British characters

Characters that are British by geography, not necessarily those that are produced in Britain (so no Judge Dredd or the Doctor, for example), but including those who might predate Britain as a nation.

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  • Matriarch of the Darling family. Debuted in J.M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan (and subsequent 1911 novel).

  • One of the stars of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows.

  • Another star of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows.

  • Irresponsible but well-meaning tearaway star of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows.

  • Corpulent schoolboy at Greyfriar's School, who debuted in 1908's Magnet weekly story paper.

  • British scientist who discovered the Lost World. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his 1912 novel The Lost World.

  • Tarzan's beloved. Debuted in "Tarzan of the Apes", All-Story Magazine, October 1912.

  • Police commissioner who became Dr. Fu Manchu's persistent nemesis. Debuted in Sax Rohmer's 1913 novel The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.

  • Dr. Syn, a.k.a. the pirate Captain Clegg, a smuggler but champion for justice in 18th century Dymchurch. Debuted in Russell Thorndike's 1915 novel Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh.

  • Mary Tourtel's adventurous bear, who debuted in the Daily Express on 8th November 1920.

  • Youth possessing invisibilty formula. First appeared in Rover, 4th March 1922.

  • A bear of very little brain, who first appeared in A Children Story by A.A. Milne in the 24th December 1925 edition of London newspaper The Evening News.

  • Best friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Timid friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Uptight friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Depressed donkey friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Wise friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Maternal kangaroo friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Kanga's son. First appeared in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926.

  • Bouncy friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. Introduced in A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner, 1928.

  • Thief and adventurer, a.k.a. Simon Templar, who first appeared in Leslie Charteris' 1928 novel Meet...The Tiger!

  • Late 16th/early 17th century Puritan adventurer, created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard.

  • Most enduring star of S.G. Hulme Beaman's Toytown series, going from radio to TV to comics. May have debuted in the first play broadcast on 19th July 1929, but definitely in the earliest surviving play which was broadcast on 18th February 1930.

  • Newstrip heroine with a propensity for losing her clothes. Debuted in the Daily Mail on 5th December 1932.

  • Title character of P.L. Traver's 1934 novel, a supernatural nanny.

  • Living scarecrow. Introduced in Barbara Euphan Todd's 1936 novel Worzel Gummidge.

  • Scottish comic strip star, debuted in The Sunday Post on 8th March 1936.

  • Anthropormorphic cat. Debuted in Dandy #1, 4th December 1937.

  • Eternally hungry boy. Debuted in Dandy #1, 4th December 1937.

  • Exceptionally nosy child who constantly spies on people. Debuted in Dandy #1, 4th December 1937.

  • Extremely rich schoolboy. First appeared in Beano #1, 30th July 1938.

  • Rubber-bodied man. Debuted in Beano #1, 30th July 1938.

  • The Strong Man's daughter. Debuted in Beano, 17th December 1938.

  • Wartime heroine. Debuted in Speed Comics #12, March 1941.

  • Robotic fighter. Introduced in Thrill Comics #1, April 1940.

  • DC addition to the Knights of the Round Table. Introduced in Adventure Comics #66, September 1941.

  • The first Citizen V. Introduced in Daring Mystery Comics #8, January 1942.

  • Armoured fighter pilot. Introduced in Air Fighters Comics #2, November 1942.

  • Batman's butler. Debuted in Batman #16, April–May 1943.

  • The "smartest dog in Scotland." First appeared in Dandy #280, 25th November 1944.

  • Mule puppet. Though his career started in vaudeville in 1933, his TV debut was on For The Children, 20th October 1946.

  • French-created British hero. Introduced in Paris-Monde Illustré #26, 1946.

  • Spectral Flash foe, debuted in Flash Comics #88, October 1947.

  • Donald Duck's rich and miserly uncle. First appeared in "Christmas on Bear Mountain", Four Color Comics #178, December 1947.

  • Anthropomorphic bear, former cover star of the Beano. Introduced in Beano #327, January 24th 1948.

  • WWII evacuee who adventured in Narnia with her siblings. Introduced in C.S. Lewis' 1950 novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

  • Pilot of the future. Introduced in Eagle #1, April 14th 1950.

  • Dan Dare's batsman. Introduced in Eagle #1, April 14th 1950.

