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Major Characters In Historical Movies Who Never Actually Existed

22 Jun 2020 1.0k votes 278 voters 12.8k views12 items

List RulesVote up the characters from 'true story' movies you're surprised to learn weren't real.

When it comes to movies, adding "Based on a true story" gives the filmmakers leeway to make up whatever they want. And just like so-called historical movies often reinterpret (or misrepresent) actual events, they'll also invent entire characters. This is done for a number of different reasons. Often, these fictional characters are composites of many different people. Combining several individuals into one can be a way to tell a story more efficiently. Other times, especially with stories set centuries or millennia before the present, there might not be many details about a person's life in the historical record, so the filmmakers have to invent them. And occasionally, a character in a historical movie might be created for the same reason as a character in any other movie - to make the story better, truth be damned. 

Here are some characters from historical movies who didn't actually exist, along with the reasons why filmmakers created them.

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