Isn’t it kind of bewildering that heroism often sprouts from adversity? Take for example our superheroes and several other fictional characters, who were born orphans, raised by evil aunts and uncles, and yet they grow up to become saviors of mankind, proponents of humanism and their lives full of adventure and mystery. They have all the qualities that we’d love to have and they’re so glamorous and romantic, we wish they were real. So, here’s for you, a list of the top 10 fictional characters who were orphan.
Dorothy Gale is the protagonist of the Wizard of Oz, whether in movies or in the books. She’s an orphan, who lives with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in a farmhouse in Kansas. An amicable person, she makes many friends while on her expeditions around the Yellow Brick Road. Tin Woodman, The Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion are a few of them. And, no matter what errands she undertakes, her beloved pet dog Toto, always accompanies her.
HeathCliff was an orphan raised by the Mrs. And Mr. Earnsahw. It’s this tag that defines his entire life. After Mr. Earnshow dies, Heathcliff is treated as a servant by his resentful son, Hindley. The love of his Catherine, the daughter of Mr. Earnshow marries Edgar Linton because of his social prominence and leaves Heathcliff, despite the fact that she too loves him in return. But, when events begin to take the ugliest turn, he acquires a fortune, which makes him a cruel man, whose only motive for the rest of his life is to acquire Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, Linton’s estate.+
Jane Eyre, the protagonist of the classic novel, Jane Eyre, is a young orphan who is raised by her cunning and cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed. She struggles through a loveless childhood, with only a few kindnesses from Bessie the servant. She spends most of her adulthood as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the love of her life, Mr. Rochester, a far older man than herself. Jane is not beautiful, but she does have is a passion for freedom, and she loves her independence.
The protagonist of Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book, Mowgli is an orphan who was found in a battered canoe when he was an infant. Apparently, he was raised by wolves till the age of 10. He’s portrayed as an adventurous and rebellious kid, but also someone who is naïve and often taken advantage of by King Louie and Kaa. But, his other friends including Baloo, and Bagheera are always helpful to him, and rescue him from many a dangerous and life threatening situations.
Tarzan is a fictional character that has been popularized through a number of books, magazines and films. He’s raised in the African jungles by the Manganis or the Great Apes. Remaining cut from civilization, he grows up in the wilderness, adapting to the animal life, thinking its home. But, when he encounters his kin during adulthood, he realizes the stark difference in them, and himself. In most books, and stories, Tarzan after meeting the civilized people, eventually returns home to the African Jungles.
The world of Superheroes like Batman and Superman seem to have sprouted out the orphanage. Superman, a creation of DC Comics, lost both his parents and his planet when the krypton exploded. But, it seems that in compensation he receives super natural powers with which he climbs on walls, and sees through the bricks and leaps across tall buildings like her were something like a spider, or kryptonite.
Snow white has been the most beloved fairytale of all young folks, especially little girls. Her character has been established through a number of storey books. Snow white also featured as the protagonist of the first ever animated movie by Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She’s an orphaned princess, who becomes the subject of hatred for her evil stepmother, whose magic mirror calls Snow White the “Fairest in the land.” It becomes the motto of Snow White’s stepmother to end her life, and take the title.
The legendary character conceived by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn was first introduced to us as an orphan in the “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and later he appears as he protagonist of the a dedicated to him, “ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” His life revolves around adventure in the Mississippi River basin. He befriends the slave Jim, and also develops great friendship with the naughty and vicious Tom Sawyer.
Harry Potter, the world famous wizard from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter, who covers the first seven years of his life as an orphan and then on his eleventh birthday discovers that he’s a wizard. He attends Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, where everyone either wishes to save him from the evil or kill him. But, he keeps fighting all the dangers, makes some great friends and continues on his mission to defeat the Dark Lord.