People need bright human images. Sometimes it turns out that it’s easier to think of them than to find or grow them. As a result, there are a lot of interesting, beautiful, original, but, alas, invented people. At the same time they have already gained popularity, and many even do not even suspect the virtual origin of these characters. Meanwhile, they are constantly in the mind – dancing, singing songs and advertising products.
Even in Russian literature there is a similar character, it is a question of the famous lieutenant Kizhe. He appeared as a result of a mistake, but was able to marry and even make a career. We will tell below about the ten most famous fictional characters, the ghost people existing today.
As part of the Japanese pop band AKV48, a new performer has just appeared. The sweet singer is called Amy Eguchi. However, do not be too enthusiastic about the attractiveness of the girl. Fans soon found out her most important and terrible secret for them – Amy exists only on the computer. To create such an image, the creators took a certain feature from each member of the musical collective and superimposed them on the virtual mock-up of the girl. And to come up with a life story for the image was even easier. According to the legend, Amy was 16 years old, she was born in the town of Sites, near Tokyo. From an early age the girl took part in competitions in athletics. The very first photoshoot immediately came to the pages of “Playboy”. The virtual image took 150 GB of disk space, as a result, people got what they wanted. Today, the virtual and the real world are blending more and more. We are already at a level where digital technologies quietly replace us from flesh and blood. It is only necessary to allocate a sufficient amount of memory for the hard disk of the computer.
This character was born in 1927. Then the Admissions Committee of the Institute of Technology in Georgia, by mistake, sent two entrants to Ed Smith at once, instead of one. The young man decided to play a trick and filled out the second document in the name of George Burdel, whom he invented for such a case. While studying at the institute, Ed did not forget to write down Burdel for all those courses that he himself attended. He even performed for this character all his homework, while signing with his own name. It’s no wonder that George was able to successfully finish the institute. Other students quickly saw the deception, but decided not to give out Ed, but to play along with him. Burdel in 1930 was even admitted to the oldest secret society in Georgia.
As a result of virtual life, Burdel had a very vivid resume. He allegedly carried out 12 sorties over Europe during the Second World War on a B-17 bomber. From 1969 to 1981, George was a member of the board of directors of one of the journals. In 2001, Time magazine nominated him for the title of Person of the Year. But then, Burdel was already 90 years old. So George did not win the honorary title, he was removed from the competition, not even looking at his leadership with a rating of 57%. The management of the university has long discovered the fact of substitution of documents. But they even encourage the existence of such a colorful character, considering it all the best joke for the entire existence of the institute. Today his father continues to work in his walls, Burdel Jr.. And George himself is happy to have new friends – they have only a few thousand on his Facebook page.
Hollywood produces bad and failing films much more than cash and hurry. So it happened with the comedy “Animal” with Rob Schneider. It was clear that a wave of criticism was waiting for the band. The reviews were ultimately so bad that Sony’s marketing department, the film’s sponsor, had to come up with a film critic. He had to at least somehow smooth out the negative background, having made a positive review. As a result, Manning in his reviews began to extol and other films – “Invisible”, “Patriot” and “Vertical Limit.” But to deceive the audience turned out to be a difficult task.Filmmakers from California, Ann Belknap and Omar Rezek, were sued by the corporation. The group lawsuit of movie lovers said that they watched these films on Manning’s advice and were disappointed. The company “Sony” decided to hush up the scandal and did not bring the case to court – the victims of the fake journalist received personal compensation. Although who knows, maybe this trick is still in fashion with film companies? And they call us to go to a new “excellent” film invented by the same characters? After all, writing a good review is so simple, if no one is responsible for it.
This woman is the face of the whole trademark. Now he belongs to the company Kuacker Ots, that in Chicago. And the brand was born in 1893, although officially it was registered only in 1937. The image of the hospitable aunt came from the then popular “Minstrel Show”. This woman embodied the stereotype of an African-American character. It was slightly transformed and made the face of the brand “Aunt Jemima.” It was a commercial product of a solid company. In early 1964, my aunt even received the keys from the city of Albion in Michigan. The actress pictured in the picture often came there to collect donations. The company Kuacker Ots since 1966 has started selling Aunt Jemima syrup, in 1985 a low-calorie syrup was on sale, and after 6 years also concentrated syrup. As a result, my aunt has become a trademark for decades! In local stores, every American can see this character. A kind smiling black woman looks from the labels to the buyer. How can you not buy a product with such a good person?
Writer Martha Sherill decided to use in her humorous articles some star. She came up with the original way out – to create her own fictional character. In November 1996 Esquire magazine published the work of Mart, and in the photo the stars were pictures of little-known actress and model Ali Larter. In the article it was told that Woody Allen is launching his new film, in which star Allegra Coleman will be shot. She currently has a violent romance with David Schwimmer, and the paparazzi were able to make scandalous photographs of a nude couple. They wrote that the movie star is closely friends with Deepak Chopra, a famous doctor, writer and spiritual leader. But the deception was soon uncovered by the editors of the magazine in a special press release. But the image was so much liked by its creator that Sherill even wrote a satirical novel about the life of Hollywood stars. There she was able to reveal the full character of Allegra Coleman. The novel “My Last Movie Star” was published in 2003 by Random House Publishing House. The happy occasion, through which Ali Larter lit up in the magazine, was a good impetus for her career. The actress began to participate in television shows, starred in various famous films (“Destination”, “Blonde in the Law”) and serials (the most famous role is Nicky Sanders in “Heroes of NBC”). Even after it became known that Allegra Coleman is a fictional character, Ali has ceased to lack the offers to film. In the end, she in fact became an actress Larter, who plays the role of actress Coleman.
