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    18 Fictional Characters That Were Inspired By Real People

    I can't get over the fact that MISS PIGGY was based on a real woman.

    1. Psycho's Norman Bates was based on murderous mama's boy, Ed Gein.

    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.

    3. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars was inspired by Esther Earl, a YouTuber who vlogged about living with cancer.

    4. American Horror Story's Delphine LaLaurie really was a murderous socialite.

    5. And Marie Laveau was a reigning voodoo queen in 19th century New Orleans.

    6. Ursula from The Little Mermaid was inspired by the iconic drag performer Divine.

    7. And Ariel was modelled on the face of Alyssa Milano.

    8. The only thing scarier than The Mummy is the fact that the evil Imhotep was inspired by a real prehistoric figure.

    9. There was a real little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland.

    10. Olivia Pope's career was modelled on a super-successful crisis manager and lawyer.

    11. Hiram Bingham III was an explorer who inspired the character Indiana Jones.

    12. And just like in the movie, Molly Brown really did survive the sinking of the Titanic.

    13. Empire's Lucious Lyon was inspired by Jay-Z.

    14. Miss Piggy was inspired by the iconic Peggy Lee.

    15. Roxie and Velma from Chicago were modelled on two suspected killers on "Murderess Row" in the '20s.

    16. And unfortunately, Twisty the Killer Clown didn't just exist in AHS Freak Show.

    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.

    18. And finally, The Joker was inspired by a '20s silent film star who had a pretty terrifying smile.