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The Most Iconic Pop Culture Characters Immortalized in Funko Form

What makes a character iconic? It’s more than being popular or well-liked. To be an icon you have to transcend the thing that made you famous. Be it a movie, comic book, video game, TV show, or work of literature, iconic characters are just as recognizable as the stories they were created for. They are sometimes funny, inspirational, or even terrifying. However, the one thing that all of the characters on this list have in common is their recognizability and their impact and influence on pop culture. Here are 15 of the most iconic pop culture characters immortalized in Funko form.

Mickey Mouse

Fan Favorite Since 1928
Funko Pop! Disney Classics: Mickey and Friends - Mickey Mouse
$14.44
  • From the Mickey and Friends collection
  • Bring home the mouse who started it all
  • Vinyl Mickey figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
  • Comes in box with window for display
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02/27/2024 07:17 am GMT

When you think of iconic characters, Mickey Mouse is one that instantly springs to mind. People can recognize Mickey just by seeing three circles. He is the face of a company, sure, but he’s also more than that. He is the character that arguably did more for the art form of animation than any other. When he debuted in Disney’s Steamboat Willie in 1928, he instantly took the world by storm. His sync-sound cartoon helped people see animation as more than a novelty. People all over the world recognized the artistic potential of animation. Once Mickey burst onto the scene, cartoons (and the world) would never be the same.

Batman

The Dark Knight
Funko DC Universe - Batman
$25.00
  • Vinyl figure is about 3.75 inches
  • Head of figure turns
  • From the POP Heroes collection
  • Comes in window box for display
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02/27/2024 07:17 am GMT

There could be a lot of debate as to who the most iconic superhero is, but no matter where you stand on that question, you can’t deny that Batman must be in the conversation. Introduced in 1939 by Detective Comics, Batman quickly became one of the most popular heroes in the DC pantheon. Batman stood out from other superheroes. His complexity as a character, his relatability as a man without powers, and of course his compelling Rogues’ Gallery were all reasons. As time went on, the concept of a vigilante who fought crime and government corruption was easily adapted for modern audiences. Surprisingly grown-up comic runs kept audiences intrigued. These were followed by surprisingly complex films that were basically political thrillers with a guy in a cape. All this led to Batman being one of the most popular and therefore most iconic superheroes in modernity.

Sherlock Holmes

The Legendary Consulting Detective
Funko POP TV: Sherlock - Sherlock Holmes with Violin Action Figure
$74.99
  • From the BBC's Sherlock TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
  • Solve the crime with the legendary detective from Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic stories
  • Vinyl figure is approximately 3.75 inches tall
  • Comes in box with window for display
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02/27/2024 07:17 am GMT

Sherlock Holmes is another character that adapted well for a modern audience. He is known for his ability to focus on details and outsmart criminals. He is a rare hero that wins the day with the power of his mind rather than the strength of his arm. Introduced in a series of short stories printed in the newspaper, Sherlock became increasingly popular. In fact, he was so popular that there was a huge public outcry when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed him off as a way to move on to other projects. Following a deluge of angry letters, Doyle resurrected the character and continued writing Sherlock stories. In terms of media, the character has been resurrected and reimagined several times. The flawed genius has resonated with audiences for over a century now and is the most iconic fictional detective ever.

Spider-Man

Are Your Spidey Senses Tingling?
Funko Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man: No Way Home - Spider-Man in Finale Suit
$12.95
  • Pop! Spider-Man swings into your Spidey collection
  • Red and blue metallic suit
  • Vinyl bobblehead figure is about 4.15 inches
  • Comes in original window box for display
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02/27/2024 07:22 am GMT

There are a lot of superheroes on this list. That’s partly because they seem tailor-made to become icons. Each has a distinct, easily recognizable look. Also, most are inspirational in some way or another. However, the real reason people love them is that they are relatable. Spider-Man broke the mold when it came to the latter. Stan Lee designed the character not as some aspirational image of adulthood for kids to emulate, but rather as a normal kid. Moreover, a kid with a secret, struggling to balance his responsibilities with everyday life. Spider-Man spoke to young people on a level no superhero ever had before. He continues to do so to this day. No matter the decade, no matter the alter-ego, Spider-Man continues to be one of the most beloved and iconic characters in pop culture.

