“I’m the king of the world!”… You recognize those words instantly, and you know who said them. That’s the beauty of art, in particular, fiction. Without fiction, the world would be so dull, unremarkable, and tiresome to live in.
Ever since man could speak and write, there have been countless works of fiction written, produced, and directed that would take several lifetimes to ever experience. However, there are some works of fiction that have become more popular over time, and one of the contributing factors to this is the fictional characters within these works. Be it Macbeth or Sherlock Holmes, Michael Corleone or Superman, there are too many great fictional characters to list them all.
But what makes a fictional character truly remarkable? Is it their capacity to uplift, terrify or entertain us, or is it the way they stick with us like a nightmare, eliciting a whole range of emotions within us whenever we see or think of them? In this article, I will attempt to list the biggest fictional characters in history whose names start with A, and naturally, there are many that won’t make it into the list, so try and identify how many you know.
40. Aureliano Buendia (One Hundred Years Of Solitude)
Colonel Aureliano Buendia is the greatest soldier figure in Gabriel García Márquez’s 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, leading the Liberal army throughout the civil war. At the same time, however, he is the novel’s greatest artist figure: a poet, an accomplished silversmith, and the creator of hundreds of finely crafted golden fishes.
39. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (The Simpsons)
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a recurring character in the animated TV series The Simpsons. He is an Indian-American immigrant proprietor who runs a convenience store in Springfield, and is best known for his catchphrase, “Thank you, come again.”
38. Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)
Amy Farrah Fowler is a recurring character in the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She is a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University and is also the wife of the main protagonist, Sheldon Cooper.
37. Andy Capp (Andy Capp)
Andy Capp is a working-class figure who never actually works featured in the British comic strip of the same name created by cartoonist Reg Smythe, seen in the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror newspapers since 5 August 1957.
36. Ace Ventura (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)
Ace Ventura is an eccentric, unorthodox private investigator living in Miami, Florida, who specializes in the retrieval of tame or captive animals. He struggles to pay his rent and is often mocked by the Miami Police Department.
35. Animal (The Muppet Show)
Animal is the wild and frenzied monster drummer of the fictional band “Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem” from The Muppet Show. Animal’s vocabulary is generally limited to guttural shouts and monosyllabic grunts, often repeating a few simple phrases.
34. Angelica Pickles (Rugrats)
Angelica Charlotte Pickles is the main antagonist (and sometimes anti-hero) of the popular animated TV series Rugrats. A spoiled, obstreperous, impatient, bratty, and shallow child, she’s practically the makings of a selfish con artist in every way.
33. Anna Of Arendelle (Frozen)
Queen Anna of Arendelle is the protagonist of Disney‘s 2013 animated feature film, Frozen, the younger sister of Elsa the Snow Queen and the current queen of Arendelle. She became queen of Arendelle after her sister Elsa abdicated the throne.
32. Apocalypse (Marvel Comics)
Known as En Sabah Nur, Apocalypse is one of the world’s first mutants who appeared as a central villain for the original X-Factor team and is now a recurrent villain for the X-Men and their spin-off teams within the Marvel Universe.
31. Aslan (The Chronicles Of Narnia)
Aslan, also known as The Great Lion, is the creator and one true king of the world of Narnia, and generally, a representation of all that is good. He appears in Narnia as a large and terrifying, but equally magnificent and wise, lion with kind eyes.
30. Austin Powers (Austin Powers)
Sir Austin Danger Powers is the main protagonist of the Austin Powers franchise. He is a British secret agent, Dr. Evil’s twin brother, and Mini-Me’s Uncle, and is portrayed by Mike Myers.
29. Ant-Man (Marvel Comics)
Ant-Man is a legacy super-hero name, primarily associated with the ability to shrink in size. The original was Hank Pym, who was a founding member of the Avengers, and now the mantle is held by Scott Lang, who is portrayed by Paul Rudd.
28. Ares (DC Comics)
Ares is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics, based on the Greek mythological figure of the same name. He is the Olympian god of war and a major recurring adversary of the superhero Wonder Woman.
