Total Nerd Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?  

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List Rules Vote up the overall greatest fictional characters that best represent the state they're from.

Some of our favorite fictional characters are so wonderful and relatable because they represent a very specific part of the US. The best fictional characters from every state speak to American truths at large while simultaneously embodying the quirks, mannerisms, and twangs of certain regions. Whether the most famous fictional character in every state is from a book, movie, or TV show, they entertain us and make us proud (or sometimes embarrassed) to call our state of residence "home."

From characters like Dwight Schrute of Pennsylvania serving up a twisted take on farm life to Ace Ventura acting crazy like Floridians are wont to do, these famous fictional characters from every state do a fantastic job of reppin' their state while contributing significantly to the melting pot that is American fiction. 

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Alabama - Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump lived in a beautiful farmhouse with his Mama on a plantation located in the fictional town of Greenbow, AL. The endearing ping-pong champion embodies American optimism and the hardships of growing up in rural Alabama.

Gump reminds his audience that life is filled with a variety of choices, and each decision we make takes our lives on a different path that should be celebrated. Forrest Gump is a movie about acceptance, and Gump tells his remarkable story through the eyes of someone whom no one accepted as typical; it's also about a person who manned a shrimp boat and told the POTUS he had to pee.

In 1995, Forrest Gump won several Academy Awards, and there is seldom a person who doesn't know that life is like a box of chocolates.

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Rhode Island - Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin is the classic Irish-American Catholic guy from Rhode Island. He lives in the fictional town of Quahog with his family in a traditional Cape Cod style home. Peter's unfiltered style and endless desire to prove his masculinity is emblematic of his home state. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has created a tour in honor of Family Guyan honor no other Rhode Island fictional character can claim to have. 

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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Pennsylvania - Dwight Schrute

Dwight resides on Schrute Farms in Honesdale, PA, a town neighboring Scranton. Dwight is an effective salesman for Dunder Mifflin Paper, despite his nonexistent interpersonal skills. Dwight is by far one of the best characters on The Office, and he was the only character who almost got his own spinoff series, The Farm.

Not only is Dwight an excellent salesperson, but he lives his life simply and directly. He takes a pragmatic approach to life, such as thinking (see: plotting) before he acts. For instance, Dwight stated that he would never do something "an idiot would do." Despite Dwight's many apparent character flaws, he is a loyal and genuine friend. 

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Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Colorado - Eric Cartman

Eric Theodore Cartman of South Park, CO, is a South Park fan favorite, though the uninitiated may not understand why; after all, Cartman is vulgar, racist, and has a lengthy criminal record. Still, he has some pretty unforgettable catchphrases which have seeped into the American lexicon at large, like "Respect my authoritah!" and "Screw you guys, I'm going home."

Cartman managed to work his way into the hearts of '90s kids everywhere and he followed them into adulthood. Those same former '90s kids could share Cartman's affections for "cheesy poofs" with their children, and they could also teach their children everything they need to know about sweet revenge through Eric Cartman (like when Cartman fed Scott Tenorman chili, which turned out to be made from Scott's parents). Cartman is a born leader, and is so famous he even made a cameo on Futurama. Colorado should be proud of their angry, murderous, scheming adorable sociopath son.

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
New Mexico - Walter White

The teacher turned crystal meth maker found a way to make the exorbitant amount of money needed for his cancer treatments. And while he often finds himself in some sticky situations, he also finds himself... that is, as a formidable drug lord. New Mexico is known as "The Land Of Enchantment," and we quickly find ourselves disenchanted with a man who goes from family man to an egomaniac of a drug lord. Also, many folks from Albuquerque, NM, say the show does an excellent job of portraying the city in a realistic manner. 

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Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Illinois - Al Bundy

In the suburbs of Chicago lives a man so unmotivated he still speaks to males across America years after his show went off-air. Al Bundy of Married... With Children is an unambitious shoe salesman. He's best known for kicking back on the couch and drinking a beer with his hand in the safest spot... down his pants.

Married... With Children is significant to American television in that it ran contrary to earlier shows like Leave It To Beaver, where home life was portrayed as perfect. Al Bundy and his family made it "okay" to show a dysfunctional American family on primetime television. Fans watched the Bundys struggle financially, emotionally, and even with annoying neighbors. Somehow, though, the under-motivated Al Bundy held his family together.

