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Famous Public Domain Characters

These are some of the most popular characters from movies, comic strips, fairy tales and literature. It is not a complete list of characters by any means, but most of these characters have appeard in modern songs, movies or contemporary works, such as comic books. I didn't delve too deep into character from history, mythology and folklore, because the number of characters is overwhelming. However, there should be characters here for nearly any kind of story.

 

Public Domain Characters in Public Domain Films

A.J. Raffles
Alice
Alraune
Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley)
Annie Oakley
Arsene Lupin
Balaoo the Demon Baboon
The Bat
Ben Hur
Boston Blackie (Horatio Black)
Buffalo Bill
Bulldog Drummond
Captain Kidd
Captain Nemo
Cinderella
Cleopatra
Cyrano de Bergerac
Dorian Gray
Davey Crocket
Dr. Caligari
Dr. Jekyll & Mister Hyde
Dr. Mabuse
The Driller Killer
The Eagle
Ebenezer Scrooge
Elaine Dodge
Fantomas
Faust
Frankenstein
Gray Ghost
Gulliver (Captain Lemuel Gulliver)
Headless Horseman
Hercules
Jim Bowie
Johnny Ringo
Kit Carson
Korak, Son of Tarzan
The Little Lord Fauntleroy (Cedric Errol)
The Little Princess (Sarah Crewe)
Little Red Riding Hood
Maciste
Morgridge & Lilith
Mowgli
Mayra Maynard
Nick Carter, Detective
Patchwork Girl
The Phantom of the Opera
Pollyanna Whittier
Professor Challenger
Quasimodo
Queen Zixi of Ix
Quentin Locke
Ramar of the Jungle
Ramona
Robin Hood
Robinson Crusoe
Scarecrow
Sexton Blake
Sherlock Holmes
She Who Must be Obeyed (Ayesha)
Snow White
Tarzan of the Apes
Tess Skinner
The Texan (Wild Bill Longley)
The Three Musketeers
Tom Brown
The Virginian
Wyatt Earp
Zigomar, the Eelskin
Zorro

ORIGINAL FILM, RADIO & TV CHARACTERS

Andy Crocker, Vietnam Vet
Atom Squad
The Black Commando
The Black Whip (Barbara Meredith)
Brenner (Roy & Ernie)
Burn 'Em Up Barnes
Butcher Benton, The Indestructible Man
Cane Miro
Captain Carlos Scarlett
Captain Video & The Video Rangers
Captain Woodes Rogers
Captain Z-R0
Chandu the Magician
Charlie Wild, Private Detective
Cheyenne Kid
Christopher Colt
Colonel Humphrey Flack
Coopers (Dick & Penny)
Crimson Ghost
Dorothea, Prince Kynd & Semon
Eegah, The Giant Cave-Man
Giant Gila Monster
Irma Vep & The Grand Vampire
Jean Shelby, Renegade Girl
Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop
Judex, The Dark Avenger
Konga, The White Gorilla
Kruel, Wikked & Vishuss
Kuhlaya, The Jungle Siren
The Leapord Woman
'Lightnin' Bill Carson
The Lion Man
Little Amy
Lothel, Jungle Queen
McLintock (George Washington McLintock)
Mado & The Mechanical Man
Murder Legendre, Zombie Master
Nosferatu (Count Olaf)
Oky Doky
The Payne Family
Princess Elyata of Tarik
Queen Pua
Richard Diamond, Private Detective
The Rider
Rin Tin Tin/Rinty
Rio McDonald
Rocky King, Inside Detective
Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers
Rose Hood, Town Marshal
Seymour Krelboyne & Audrey Junior
Sombrero Kid (Jerry Holden)
Space Patrol
Super Giant (Star Man)
Tate
The Tramp
The Tucson Kid
Unga Khan, Atlantean Emperor
The Wasp Woman
The Whispering Shadow
The Wrecker
Zita, Queen of the Amazons
Zolock, Last of the Lemurians

CARTOON CHARACTERS

Babbit and Catstello
Baby Huey
Buzzy the Crow*
Calvin T. Burnside
Clutch Cargo
Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon
Dog Face
Felix the Cat
Flip the Frog
Foxy Mouse
Gertie the Dinosaur
The Goofy Gophers
Goopy Geer
Heckle and Jeckle**
Herman and Katnip
Little Audrey
Maggie Belle
Molly Moo-Cow
Oliver Wendell Clutch
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Private Snafu
Space Angel

*Name not given in first appearance.
**Original version substantially different from current.

