TV and Movies·Posted on 3 Oct 202018 Fictional Characters That Were Inspired By Real PeopleI can't get over the fact that MISS PIGGY was based on a real woman.by Hanifah RahmanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Psycho's Norman Bates was based on murderous mama's boy, Ed Gein. Paramount Pictures Psycho is nightmare-inducing enough as a fiction, so the fact that it's based on the crimes committed by Ed Gein makes it so much more terrifying. Gein was a murderer and gravedigger who, just like Norman, had an unhealthy obsession with his mother. Gein's horrific antics have also been the inspiration for other horror movies, including Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. 2. The vultures in The Jungle Book were modeled on The Beatles, and Disney even tried (and failed) to get John, Paul, Ringo, and George on board. RKO Radio Pictures, Express / Getty Images In 1967, The Beatles were pretty much the biggest thing in the world, so it’s no surprise that the filmmakers gave the vultures shaggy hair and Liverpudlian accents. According to accounts, Lennon refused to get on board, and told Disney they’d be better off hiring Elvis instead. History repeated itself when Jon Favreau unsuccessfully tried to get Paul and Ringo into the live-action remake. 3. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars was inspired by Esther Earl, a YouTuber who vlogged about living with cancer. 20th Century Fox, Cookie4Monster4 / Via youtube.com Esther's vlogs were watched by thousands of people, including author John Green. He became a friend of the Earl family and was inspired to write a book dedicated to her after she died at the age of 16. 4. American Horror Story's Delphine LaLaurie really was a murderous socialite. FX The extent of her torturous crimes was discovered after her New Orleans house was mysteriously set on fire in 1834: Rescuers found corpses with their eyes gouged, fingernails torn off, and mouths sewn shut, among other horrifying injuries. 5. And Marie Laveau was a reigning voodoo queen in 19th century New Orleans. FX, Hanifah Rahman Just like Angela Bassett's AHS character, Marie Laveau was one hell of a multitasker – she ran a luxury hairdressing business in the French Quarter while practising magic in the community. 6. Ursula from The Little Mermaid was inspired by the iconic drag performer Divine. Buena Vista Pictures, New Line Cinema Okay, so Divine obviously wasn't a magical sea witch, but the similarities between the two are uncanny. The movie's animators originally created a villain based on Joan Collins, but ultimately decided that a Divine-inspired Ursula worked better. 7. And Ariel was modelled on the face of Alyssa Milano. Jesse Grant / Getty Images The actor didn't find out that the mermaid was based on her likeness until after the film was released. 8. The only thing scarier than The Mummy is the fact that the evil Imhotep was inspired by a real prehistoric figure. Diego Fiore / Getty Images It's hard to know why the movie creators chose Imhotep as the basis for their villain – his name means "one who comes in peace" in Ancient Egyptian. Not much is known about the real-life Imo, but he lived during 27th Century BC, was the Pharoah's chief architect, and was responsible for the first monumental stone building. 9. There was a real little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Buena Vista Pictures, Lewis Carroll / Getty Images Lewis Carroll was a family friend of Alice Liddel, and there are so many links to the little girl in his novels – they're set on her birthday and half-birthday, and there's even a poem that spells out her full name in Through the Looking Glass. 10. Olivia Pope's career was modelled on a super-successful crisis manager and lawyer. ABC, Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images Certain aspects of Scandal's most badass character mirror Judy Smith's, but she definitely did not have an affair with the president. 11. Hiram Bingham III was an explorer who inspired the character Indiana Jones. Paramount Pictures Hiram was a Yale professor and adventurer who was most famous for being one of the first westerners to come across the Machu Picchu ruins. There are loads of similarities between him and Indy, but the biggest nod to Hiram is the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark being set a stone's throw away from the Machu Picchu ruins. 12. And just like in the movie, Molly Brown really did survive the sinking of the Titanic. 20th Century Fox She was remembered for saving countless passengers and being one of the only people on the lifeboats who wanted to turn back to save others. 13. Empire's Lucious Lyon was inspired by Jay-Z. Fox, Ari Perilstein / Getty Images The show's creator revealed that he drew lots of elements for the character from the music mogul. 14. Miss Piggy was inspired by the iconic Peggy Lee. Walt Disney Co, Archive / Getty Images The most melodramatic member of the Muppets began life as Miss Piggy Lee (subtle), but the creators changed it after the singer threatened to sue. 15. Roxie and Velma from Chicago were modelled on two suspected killers on "Murderess Row" in the '20s. Miramax Films, Chicago Tribune / Via chicagology.com Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan allegedly shot men they were having affairs with, but both were acquitted. 16. And unfortunately, Twisty the Killer Clown didn't just exist in AHS Freak Show. FX One of the show's most terrifying characters was based on notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who would attend children's charity functions dressed up as a clown. 17. Serious comic book fans will know that when he created Iron Man, Stan Lee was influenced by Howard Hughes, an aviation millionaire who made a huge impact to the 20th Century. Marvel, Hulton Archive / Getty Images Howard Hughes was a jack of all trades – he was a pilot, movie producer, and an inventor – so it's not surprising that Tony Stark was inspired by him. There tons of similarities between the two and It's also no coincidence that Tony's father is named Howard, too! 18. And finally, The Joker was inspired by a '20s silent film star who had a pretty terrifying smile. Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures The inspo for The Joker came from Conrad Veidt's portrayal of a disfigured character in the romantic drama The Man Who Laughs named Gwynplaine. Although Gwynplaine was fictional, the creators of The Joker were intrigued by Conrad's horrifying perma-grin and swept-back hair, and adopted his look for their supervillain.