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Fictional Characters by Country #1

Name the countries where these fictional characters were born.
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Last updated: April 5, 2019
First submittedAugust 11, 2011
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Character
Country
Count Dracula
Romania
Mr. Miyagi
Japan
Harry Potter
United Kingdom
Quasimodo
France
Borat
Kazakhstan
Ivan Drago
Russia
Mulan
China
Character
Country
Ricky Ricardo
Cuba
Magneto
Germany
Xena
Greece
Mowgli
India
Geppetto
Italy
Machete
Mexico
Dame Edna
Australia
Character
Country
Dr. Frankenstein
Switzerland or Italy
Spiderman
United States
Hamlet
Denmark
Wolverine
Canada
Hercule Poirot
Belgium
Sancho Panza
Spain
Lisbeth Salander
Sweden
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level 77
Mar 13, 2014
Dracula was a real person. Mulan might have been. As much evidence for her as Jesus.
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level 63
Mar 13, 2014
Vlad the Impaler was real, but "Count Dracula" isn't.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
Dracula was a real nickname. He wasn't actually a count if you want to be a stickler. I would say that Count Dracula is "fictionalized," but not fictional.
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level 63
Mar 14, 2014
Agree, but I think the Quizmaster included the title "Count" to distinguish between the two.
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level 74
Jul 9, 2014
But the nickname was all that was taken by Stoker. The legends he based his count on were mostly Romanian, but not connected to Vlad Tepes, who also called himself Dracula and from whom Stoker took the name. 'Dracula' was not originally the character's name, it was Count Wampyr. Thank goodness he happened across Dracula before that went to print!
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level 68
Jul 11, 2018
He also wasn't a real vampire
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level 71
Mar 13, 2014
You keep saying things like this. You're not a stupid man. So you know there's plenty of historical evidence of Jesus's existence. You don't have to believe IN Jesus, but the world doesn't get changed as his followers changed it because of a made up "concept" person.
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level 49
Mar 13, 2014
There is no historical evidence of the Jesus as depicted in the bible. The best piece of "evidence" was written 300 years after he died and has since been widely accepted as a forgery. As far as changing the world, I'd say Carl Marx has had an extremely profound impact on the world, in far less time. That doesn't make him, or anyone else, a god.
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level 60
Mar 13, 2014
"Evidence" - I do not think it means what you think it means.
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level 63
Mar 13, 2014
All theological debate aside, few legitimate historians of ancient history are going to argue against the existence of an historical Jesus. Like Jesus, Socrates never wrote anything, and the only contemporaneous evidence of his existence comes from only three sources- Plato and Xenophon (both disciples of Socrates) and Aristophanes (an opponent). However, no one doubts that Socrates existed.
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level 60
Mar 13, 2014
Contemporaneous is the key. Wasn't the first mention of Jesus some 300 years after his supposed existence? Anyway, this Jesus fellow may or may not have existed, however, there is almost zero evidence (outside of some book called the Bible) that the magic-man portayed to many is little more than a "fictional character" as characterized by this quiz. The comparison drawn between Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula is a good parallel. The exagerated persona is the one being called "fictional".
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level 63
Mar 13, 2014
Actually the three synoptic Gospels and most of the New Testament epistles are from the mid- to late first century.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
There is no evidence for the existence of Jesus. I still find it likely that he did exist. But that does not change the fact that there is no evidence he did. We have no writings of his that he left behind. No artifacts from his lifetime (for a long time Christians claimed to possess the "true cross," you might have seen it in the film Kingdom of Heaven, but it was eventually lost. Not a single person who ever met Jesus wrote about him firsthand. The only accounts we have are all hearsay and the very earliest of those are written by people who were born after he died. Our understanding of Jesus comes mostly from a single document- The Bible, which was a collection of many different documents that accumulated over time, the earliest of which were written decades after Jesus' death, and some of which were written centuries later. That one account that we have is often self-contradictory and contains historical information that is factually wrong.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
There is good reason to believe that Jesus was a real person, but none of it is what a historian or scientist or even a police officer would call evidence. It's all conjecture. And there is also very good reason to doubt that he was a real person. Personally I believe he was a real person but that his life was heavily fictionalized. Of course, without any evidence, I can't support my opinion with anything other than estimates and educated guesses.