James Bond

Bond. James Bond.
Funko Pop! Movies: James Bond Sean Connery Collectible Figure
$24.95
  • Sean Connery as Agent 007 James Bond
  • Depicts Bond from the film Dr. No, based on Ian Fleming's spy novels
  • Vinyl figure is approximately 3.75 inches tall
  • Comes in window display box
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02/27/2024 07:23 am GMT

Bond. James Bond. No one can create a spy thriller without drawing comparisons to the most iconic fictional spy in history. Introduced in a novel by Ian Fleming, 007 really became a household name after the success of the 1962 film Dr. No. Since that time, the character has been reimagined again and again.

Despite being created at the height of the Cold War, and definitely being a representation of that era, Bond is still able to resonate with a modern audience. It must be because deep down, 007 is a little bit of what we all want to be. Calm and collected under pressure, he gets the girls and drives the fast cars. He wins the day with his wit, his guile, and his collection of awesome gadgets. Let’s face it, James Bond is just cool. He’s so cool he’s transcended his movies and become the iconic king of the spy genre.

Darth Vader

I Am Your Father...
Funko Pop! Star Wars: Star Wars New Classics - Darth Vader
$15.50
  • The iconic Lord Vader stands about 4.45-inches tall
  • From the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope collection
  • Vinyl bobblehead figure with Star Wars stand
  • Comes in original window box for display
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02/27/2024 07:27 am GMT

All you need to hear is breathing and the image of Darth Vader springs to mind. He’s so iconic we associate him with a necessary function of life. When he first burst onto the big screen in 1977 with the original Star Wars film, audiences were intrigued by and terrified of him. A space samurai who walked around in a giant iron lung? What’s not intriguing about that? Then as the mystery surrounding the character unfolded, audiences learned that Lord Vader was one of the richest and most complex characters in the entire Star Wars franchise. To this day, Darth Vader is known in every corner of the world. He is the icon most associated with a franchise that is a global phenomenon.

Bugs Bunny

Iconic Looney Tunes Character
Funko Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Bugs Collectible Toy,Multi
$49.99
  • Bugs Bunny Funko Pop
  • 3.75-inch figure
  • Released in 2017
  • One of the Looney Tunes collection
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02/27/2024 07:23 am GMT

What’s up, Doc? Next to Mickey, Bugs Bunny might be the most recognizable cartoon character in the world. When he first appeared in 1940’s “The Hare Hunt,” directed by animation legend Tex Avery, Bugs charmed audiences by outwitting the human that was hunting him. We all love an underdog. Plus there was something about a character that could continually outsmart those who would do him harm that was universally appealing. Not only that, but Bugs does it with style. He’s funny, he’s cool, he’s witty. In a way, Bugs is what we all wish we were.

Superman

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superman!
Funko Superman POP Heroes
$15.55
  • POP Heroes DC Universe collection
  • Vinyl figure is 3.75 inches
  • Figure's head turns
  • Comes in window display box
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02/27/2024 07:27 am GMT

When people hear the word “superhero,” Superman is the one that immediately comes to mind. Clark Kent’s alter-ego is so iconic he is inseparable from the concept of his own character archetype. The term is even a derivative of the character’s name. When created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Superman was more than just a crime fighter. He was often a champion for social justice, even taking on the KKK in his radio drama back in 1946.

Supes has been one of the few classic heroes to transcend the Golden Age of comics. That’s thanks in part to the thematic elements of his story that resonate with a modern audience. His origin as an alien trying to assimilate is an easily accessible metaphor for immigrants. Plus his battles with business magnate Lex Luthor speak to class issues in our society. It all adds up to the most iconic superhero of all time.