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Ohio - Scooby-Doo

Have you ever wondered where Scooby-Doo and the gang solve all of their mysteries? It's in Coolsville, a fictional town in Ohio located in Erie County. 

Kids love Scooby-Doo. This trend hasn't slowed down, and it doesn't matter that the vast majority of the original Scooby-Doo episodes were created even before the parents of young kids today were born. The Scooby gang hangs out in Coolsville, OH, and while the viewers know roughly how every Scooby-Doo episode will end, the process of getting there remains a mystery. And it's this formula that appeals to young children, older kids, and even adults who try to beat those meddling kids to the denouement. Scooby has gone through many iterations, and the hungry pup's movies picked up a Teen Choice Award and a Kid's Choice Award in 2002 and 2003. 

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Idaho - Napoleon Dynamite

Known for his skills, sick dance moves, and letting Deb realize it's okay to drink whole milk, Napoleon dominates Idaho. No one can hold back this liger artist, not even his pet Llama, Tina. He's more of a legend than his Uncle Rico, the former high school football star. Napoleon, the original hipster, made it cool to be yourself, no matter how awkward. He embodied the awkwardness of growing up in the Mountain States in the early aughts. Napoleon managed to gain a cult following and endear himself to an audience despite his quirks and eccentricities.

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Ricky Bobby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
North Carolina - Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights may take place in a variety of NASCAR stadiums, but the film's protagonist Ricky Bobby calls North Carolina home. Ricky Bobby embodies the passion for NASCAR that fills states like North Carolina and the southern United States. Charlotte, NC is an area that is popular with NASCAR drivers and announcers alike. In November 2017, Ricky Bobby's $4.2 million mansion went up for sale, so now hardcore fans can drink all the Gatorade and eat all the Domino's Pizza they want just like one of North Carolina's finest. 

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Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Utah - Wile E. Coyote

He might never catch the Roadrunner, but that doesn't mean that he won't kill himself trying. Fortunately, this coyote appears to have more lives than a cat. And there is rarely a child or adult who doesn't recognize this hapless predator.

The Looney Tunes characters - including Wile E. Coyote - have been an American animation mainstay since 1930.

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Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
California - Marty McFly

High school student Marty McFly attended Hill Valley High School in Hill Valley, CA, in the mid '80s. He meets up with Doc Brown after hearing about Brown's experiments and lunacy. The two hit it off and as a result, the most epic trilogy of the '80s was born. 

The film redefined the science fiction genre, and with the help of Mary McFly, the "everyday teenager," turned science fiction into something mainstream and trendy. Marty's success in Back To The Future led to not only two additional films, but also a ride at Universal Studio, which unfortunately closed in 2007.

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Ace Ventura is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Florida - Ace Ventura

He's not Dr. Doolittle, but he can talk to dolphins. The Florida based pet detective can solve any animal mystery, and he'll do it while entertaining us all. He'll even take on the Miami Dolphins to do so. His bat-crazy antics are on par with all of the crazy crimes that happen in the Sunshine State. Jim Carey won the Kids Choice Award for  'Favorite Movie Actor,' and for the better part of the '90s, whenever a kid or teenager said, "All righty then," no explanation was needed.

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Minnesota - Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Minnesota - Charlie Brown

The main character of the Peanuts comic, Charlie Brown, hails from Minnesota. It makes sense when you think about how much snow with which the Peanuts characters have to deal. 

Charlie Brown is the loveable nerd to whom every child could relate. He's important because he's one of the first characters in comics to explore life through the eyes of an awkward child, and while he could get gloomy sometimes (he once said, "I've developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time"), the Peanuts comic is ultimately a message about accepting friends for who they are and taking life one day at a time. And we get to hear this message from a little boy who wears the same yellow shirt every day.