FUNNY PAPER CHARACTERS

Ally Sloper
Angelic Angleina
Billy Bounce
Buster Brown
Ella Cinders
Happy Hooligan
Harold Teen
The Katzenjammer Kids
Little Nemo in Slumberland
Madge, The Magician's Daughter
Mr. Jack
Mr. Twee Deedle
Mutt & Jeff
Percy, The Mechanism Man
Winnie Winkle
Yellow Kid

PICTURE BOOK CHARACTERS

Benjamin Bunny
Billy Whiskers, The Goat
Danny Meadow Mouse
Dotty Darling & The Kewpies
Ginger, The Tomcat
Hunca Munca & Tom Thumb
Jemima Puddle-Duck
Jeremy Fisher, The Frog
Jingles the Magician
Johnny Town-Mouse
Max & Moritz
Miss Moppet
Mr. Toad
Mr. Tod, The Fox
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Hedgehog
Mrs. Tittlemouse
Nutkin, The Red Squirrel
Paddy the Beaver
Peter Rabbit (Peter Cottontail)
Pickles, The Terrier
Pigling Bland
Potato Face Blind Man
Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy
Samuel Whiskers, The Rat
Timmy Tiptoes, The Gray Squirrel
Tom Kitten
Uncle Wiggily
The Velveteen Rabbit

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Animals

Black Beauty
Lad, the Dog
Moby Dick
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
White Fang

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Kids, Teens & Coming of Age

Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley)
The Artful Dodger (Jack Dawkins)
Betty Gordon
The Bobsey Twins (Nan & Bert)
The Daring Twins (Phoebe & Phil)
David Copperfield
Dorothy Dainty
Dorothy Dale
Dotty Dimple (Alice Parlin)
Elsie Dinsmore
Eric
Ethel Morton
Frank Merriwell
Frank Reade Jr.
Grace Harlowe
Heidi
Hildegarde Graham
Huckleberry Finn
It (the Psammead) & Five Children
Jack Wright, Boy Inventor
Katy Carr
Little Goody Two Shoes (Margery Meanwell)
The Little Lord Fauntleroy (Cedric Errol)
The Little Princess (Sarah Crewe)
Little Prudy Parlin
Marjorie Dean
Marry Lennox
Mary Louise Burrow
Mowgli
Nicholas Nickleby
The Nutcracker, Marie Stahlbaum & The Mouse King
Oliver Twist
Patty Fairfield
Pee-Wee Harris, Boy Scout
Pollyanna Whittier
Princess Irene
Rebecca Randall
Rima, The Bird Girl
The Rover Boys
Ruth Fielding
Tom Brown
Tom Sawyer
Tom Slade, Boy Scout
Tom Swift, Boy Inventor

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Drama, Comedy & Romance

Billy Bunter
Dulcinea del Toboso
Emma Woodhouse
Esmerelda & Djali
Figaro, The Barber of Seville
Jane Eyre
Jeeves (Reginald Jeeves)
The Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle)
Ramona
Scheherazade
Tilly Wellwyn
Uncle Remus

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Sailors, Soldiers & Adventurers

Allan Quartermain
Angel of Music (Christine Daae)
Arthur Gordon Pym
Brigadier Etienne Gerard
Captain Ahab & Ishmael
Captain Blood
Captain Gault
Captain Jat & Pibby Tawles
Captain John Hatteras
Dr. Syn/Captain Clegg
Friday
Gargantua & Pantagruel
Gulliver (Captain Lemuel Gulliver)
Hans Pfaall
Harry Feversham & Abou Fatma
Long John Silver & Jim Hawkins
Natty "Hawkeye" Bumppo
The Old One (Tom Jordan)
Phileas Fogg & Jean Passepartout
Professor Challenger
Raoul, Viscount de Chagny
Robinson Crusoe
Sandokan, The Tiger of Malaysia
Swiss Family Robinson

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Scientists, Inventors & Spacemen

Dr. Dolittle
Dr. Omega
Frank Reade, Steampunk
Gullivar Jones
Johnny Brainerd & The Steam Man
Michel Ardan, Moon Explorer
Micromegas, The Cosmic Giant

