Fictional Characters that Start with N: Biggest in History

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One of the most fascinating elements of fictional characters is that most of them are inspired by real-life people. From villains to literary heroes, animated TV series to multi-million-dollar franchises, countless characters have been brought to life by the experiences of their creators. This list of the biggest fictional characters in history whose names start with N is no exception.

40. Neji Hyūga (Naruto)

Neji

Neji Hyūga was a shinobi of Konohagakure’s Hyūga clan. Though a prodigy even by the Hyūga’s standards, Neji was a member of the clan’s branch house; no matter how skilled he became, he would always be in service to the Hyūga’s main house, a fact that convinced him fate was predetermined.

39. Naomi Nagata (The Expanse)

Naomi Nagata

Naomi Nagata is a major character in the series and a Belter who grew up on prospecting ships in the Belt and Outer Planets. As the XO of the Rocinante, she is an extremely talented engineer and uses her expertise to improvise ways to keep her crew alive.

38. Nuidis Vulko (DC Comics)

Nuidis Vulko

Nuidis Vulko is the chief counselor to the throne of Atlantis, and secretly the mentor to Aquaman. He helped Arthur Curry and guided him down a journey alongside Mera to locate the Trident of Atlan, which allowed Arthur to defeat his half-brother Orm and usurp the throne, becoming the new King of Atlantis, with Vulko feeling proud of his protege. 

37. Nathan Petrelli (Heroes)

Nathan Petrelli

Nathan Petrelli was a major character of the series and was a superhuman with the power of Flight. Nathan’s ability allowed him to fly, though he was loath to speak of it and denied it even after his brother, Peter Petrelli, witnessed him in action.

36. Niles Crane (Frasier)

Niles Crane

Niles Crane is a fastidious, snooty, and persnickety character with gourmet tastes and a principal character on Frasier. He likes and enjoys classical music, fine wine, and French food which he himself cooks, and frequently obsesses about knowing the right people and climbing the social ladder.

35. Nyota Uhura (Star Trek)

Nyota Uhura

Nyota Uhura was a female Human Starfleet officer who served from the mid-23rd through the early 24th century. Uhura had a distinguished career as a communications officer aboard the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-A and was later given command of the USS Leondegrance until her retirement. 

34. Nagato (Naruto Shippuden)

Nagato

Nagato was a shinobi of Amegakure and a descendant of the Uzumaki clan. Forming Akatsuki alongside his friends (and fellow war orphans) Yahiko and Konan, Nagato dreamed of bringing peace to the violent shinobi world but following Yahiko’s death, Nagato adopted the alias of Pain and, along with Konan, began leading a new Akatsuki, one that would force the world into peace using any means necessary. 

33. Nova (Marvel Comics)

Nova

Randomly chosen to become a member of the Nova Corps until the Annihilation Wave destroyed them all, leaving him imbued with their combined power and guided by the super-intelligent Worldmind computer, Richard Rider wages a one-man battle for justice as Nova. 

32. Norman Osborn (Marvel Comics)

Norman Osborn

Norman Osborn, also known as the Green Goblin, Iron Patriot, Red Goblin, and various other aliases, is one of the main antagonists of Marvel Comics, commonly as the main antagonist of the Spider-Man comic book series and franchise and as a major antagonist in the Avengers comics.

He is the former head of the multinational corporation Oscorp and the father of Harry Osborn, who became the first and most well-known incarnation of the Green Goblin after ingesting a serum that increased his physical abilities yet in the process drove him to insanity. 

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31. Nightcrawler (Marvel Comics)

Nightcrawler

Born to a Neyaphem Mutant, claiming to be the inspiration for Satan, Azazel, and the shape-shifting mutant terrorist, Mystique, Kurt Wagner was abandoned at birth, due to his demonic appearance, and raised highly religious by circus Romani. Born with an unnatural level of gymnastic agility and later gaining the ability to teleport, Kurt became a high wire wonder, until a violent mob drove him from the circus. 

30. Nebula (Marvel Comics)

Nebula

Nebula is a former Luphomoid assassin, an adopted daughter of the intergalactic warlord Thanos and adopted sister of Gamora. As the right-hand woman of Ronan the Accuser during his and Thanos’ quest to retrieve the Orb, she helped him fight the Guardians of the Galaxy during the Battle of Xandar. 

29. Natasha Romanoff (Marvel Comics)

Natasha Romanoff

Natalia Alianovna Romanova aka Black Widow was a former Russian KGB agent who was trained by the “Red Room” as part of the Black Widow Ops Program to be the ultimate “Super-Spy”. She defected to the United States of America from the Soviet Union to join S.H.I.E.L.D and later became a member of the Avengers.

