Archie interest is at an all-time high thanks to Riverdale. Played by hunky KJ Apa, Archie is sexier than he’s ever been. Over the years, his various redesigns have had him batting less and less out of his league with Betty and Veronica. But in the early days, he was a real dweeb.
Archie is based on another fictional character named Andy Hardy, played by Mickey Rooney. Andy juggled girl-next-door-type Betsy Booth with a series of way-out-of-his-league hotties. Besides the biographical similarities, Archie also was physically designed to resemble Rooney.
Chuckie is the “guy behind the guy” from OG Nicktoon Rugrats. Always loyal to best friend Tommy Pickles, Chuckie was a physically awkward yet adorable worry-wart. If you’re a good person, he was your favorite character. If you’re a monster, you thought he was annoying.
Chuckie was based on Mark Mothersbaugh, leader of new wave art-punk legends Devo. Mothersbaugh also happens to be the composer who wrote all the music for Rugrats. He shares Chuckie’s signature glasses and mussed hair, but not so much the buck teeth.
Edna Mode is the quirky in-world costume designer for the titular superhero team in Pixar’s The Incredibles. Over the years, the character has become something of a fashion icon. Nina Garcia, Kendall Jenner, Heidi Klum and others from the fashion world have paid tribute to her.
You’d think a cartoon as outlandish-looking as Popeye, if he’s based on a real person, would be an extreme physical exaggeration. But Frank "Rocky" Fiegel was very, shall we say, distinct in appearance. He had no teeth, smoked a pipe and supposedly got into a lot of fist-fights.
Homer Simpson is, of course, the lovably stoopid patriarch of the Simpson family. He’s an oaf who loves doughnuts, beer and watching TV. He’s also been a boxer, a bodyguard and an astronaut. Because cartoons.
Steven Universe is a cartoon boy who lives with three alien personifications of crystal gems, and Steven is also half crystal gem too, and has a crystal in his belly button. But he’s still figuring out what his powers are. Look, you’re just gonna have to watch the show if you want any of it to make “sense.”
Steven Universe is the brainchild of the insanely imaginative Rebecca Sugar. But the inspiration for her main character is surprisingly mundane: her brother, Steven Sugar. He’s an artist in his own right, and the lead background designer for the show.
Ursula is the super-thicc octopus witch who steals Ariel’s voice in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The silver vixen also gets to sing “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” the best Disney song by a long shot. And she’s the sexiest Disney villain, obviously.
It makes sense that that the best Disney character was based on one of the greatest “characters” American has ever produced. John Waters’ great muse, Divine, the late, great drag queen who ate dog s--- in Pink Flamingos, was given posthumous tribute in the film that kicked off the Disney Renaissance. How perfect.
Wall-E is a cute robot who lives on a garbage planet and has no friends. Then he falls in love with a girl robot and has to fight a bunch of evil fat people. Or something. I don’t know; I’ve never seen Wall-E.
Wall-E is based on none other that world-famous trash robot and animator Walt Disney. Besides being physically a dead ringer for the cranially cryonic anti-Semite, Wall-E is also named for him. “Wall” is short for “Walt,” and the E. stands for Disney’s middle name, which is Elias.