11. Captain Nemo
One of the more interesting characters in early science fiction, Captain Nemo is a great antihero and inventor who creates his underwater vessel after dedicating his life to science in the aftermath of losing his entire family in war. He also happens to be one of the first minority characters in sci-fi, as he is of Indian descent. That thirst for exploration in Jules Verne’s work and particularly in Captain Nemo would definitely be influential on future sci-fi captains.