Friday 30 September 2016

From Sherlock Holmes to Luke Skywalker - 10 fictional characters we wish were real

Jack Murphy

Published 11/02/2016 | 14:19

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Jack Murphy on the 10 fictional characters any young adult would like to see materialise in real life..

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1. Skulduggery Pleasant – Skulduggery Pleasant

He may be a skeleton, but Skulduggery has enough quick witted humour to keep anyone entertained for hours on end. He's charming and knows how to deal with people. He may have a dark past, but he's friendlier these days. Having saved the world on multiple occasions, he would have plenty of interesting anecdotes to tell. I wouldn't mind sitting down to have a chat with the skeleton detective.

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2. Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter

The headmaster of Hogwarts, the great wizard Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was always extremely pleasant and caring to each and every single one of his students, treating them equally and fairly. If anyone ever needed care or guidance, Dumbledore would go out of his way to make sure that he could help them in anyway possible. While he may be over 300 years old, he’s well able to stand his ground in a duel, even against Dark Wizard, Lord Voldemort.

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3. Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes

Arguably one of the most famous fictional detectives of all time, Holmes is a deductive genius, boasting the amazing talent to solve almost any case put before him. Described as eccentric, he would undoubtedly be an interesting character to have around. The gardai could certainly do with a few Sherlock Holmes to lend a helping hand when the need arises, which would be quite often these days.

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4. Iron Man – Marvel

Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, Iron Man, also known as Anthony Edward Stark, or Tony Stark, is the creator and user of the Iron Man suit, one of the most widely known suits in the superhero universe. He's also well known for his brilliant technological mind, creating superb inventions that have shocked the world. He's a bit reckless, but aren't we all at times?

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5. Minerva McGonagall – Harry Potter

The Deputy Headmistress to Hogwarts, Professor McGonagall was one of the most memorable characters from the Harry Potter franchise, known for her stern yet caring attitude. As the Head of Hogwarts House, she watched over Harry throughout his childhood. She’s a cunning and intelligent witch, who doesn’t take nonsense from anything or anyone.  She’s the first to put someone in there place and isn’t afraid to back down from a fight when a challenge stands in her way. You wouldn’t want to cross her.  A modern day Mary Poppins she'd be great with your kids.

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6. The Doctor – Doctor Who

Whichever Doctor you prefer, be it Tom Baker or David Tennant, you cannot deny that having this time-travelling, regenerating, world-saving genius around would make the world a much more interesting and sage place. Given his extremely clever and eccentric personality, he would certainly be a fan favourite. And he has the TARDIS. That thing is just cool.

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7. James Bond – James Bond

Also a man of many faces, Mr Bond is a secret agent who works for the British Secret Service, a spy agency. He’s also quite the charmer, picking up a litany of women in his long running list of movies. James Bond is well known for his fast cars, high tech gadgets, and his ability to take down any enemy he faces. If you’re ever taking him out for a drink, remember, it's a Martini, shaken not stirred.

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8. Superman – DC

Arguably the most noteworthy superhero of all time, Superman was one of the first and stands stronger than ever to this day. Like a fine wine, over the years, he has just improved with age. This most impressive man boasts a wide range of powers, such as super speed, flight, super strength, and so much more. These days, he’s probably one of the strongest fictional beings out there. Despite his noble intentions and persona, however, would we really want someone with that much power on our planet?  He'd certainly be handy around the house.

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9. Batman – DC

The Caped Crusader, the Hero of Gotham, the Dark Knight, whatever you call him, you most certainly know who he is - he’s the genius, billionaire superhero who constantly keeps watch over the crime ridden city of Gotham. He has a large arsenal of gear in his utility belt, which always has the right tool for any situation, much like your mechanic.  He’s a master of combat, training in martial arts for many years. With Dublin increasingly resembling Gotham we could do with him around.

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10. Luke Skywalker – Star Wars

An iconic character in sci-fi movies, he's the hero of the Star Wars original trilogy. Raised on a farm with is aunt and uncle, Luke was plucked from his simple life after he met Obi Wan Kenobi, and started down the path of becoming a Jedi and taking down the Empire that had ruled over the galaxy with an iron fist for far too long. He is a symbol of hope for all young people who aspire to make a change in this world.

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