Greatest 12 Characters of the Time Lost .

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 the 12 coolest characters from ancient time that are hard to quantify to a specific date.  They are ancient and biblical 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.  

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New Stuff

I was not sure were these lists were to end.  I just let it go naturally and at the end I wanted to have a list of those characters that were so hard to quantify dates for.  There were so many great characters this really could be a list of 100.  These are my favorites but I would love to hear yours.  Let me know.

Here is the next list   

Greatest 12 Characters Between 1000-1199

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  • Achilles is the Greek Hero of the Trojan War that is believed to have taken place around 1194–1184 BC. Achilles was invulnerable except for his heel. He died from a poison tipped arrow hitting him in the heel.

  • The current Samson is the decedent of the biblical Samson who destroyed a whole army with the Jaw Bone of an Ass. Thus making them Asses. Oh yeah it is in the Bible and it is my favorite biblical story. He was first seen in the book of Judges in the Old Testament in the Bible between 1045 and 1000 BC. Thanks God. =]

  • Job is the sufferer. He suffers in every way. looses everything dear to him and yet he still praises God. If you know real dark and horrible depression you know Job. His first appearance is in The Book of Job written between 600 and 400 BC.

  • Gilgamesh one of the first heroes in literature. Being a true life leader his tales became legend. The oldest surviving text of his story was written on tablets in the 7th Century BC. Now that is bad!

  • The Big Bad Wolf is a villain in many of the old fables like Aesop, Mother goose and the Grimm faerie tales. The first appearance of the Big Bad Wolsf was in the Boy Who Cried Wolf 620 and 560 BC.

  • King Leonidas of Sparta is one of the greatest real life warriors of all time. His Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC is perhaps the most dramatic resistance ever. Vastly outnumbered the Spartans with only 300 men plus a small amount of allies fight an army of several hundred thousand. They eventually loose but stop the army and fight it for two days.

  • Cinderella was originally called Rhodopis. The oldest known tale goes back to somewhere around 64 BC – 24 AD. The story had uniquely made slippers of red and gold. The original story was Egyptian and involved the god Osiris instead of a fairy Godmother.

  • No one knows when Beowulf was first written. It was somewhere between the 8th and 11th century. Beowulf is the title of his first appearance in an English poem.

  • Perseus is a Greek Hero who kills the Medusa to save his love of Andromeda. It is unknown when he first appeared in literature. Medusa's origin changed over time in Greek Mythology. She ended up being depicted as a beautiful woman who is turned into a monster after she mates with Poseidon in the temple of Athena.

  • Hercules like Perseus is a Greek Demi-God. Hercules goes back to ancient Greek mythology. Every comic universe seems to have their own version of this hero.

  • Sinbad the Sailor is so long no one knows when his first story was told or written. He is believed to be a Persian character.

  • Jason is most famously known for his leadership of the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece.

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also God Himself. not always addressed by name but you can tell when it's Him. plus in Marvel he apparently looks like Stan Lee.
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Missing plenty here, lol.

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I like a lot of these guys, but can think of a few more. Good list.
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@Mr.Q:

Or Jack Kirby. Or whoever.

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@kfhrfdu_89_76k: one of the 2.
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@Mr.Q:

Yeah.

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I'd have liked to see some non-western heroes make the list other than Gilgamesh (who is arguably kinda the start of the western heroic tradition).

Some of my favorites are Coyote (Native American), Arjuna (Indian), Hanuman/Sun Wukong/Monkey (throughout East Asia including India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Korea, Japan etc.)

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@etragedy: When I made these lists I wanted to have the characters whom I felt had the most global appeal. I did not make these a favorites list in any way. I grant you that there is an unintended bias to any list. I can only make this list or any list off to the best of my ability to be fair to my opinion (and believe it or not my research) for these lists. This list the last of a series of lists that started out as decade long lists like the 1990's, 1970's and so on going through the 1900 and 1800 hundreds. Then they went for century long lists going back as far as I could with solid dates till I got to this list of notable characters who didn't have a clear origin date.

As for a "western bias" I would argue at some level as I have heroes of Persian, Egyptian, Hebrew, and Greek origins. So I'm not sure how big an area you are referring to as "western" Your first example of Coyote would be about as "western" as I could get I would think but I have to admit I am not very familiar with the character. As for characters you mentioned I must admit I don't know any of them. I will however look into them and did look up some of their pages on this website already. Some had absolutely nothing written about them making it harder to justify adding them to a "best of" anything list. I don't even know if they had comic pages when I made this list literally years ago. I would love to add any character that has more global appeal than the one's I have as I want this list to be as perfect as possible, and I'll look into the heroes you mentioned. If you have more you think of later I am very open to to looking into them as well. Thank you for your suggestions.

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@liberty: 'Western' is the old colloquialism for Caucasian so I should have said Eurocentric, though it also includes parts of the Middle East and definitely Greece (which is squarely in Europe). Native American is yes, west of Europe but when people refer to 'Westernization' they don't include native cultures. Usually it's the civilization that arose in the fertile crescent (Persia) and spread West across Anatolia, Europe to the British Isles (and included all 'Classical' civilizations bordering the Mediterranean Roman/Greek/Hebrew/Phoenician/Egyptian). And then invaded the New World (Americas).

Monkey (Hanuman, Sun WuKong, etc.) continues to influence pop culture a lot, especially the recent Jackie Chan film 'Forbidden Kingdom' and the Dragonball character called 'Goku'.

Coyote actually had a couple comics devoted/inspired from - most notably, Coyote.

Arjuna is one of the Pandavas, from one of India's two great epics (the other being the Ramayana, and Rama would be another great choice for a list) which were pretty much like the Illiad/Odyssey of India - though unrelated to each other. Arjuna (sometimes just Arjun) was an archer. Very popular in Indian comics, most notably those published by Amar Chitka.

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@etragedy: I will definitely look into all of those. Links are real helpful too.

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Gilgamesh is underrated. His story is the oldest recorded one in existence no?