British Fictional Heroes

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Some of the most fascinating and influential fictional characters have been British.

British heroes tend to be highly intelligent, well educated but flawed. They usually display a strong sense of duty and are highly resourceful.

  • James Bond, the British spy created by real-life intelligence agent Ian Fleming.
  • Sherlock Holmes. A logical and highly intelligent detective. Specialises in deductive reasoning. One of most famous quotes is 'When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.' Has an addiction to heroin.
  • Simon Templar. "The Saint". A thief who works outside the law but targets the corrupt and immoral. Created by Leslie Charteris.
  • The Doctor. An alien humanoid who takes a special interest in Earth.
  • King Arthur. The mythical king of England.
  • Robin Hood. A heroic outlaw who 'steals from the rich and gives to the poor'.
  • Harry Potter, A wizard responsible for defeating Voldemort.
  • James 'Biggles' Bigglesworth. A WW1 fighter pilot and adventurer.
  • Jean-Luc Picard. Supposedly French in ancestry but very British in demeanour.
  • Allan Quartermain. H. Rider Haggard's explorer and adventurer. ("King Solomon's Mines" etc.,)
  • Jane Marple. A detective investigator.
  • Reginald Jeeves. The manservant of 'Bertie Wooster'.
  • Richard Sharpe. A soldier of the Napoleonic wars who rises through the ranks.
  • Phileas Fogg. An adventurer who travels around the world in 80 days.
  • Mary Poppins.
  • Bulldog Drummond
  • John Steed, the spy played by Patrick Macnee on the television series The Avengers.
  • Tarzan, the English lord raised by apes in Africa; the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Austin Powers
  • Lara Croft
  • Reginald Perrin
  • Julian, Dick, Anne, George and (of course) Tim. The Famous Five.
  • Jim Hawkins of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
  • Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe
  • Rupert Bear
  • Lassie
  • John Rebus, the Edinburgh detective.
  • Sydney Carton ("It is a far far better thing I do than ever I have done.")
  • Alice, the creation of Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass
  • Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad from "The Wind in the Willows".
  • A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh
  • Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
  • Horace Rumpole (of the Bailey)
  • C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower
  • Aslan from C.S.Lewis' "Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" and others. (Lucy, Edmond, Peter and Susan are the human characters.)
  • Elizabeth Bennett from "Pride and Prejudice"
  • Jane Eyre (" Reader, I married him.")
  • Lorna Doone.
  • Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton's priest-detective.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L. Sayer's aristocratic sleuth.
  • Richard Hannay, John Buchan's hero who first appeared in "The Thirty Nine Steps".