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(io9)   Apart from Jesus, is Sherlock Holmes the most popular fictional character of all time?   (io9.com) divider line 92
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2013-12-20 11:25:50 AM
No.

Abraham.
 
2013-12-20 11:28:12 AM
and Moses
 
2013-12-20 11:28:45 AM
Congratulations subby. successful troll is successful.
 
2013-12-20 11:33:37 AM
I think Buddha is more popular than Jeebus
 
2013-12-20 11:34:02 AM
I would have though God, but subby must be Jewish.
 
2013-12-20 11:36:22 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I think Buddha is more popular than Jeebus


Muhammad is.
 
2013-12-20 11:44:35 AM
Wasn't Sherlock Holmes a cocaine addict?
 
2013-12-20 11:49:34 AM
Super Mario
 
2013-12-20 11:53:52 AM
mimg.ugo.com

You're on the naughty list for forgetting me  subby
 
2013-12-20 11:54:39 AM
What about Mickey Mouse?
 
2013-12-20 11:59:30 AM

vernonFL: Wasn't Sherlock Holmes a cocaine addict?


User, not addict.
 
2013-12-20 12:10:01 PM

timujin: vernonFL: Wasn't Sherlock Holmes a cocaine addict?

User, not addict.


Tallulah Bankhead - 'Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know, I've been using it for years'
 
2013-12-20 12:23:06 PM
I'd go with God.
 
2013-12-20 12:23:26 PM
I thought it was the White Hispanic Santa.
 
2013-12-20 12:34:33 PM

stpauler: timujin: vernonFL: Wasn't Sherlock Holmes a cocaine addict?

User, not addict.

Tallulah Bankhead - 'Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know, I've been using it for years'


Cocaine is a hell of a drug
 
2013-12-20 12:37:52 PM
I think Dracula has the record for the most movies.
 
2013-12-20 12:40:52 PM
No shiat.
 
2013-12-20 01:00:19 PM
In retrospect, how many characters have been based off of him? (Holmes, not Jesus). I could see that Holmes would be the most popular, given the books about him popularized a format of storytelling that is in use in about, what, 70% of evening network TV?
 
2013-12-20 01:05:31 PM

lockers: Congratulations subby. successful troll is successful.


This.

Subtard must be a Jew.
 
2013-12-20 01:07:04 PM
Hulk Hogan is the correct answer
 
2013-12-20 01:10:51 PM
Jesus needs a gritty modern reboot.
 
2013-12-20 01:16:58 PM

Decillion: Jesus needs a gritty modern reboot.


static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-12-20 01:18:58 PM
Download the Sherlock Holmes fiction from Project Gutenberg. Enjoy.
 
2013-12-20 01:22:56 PM
Batman.
 
2013-12-20 01:23:31 PM

Mugato: I think Dracula has the record for the most movies.


I have to go with you on this one. Dracula is VERY popular.
 
2013-12-20 01:26:28 PM
I would have gone with the clitoris
 
2013-12-20 01:26:36 PM
nickknockedmeup.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-20 01:26:42 PM
Constantine
Shakespeare
Socrates
George Washington
Rico Suave
 
2013-12-20 01:27:38 PM
I care more about whether or not Fox News can confirm Sherlock Holmes is white.
 
2013-12-20 01:30:32 PM

skinink: I care more about whether or not Fox News can confirm Sherlock Holmes is white.


He liked to dress up. He had a drug connection. And he lived with a veteran of the Afghanistan war. I think he might have been a black man on the down-low.
 
2013-12-20 01:32:59 PM
homer simpson
 
2013-12-20 01:37:12 PM

lockers: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I think Buddha is more popular than Jeebus

Muhammad is.


Wikipedia says Christianity then Islam then Hinduism then Buddhism.
 
2013-12-20 01:38:46 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I think Buddha is more popular than Jeebus



Kudos on mentioning the first verifiably nonfiction character in this thread. :)
 
2013-12-20 01:47:37 PM
Trollmitter aside, Sherlock Holmes is definitely in the top ten of all time.  Popular characters of modern times include Doctor Who, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, and Captain James T Kirk.  Popular characters from the industrial era include Dracula, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, Gandalf, Phillipp Marlowe, Tarzan, Ebeneezer Scrooge, and Long John Silver.  Earlier characters include King Arthur, Robin Hood, Hamlet, MacBeth, and Beowulf.
 