27. Armin Arlert (Attack On Titan)
Armin Arlert is a deuteragonist in Attack on Titan, a soldier in the Survey Corps, and a childhood friend of Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackermann. He is the current holder of the Colossal Titan, inheriting it from Bertholdt Hoover.
26. Ash Ketchum (Pokémon The Series)
Ash Ketchum is the main protagonist of Pokémon the Series. He is a 10-year-old Pokémon Trainer known for having the Pokémon Pikachu, and always dreamed of becoming the world’s greatest Pokémon Master.
25. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)
Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist of the 2005 novel No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy and its 2007 film adaptation of the same name. Depicted as a ruthless hitman, he is among the most prominent characters of the unstoppable killing machine genre and is portrayed by Javier Bardem.
24. Aku (Samurai Jack)
Aku is the main antagonist of the series Samurai Jack. Born from The Black Mass of Darkness, Aku was an evil, shape-shifting demon who took over the world and ruled it for countless eons, the arch-nemesis of Samurai Jack and the biological father of Ashi and her twin sisters.
23. Alucard (Hellsing)
Alucard is the main protagonist of the Hellsing anime series. He is the most powerful weapon of the Hellsing Organization, which works against vampires and other similar supernatural forces.
22. Alfred Pennyworth (DC Comics)
Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne’s valet at Wayne Manor. He knows that Bruce is secretly Batman and his many skills, ranging from cooking to medicine, make him Batman’s staunchest ally, along with a formal demeanor that grounds The Dark Knight and deflects those who might otherwise suspect Batman’s true identity.
21. Andy Dufrense (The Shawshank Redemption)
Andrew “Andy” Dufresne is a wrongfully-accused prisoner and the main protagonist in Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, as well as its film adaptation, where he was played by Tim Robbins. Andy is portrayed as intelligent, quiet, and very honest, although very witty and personable when he wants to be.
20. Arthur Fonzarelli (Happy Days)
Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, better known as “Fonzie” or “The Fonz”, is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the 70s American sitcom Happy Days. To many, Fonzie is seen as the epitome of cool and a sex symbol.
19. Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Aang is the titular main protagonist of the Avatar franchise, the last surviving Airbender, and a monk of the Air Nomads’ Southern Air Temple. As the Avatar of his time, he was the only person capable of using all four bending arts: airbending, waterbending, earthbending, and firebending.
18. Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula)
Professor Abraham Van Helsing, a fictional character from the 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula, is an aged Dutch polymath doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments. The character is best known as a vampire hunter and the arch-enemy of Count Dracula.
17. Aizen Sousuke (Bleach)
Aizen Sousuke is a major antagonist of the manga series Bleach and the former captain of the 5th Division in the Gotei 13 of Soul Society. He later leaves Soul Society with his followers, 3rd Division Captain, Gin Ichimaru, and 9th Division Captain, Kaname Tousen, and wages war against Soul Society with an army of Arrancar.
16. Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter)
Arthur Weasley is an English pure-blood wizard in the employ of the Ministry of Magic, as well as a member of the second Order of the Phoenix in the Harry Potter series. He was a staunch believer in the equality of all magical and Muggle folk and was the head of the Weasley family.
15. Alice (Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland)
Alice is the main character in the original books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its satisfying sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. She is highly intelligent, sophisticated and a great thinker for a seven-and-a-half-year-old child and lives a posh lifestyle in the mid to late 1800s in London, England.
14. Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars)
Ahsoka Tano, a Force-sensitive Togruta female, is the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker and a hero of the Clone Wars in the Star Wars franchise who helped establish a network of various rebel cells against the Galactic Empire. Alongside Anakin, she grew from a headstrong student into a mature leader, but her destiny lay along a different path than the Jedi.
13. Arya Stark (A Song Of Ice And Fire)
Princess Arya Stark is the third child and second daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and his wife, Lady Catelyn Stark. She is the sister of the incumbent Westerosi monarchs, Sansa, Queen in the North, and Brandon, King of the Andals and the First Men.
12. Archie Bunker (All In The Family)
Archibald “Archie” Bunker is a fictional character from the popular 70s American sitcom All in the Family, so brilliantly portrayed by Carroll O’Connor. He is a working-class white man who holds bigoted, prejudiced, and reactionary views on practically every controversial issue of his time.
11. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Ariel is the protagonist of Disney’s 1989 animated feature film, The Little Mermaid. She is the seventh and youngest daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, rulers of the undersea kingdom of Atlantica, and lived through much of her young life with a passionate, yet forbidden, admiration of the human world, and longed to someday experience life on the surface.
10. Aquaman (DC Comics)
Aquaman is the ruler of Atlantis and the Earth’s oceans, an Atlantean with incredible strength and speed, as well as the ability to command all sea life. Given the names Orin through his royal heritage and Arthur Curry by his human upbringing, he fights to protect both worlds using his mighty abilities and political influence and is a founding member of the Justice League of America.
9. Aladdin (Aladdin)
Aladdin, also known as Prince Ali Ababwa, is the titular protagonist of the Aladdin franchise. A former street rat from the city of Agrabah, Aladdin spent much of his youth scraping for food and ducking guards with his monkey sidekick, Abu and though sanguine, Aladdin’s poor upbringing left him with severe insecurity making him feel worthless and undeserving of love, specifically that of Princess Jasmine.
8. Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina)
Anna Arkadyevna Karenina is the titular protagonist in the 1878 novel of the same name by Russian author, Leo Tolstoy. She is a beautiful, aristocratic married woman from St. Petersburg whose pursuit of love and emotional honesty makes her an outcast from society.
7. Ahab (Moby Dick)
Captain Ahab is a fictional character who acts as the monomaniacal captain of the whaling ship Pequod and one of the main protagonists in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick. Ahab is a brooding, proud, solitary figure, deathly angry that the monster Moby Dick has eaten his leg, vowing revenge on the animal.
6. Arwen Undómiel (The Lord Of The Rings)
Arwen was the Half-elven daughter of Elrond and Celebrían and was often called Arwen Undómiel or “Evenstar”. In marrying Aragorn II Elessar after the War of the Ring, she became Queen of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor, and like Beren and Lúthien before her, she united Elf and Man in peace, while becoming mortal.
5. Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
Atticus Finch is a fictional character in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel of 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird. As one of the most prominent citizens in Maycomb during the Great Depression, Atticus is relatively well off in a time of widespread poverty, but because of his penetrating intelligence, calm wisdom, and exemplary behavior, Atticus is respected by everyone, including the very poor.
4. Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars)
Anakin Skywalker was a legendary Force-sensitive human male who was a Jedi Knight of the Galactic Republic and the prophesied Chosen One of the Jedi Order, destined to bring balance to the Force. His alter ego, Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith, was created when Skywalker turned to the dark side of the Force, pledging his allegiance to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious at the end of the Republic Era.
3. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was an English half-blood wizard, the Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor, the Transfiguration Professor, and later the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A Muggle-supporting wizard, though the complete opposite in his earlier years, he was considered to have been the greatest wizard of modern times, perhaps of all time.
2. Aragorn II Elessar (The Lord Of The Rings)
Aragorn II, son of Arathorn II and Gilraen, also known as Elessar and Strider, was the 16th and last Chieftain of the Dúnedain of the North; later crowned King Elessar Telcontar, the 26th King of Arnor, 35th King of Gondor and first High King of Gondor and Arnor since the short reign of Isildur. He was a great Ranger and warrior, and as Isildur’s heir he bore the shards of Narsil, reforged and renamed Andúril, Flame of the West, in the War of the Ring.
1. Arthur Pendragon (The Legend of King Arthur)
King Arthur Pendragon of Camelot was the son and heir of Uther Pendragon and the only child of Ygraine de Bois, the husband of Queen Guinevere, brother-in-law to Sir Elyan, son-in-law to Tom the blacksmith, the younger paternal half-brother of Morgana, the nephew of Tristan de Bois and Agravaine de Bois, and the best friend and master of the greatest warlock and sorcerer ever, Merlin.
Wielding the legendary sword, Excalibur, Arthur’s greatest conviction was in peace and justice, and during his reign he revived the Round Table and managed to establish peace between the five kingdoms for the first time in centuries, going so far as to die at the hands of Mordred by the shores of Avalon, but, as the Once and Future King, he is destined to one day rise again.