Fictional Characters from Traditional Tales

This list is comprised of characters from folklore, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. This list emphasizes the oral tradition, as opposed to famous characters from books. There is potential overlap with the various lists of mythological characters, since the difference between folklore and mythology is somewhat subtle. In general, folklore takes place on a smaller scale than the grand stories of mythology.
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NameTradition
AladdinMiddle Eastern
King ArthurBritish
Ali BabaMiddle Eastern
BeowulfEnglish
Paul BunyanAmerican
CinderellaEuropean
Santa ClausEuropean
Till EulenspiegelGerman
FaustGerman
GoldilocksEnglish
GretelGerman
GuinevereBritish
HanselGerman
John HenryAfrican-American
Robin HoodEnglish
Little Jack HornerEnglish
JackEnglish
JackEnglish
Frère JacquesFrench
JillEnglish
Little JohnEnglish
Don Juan
Maid MarianEnglish
MerlinBritish
Zwarte PietDutch
Peter PiperEnglish
RapunzelGerman
RolandFrench
Will ScarletEnglish
Jack SpratEnglish
Pan TwardowskiPolish