I consider myself a well-versed consumer of fiction, from film to television to books (both comic- and those boring ones without pictures).
A friend sent me this list enumerating the most influential characters from fiction. I have a hard time believing that it's in any meaningful order - Archie Bunker being more influential than Dracula? And some of the inclusions are odd, like "The American Cowboy".
The one I have a real problem with is "John Doe". How is this an influential fictional character?