Steve "Captain America" Rogers will be getting immortalized with a bronze statue in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Some people may find this strange, but Steve Rogers won't be the first fictional character to get a statue in a real city. In fact, he's not even the first comic character. Over the years, there have been plenty of characters to get the honor of having a statue erected in their honor.
Rocky Balboa — Philadelphia, PA
Easily one of the most recognized images in cinema history, people come from all over the world to run up to the statue and put their hands up next to one of the greatest underdog characters of all time. Rocky represents the American Dream. Not just the fictional character who trained every day to be the best, but also Sylvester Stallone himself taking a story he wrote and turning it into an iconic saga with more than a few classic movies, moments, and a new spinoff — Creed — that could be the next big thing in the Rocky franchise.
Check out the famous montage from Rocky where this statue comes from:
Alice — New York, NY
There are few places in the world where you can get lost in the woods and have an adventure as fun as Alice In Wonderland, but one of them is Central Park in New York City. It's also the home of an Alice in Wonderland statue. You might even see a person dressed as the Queen of Hearts (I mean, it is New York) and possibly a rabbit running around nearby. It's a great and appropriate place for Lewis Carroll's cast of characters — including Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, and of course Alice — to be immortalized.
Superman — Metropolis, IL
Look! Over Exit 37 on Interstate 24! It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's just a 15 foot tall statue of the most recognizable superhero of all time. If not for the Man of Steel's comic book success, The Avengers, X-Men, Batman, Justice League, and Spider-Man might not have gotten the notoriety they have today. He is still the benchmark of what a hero should be. The statue is larger than life and just like the Kryptonian himself, the statue was probably made bulletproof.
The Fonze — Milwaukee, WI
Arthur "The Fonze" Fonzarelli was the absolute epitome of cool on a TV show. He could hip check a jukebox to make it play, he's the reason giving two thumbs up is still cool, and he was the absolute perfect model for leather jackets. The Fonze is a character that will always be remembered, no matter how far into the past he was created. There will never be another Fonze, and thankfully his hometown of Milwaukee honored him with the Bronze Fonze. 'Ayyyyy!
Paddington Bear — London, England
Paddington Bear may not be super popular in the US these days, but he's certainly a big deal in London. This Paddington Bear statue is located in Paddington Train Station where he first met Mr. and Mrs. Brown — it's also how the character got his name. For some of us American kids who grew up in the '80s and '90s, Paddington Bear was how we learned about English culture. You also couldn't go into any toy store in those days without seeing a stuffed Paddington. I would probably have no idea what marmalade was if not for him!
Samantha Stephens — Salem, MA
On a crescent moon night, Samantha Stephens twitched her nose and poof: She created a statue of herself. Okay, that's not true at all, but in the home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, a statue of the Bewitched character was erected. It's the perfect place to honor Samantha Stephens, arguably the most popular fictional witch next to Glenda and her evil sister from the West of Oz.
Robocop — Detroit, MI
While the statue has not been completed yet — as you can see from the picture above — it is in the works. A Kickstarter was put together and $50,000 was raised to make the statue of what many see as its city's greatest hero.
Sherlock Holmes — London, England
In the same way that Superman made superheroes cool, Sherlock Holmes did for detectives, using his intelligence to take down the enemy. Sherlock was the premier detective long before Bruce Wayne picked up his first magnifying glass. Holmes was commemorated with a statue placed near the detective's fictional home at 221B Baker Street in 1999. And it's not even the first Holmes statue — statues in Meiringen, Switzerland, Karuizawa Town, Japan and Edinburgh, Scotland predate the one in London.
There Are Even More
There are a ton more statues like this around the world. There's a Columbo statue in Budapest, Hungary and a Marge Gunderson has a statue in Fargo, North Dakota, for instance. Some may look at fictional characters as just elements of a movie, but for the rest of us they are teachers — and their immortalization as statues proves that we're not alone in looking at them that way.
Thanks for reading. If you know of any other statues, let me know in the comments below.