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10 Animated Characters Who Are Based On Real People

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Does art imitate life, or life imitate art? In this case, it's most likely the former.

Take a look at 10 famous cartoon or movie characters who were based on other people.

Shrek

French professional wrestler Maurice Tillet was known as "the freak ogre of the ring" in the '40s. He suffered from a condition that caused his bones to thicken more than the average man.

Popeye the Sailor

Frank "Rocky" Fiegel was the real Popeye. Rocky became the sole inspiration for this iconic comic strip character that can still be found on Popeye candy sticks. Rocky, like Popeye, loved to smoke pipes and get into fistfights.

Dennis "The Menace" Mitchell

Perhaps it's not a surprise to learn that the original Dennis "The Menace" was based off of cartoonist Hank Ketcham's son, Dennis Lloyd Ketcham.

Tinker Bell

Unfortunately, magical fairies don't exist. The iconic Disney version of Tinker Bell was inspired by actress Margaret Kerry.

Archie Andrews

The inspiration for our favorite male red-headed cartoon character came from teen comedian Mickey Rooney. Rooney played the fictional character of Andy Hardy in the Andy Hardy movie series from the '30s. Andy is similar to Archie, in the sense that both characters somehow attracts girls who are way out of their league.

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