2013-12-20 01:49:38 PM
TROLL! Sherlock Holmes isn't fictional, its real to me dammit!!!!
 
2013-12-20 01:57:09 PM
I hear Subby's mom is very popular.
 
2013-12-20 01:59:59 PM
Harry Potter scoffs, brushes dust from his sleeves.
 
2013-12-20 02:03:16 PM
I'll probably be called names but I've read all A.C.D,'s Sherlock Holmes stories and I frankly found them a bit boring, on the other hand I love seeing the character in TV shows and Movies, including the old black and white ones. I don't think it is because those are old novels because I loved reading Dracula and Frankenstein.
 
2013-12-20 02:06:07 PM
No, that would be Kanye West's career.

/but imma let you finish
 
2013-12-20 02:15:16 PM
Tarzan and James Bond might give him a run for his money, but Holmes has definitely got them on longevity.
 
2013-12-20 02:17:40 PM

talkertopc: I'll probably be called names but I've read all A.C.D,'s Sherlock Holmes stories and I frankly found them a bit boring, on the other hand I love seeing the character in TV shows and Movies, including the old black and white ones. I don't think it is because those are old novels because I loved reading Dracula and Frankenstein.


I love Sherlock Holmes but that makes sense. The Holmes stories are, essentially, word puzzles where all of the evidence is laid out and the reader tries to solve the mystery before the ending reveals the solution. I can totally understand someone not wanting to, or not being used to, engaging a story that way. Holmes demonstrates his intelligence because the reader and Holmes will be presented with the same information but Holmes figures it out and the reader may not. If you ever decide to try again don't look at it as a story about Sherlock Holmes because that isn't what it usually is. It's a story about the mystery Holmes encounters.

The difficulty with that style is that it has to walk a line between being difficult enough to keep the reader guessing but open enough that it is entirely, reasonably solvable based on the evidence presented. Doyle was good at it but not a lot of other people are. So a lot of adaptations, like the recent movies and just about all of the detective stories on TV, completely abandon that style and make it instead a character piece about a detective who's got an aura of smartness rather than directly demonstrated intelligence.
 
2013-12-20 02:20:56 PM

talkertopc: I'll probably be called names but I've read all A.C.D,'s Sherlock Holmes stories and I frankly found them a bit boring, on the other hand I love seeing the character in TV shows and Movies, including the old black and white ones. I don't think it is because those are old novels because I loved reading Dracula and Frankenstein.


A.C.D. invented a lot of things that are now the bedrock of many mystery stories. At the time they were original and fresh ideas.
 
2013-12-20 02:22:44 PM
Darth Vader finds his lack of popularity disturbing.

www.quickmeme.com
 
2013-12-20 02:24:24 PM

Good Behavior Day: Popular characters from the industrial era include Dracula, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, Gandalf, Phillipp Marlowe, Tarzan, Ebeneezer Scrooge, and Long John Silver.


You think Gandalf belongs with the rest?
 
2013-12-20 02:32:50 PM
In related news, less than two weeks until Sherlock is back.
 
2013-12-20 02:38:03 PM
Sherlock Holmes, fictional? I think you'd better check your facts there. Who took care of the business with the giant dog that was eating everybody? Well, it wasn't Watson. Oh, don't tell me - I suppose he was fictional too...

/not obscure
 
2013-12-20 02:40:20 PM

FloydA: I hear Subby's mom is very popular.


Jesus isn't going to sleep with you.
 
2013-12-20 02:41:13 PM

NeoCortex42: In related news, less than two weeks until Sherlock is back.


Is that only on BBC, or will it be in the US as well?
 
2013-12-20 02:46:19 PM

extroverted_suicide: NeoCortex42: In related news, less than two weeks until Sherlock is back.

Is that only on BBC, or will it be in the US as well?


I think PBS is showing S3E1 on 1/19.
 
2013-12-20 02:55:17 PM
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