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Old West Frontier

Cisko Kid
Hopalong Cassidy
Old Shatterhand
The Virginian
Winnetou

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Ancient Warriors & Adventurers

Aramis, The Musketeer
Athos, The Musketeer
Ben-Hur
Britomart
d'Artagnan, The Musketeer
Don Quixote
The Laughing Cavalier (Diogenes)
Porthos, The Musketeer
Sancho Panza
Sir Nigel Loring
The Three Musketeers
Tros of Samothrace

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Vigilantes & Masked Heroes

The Count of Monte Cristo (Edmond Dantes)
Nyctalope (Léo Saint-Clair)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Sir Percy Blakeney)
Zorro (Don Diego Vega)

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Detectives & Agents

Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen
Bulldog Drummond (Hugh Drummond)
C. Auguste Dupin
Craig Kennedy
Dr. Thorndyke
Father Brown
Harry Dickson
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Japp
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard
Lord Peter Wimsey
Monsieur Lecoq
Mycroft Holmes
Nick Carter
Richard Hannay, Secret Agent
Rouletabille (Joseph Josephin)
Secret Agent (Adolph Verloc)
Sexton Blake
Sherlock Holmes
Tom Sawyer, Detective
Tommy & Tuppence
Watson (Dr. John H. Watson)

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Thieves, Killers & Masterminds

A.J. Raffles
The Air Pirate (Captain Mors)
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Thief
The Bat
Boston Blackie (Horatio Black)
Broad Arrow Jack
The Brotherhood of Freedom
Captain Nemo & the Nautiluss
Constance Dunlap, Mastermind
Dr. Moreau
Dr. Nikola
Fantomas
Fu Manchu
The Gray Seal (Jimmie Dale)
Kate Westhanger
Li Shoon
The Lone Wolf (Michael Lanyard)
The Phantom of the Opera (Erik)
Professor Moriarty
Robur the Conqueror & The Albatross
Rocambole
The Sky Pirate (Captain Alfonso Payton) & The Chameleon
Sweeny Todd, The Demon Barber
Waldo, The Wonder Man

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Monsters & Outcasts

Addhema, The Vampire Countess
Alraune
Carmilla, The Vampire
Cheops, The Mummy
Dr. Mabuse
Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde
Dracula
Frankenstein and his Fiend
Hastur
Headless Horseman & Ichabod Crane
Horla
Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo)
Invisible Man (Griffin)
Mana-Yood-Sushai
Molly Malone's Ghost
Nicholas Divine, Man with Two Brains
Nimir, Lord of Evil
Norhala & The Metal Things
Olimpia, The Doll
Queen Antinea
Queen Tera, The Mummy
The Sandman
She Who Must Be Obeyed (Ayesha)
Ténèbre Brothers
The Vampyre (Lord Ruthven)
Varney the Vampire (Sir Francis Varney)
Vril-Ya
Yolara, Lakla & The Shining One

LITERARY CHARACTERS: Occult & Strange Occurence

Benjamin Button
Carnacki, The Ghost Finder
Dorian Gray
Dr. Silence
Ebenezer Scrooge & Ghosts of Christmas
Oliver Haddo, The Magician
Orlando
Rip Van Winkle
Sâr Dubnotal
Topper (Cosmo Topper)
Van Helsing (Dr. Abraham Van Helsing)
Vathek, The Power Hungry

HOWARD

Bran Mak Morn
Cormac Fitzgeoffrey
Conan the Cimmerian
Dark Agnes de Chastillon
El Borak
Kirby O'Donnell, Treasure Hunter
Kull of Atlantis
Michael Kirowan & John Conrad
Red Sonya of Rogatino
Solomon Kane (Suleyman Kehani)
The Sonora Kid
Steve Costigan, The Sailor
Thoth-Amon
Turlogh Dubh O'Brien

LOVECRAFT

Azathoth
Cthulhu and the cult of Cthulu
Kuranes
Nyarlathotep
Randolph Carter, Occultist
The Re-Animator (Herbert West)
Shub-Niggurath
Yog-Sothoth

The Rest

BURROUGHS

Bowen J. Tyler & Lys La Rue
Bradeley & Co-Tan
David Innes & Abner Perry
Dejah Thoris
Jane Porter
John Carter, Warlord of Mars
Korak (John 'Jack' Clayton)
The Mucker (Billy Byrne)
Nu of the Niocene
Tars Tarkas
Tarzan (John Clayton, Lord Greystoke)
Tom Billings & Ajor

