but there is no doubt about his story's inspiration to literature afterwords.

  • Just like Ali Baba there is no piece of literature predates the "translation" of A Thousand and One Nights his first appearance in 1709. This leads scholars to speculate how old the tale is but there is no doubt about his story's inspiration to literature afterwords.

  • The Character Robinson Crusoe a man forced to survive on an unexplored island. If he had studied the bow and arrow a little more he might of come back as the Green Arrow. Unfortunately it would be another 200 years before Oliver Queen would get stranded on his own island. His first appearance is from the novel Robinson Carusoe in 1719.

  • Considered the Scottish Robin Hood Rob Roy was a hero in his own time. The first fictionalized account of his adventures and life appeared in 1723 called The Highland Rogue.

  • Lemuel Gulliver is the protagonist and narrator of Gulliver's Travels. His first appearance was in 1726 in Gulliver's Travels and it has never been out of print. Even Jack Black plays him in the 2010 movie depiction of the story.

  • Upon Dick Turpin's death he was catapulted into fame staring with the half fictionalized The Genuine History of the Life of Richard Turpin in 1739.

  • Belle meaning beauty spares her father's life by staying with a beast she falls in love with and turns out to be handsome price. She first appears in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740.

  • The Beast is really a prince turned into a beast by a fairy and must find true love in order to break the curse. He first appears in La jeune américaine, et les contes marins in 1740.

  • Fanny Hill first appeared in the first adult novel of all times. She first appeared in the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1748. Now she is seen as a member of the 18th century League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  • Baron Münchhausen's own tall tales launched him into fame as he told stories of riding cannonballs and so on. In 1781 his stories were collected in Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia, also called The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhause.