Amy on the web (link at foot of post) has drawn attention to a list of "The 101 most influential people who never lived", at USA Today. She highlights:
Santa Claus, Robin Hood, Archie Bunker, Alice In Wonderland, Bambi, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.
I began to make my own list, but before posting I checked out the USA Today site and found my nascent collection mostly on there: King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes, etc. Plus a few that I woudn’t call "people" eg the Loch Ness monster and King Kong.
So who is missing? Rip van Winkle, Harry Potter, the man in the Moon, Sauron and Aphrodite would be my five suggestions for inclusion (assuming Aslan is disallowed despite Nessie and KK). I’m assuming that gods, prophets and other religious icons are excluded.