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Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
New Jersey - Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano, from Newark, NJ, was associated with the DiMeo crime family. He played an important role in the North Jersey area to keep this criminal organization running smoothly. The Sopranos changed television for American networks. While interest in the Irish and Italian mobs have dominated the northeast coast of the United States for decades, Tony Soprano's character brought mob life into homes across America, and he made his ill-dealings likable. Through Tony Soprano, networks learned what audiences would tolerate and learned how to endear a rancid character to television fans. As for all of his problematic behaviors? Forgeddaboutit!

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Nebraska - Penny Hofstadter

Penny Hofstadter was born in Omaha, NE, but she moves to California to pursue her acting career. In Season 1 of The Big Bang Theory, Penny moved into Apartment B across from Leonard and Sheldon. 

Fans of The Big Bang Theory note Penny is often the catalyst for a lot of personal growth among the nerdy group of friends, and her underappreciated dynamic makes her the star player. And while her people in Nebraska might not appreciate her topless role in the film "Serial Ape-ist," they no doubt appreciate her Midwest work ethic and mannerisms.

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Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Wyoming - Yogi Bear

He's the most famous bear in Jellystone Park and an American legend to boot. Everyone who picnics at a national park may check their surroundings twice to make sure someone "smarter than the av-er-age bear" doesn't steal their food. Some would argue Yogi's fame rivals that of another national park bear, Smokey.  

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John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Arizona - John Rambo

He's a one-man army. Even though John Rambo hates killing, he's a decorated special forces vet who will protect his loved ones at whatever the cost. Rambo is a significant character because he set the scene for the one-man action movie hero. Not only was Rambo a commentary on the Vietnam War, but his movie led to other action-packed hero movies that continue until today. Arizona gun control laws are among the least-restrictive in the US, so Rambo and his arsenal represent the state somewhat perfectly. 

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Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Missouri - Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn is a classic American character created by American author Mark Twain. While only a child, he manages to escape life with his drunkard father. He sets out on many adventures, which makes him a quintessential figure of early America.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn defined the American novel. Ernest Hemingway once said of the book "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."  Twain examined life through his character's eyes in a way that was simple, straightforward, and typical of rural Missourah. Twain famously wrote in the book, "Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better." In many ways, Huck Finn remains what America was intended to be in its early years.

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Toto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Kansas - Toto

Yes, Dorothy is technically the star of The Wizard of Oz, but Toto steals the show in nearly every scene. He's adorable, knows trouble when he smells it, and his existence gave American cinema one of its most revered lines: "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!" 

Toto has a lot of competition from the other Oz characters, but he truly embodies the ideals Wizard of Oz fights so hard to portray: loyalty, bravery, and love. 

 

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Donna Pinciotti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Wisconsin - Donna Pinciotti

Donna is America's sweetheart on That '70s Show. She probably wouldn't like it if you referred to her as Erica Forman's girlfriend. Donna embodies the struggle between being a "cool girl" in the '70s and embracing feminism. Her role on That '70s Show spoke to an era when women were trying to embrace their femininity while asserting their individual rights. She's also a hardcore Packers fan, which makes her a Wisconsinite to the core. 

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Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Delaware - Tyler Durden

The most famous alter-ego of alter-egos, Tyler Durden, is the narrator for Chuck Palahniuk's novel and subsequent film Fight Club. Durden pushes Joe, the main character, to his personal limits. Durden personified the general angst surrounding the capitalist agenda and captured the hearts of many upper-middle-class suburban white boys. After the release of the film, life appeared to imitate art as real-life organized fight clubs began popping up all over Delaware

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Jay Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
North Dakota - Jay Gatsby

Sure, Jay Gatsby takes advantage of prohibition to make his fortune, but that doesn't make him any less of a literary treasure. James Gatz starts his life dirt poor in early 20th century North Dakota before reemerging on the East Coast as the posh and stylish Jay Gatsby of Long Island. Through Gatsby, Fitzgerald waxes philosophical on the attainment of the American Dream.

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Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Virginia - Cleveland Brown

Even though he's a supporting character on Family Guy, Cleveland Brown hails from Virginia. His life is similar in many ways to his Family Guy friend's life... except Cleveland's young son is cool personified, instead of a mad genius. Cleveland is a loyal father to his family, despite his unenthusiastic portrayal. He accepts his children for who they are and makes light of some heavy political commentary, stating, "You want the media to go away? Just mention black on black crime." 

