Writers of all types draw inspiration from themselves, their friends and family or famous figures in order to create memorable, nuanced characters. It happens regularly in every form of media, oftentimes without the audience’s awareness. Here are ten famous characters you never knew were based on real life people. Shrek
Shrek’s appearence is based on that of pro-wrestler Maurice Tillet, a man born with a rare disease called acromegaly.
Beavis & Butthead
Mike Judge based the look of Beavis & Butthead on two professors he had at UCSD.
Joker’s signature look is derived from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. Of course, that movie is super creepy.