28. Nymeria (A Song Of Ice And Fire)

Nymeria

Nymeria is one of six direwolf pups found by the children of House Stark and later adopted and raised by Arya Stark. After Nymeria leaves Arya, she becomes the leader of a huge wolf pack in the Riverlands and is currently the only other living member of the pack with the exception of her brother Ghost, Jon Snow’s direwolf.

27. Nymeria Sand (A Song Of Ice And Fire)

Nymeria Sand

Nymeria Sand, often called “Nym” for short, was one of the eight bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell, the Sand Snakes. Along with her father’s paramour, Ellaria Sand, and her half-sisters Obara Sand and Tyene Sand, she takes part in the coup in Dorne, during which they seize power in Dorne from the legitimate House Martell. 

26. Nemo (Finding Nemo)

Nemo

Nemo is the titular tritagonist of the 2003 Disney/Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo and a major character in its 2016 sequel. Nemo is a very energetic young clownfish who is very eager to go to school at the beginning of the movie, but lazy at the end. 

25. Nearly Headless Nick (Harry Potter)

Nearly Headless Nick

Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, known after his death as Nearly Headless Nick, was a wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. He was executed by an improper decapitation after he had a magical mishap with Lady Grieve.

24. Nagini (Harry Potter)

Nagini

Nagini was a female Maledictus cursed to transform into a snake. Originating possibly in Indonesia, by 1927 she was a performer at the Circus Arcanus where she met Credence Barebone and had a romantic relationship with him, and by then, she could transform into a snake at will, although her curse did often cause her to transform uncontrollably. 

23. Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)

Nymphadora Tonks

Nymphadora “Dora” Lupin (née Tonks), more commonly known as Tonks, was a British half-blood witch and a Metamorphmagus. She was the only child of Ted and Andromeda Tonks (née Black). Tonks attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1984 to 1991 and was Sorted into Hufflepuff House. 

22. Narcissa Malfoy (Harry Potter)

Narcissa Malfoy

Narcissa “Cissy” Malfoy was an English pure-blood witch, the youngest daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black, younger sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks, wife of Lucius Malfoy, mother of Draco Malfoy, and the grandmother of Scorpius Malfoy. Although never officially a Death Eater herself, Narcissa believed in the importance of blood purity and supported her husband in following Lord Voldemort during the First and Second Wizarding Wars.

21. Nicolas Flamel (Harry Potter)

Nicolas Flamel

Nicolas Flamel was a French wizard and famed alchemist who was the only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with incredible powers. He was a close friend and partner with former Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, and he owed his considerable age to the Elixir of Life, which was produced from the Stone, along with his wife Perenelle. 

20. Ned Flanders (The Simpsons)

Ned Flanders

Nedward Flanders, Jr. more commonly known by the moniker “Flanders” is the Simpson family’s extremely religious next-door neighbor. He is a genuinely well-meaning good-natured person and although he is firmly religious, he can be timid and something of an easy pushover.

19. Nicholas Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby)

Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas goes to work for Wackford Squeers in order to support his family after the death of his father. He and Smike escape Mr. Squeers and go to work for the Crummles acting troupe and later Nicholas works for the kind-hearted Cheeryble brothers, then eventually marries Madeline Bray.

18. Norman Bates (Psycho)

Norman Bates

Norman Bates is the main antagonist of the Psycho franchise. He is a serial killer who suffers from psychosis and Dissociative Identity Disorder, believing himself to be his controlling mother while at the same time, he suffered from visual and auditory hallucinations, in which his mother apparently talked him into committing acts of violence in order to appease her.

17. Nosferatu (World Of Darkness)

Nosferatu

The Nosferatu is one of the thirteen Great Clans of vampires which feature in White Wolf Publishing’s World of Darkness setting. Hideously disfigured creatures, these poor Kindred are nevertheless spies and information brokers par excellence; they tend to function as the eyes and ears of whichever organization they offer their services to. 

16. Norma Rae (Norma Rae)

Norma Rae

Norma Rae Webster is the main protagonist of the treasured 1979 film Norma Rae. A textile factory worker who struggles to make a living, she is a caring mother and dislikes the harsh treatment of the employers in the factory, and after her father dies, Norma Rae is given the courage to gather a union and save her town.

15. Nikita Mears (Nikita)

Nikita

Nikita Mears is the titular protagonist of the TV series Nikita. A covert operations operative trained by the secret government organization known as Division, she was recruited after escaping her abusive foster father, becoming a drug addict, and living on the streets – and was sent to death row after killing a police officer, upon where her death was faked. 