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Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Georgia - Scarlett O'Hara

An authentic southern bell, Ms. O'Hara epitomizes the struggle between class, title, and love in the late 1800s in Gone with the WindShe is a complicated heroine who may be selfish at times but also didn't give a damn when it came to gender expectations. The film is problematic in the way it portrays slavery during the Civil War era, which filmmakers have since acknowledged. Despite its massive shortcomings, Gone with the Wind is still considered a classic in America cinema, and Scarlett is - frankly - an unforgettable character who you should give a damn about.  

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Gambit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Louisiana - Gambit

The Big Easy wasn't always so easy on Gambit, who was abandoned at birth due to his burning red eyes. However, Remy LeBeau the mutant became a formidable opponent who sometimes fought with the X-Men.  He can utilize the potential power of inanimate objects and convert that power to explosive kinetic energy. He speaks in a thick Cajun accent and is fiercely proud of his bayou roots. 

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Al Borland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Michigan - Al Borland

Everyone remembers Al Borland calling Tim Taylor out with his token line, "I don't think so, Tim." And this character from Michigan has a place in everyone's heart, representing the hand skills and tough work ethic of the Great Lake State well. 

While tool man Tim Taylor seems like he might be the most obvious choice for the most famous fictional character from Michigan, it's Al who actually embodies the character of Michigan. Understated, sometimes underappreciated, but always reliable - Al is Michigan personified. 

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Garfield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Indiana - Garfield

What would wasting time on the internet be without cats? Well before the world could kill time googling kittens, it could "tune in" to watch Garfield, the cat who loves lasagna and calls Indiana home. Garfield is known for driving his owner nuts, but he means well. He also set the scene for the world's entertainment obsession with cats.

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Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Massachusetts - Will Hunting

He's not only a janitor at Harvard; he's also their best brain. Despite his savant math skills, Will Hunting can fight, crack wise, and get the girl - all from his shack apartment and busted car. The part of Will Hunting that makes him so significant though, (other than the fact that Good Will Hunting was nominated for everything from an Academy Award to a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck household names), is the character of Will Hunting represents how a broken and painful past could hold back even a stunning genius. Coupled with his thick Boston accent, Will Hunting is everything Massachusetts: he's wicked smaht and sports a bit of an attitude, but ultimately has a heart of gold. 

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Gilligan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Hawaii - Gilligan

With his trademark red shirt and white and navy sailor's hat, Gilligan is best known as "little buddy." He's a hapless hero hailing from Hawaii but shipwrecked with the rest of the crew on Gilligan's Island. The show was filmed on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and many fan tours are available - but be warned, some of them are not a three hour tour (a three hour tour), but rather a NINE hour one. 

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Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Vermont - Jack Torrance

You have to feel for this author and teacher from Vermont, who just wanted to take a couple of months finish his book. He didn't know the Overlook Hotel would be haunted when he agreed to be its caretaker, but it didn't take long for him and his family to figure it out. Everyone knows you're quoting Jack Torrance when you leave cryptic notes around that say, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

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Longfellow Deeds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
New Hampshire - Longfellow Deeds

Longfellow Deeds is a hapless hero with a knack for making pizza and designing greeting cards. He's also the epitome of a person who enjoys the simple life and looking out for the people in his small town. Deeds is significant because he represents some New Hampshire values, but adds some absurdity, hope, friendship, and comedy to the mix. Residents of New Milford, NH, were more than happy to show up for the cameras as extras during the film's shoot in June 2001.

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George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
New York - George Costanza

George Costanza is one of the four main characters in Seinfeld. Set in New York City, George plays Jerry's friend and has a lengthy list of psychological problems and epitomizes a neuroticism unique to the City That Never Sleeps. 

Seinfeld redefined comedy in the '90s. While Jerry Seinfeld was the brain behind the understated, sarcastic, and tongue-in-cheek comedy, it was George Constanza who stole the show. Every guy can relate to George's fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants decisions that ultimately came back to bite him. George embodied the absurdity of life most people experience, only he embraced it with a foul temper that made it hilarious. Remember George's philosophy on life, "Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it."

