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There are numerous frictional figures that are designed to shape our lives. Although they never appeared on Earth, their presence is felt somehow. The list of influential people who never lived is so long but in this article, we just pick up 10 of them. We hope that you will find it interesting.

10. Barbie

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

As Barbie has progressed from a pretty young woman to whom all girls could aspire, to something often verging on the likeness of a harlot, one can wonder whether it was Barbie influencing children, or children influencing Barbie. There are certainly many similarities. Barbie has depicted almost every possible female lifestyle choice and I think there can be no doubt that she has been at the start of the path many women have taken in life.

9. Santa Claus

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

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If good old Santa is based on a real man called Saint Nicholas, the character he has developed into over the past dozen centuries makes him a truly different—and definitely a fictional character. Santa’s big belly, furry coat, spindly white beard and penchant for late night cookies have become iconic when it comes to Christmas. Santa Claus, too, is probably single-handedly responsible for children’s good behavior in the western world.

8. Uncle Sam

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

The United States’ personified Uncle Sam has existed in the American consciousness since the 19th century. He is best known today for his use as a recruitment tool during both World Wars, when his face was plastered on posters declaring: “I WANT YOU for U.S. Army.” He rallied the American troops and his image has become an iconic piece of American history. I’d also like to give honorable mention to two powerful female figures in America: Lady Liberty and Rosie the Riveter.

7. King Arthur

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

It’s possible, but highly disputed, that King Arthur was a real military leader who lived in the early Middle Ages and defended his homeland against invaders known as the Saxons. Either way, when Geoffrey of Monmouth included King Arthur in his History of the Kings of Britain in the 12th century, Arthur became a “historical” figure and has, to this day, represented the power and glory of England, along with Lancelot, the Round Table, and the other aspects of Arthurian legend, which developed over time.

6. Mickey Mouse

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

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Mickey has surprisingly been around since 1928. The little mouse is almost an incarnation of Walt Disney himself, voiced by the cartoonist until 1947 and then carrying on his legacy since then. He is certainly one of the most recognizable characters in the world. Today, Mickey’s name and famous ears conjure up images of “the happiest place on Earth”—Disney World—and childhood in general.

5. Romeo and Juliet

Not only can Romeo and Juliet be blamed for much of our ideas of the “perfect relationship” – I think it can also be blamed for a high percentage of divorces. Couples going in to marriage seek the ideal of a relationship based entirely on passion and romance, and when that romance dims (as so often is the case) they feel cheated and believe the marriage has failed. When in reality, passionate romance is not required for a healthy marriage – while respect, love, and charity is. Romeo and Juliet have much to answer for!

4. Mother Nature

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

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Nature is real, of course, but not in human form—and yet she calls the shots that dictate much of our lives: what we wear, where we go and how we get there.

3. Tooth Fairy

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

The tooth fairy is a frictional figure of early childhood. The tooth fairy appeared in a folklore stating that when a child loses a baby tooth, if he or she places it beneath the bed pillow, the tooth fairy will visit while the child sleeps, replacing the lost tooth with a small gift.

2. Superman

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

Superman, along with Uncle Sam, is the personification of American ideals and values — a self-realized, yet modest and unassuming, individual who chooses to use his incredible powers to fight crime.

1. Robin Hood

Frictional Figures Who Have Great Influences

This could potentially lead to a debate about whether Hood existed or not, but I am of the opinion that he did not. I am sure we have all heard someone justifying theft because the victim is wealthy – and where did this justification come from? Not just the principles of redistribution of wealth that many of us live under in Western Society (read envy taxes) but the fact that to this day, we are all raised believing Robin Hood was a hero – when, in fact, he was a thief. Stealing is almost always wrong, and just because Robin Hood gave the proceeds of his crimes to poor people, it is not a valid justification. As for the previously mentioned taxes, there is every reason for us to believe that the majority of people accept these taxes because of their prior belief in the false morality of the Robin Hood story.

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