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Real Life Statues For Fictional Characters

You would think that with all the real heroes in the world saving babies and stopping terrorists (and gently talking down baby terrorists) that there wouldn’t be a high demand for statues honoring people that never actually existed. But you would be wrong! And just to prove how wrong you are, we’ve assembled a list of the fictional characters that have been enshrined in marble and love. So sit back and read all about people who have enjoyed far more success than you without even having the gift of life!

1) Rocky Balboa—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands this proud statue of short-yet-powerful Rocky Balboa. This statue was made as a prop for the third Rocky movie. But afterwards it was donated to the city, which promptly put it up in front of the capital building for some time, before giving it to the Museum of Art. For those unfamiliar with the story, Rocky was a boxer who was given one shot to fight the best in the world. This was his chance to prove he was more than just a bum. So he trained really hard, listened to some sweet motivational music, and then went into the ring and… lost. Yes, he truly is a real American hero.

2) Superman—Metropolis, Illnois

The story goes that the people in Metropolis realized that they shared the same name as the fictional city Superman protects, and that Superman is totally awesome, so they decided it would a crime not to honor him in some way. But honestly, we’re surprised there aren’t more statues of superman in the world. He is after all most people’s first childhood hero. Of course, the statue of him in Metropolis, Illinois has been repeatedly shot at; presumably by people wanting to see if Superman really is bullet proof, so maybe it’s a good thing that the shrines to him are limited.

3) Marge Gunderson—Fargo, Wisconsin

“So that was your friend in the wood chipper?” Our resources tell us this statue was made because Marge Gunderson embodies the can-do attitude of Wisconsinians. But we suspect the real reason is because she got to utter that awesome line at the top of the paragraph. That line alone should explain why ol’ Marge deserves to have her own statue in Fargo, Minnesota. If anybody can remain so Mid-West Nice amid such monstrous brutality, then clearly they are saints. Even if they are fictitious saints.

4) Sherlock Holmes—Baker St, London

In a poll conducted across the nation, it was shown that 40% of the people believed Sherlock Holmes was a real person. So we can’t help but wonder if the people who actually erected this statue were aware that they were honoring a fictitious person.

“Ah, looks like we did good old chap [this is how British people talk, we saw it on TV]. Now all the criminals Mr. Holmes has put away will have to see his shining image once they are realized into the real world.”

“Uh, Jeffrey, you do know that Sherlock Holmes is fictional character. Furthermore his books were written over a hundred years ago, so even if he was a real person, which he’s not, everyone he would have put behind bars would now be dead.”

“Oh dear. I say, we are living useless lives aren’t we, old sport.”


5). Robocop—Detroit, Michigan

OK, so this one hasn’t exactly been built yet, but it really should be. Not just because it would be the coolest statue of a half-man, half-machine ever, but it would help the Detroit police do their job. How, you may be asking? Well, it is a known fact that criminals just aren’t very smart. Dumb-dumb criminals will go out to commit a crime, see the Robocop statue, and become afraid that it is the actual Robocop and run away. And if you think that’s ridiculous, there is only one thing you can do: Build the statue and prove us wrong! Seriously, let’s get this done already.

What statue of a fictional character do you want to see?