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Beavis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Texas - Beavis

Beavis attends Highland High school in Highland, TX, a fictional town about 40 miles north of the desert. Beavis loves Metallica, hanging out with Butt-Head, and messing with Stewart Stevenson.

While it's a bit of a toss-up about who rocks more, (Beavis or Butt-Head), it's Beavis's character "The Great Cornholio" which puts the debate to rest. Never before had two burned-out, unmotivated, horny, awkward teens endeared themselves to America like Beavis and Butt-Head. And except for a South Carolina Senator who in 1993 mistakenly refered to Beavis and Butt-Head as Buffcoat and Beaver, everyone knows who you're imitating when you randomly shout out at school or in a work meeting: "I need TP for my bunghole."

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Karl Childers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Arkansas - Karl Childers

Karl Childers may have been a quiet, intellectually-disabled man in Sling Blade, but it is his road to redemption that makes him a star. Filmed in Benton, AR, the film - and Childers by proxy - are a source of pride for Arkansas residents. Folks still give tours of the remaining landmarks from the movie.

Billy Bob Thornton described his character in Sling Blade as a cross between Frankenstein and Boo Radley. He is instantly recognizable for his throaty line of, "Well... I like the way you talk." 

Karl Childers comes to grips with his demons, and he eventually sacrifices his freedom for that of his friends Linda and Frank (mother and son). Childers's character exposes some of the difficulties of life in places like rural Arkansas, but at the same time, the state provides a background for a powerfully redemptive film and character.

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Paul Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Maine - Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan is American as...well, Paul Bunyan. While many states want to lay claim to this American folklore legend, it's Maine who boats the 31-foot roadside attraction of Paul Bunyan in Bangor, ME. Paul Bunyan is an early American folklore hero. He represents the size, strength, and vitality of early American industry and capitalism. Paul Bunyan was a reminder to all that America, while rough around the edges, would be successful by overcoming any obstacles presented.

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Raylan Givens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Kentucky - Raylan Givens

Raylan Givens of Justified put southern and eastern Kentucky on the national map when it comes to fictional characters. Most Kentuckians agree the show does a great job capturing the culture and atmosphere of various locations in Kentucky from Lexington to Harlan (even the not so wonderful parts, like the serious pain pill problems).

In Kentucky, you're either supporting law enforcement or you're vehemently against it, and United States Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens is more aware of that than anyone. In 2011, Justified was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

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Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Iowa - Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy grew up in a small town in Iowa (though the actual town remains a mystery). She is a true diva who is best known for her tumultuous relationship with Kermit the Frog. Everyone loves Miss Piggy, and fans forgive her shortcomings as a necessary caveat of her diva personality. She undoubtedly made her small Iowa town proud... wherever that might be.

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Oregon - Jessica "Jess" Day

New Girl star Jessica Day grew up in Portland, OR, but when she was in her 20s, she followed her best friend Cece to Los Angeles. Although New Girl is based in L.A., Jess visits Portland every so often to see her dad.

After the television show Friends stopped airing, there was about a 7-year gap where America couldn't relate to a quirky close-knit group of people in their 20s or early 30s; the "adorkable" Jess Day came to the rescue. The character guaranteed her real-life counterpart, Zooey Deschanel, would get nominated for everything from Golden Globes to a Primetime Emmy Award.

New Girl - and of course, Jess Day - represent the willingness to get up and go and restart life when it seems hopeless, and preaches everything always works out when we have a little faith in ourselves.

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Paul Maclean is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Montana - Paul Maclean

While A River Runs Through It is a film inspired by true events, Paul Maclean - the younger brother who is a savant fly fisherman - is a work of fiction. Paul was a charming character but had his flaws with gambling. Nonetheless, he embodied the free spirit of a Montana outdoorsman and writer. 

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Connecticut - Piper Chapman

She did the crime, and now she is doing the hard time. The stereotypical, WASP-y rich kid from Connecticut manages to girl-up and make her presence known on Orange Is The New Black. Her character finds herself in what looks like a totally hopeless and desperate place... federal prison. However, Piper manages to make real friends and even re-ignite old connections. Through her pain, obstacles, and difficulties, she becomes a stronger and smarter person. Her experience inside prison is emblematic of the challenges we all need to overcome in order to grow.

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Deputy Trudy Wiegel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Nevada - Deputy Trudy Wiegel

She is one of Reno's most eccentric and barely qualified sheriff's deputies in Reno 911!. And while no one in the department seems to care for her, it's likely because she's a no-nonsense law enforcement officer. She's a little offbeat but knows when to get down to business, making her a great character of the Battle Born state. 

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Chilly Willy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Alaska - Chilly Willy

Chilly Willy is the talking penguin who has trouble getting warm (surprise!) and he hails from Alaska. Even though penguins aren't native to Alaska, this cartoon bird has become something of a state mascot since his creation in the 1950s. He has made numerous appearance in short animated films alongside Woody Woodpecker. 

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Noah Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
South Carolina - Noah Calhoun

Noah Calhoun is an example of the unaccepted gentleman who doesn't fit in with the class structure of the South during the '40s. His relentlessness in pursuing Allie is deemed charming by Allie but less so by her disapproving family. Noah and Allie's love story in The Notebook may be fueled by the stereotypical-but-endearing Southern Gentlemen trope, but it works. In the end, true love prevails. 

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Bat Boy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
West Virginia - Bat Boy

West Virginia is known for some weird, paranormal entities, like the Mothman. Weekly World News invented a similar character from West Virginia, Bay Boy. According to the tabloid, Bat Boy was discovered in a West Virginia cave. From there, he crossed paths with many of America's most famous, newspapers followed him, and he even managed to get his own musical. Bat Boy dominated grocery store check-out aisles with scandalous newspaper headings, and he took the early '90s by storm by giving America something strange to follow. Bat Boy has become a pop-culture icon, making appearances on everything from The Simpsons to the theater stage.

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Skip is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Mississippi - Skip

Skip represents the "every dog" almost every boy remembers from his childhood. In the film My Dog Skip, the main character, Willie Morris, remembers his Jack Russel terrier fondly. 

While having a childhood dog is not unique to living in Mississippi, it is all of the adventures Willie and Skip go on which exemplify the spirit of 1940s Mississippi for middle class Americans. 

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South Dakota - Will Stoneman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
South Dakota - Will Stoneman

Set in 1917, Will Stoneman's character in Iron Will exemplifies South Dakota denizens' grit and ability to overcome hardship. Faced with the need to save his family's South Dakota farm and earn money for college, Will Stoneman enters a dog-sled race his father intended to enter before his untimely death. Will wins the race, but he almost killed himself in the process. 

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Juliette Barnes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Tennessee - Juliette Barnes

Juliette Barnes is the reason that many people tuned into Nashville. Her ambition and determination to succeed through sheer willpower perfectly encapsulate the energy surrounding the Nashville music scene. Many folks find her tenacity empowering and quote Barnes: "You gotta go after what you want and never take no for an answer."

 

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Mike Doonesbury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Oklahoma - Mike Doonesbury

Doonesbury is a cartoon that captures everyday life. Like anyone's life (for the most part), Doonesbury's day to day is filled with some victory, some loss, and a thick layer of satire. One of the best parts of Doonesbury includes his daydreams, which sometimes actualize. Doonesbury became famous for focusing and making light of everyday life - a trend that exists in other comics still today.

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Bella Swan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Washington - Bella Swan

If the Pacific Northwest is known for anything, it's grungy angst. Bella Swan embodies this mentality perfectly as she navigates her way through a supernatural love triangle in the Twilight series. 

Twilight is an inescapable global phenomenon that had teenagers and mothers alike taking sides on either 'Team Edward' or 'Team Jacob'. The film series made over $1.6 billion in global ticket sales alone

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Maryland - Great Gilly Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Fictional Character From Your State?
Maryland - Great Gilly Hopkins

Representing Maryland is The Great Gilly Hopkins. Gilly Hopkins is an endearing coming-of-age story, where the titular character learns to appreciate what she has and accept love. Her character is the famous protagonist of Katherine Paterson's novel, which was in every children's library in the United States during the '90s and 2000s. Her feisty, can-do attitude makes her a great representative of the Free State.