Few (I wouldn't say nobody) doubt that Socrates existed, not because there is so much evidence for his existence, but because he led a normal life, is not the central figure of a personality cult, never claimed and supernatural powers, and nobody's religious conviction depends upon belief in Socrates. Those who wrote about him were not committed to the idea that he was a living god, and the accounts of his life do not contain stories of zombies roaming around Jerusalem in large numbers that have not been independently corroborated.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
A much better comparison to Jesus would be Hercules, rather than Socrates.

Ancient Greeks usually believed Hercules/Heracles to be a real person. There are many stories of his exploits, written (like Jesus) by people who never met him after he was supposed to have died. Some people (the Spartans, for one) even claimed descent from him, so we had his living descendants as "proof" that he existed.

Yet nobody would say "no one doubts Hercules existed." Actually, pretty much everyone agrees he is entirely fictional. Because there is good reason to doubt he was a real person. He was the son of a god. He did superhuman things. Stories about him don't make sense and are obviously made up as parables.

It's not just lack of evidence = doubt. It's lack of evidence + good reason to doubt.
Socrates has the lack of evidence, but there is no good reason to doubt he existed.
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level 63
Mar 14, 2014
I forgot that no one wins debates, especially religious or political ones, on the internet. How about we discuss something else? I don't know about you all, but I really like a good, stone-ground mustard. You know, the kind with the seeds still in it.
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level 71
Jun 2, 2016
Well that escalated quickly.
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level 77
Sep 9, 2017
Robben: none of those accounts you listed are anything close to firsthand accounts. These historians are describing stories that they were told. They are describing and providing evidence for the existence of Christians in the first century.... not the existence of Jesus. This would be like if I wrote down "Muhammad flew to Mecca on a man-faced horse named Barack." Just because I wrote it down doesn't make it true... and the account that I am writing down is not based on first-hand evidence or accounts. It is based on the fact that I have been told this story by Muslims who believe in it. If I write it down, this is evidence that I have interacted with Muslims. It's not evidence for Barack the flying horse. There is a very distinct difference. The Romans were notoriously anal record keepers, and yet not ONE SINGLE SHRED of evidence exists for Jesus that is first-hand or from the man's lifetime. This is remarkable, even if it's not ironclad proof that he was a myth. Nobody said it was.
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level 71
Sep 9, 2017
If nobody wins, how do you determine who loses? Everybody or nobody?
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level 77
May 7, 2019
Who said nobody won?
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level 72
May 11, 2019
You have to wonder about the mental state of a person who writes 4 lengthy entries of an anti-Christian nature on a quiz page that has nothing to do with the topic!
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level 77
May 12, 2019
The original comment had everything to do with the topic of the quiz. Do you ever wonder about the mental states of those who feel compelled to argue with factual statements about probably fictional characters? Or those that read grounded, factual, non-partisan statements and see them as a sign of bigotry or mental illness? Because I wonder about that.
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level 60
Mar 13, 2014
It's actually too bad that Jesus wasn't on this list.
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level 71
Mar 18, 2014
"Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically", says Wikipedia. Now Wikipedia could be wrong, or those scholars.
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level 44
Aug 10, 2014
LOL People who laugh at Wikipedia as if it's all fakery
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level 45
Apr 26, 2015
Was that a necessary reply..?
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level 52
May 1, 2017
He's just trying to sound smart and edgy.
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level 40
Mar 13, 2014
Frankenstein was Swiss? Gee... don't remember that from the book. I guess the monster must've been Swiss too. Not just chockies, cool pocket knives, tax-evading banks and clocks then.
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level 44
Aug 10, 2014
Percy and Mary Shelley were on holiday in Switzerland when she conceived the "ghost story" that became Frankenstein. I still can't believe an 18-yr-old wrote it. It remains one of my all-time favorite novels.
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level 56
May 7, 2019
Pathetic infantile stereotyping of a country
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level 69
Jul 6, 2015
Wasn't Magneto a Polish Jew?
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level 43
Nov 21, 2015
i think so, too.