14. Negan Smith (The Walking Dead)

Negan

Negan Smith is a major character and a former antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC’s The Walking Dead. He was the former leader of the Saviors and used his authority and resources to subjugate other communities’ tribute to the Saviors, in exchange for protection against walkers.

13. Neytiri (Avatar)

Neytiri

Neytiri te Tskaha Mo’at’ite is the deuteragonist and lead heroine in Avatar and the Na’vi princess of the Omaticaya clan. She is the second-born daughter of Eytukan and Mo’at and the younger sister of Sylwanin and she is introduced in the film after she meets Jake Sully in a Pandoran forest, helping him when he is attacked by a pack of viperwolves. 

12. Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon Dynamite)

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Andrew Dustin Dynamite, Sr., who is portrayed by Jon Heder, is the main protagonist of both the movie and animated sitcom of the same name. He is an outcast teenage boy from the small town of Preston, Idaho. 

11. Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)

Natsu Dragneel

Natsu Dragneel is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild, wherein he is a member of Team Natsu. He is the younger brother of Zeref Dragneel, having originally died 400 years ago, being subsequently revived as his brother’s most powerful Etherious: E.N.D. 

10. Nine Tails (Naruto)

Nine Tails

Kurama, more commonly known as the Nine Tails, was one of the nine tailed-beasts. Centuries of being regarded as a mindless monster and sought after as a tool for war caused Kurama to hate humans and after being sealed into Naruto Uzumaki, Kurama attempts to maintain its cynical perspective about the world, but with Naruto’s insistence on treating it with respect, the fox overturns its hatred and willingly strives to use its power for the world’s salvation. 

9. Nick Fury (Marvel Comics)

Nick Fury

Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury is a spy, former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and founder of the Avengers. Fury began his career within the United States Army, rising to the rank of Colonel before his honorable discharge. 

8. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)

Neville Longbottom

Professor Neville Longbottom was a British pure-blood wizard, the only child, and the son of Frank and Alice Longbottom. Neville’s parents were well-respected Aurors and members of the original Order of the Phoenix until they were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange and three other Death Eaters with the Cruciatus Curse when he was about sixteen months old. 

7. Nala (The Lion King)

Nala

Nala is the deuteragonist of Disney‘s 1994 animated feature film, The Lion King, and the lifelong best friend of Simba, prince of the Pride Lands. When the kingdom is taken over by Scar and his hyena henchmen, Nala rebels against their reign by assisting Simba in reclaiming the throne and later becomes Simba’s wife and the mother of two cubs: Kiara and Kion. 

6. Neo (The Matrix)

Neo

Neo (born Thomas A. “Tom” Anderson), is the main protagonist of The Matrix franchise. Neo is a former blue pill rescued by Morpheus together with the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar and as a red pill, he was prophesied by The Oracle to be The One and was set out on a course to free humanity from the Matrix and ultimately end the centuries-long Machine War. 

5. Nami (One Piece)

Nami

“Cat Burglar” Nami is the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates and the adoptive sister of Nojiko after the two were orphaned and taken in by Bell-mère. She is the third member of the crew and the second to join, doing so during the Orange Town Arc.

4. Night King (A Song Of Ice And Fire)

Night King

The Night King is the central antagonist of the series and was the master and the first of the White Walkers, having existed since the age of the First Men. He was also the supreme leader of the Army of the Dead. 

3. Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them)

Newt Scamander

Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, was an English wizard, a former student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he was sorted into Hufflepuff House, famed Magizoologist, and the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Early in life, Scamander developed an interest in magical creatures, influenced by his mother’s breeding of Hippogriffs.

2. Nico Robin (One Piece)

Nico Robin

Nico Robin, also known by her epithet “Devil Child” and the “Light of the Revolution”, is the archaeologist of the Straw Hat Pirates. She is the seventh member of the crew and the sixth to join, doing so at the end of the Arabasta Arc, and although she temporarily left the crew during the Water 7 Arc, she rejoined them during the Enies Lobby Arc. 

1. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)

Naruto Uzumaki

Naruto Uzumaki is a shinobi of Konohagakure’s Uzumaki clan, the Seventh Hokage, the son of the Fourth Hokage, the jinchuriki of the Nine-Tails, and a former member of team 7. He became the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails on the day of his birth, a fate that caused him to be shunned by most of Konoha throughout his childhood, and after joining Team Kakashi, he worked hard to gain the village’s acknowledgment all the while chasing his dream to become Hokage.

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