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Charon Theme #1: Fictional Explorers and Travelers

Fictional explorers and travelers icon Fictional Explorers and Travelers: the characters who have embarked on journeys in the stories we tell. Revisit our discussion forum.

Proposed Name Description Citation Notes
C1.1 Kirk James T. Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, the original TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered in 1966. britannica.com The slate of characters from the original Star Trek series received the largest number of votes in this category, favored by 37% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.2 Spock Mr. Spock, First Officer of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, the original TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered in 1966. britannica.com The slate of characters from the original Star Trek series received the largest number of votes in this category, favored by 37% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.3 Uhura Lt. Nyota Uhura, Communications Officer on the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, the original TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered in 1966. britannica.com The slate of characters from the original Star Trek series received the largest number of votes in this category, favored by 37% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.4 Sulu Lt. Hikaru Sulu, Senior Helmsman on the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, the original TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered in 1966. britannica.com The slate of characters from the original Star Trek series received the largest number of votes in this category, favored by 37% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.5 Skywalker Luke Skywalker, from the 20th Century Fox film series Star Wars, created by George Lucas, which premiered in 1977. britannica.com The slate of characters from the Star Wars film series received the second largest number of votes in this category, favored by 34% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.6 Leia Princess Leia, from the 20th Century Fox film series Star Wars, created by George Lucas, which premiered in 1977. britannica.com The slate of characters from the Star Wars film series received the second largest number of votes in this category, favored by 34% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.7 Solo Han Solo, from the 20th Century Fox film series Star Wars, created by George Lucas, which premiered in 1977. britannica.com The slate of characters from the Star Wars film series received the second largest number of votes in this category, favored by 34% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.8 Vader Darth Vader, from the 20th Century Fox film series Star Wars, created by George Lucas, which premiered in 1977. britannica.com The slate of characters from the Star Wars film series received the second largest number of votes in this category, favored by 34% of all voters and demonstrating worldwide popularity.
C1.9 Gilgamesh Hero of the ancient poem The Epic of Gilgamesh, from Mesopotamia, c. 2500 BCE, widely considered the first great work of literature. britannica.com Gilgamesh was the third most popular name in this category, favored by 24% of the voters across all regions of the world
C1.10 Nemo Captain of the submarine featured in the Jules Verne novels Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870) and The Mysterious Island (1874). britannica.com  
C1.11 Alice Heroine of the Lewis Carroll novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871). britannica.com  
C1.12 Kaguya-hime An infant girl from the Moon, who is adopted by humans but eventually returns to the Moon, in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a 10th century Japanese folktale widely regarded as the earliest surviving Japanese narrative. mythologydictionary .com  
C1.13 Nasreddin A whimsical character with a unique perspective on the world, often depicted riding a donkey backwards, in folktales from eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia. britannica.com Favored by 37% of all Middle Eastern voters.
C1.14 Pirx Spaceship pilot in a series of short stories by Stanislaw Lem. britannica.com Favored by 75% of all Russian voters.
C1.15 Dorothy For Dorothy Gale, Kansas farm girl and her dog, who travel to the land of Oz in the series of novels by L. Frank Baum published 1900-1920. britannica.com  
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