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Forum: Fictional Explorers and Travelers
Name Description Status
Ellen Ripley Hero of the 1979 film Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, and its sequels. Added 8 April
Ender Wiggin Protagonist in Orson Scott Card's 1977 short story and 1985 novel Ender's Game and its sequels. He explores many planets and encounters many alien species. Added 8 April
Gertrude Kersain First woman to travel in space in fiction, from the 1889 novel The Conquest of the Moon by Andre Laurie. Added 8 April
Ijon Tichy Space explorer in many of the novels of Stanisław Lem. Added 8 April
Pirx the Pilot Spaceship pilot in a series of short stories by Stanisław Lem. Added 8 April
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Unluckly travelers in Shakespeare's Hamlet and in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, 1966 play by Tom Stoppard. Added 8 April
Ahab Ship captain from Moby-Dick (1851) novel by Herman Melville (1819-1891), US writer.
Alfred Bulltop Stormalong Hero of nautical folklore popular in Massachusetts, US, 1830s to 1930s. Rejected 3 April
Alice Heroine of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871), novels by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), English writer and mathematician.
Arthur Dent, Trillian, Zaphod, … Travelers seeking the answer to "the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything" in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979-1992), series of novels by Douglas Adams (1952-2011), British writer.
Baron Munchausen Adventurer in The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1781), a series of tall tales collected by Rudolf Eric Raspe (1736–1794), German writer. Rejected 3 April
Bilbo, Frodo, … Reluctant travelers in The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954), novels by J. R. R. Tolkein (1892-1973), British writer and professor. Used on Titan
Buck A dog who journeys from domestication into the wilds of Canada in The Call of the Wild (1903), novel by Jack London (1876-1916), US writer.
Buck Rogers pace adventurer originally appearing in a 1928 issue of the US science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, later appearing in television and films.
Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, ... Hapless travelers seeking "the best of all possible worlds" in Candide: or, The Optimist (1759), novel by Voltaire (1694-1778), French writer and philosopher.
Captain Nemo Captain of the Nautilus, the submarine featured in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870) and The Mysterious Island (1874), novels by Jules Verne (1828-1905), French author.
Captain Spaulding The African explorer played by Graucho Marx in the 1930 US film Animal Crackers. Rejected 3 April
David Bowman/Frank Poole/HAL The crew (human and computer) of Discovery One, on the first human voyage to Jupiter, in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Added 25 March
Don Quijote & Sancho Panza Knight-errant and his trusty squire in the 1605-1615 novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Cervantes. Added 25 March
Dorothy Gale & Toto Kansas farm girl and her dog, who travel to the land of Oz in the 1900-1920 Oz novels of L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), US writer.
Eleanor Arroway Traveler to the distant reaches of the Universe in Contact, novel by Carl Sagan (1934-1996), US planetary scientist and writer. Added 21 March
Flash Gordon Space adventurer originally appearing in a 1934 US comic strip, later appearing in television and films.
Garshasp Monster-slaying hero in Persian mythology. Added 21 March
Gilgamesh Hero of ancient poem The Epic of Gilgamesh, from Mesopotamia, c. 2500 BCE, widely considered the first great work of literature.
Gulliver Traveler to fantastical places in Gulliver’s Travels (1726), novel by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), English-Irish author. Used on Phobos
Horatio Hornblower British navy officer who appeared in a series of adventure novels and short stories, published 1937-1967, by C. S. Forester (1899-1966), British writer. Rejected 3 April
Huckleberry Finn & Jim Travelers on a raft down the Mississippi in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), novel by Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910).
Indiana Jones Archeologist/explorer in the Indiana Jones series of films (1981-2008), created by George Lucas.
Jason Leader of the Argonauts from Greek mythology, explorers and seekers of the Golden Fleece. Used on Phoebe
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, 10th century Japanese folktale, widely regarded as the earliest surviving Japanese narrative.
Kakudmi & Revati In Hindu tradition, Kakudmi was a benevolent king who took his daughter Revati to the realm of Brahma. When they returned to Earth, many centuries had elapsed since they had left.
Kathryn Janeway Captain of the USS Voyager, from US television series Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001).
Kip Russell Space traveler in 1958 novel Have Space Suite-Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein. Added 25 March
Kirk, Spock, Uhuru, Sulu, … The crew of the Starship Enterprise, from Star Trek (1966-1969), US television series created by Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991).
Lidenbrock, Axel, Hans, Grauben Explorers in Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), novel by Jules Verne (1828-1905), French writer.
Lāčplēsis Legendary hero in a Latvian epic poem by Andrejs Pumpurs. Added 28 March
Madoc Legendary Welsh voyager who sailed to America in 1170, centuries before Columbus.
Máel Dúin Legendary Irish seafarerer who visited many fantastical places, c. 1000.
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. Added 21 March
Odysseus The hero of the epic poem The Odyssey (c. 800 BCE), by Homer, Greek poet. Used on Tethys
Peer Gynt Traveler in the 1867 play of the same name by Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian playwright.
Perry Rhodan Space traveler in a series of German science fiction booklets, published since 1961. Added 25 March
Phileas Fogg Adventurer who attempts to circle the Earth in a balloon in Around the World in 80 Days (1873), novel by Jules Verne (1828-1905), French writer.
Picard, Riker, Worf, … The crew of the Starship Enterprise, from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), US television series created by Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991).
Rincewind, Twoflower, ... Characters in the comic adventure novels about Discworld, by Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), British writer. Added 21 March
Sadko Adventurer from the medieval Russian epic Bylina, who traveled to the bottom of the sea.
Siddhartha Traveler through ancient Nepal on a journey of self-discovery in the 1922 novel of the same name by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), Swiss-German writer.
Sinbad Heroic sailor in the Tales of 1001 Nights, South asian folk tales. Used on Enceladus
Skywalker, Solo, Leia, Kenobi, … Heroes from the 20th Century Fox film series Star Wars, 1977-2005, created by George Lucas.
Tetsuwan Atomu "Mighty Atom", also known as “Astro Boy”, hero of the pioneering Japanese Anime television series of the same name (1963-1966), created by Osamu Tezuka.
Tintin Main character in The Adventures of Tintin, a series of graphic adventure novels by Hergé (Georges Remi, 1907-1983), Belgian cartoonist.
Ulysses The Latin name for Odysseus, hero of the epic poem The Odyssey (c. 800 BCE), by Homer, Greek poet. Used on Mars
Urashima Tarō Fisherman who rescues a turtle and is invited to visit the undersea palace of Ryūjin the Dragon God. From Japanese folklore, c. 1400s.