Superhumans and "Larger Than Life" Heroes and Villains of U.K. Literature

Heroic literature has been with us nearly as long as the written word. Below are some of Britain's better known or more unusual creations. To better illustrate the evolution of such characters, I've rearranged the list by the era they debuted in.

Pre-1800s

The Monk

Early 1800s (1800-1849) - the Penny Dreadfuls

Sweeney Todd

Ivanhoe

Melmoth

Smuggler King

Spring-Heeled Jack

Varney the Vampire

Wagner the Wehr-Wolf

Lord Ruthven

Late 1800s (1850-1899)

Blue Dwarf

Lord Danvers

Dracula

Dorian Gray

Sherlock Holmes

Mr.Hyde

Invisible Man

Dr. Moreau

Professor Moriarty

Allan Quatermain

Raffles

Carmilla

Abraham van Helsing

Dr John Watson

Human Bat

Long John Silver

Mycroft Holmes

The Time Traveller

Canterville Ghost

1900-1920

Professor Challenger

Fu Manchu

Scarecrow

Carnacki

Peter Pan

Sir Denis Nayland Smith

Scarlet Pimpernel

Professor Cavor

Captain Hook

The Wind in the Willows

Billy Bunter

1921-1940

Blackshirt

Golden Amazon

The Saint

Worzel Gummidge

Invisible Dick

Biggles

1941-1960

Black Wing

James Bond

Eglantine Price

Basil of Baker Street

Human Bat

1961-1980

Arthur Dent

Elric

Marvin

Ford Prefect

The Worst Witch

Jerry Cornelius

1981-2000

Doctor Nemesis

Faction Paradox

Fenchurch

Hermione Granger

Miranda

Harry Potter

Ron Weasley

Lord Voldemort

White Knight

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