The name of this person became known to people thanks to the film “Titanic”. But there was not really Jack Dawson? That he really was on a ship on the night of a terrible tragedy, nothing is known. Although it is necessary to foresee the possibility that such a person secretly made his way to Titanic without having a ticket with him. It is believed that the characters Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson were coined by director James Cameron. He from the very beginning decided that his main characters should be fictional. But after the completion of work on the script, Cameron learned that on board the Titanic was indeed a passenger named J. Dawson.But this person has nothing to do with the character from the movie. He was born in 1888 in Dublin, and at the time of death in cold waters, Dawson was 24 years old. His body is buried with the rest of the dead in Nova Scotia. On the grave it is written – J. Dawson. By the way, it is the most visited in the cemetery. Only here it is not known what “J.” means. Maybe it was Joseph or James, or maybe it’s true, Jack?
In 1998, the world saw an unusual English music project called Gorillaz. He was created together by musician Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett. The latter has already managed to get his share of glory for his comic strip “Girl on the tank.” The project is a musical component and a whole fictional world in which there lives a virtual group, drawn in the form of comic books. There are four members in the Gorillaz group. 2D plays on the keys and sings, Murdoch Nichols plays the bass guitar, Russell Hobs on drums, and Noodle on the guitar, keyboards and sometimes singing along. The newest technology of holographic projection made it possible to create three-dimensional images of the band members. That’s how she performed live at the Grammy awards ceremony in 2006. The same technology allowed to create a three-dimensional model of Madonna, as a result of the virtual double of the singer, she also performed her hit “Hung Up”. If the virtuality of Gorillaz was clear from the very beginning of the concert, then the viewers did not immediately guess that it was not Madonna, but her double. Soon the success of the Grammys was repeated and the MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Lisbon. That too was not without virtual stars. Launching the band Gorillaz in reality, and does not exist, but the music created by her, it is quite real to hear.
Under this name, there is a vocaloid in our world. This is such a computer program that allows you to connect the text and melody and create on their basis a simulation of singing. At the same time, the voices of the singer and actors are synthesized with the help of a special technology. The word “vocaloid” has basically two components. “Vocals” means voice, and “android” says that the basis of the project is the computer basis. The user must enter the text and the melody, and then Hatsun Miku takes the case. By letting this and the computer creation, she already has quite a few admirers. Although Miku is not the only one in this genre, but certainly the best. In the real world, it does not exist, the girl gives her concerts in the form of holograms. To do this, use as many as 16 projectors. They are directed to one point behind the screen, and then as a result of synchronization, a three-dimensional effect occurs. It can be observed even without special glasses. The first recordings of Miku appeared in Japan in 2007, they were released by the company Krypton. Sales of such a product were so high that the manufacturer was forced to increase circulation. During the first 12 days of the song, 3000 orders were made. In total, according to the latest data, about 60,000 copies of the programs were sold, and there were copies of it. But in fact, sales of a similar product did not exceed a thousand pieces. Performances of this Japanese singer can be found already on YouTube.
In 1928 the concern General Mills appeared. He combined six large companies, one of them was Washburn Crosby from Minneapolis. In the late 1910s and early 1920s, Americans literally showered her with questions about baking. As a result, managers came to the conclusion that the answers should be less formal and more personal. For this, a virtual pseudonym appeared. He was given the name of Betty, as it seemed rather mild and affable. And his name was given to him by William Crocker, executive director of the company, who by that time retired. The public was informed that Betty Crocker was an ordinary secretary, who won the contest among the company’s employees. In 1936, the brand symbol even gained its real face.For this, the artist Neissa MacMaine assembled all the office employees of the company in one room and created a single image based on numerous faces. True there is an opinion that Betty Crocker actually lived. According to one of the public opinion polls in America, she became the second most famous woman in the country after Eleanor Roosevelt. Over the next seven decades, the face of the legendary Betty changed 7 times. In 1955, she became younger, in 1980 – acquired a more businesslike appearance, and in 1996 her appearance became more multicultural – Betty was dark and got an “ethnic” look.
This image is known not only to every American, but to virtually every inhabitant of the Earth. After all, Uncle Sam became the most real symbol of the US government and citizens of the country. The paintings depict a thin, bearded man dressed in a red-blue-white suit. But that’s where this man came from in American culture, not everyone knows. In 1917, an American artist DM Flagg created a poster with him. At the heart of the picture was an original poster of three years ago, on which the English Lord Kitchener was painted. Uncle Sam urged the soldiers to take part in the First and Second World Wars. On the posters of Flegg, his character is painted differently, the gesture of veteran Walter Botts is added. And the very face is something like Samuel Wilson. During the war of 1812, this butcher from New York supplied his food to the American army. On the packaging was written U.S. (United States). But the soldiers jokingly deciphered it, like Uncle Sam (Uncle Sam). The story quickly spread to the press, and the term Uncle Sam soon became used to refer to the government of the country. The image for a long time was collective, and features of his face were taken from different people. Sam uncle Sam never existed. The most famous person for him was what is placed on the Flagg posters. It was this uncle who called on the Americans to fight during the numerous wars of the twentieth century.