2. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch is one of the most beloved characters in literature, an expertly created hero who manages to be highly moral and constantly preachy without ever coming off as unlikeable or egotistical. Novelist Harper Lee based the character on her own father, who was a lawyer in the South that defended Africa- American clients. Finch was voted the seventh greatest character in fiction since 1900 by Book Magazine, and Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus in the 1962 movie is equally as loved, being voted by the American Film Institute as the greatest hero in film.