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Take a moment to think of a fictional character you consider to be iconic. Now couple that with the fact that a person like them actually exists off-screen. Isn’t that totally wild?

In fact, the weirdest, craziest, and creepiest personalities are often created from a space of familiarity. So, it makes sense that someone who is larger than life would effortlessly translate into a captivating, make-believe world. Although their storylines were fictionalized to a degree, all of these unforgettable TV characters were inspired by real people. Keep reading to check out who made it on our list. You won’t regret it.