SHAKESPEARE

Caliban
Macbeth
Oberon
Othello
Prospero
Puck (Robin Goodfellow)
Romeo Montague & Juliet Capulet
Sycorax
Titania
Titus Andronicus & Tamora

The Rest

NEVERLAND

Captain Hook
Peter Pan
Tinkerbell
Wendy Darling

The Rest

WONDERLAND

Alice
Cheshire Cat
Mad Hatter
March Hare
Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee
Queen of Hearts

The Rest

OZ

Bungle, the Glass Cat
The Cowardly Lion
Dorothy Gale
Gayelette, The Good Witch of the North
Glinda, The Good Witch of the South
Guph, the Nome General
The Hungry Tiger
Jack Pumpkinhead
Jinjur
Mombi, The Wicked Witch of the North
Ozma
Patchwork Girl (Scraps)
Polychrome
The Sawhorse
The Scarecrow
The Shaggy Man
Tik-Tok
The Tin Woodsman
Toto
The Wicked Witch of the East
The Wicked Witch of the West
The Wizard (Oscar Diggs)

The Rest

FAIRYTALE & NURSERY RHYME CHARACTERS

Big Bad Wolf
Br'er Fox
Br'er Rabbit
Cinderella
Father Time
Goldilocks & Three Bears
Hansel & Gretel
Humpty Dumpty
Iron John
Jack Frost
Jack the Giant Killer
Katie Woodencloak
Little Bo Peep
Little Boy Blue
Little Mermaid
Little Miss Muffet
Little Red Riding Hood
Maid Maleen
Mary & Baba (little lamb)
Mother Goose
Mother Hulda
Old King Cole
Pied Piper of Hamelin
Pinocchio
Prince Charming
Puss in Boots
Rapunzel & Dame Gothel
Rose Red
Rumpelstiltskin
Sandman
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Thumbelina
Tom Thumb
Three Blind Mice
Three Little Pigs

FOLKLORE CHARACTERS

Aladdin
Ali Baba
Baron Munchhausen
Bluebeard
Bloody Mary
Cyrano de Bergerac
Don Juan
Faust
Hua Mulan
John Henry
Molly Pitcher
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox
Pecos Bill
Prince of Persia (Qamar al-Aqmar)
Radiant Night Princess (Kaguya-hime)
Robin Hood
Roland
Sinbad the Sailor
Spring Heeled Jack
Unca Eliza Winkfield

ARTHURIAN LEGEND

Arthur
Black Knight
Galahad
Gawain
Green Knight
Guinevere
Isolde/Iseult
Kay
Lancelot
Merlin
Mordred
Morgan Le Fey
Nimue, Lady of the Lake
Owain/Ywain
Percival
Tristan

GRECO-ROMAN HEROES

Achilles
Aeneas
Atlanta
Hector
Hercules
Jason
Medea
Odysseus
Perseus
Theseus

HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

Female Warriors

Joan of Arc
Tomoe Gozen

American Frontier

Daniel Boone
Davey Crocket
Jim Bridger
Johnny Appleseed
Kit Carson
Luis & Clark
Pocohantas
Sacagawea

Pirates of the Caribbean

Anne Bonny
Blackbeard

Victorian Killers

"The Blood Countess" Elizabeth Bathory
Jack The Ripper

Famous Spies

Allan Pinkerton
Giacomo Casanova
Mata Hari

Modern Folklore

Harry Houdini
Nikola Tesla, Super-Inventor
Grigori Rasputin
Thomas Edison, Super-Inventor

Old West Heroes & Villains

Annie Oakley
Bat Masterson
Belle Starr
Billy The Kid
Black Bart
Buffalo Bill
Butch Cassidy
Calamity Jane
Crazy Horse
Doc Holiday
Geronimo
Jesse James
Johnny Ringo
Pat Garrett
Sitting Bull
Sundance Kid
Wild Bill Hickock
Wyatt Earp

Cops & Gangsters

Al "Scarface" Capone
Baby Face Nelson
Bonnie & Clyde
Elliot Ness & the Untouchables
John Dillinger
J. Edgar Hoover

Great Pilots

Amelia Earhart
The Red Baron
 

Copyright © 2011 Jason J. Stevenson.