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level 39
Oct 5, 2016
Exactly definitely is. The German's killed his parents at Auschwitz.
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level 70
Dec 8, 2016
His parents were german jews who fled to Poland.
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level ∞
Apr 5, 2019
What @QRU said. This is something that can easily be looked up.
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level 54
May 8, 2019
All that being said, and not that this changes the right answer, but I think that Magneto himself would say that he was truly born in Poland, while Eric (his weaker human version) was born in Germany. :-P
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level 62
May 18, 2016
As other commenters have pointed out, some of these characters were not born in the countries you've said they are. They're more the countries that they well-know for coming from. That would be a better premise for the quiz.
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level ∞
Apr 5, 2019
All I see from other commenters is a huge argument about whether Jesus was real. Conclusion, almost everyone agrees that he was but there's no strong evidence.
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level 39
Oct 5, 2016
Less than 90% of people know Spiderman is from USA? Really!? Surely you could have at least guessed that!
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level 53
Nov 2, 2017
Spiderman is near the end of the quiz. I'm sure most of the 10% just gave up on the whole quiz after being unable to answer most of the first ones.
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level 54
Apr 5, 2018
The Frankenstein entry still needs to be corrected: the character was raised in Switzerland but born in Italy.
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level 67
Jun 3, 2018
Depends on the version of the novel you're reading. The original 1818 text makes no mention of him being born in Italy, and opens the first chapter of the main narrative with "I am by birth a Genevese" (i.e., from Geneva, Switzerland.) It was the 1831 edition that added in a passage a few paragraphs later that included "I, their eldest child, was born at Naples," though it confusingly still opened with the line about being Genevese. Since there are two different canonical sources that say two different things, I'd argue that either could be an acceptable answer.
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level ∞
Apr 5, 2019
Well researched comment @MarlowePI. Both will be accepted now.
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level 67
Feb 4, 2019
Never heard of Ricky Ricardo or Machete.
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level 76
Feb 5, 2019
Ricky Ricardo was Lucille Ball's sidekick on I Love Lucy, if memory serves.
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level 77
May 7, 2019
her husband on that show. Perhaps the most famous and popular sitcom of all time, possibly excepting The Simpsons or a handful of others, played by Desi Arnaz who was also Cuban-born and married in real life to Lucille Ball.
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level 45
May 7, 2019
Noooooooooo...Ricky was the son born in the USA. Desi was born in Cuba, NOT little Ricky.
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level 77
May 7, 2019
Desi was the name of the actor. Ricky was the name of the character. Ricky Jr. was their kid. Both Desi Arnaz and Ricky Ricardo were born in Cuba.
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level 80
May 7, 2019
Machete is a character created by Robert Rodriguez and portrayed by Danny Trejo. He was originally from Spy Kids, of all things.
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level 62
May 7, 2019
When I saw the title of the quiz on the main page, my first thought was "Oh, I really hope they included Hercule Poirot." Nicely done.
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level 45
May 7, 2019
Nooooooo...Ricky Ricardo was the son ...born very famously in the USA. Desi was the husband born in Cuba. The quiz here is incorrect.
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level 62
May 7, 2019
Nooooooo...Ricky Ricardo was the fictional father of little Ricky Ricardo...born famously in Cuba. Desi was the real first name of the actor who played the fictional character, and was also born in Cuba. Your comment here is incorrect.
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level 73
May 7, 2019
Nooooooo... I think I hear an echo
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level 77
May 7, 2019
You're so wrong about this you felt the need to be wrong twice?
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level 67
May 7, 2019
Really, watch literally any episode of I Love Lucy, and you'll find that you are wrong and the quiz is correct.
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level 53
May 7, 2019
Awesome, I just guessed Sweden. I don't know who that Lisbeth person is.
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level 63
May 8, 2019
Never heard of it either nor ricky ricardo. Got all the others but didnt know where mogwli was from
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level 63
May 8, 2019
I realize now i mixed up mogwli and mogwai hahaha
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level 54
May 8, 2019
She's the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo