You may be surprised to learn that many of the most recognizable fictional characters in pop culture were inspired by real people. Sorry, we know that throws a wrench in your dream sketches. But good news -- now you can see what those real-life inspirations actually look like!
1. J.K. Rowling based Professor Snape on her own Chemistry teacher, John Nettleship.
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2. Wendy, of Wendy's burger chain, was the nickname of founder Dave Thomas' daughter.
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3. Author Ian Fleming had multiple characters in his espionage series remark that James Bond looked like singer Hoagy Carmichael.
4. Alice Liddell inspired family friend Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland when she was just 10.
5. Poet John Gray is thought to be the true Dorian Gray of Oscar Wilde's story.
6. Dr. Joseph Bell inspired the character of Sherlock Holmes.
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7. Christopher Robin Milne and his teddy bear became the main Winnie the Pooh characters in his father's stories.
8. Uncle Sam was a real person named Samuel Wilson.
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9. Wrestling-star Maurice Tillet is rumored to be the inspiration for DreamWorks' Shrek.
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