Every day it seems as if we are told about the most important people in our society. The richest, the most intelligent and the pioneers in the world seem to influence everything that goes on and more often than not, it’s hard to keep track of what is going on. Things just got a whole lot more complicated, as it turns out there is a whole other group of people out there impacting everything that we do. There’s just one thing; these people never existed.

More than ever, we are affected by fictional figures who make their way into society. Living outside reality, they seem much more lovable and easy to get attached to. The list is endless but see what you think about our pick of the top 20 most influential (non) humans.


It’s hardly surprising that the doll that has depicted almost every kind of female is a big player in the list. Whether you think that Barbies are role models for young girls or represent something more sinister, the pull the dolls have on children is undeniable.

Santa Claus

So many children in the world grow up believing in Santa Claus as the spirit of Christmas, and whether or not you agree with it, there’s no questioning the impact that Santa has on the entire festive season. Parents rely on the jolly man himself to get their children to behave around the holidays and if Santa can’t pull it off, then nobody can.

Big Brother

Before it was turned into a strange reality TV program, Big Brother was better known as the totalitarian society in George Orwell’s novel 1984. The fear of a government watching everything that we do today still stands and the words “Big Brother is watching you” are as chilling today as they were 60 years ago.

Sherlock Holmes

The way in which we think about detectives today has been influenced by one man alone. Sherlock Holmes defines what it means to be a detective and if contemporary investigators aren’t equipped with a cape, deer stalker hat and a magnifying glass, something is very wrong to us.

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