Fictional Characters
12.2k voters

17 Fictional Characters Whose Ages You Were Totally Wrong About

Updated November 20, 2019 66.9k votes 12.2k voters 1.3m views17 items

List RulesVote up the characters whose real ages you're most surprised by.

Iconic fictional characters seem immortal. They’re stuck in our imagination at whatever age they were introduced to us. But what if you were wrong about the age of those famous fictional characters? In a way, that makes you wrong every time you think about them. Some fictional characters seem older than they actually are because of the awful things that happen to them (Daenerys Targaryen) or their level of maturity (Danny Tanner). Some seem younger than they actually are - like Samwise Gamgee - because of the way they look or act. 

Check out this list of the real ages of fictional characters, vote up the fictional characters whose ages are different than you thought, and blow the minds of your friends and co-workers when you tell them at your next happy hour.  

  • Photo: Breakfast at Tiffany's / Paramount Pictures

    Audrey Hepburn was 31 years old when she was cast in her career defining role as Holly Golightly in a loose adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Golightly herself, however, is supposed to be only 18. While the glamour and elegance of Hepburn's performance is not in question, one wonders why the studio didn't cast a younger actress. Approximately 100% of women in college have a Breakfast at Tiffany's poster, so clearly the storyline resonates with that demographic. 

    Did this surprise you?

    More Holly Golightly 

    #38 of 228 The Greatest Female Characters in Literature, Ranked#751 of 3,511 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time#54 of 411 The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

  • When Aragorn, then known as Strider, met Frodo Baggins and his party at the Prancing Pony in The Fellowship of the Ring, he was 87 years old. The badass ranger was an octogenarian at the outset of the Fellowship's journey, but as a male of royal Númenórean heritage, he was just reaching the prime of his life. 

    Still it's pretty insane to think of someone that old fighting off multiple Nazgul. Think about it, Bernie Sanders was "only" 74 during the 2016 election, and he looks like he could be taken out by a mildly feisty kitten.   

    Did this surprise you?

    More Aragorn 

    #34 of 132 The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes#1 of 20 Which Fictional Fighter Would Destroy All Others In A Sword Fight?#10 of 28 The Most Powerful Characters In 'Lord of the Rings' And ‘The Hobbit’

  • Photo: Sherlock / BBC One

    The Original World's Greatest Detective (sorry, Bruce), Sherlock Holmes is most often played by a respectable, middle-aged actor. However, in his first story, A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock is only 27 years old. The ingenious detective is actually the age where most of us are thinking about going back to school. Benedict Cumberbatch is easily one of the youngest actors to portray the character, and he was nearly ten years older than the character when he took on the role for BBC's Sherlock.

    Did this surprise you?

    More Sherlock Holmes 

    The Best Actors Who Played Sherlock, Ranked#11 of 298 The Best Duos of All Time#17 of 67 The Best Fictional Characters You'd Leave Your Man For

  • Frodo's companion and confidant in the Lord of The Rings series, Samwise Gamgee is much older than his cherubic appearance would suggest. Hobbits mature more slowly than humans, and as such they come of age during what we would call middle age. Samwise, at 38 years old, is basically in his early 20s. He is still more experienced than Frodo, however, who's practically a baby at the tender age of 33. 

    Did this surprise you?

    More Samwise Gamgee 

    #1 of 81 The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever#5 of 95 The Best Lord of the Rings Characters#657 of 737 The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever