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After watching Superman Returns, I got to thinking, who is the most well-known American fictional character? I labelled it down to three characters of my own: Superman, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse.
I think Superman would be the most famous among all of them, even as a kid, I know who Superman was but didn't know anything about him.
That's a tough one. I'd say it's a tie between Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse. Mickey has been symbol of Disney and was a huge hit when the character first appeared on screen. Bugs has also been a symbol for WB considering that they used him for the WB opening logo in many cartoon and movies (not to mention he's had a great life in movies from Roger Rabbit to LT: Back in Action).
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I'd probably say either Mickey Mouse (being the logo of a massive conglomerate like Disney, plus decades of cartoons of his playing around the world) or Superman (the world's best-known superhero, and decades of media appearances/comics/etc. around the world, plus heavy familiarity as the superhero archtype, even in countries where superheroes aren't popular). Not sure where Bugs would rank, though I'd also think Tarzan would be pretty high up on the list (since you didn't specify they had to be only *animated* fictional American characters...).
I think while WB has done a good job of making their characters well known, Disney has been notoriously well done at making their characters literally a part of the world's pysche regarding recognizable via sight or sound. You could put Disney's big three, meaning Mickey, Donald and Goofy anywhere on the planet, have their VA's talk in their voice, just show them via silohuette, whatever...people from every country would know who they are. I know Wayne Allwine gets freaking sick of people asking him to be their voice mail as Mickey.
SpongeBob SquarePants” over some of the classic Looney Tunes.
The most known American icon is Mario(Italian plumber). Everyone knows who he is whether they love him or hate him. The only possible way to not know about him is if you've been living in a cave most of your life.
I will say Mickey Mouse. I mean everyone has heard of him.
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