There’s nothing like that jaw-dropping moment in a film that smacks you in the face. It’s the plot twist the audience never saw coming. It’s that part of the story where everything comes together and the narrative finally makes perfect sense. Oftentimes, a plot twist or the big third act reveal, is the revelation that a character never actually existed. We find out the protagonist’s best pal is just an imaginary friend, or the film’s antagonist is nothing more than a deluded manifestation. Here are the greatest characters who never actually existed.
Imaginary characters are the plot twist, the schizophrenic delusion, or the subconscious taking hold of the hero’s sanity. Many of these stories will not and can never reach their conclusion until the protagonist realizes their instability, and either battles against their delusion, like in Fight Club, or accepts their mental insanity, like in A Beautiful Mind.
Some of the characters on this list existed at one time, just not during the film’s timeline. Of course, Norman Bates’s mom was a real person. She was just already dead when Norman was parading around killing hotel guests in the shower while dressed in a wig and his mother’s dress.Make your voice heard. Vote up the imaginary characters you think made the biggest impact.