  • Comic strip pirate turned children's TV series star, created by John Ryan. Introduced in Eagle #1, 14th April 1950.

  • Puppet boy. Debuted in BBC's For the Children on 20th June 1950.

  • DC Comics, British vigilante created by Bill Finger in Batman #62, December 1950. The current Knight is Cyril Sheldrake, an ally of Batman.

  • Knight's sidekick. The original Squire (who has since become the current Knight) debuted in Batman #62, December 1950.

  • Scientist ally of Dan Dare. Introduced in Eagle, early 1950s.

  • Tearaway terror. Introduced in Beano #452, 17th March 1951.

  • Robotic adventurer. First appeared in The Jungle Robot in Lion #1, 23rd February 1952.

  • Bear puppet star of children's TV. Debuted on BBC's Talent Night in 1952.

  • Trouble-making girl. Introduced in Topper #1, 7th February 1953.

  • Ian Fleming's spy, who first appeared in 1953's Casino Royale.

  • Head of MI6 and James Bond's superior. First appears in Casino Royale, 13th April 1953.

  • Work-shy kid who finds "dodges" to avoid doing chores or homework. Introduced in Beano #561, 18th April 1953.

  • Boy controller of miniature robot army. First appeared in Beano #584, 26th September 1953.

  • Naughty schoolgirl. Debuted in Beano #596, December 19th 1953.

  • Obese opponent of Minnie the Minx. Introduced in Beano, 1953

  • Victim of Dennis the Menace's bullying. Introduced in Beano, 1953.

  • Very literally a British version of Captain Marvel. Introduced in Marvelman #25, 3rd February 1954.

  • Marvelman's partner. Introduced in Young Marvelman #25, 3rd February 1954.

  • Troublesome school kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Ugliest of the Bash Street Kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Leader of the Bash Street Kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Nemesis of the Bash Street Kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Most naive of the Bash Street Kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Most thoughtful of the Bash Street Kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Fattest of the Bash Street Kids. Introduced in "When the Bell Rings", Beano #604, 13th February 1954.

  • Top footballer. Introduced in Tiger, 11th September 1954.

  • Space explorer. Introduced in The Daily Express on 15th February 1955.

  • Marvel's Arthurian era Black Knight, introduced in Black Knight #1, May 1955.

  • Marvel's version of Arthur's villainous son. Debuted in Black Knight #1, May 1955.

  • Marvel version of Morgan Le Fay. Debuted in Black Knight #1, May 1955.

  • Youngest member of the Marvelman family. Introduced circa Marvelman #101, July 1955.

  • Sixth century knight. First appeared in The Brave and the Bold #1, August 1955.

  • WWII pilot. Introduced in Sun #361, 7th January 1956.

  • Paternal canine star of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations.

  • Canine star of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations. In the novel she is a wet nurse for Pongo's wife, Missis, rather than Pongo's spouse as she is in the movie, and her own love, Prince, turns up at the end of the book to become the one hundred and first Dalmation.

  • Villain of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations.

  • Henchman villain in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations, though there he is called Saul Badun.

  • Henchman villain in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations.

  • Dalmation owner in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations.

  • Dalmation owner in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations.

  • Character from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmations.

  • Northern layabout. Debuted in The Daily Mirror on 5th August 1957.

  • MI6 armourer. Mentioned in Casino Royale, 13th April 1953, but first appears in Dr. No, 31st March 1958.

  • The "Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world." Introduced in Eve Titus' 1958 novel Basil of Baker Street.

  • Mouse physician. Introduced in Eve Titus' 1958 novel Basil of Baker Street.

  • Mouse criminal. Introduced in Eve Titus' 1958 novel Basil of Baker Street.

  • Dandy character who regularly destroys things accidentally. Introduced in The Dandy, 1958.

  • Star of TV Comic's longest running strip. Introduced in TV Comic #384, 9th March 1959.

  • Member of The Rescuers. Debuted in Margery Sharp's novel The Rescuers, 1959.

  • Member of The Rescuers. Debuted in Margery Sharp's novel The Rescuers, 1959. Though the movie depicts her as Hungarian, in the novel she is British.

  • Newspaper strip gang of youths. Debuted in the Daily Mirror on 19th October 1959

  • Sentient Welsh steam engine. Introduced in Ivor the Engine, 28th December 1959.