12 Famous People Who Don’t Actually Exist

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There are a few people who have actually played a huge role within this society. But, interestingly, they do not really exist. Yes, you heard me right! History is filled with a number of amazing people, their popular thoughts, their names, their identities everything is known to us. However, within everything, there is nothing. Well, authors and several other creative people have managed to produce enigmatic personalities that keep on changing us.

So, today we are going to tell you about 12 of those famous people who were with us in this world, they were so near us, yet they never existed.

Here we go!

Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker is extremely famous for the oh-so-delicious cake recipes that she shares with us. But, the fact is that she has never seen the face of any kitchen on this earth. Every inspiring chef turns to her in order to come up with an excellent cake and pie. However, she is not present with them in actuality.

Gold Medal Flour, in 1921, initiated a promotional event during which they received a number of queries regarding baking. So, a fictional character Betty Crocker was designed to answer all these queries.

The surname Crocker was picked in order to honor a recently retired director of the company. His name was William G. Crocker. Also, his entire family was associated with milling for quite a long time.

The name Betty Crocker grew so popular that an entire line of baking products was named after this made-up character.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood’s stories have been so popular that every child knows him. But, have you ever thought who actually Robin Hood was? Well, it is a fictional character whose job is to steal from the rich and provide to the poor and needy. He carries his bow and arrow very bravely and is never scared of tough challenges.

Basically, Robin Hood is a very famous folklore character of the ballads and the books of the 14th and 15th Centuries. All the tales very proudly depict the heroics of Robin Hood against the sheriff of Nottinghamshire.

Nonetheless, Robin Hood’s heroics are too good to be true.


Mulan is a Chinese warrior princess that is etched in the hearts of people. She disguises herself as a man in order to fight. It is believed that the character of Mulan was actually a princess who served 12 years in the Military by disguising herself as a man.

There are several of the Disney movies that have been made on this specific character. Historians also say that the warrior princess’s name was Hua Mulan. However, there is no evidence if she actually existed or not.

William Tell

William Tell is a very famous Swiss folk hero. He shot an arrow off his son’s head. Basically, the event took place in 1307 A.D when a representative of the Duke of Austria ordered Tell and his son to remove their hats. However, Tell refused to do so.

The representative ordered Tell to shoot an apple off his son’s head at 120 paces. Tell followed the command and successfully shot the apple. After it, the representative asked to Tell that why he held a second arrow?

Tell said, “If the first arrow had killed my son, I would have shot the second at you and I would not have missed.” Tell was imprisoned in a dungeon but fortunately, he escaped through a boat. Tell was quick enough to launch a revolt through which Austrians got deprived of their leadership while Swiss people managed to come into power.

Now, the scholars say that Tell was a fictional character and there is no reality of him. Also, the most famous apple-shot story is found to be fictional and not related to William Tell’s account.

Aunt Jemima

The famous face on syrup bottles gives us the inspiration to smile but the character never really existed. Basically, the character is based on the very common stereotype of the mammy archetype. It was a fictional character in minstrel shows that used to appear in the late 1800s.

The brand which is responsible for creating Aunt Jemima is R. T. Davis Milling Company. They also hired slave Nancy Queen in order to represent Aunt Jemima in 1890. After her, several other women portrayed Aunt Jemima.

Green’s family, Quaker Oats now own this brand. However, in 2014, they filed a lawsuit against this very company to which the company owners responded:

“The image symbolizes a sense of caring, warmth, hospitality, and comfort and is neither based on nor meant to depict any one person.”

John Barron

John Barron was very famous during the 1980s. Basically, John Barron is a spokesperson of Donald Trump who got quoted in official news stories. But, the actual problem is that there is no real entity named John Baron.

It is actually Trump himself who uses the name, John Barron.

Paul Banyan

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox are the characters that are fictional yet so famous. For the very first time in 1906, their tales started to appear. It is also thought that lumberjack is a combination of these two legends.

The stories tell us about their resemblance to French-Canadian lumberjack Fabian Fournier. Historians also say:

“Six feet tall (at a time when the average man barely cleared five feet) with giant hands, Fournier went by the nickname “Saginaw Joe.” He was rumored to have two complete sets of teeth, which he used to bite off chunks of wooden rails, and in his spare time enjoyed drinking and brawling.”

Jack Dawson

Titanic is obviously everyone’s favorite flick. Plus, the highly famous movie was based on a real story that made people thought that Jack Dawson’s account was also real. People also think that Jack Dawson is an actual person on whom the entire movie is made. But, Jack Dawson is just a character. Jack can only be found in Titanic and not in the actual world.

Uncle Ben

Uncle Ben has been a very famous face on the boxes of rice for quite a long time now. But, he is just the face of the brand and no real person! Though the portrait on the box is of a real man who was the former president of Uncle Ben. His name is Gordon L. Harwell. He served as a maître d’ in a Chicago’s restaurant.

While the name of the character is based on a Gulf Coast rice farmer known as Ben. He used to deliver excellent quality rice to buyers in the 1940s.

Also, the company attempted to shed the racist image by switching the name from Uncle Ben to Chairman Ben.

Sherlock Holmes

The British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the man behind making this exceptional character known as Sherlock Holmes. The character is too much infused here and there that people start to believe that it exists in reality.

On the contrary, the character definitely finds its inspiration from someone and that is none other than a Dr. Joseph Bell who was one of Conan Doyle’s medical school professors. Doyle wrote to Bell:

“It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes and though in the stories I have the advantage of being able to place him in all sorts of dramatic positions, I do not think that his analytical work is in the least an exaggeration of some effects which I have seen you produce in the outpatient ward.”

Allegra Coleman

Allegra Coleman was the face of Esquire’s 1996 issue. She looked so cute and hot at the same time that people started going mad over her. Writer, Martha Sherrill also said that Allegra Coleman would be the next big thing in the industry. However, when the article came out and everyone went after finding Allegra Coleman, it was revealed that the article was a big hoax by Sherrill.

Nonetheless, the article proved to be great for Ali Larter who portrayed Allegra Coleman. She was also able to land a role and went onto becoming pretty famous. Nevertheless, Allegra Coleman was nothing but a celebrity, found only in magazines.

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee is no real director if you are still thinking about it. Well, the name Alan Smithee was used by the directors who were really ashamed of using their real names. So, the directors who wished to hide their name from the credits reel, they incorporated the name, Alan Smithee.

The famous pseudonym has appeared in several of the movies in the last 50 years. However, the most popular ones are:

The Movie, Hellraiser: Bloodline, and Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off.


So, here we have come to an end. The list showed 12 of the most famous personalities about whom we have been hearing quite a lot. A few of them have inspired us, a few of them motivated us. But, in reality, there are nowhere to be found apart from the fictional world.