Gandalf

You Shall Not Pass!
POP Lord of The Rings - Gandalf The Grey Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure (Bundled with Compatible Pop Box Protector Case) Multicolored 3.75 inches
$17.99
  • POP Movies Lord of the Rings collection
  • Gandalf the Grey watches over Middle-Earth and your LOTR POP collection with his sword and staff
  • Vinyl figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
  • Comes in original window box bundled with box protector
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02/27/2024 07:28 am GMT

The wise old wizard in a pointy hat is almost a cliche in the fantasy genre, and part of that is thanks to the popularity and subsequent imitations of Gandalf the Grey. One of the most popular and iconic characters from The Hobbit and then The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf found a whole new audience when Peter Jackson’s film adaptation took the world by storm in the early 2000s. As Merlin did for him, Gandalf continued the tradition of the wise old mentor character, paving the way for other iconic pop culture characters such as Yoda and Dumbledore.

Dracula

I Am Dracula, and I Bid You Welcome...
POP Funko Universal Monsters Dracula 1931 Exclusive
$11.89
  • From the POP Movies Universal Monsters collection
  • Depicts the famous Bela Lugosi in the classic 1931 film
  • Vinyl figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
  • May have either a Special Edition sticker or Walgreens sticker on the window box
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02/27/2024 07:28 am GMT

An icon of icons, Dracula is the most famous vampire and the most famous of the Universal Monsters. One could argue that Count Dracula is the most iconic horror character of all time. Drac was born in the pages of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel, then brought to the status of pop culture icon in 1931. Bella Lugosi’s portrayal of the character, in particular, is the most memorable and beloved. When we think of vampires the first image that comes to mind is a well-dressed man with a Transylvanian accent. There have been countless reboots but none compare to Lugosi’s iconic version of the character.

Harry Potter

You're a Wizard, Harry
Funko Harry Potter with Hedwig Limited Edition Pop! Vinyl Figure
$16.99
  • Limited Edition Harry Potter with Hedwig
  • Bring home the boy who lived, whose scar is legend
  • Vinyl figure stands 3.75 inches
  • Comes in window box for display
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02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT

The main character from the most popular literary franchise in recent history, Harry Potter is an iconic pop culture character. The books changed the way we thought about young adult stories, of which there was a sudden boom. Similarly, the character of Harry changed the way we thought about wizards. Usually portrayed as a wise elderly man like Merlin or Gandalf, Harry gave us a unique take on the wizard archetype. Much like Spider-Man, Harry was a kid, just like us, who tried to do what was right with the tremendous power that had been thrust upon him. Kids and adults everywhere instantly identified with him.

Daenerys Targaryen

Mother of Dragons
Funko Pop Rides: Game of Thrones - Dragon & Daenerys Action Figure
$89.99
  • Vinyl figure of Daenerys riding Drogon
  • Stands about 4. 5 inches tall
  • From the POP Rides Game of Thrones collection
  • Comes in window display box
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02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT

George R.R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” was adapted into a television series in the early 2010s. Due to the compelling story and rich, complex characters, the show became a cultural phenomenon. Known for killing characters, Game of Thrones had a large cast of interesting personalities. Arguably the most iconic character from Thrones is Daenerys Targaryen: Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, and so on… Dany started her story as property and worked her way up to Queen. She became a fan favorite and an iconic pop culture character because of her strength. Okay, having three awesome pet dragons didn’t hurt. 

Black Panther

Wakanda Forever
Funko Pop! Marvel: Black Panther Movie - Black Panther (Styles May Vary) Collectible Figure
$10.95
  • Black Panther figure styles may vary
  • From the Marvel Black Panther films
  • Stands about 3.75 inches
  • Comes in window display box
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02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT

Created at the peak of the Silver Age of comic books, Black Panther was also created during the height of the Civil Rights movement in America. Though, not a direct reference to the movement, as the character predates the foundation of the political group The Black Panther Party, Marvel’s superhero Black Panther was a very timely concept. His introduction is seen by historians as marking a pivotal shift in the comic industry. After Panther, the door was wide open so to speak, for comic publishers to introduce other diverse characters to the mainstream.

In 2018 Black Panther got his own movie, which became one of highest grossing superhero films of all time, and even snagged an Oscar nomination for Best Picture (something previously unheard of for a comic book film). The success of that movie made Black Panther a pioneer of diversity in the film industry and catapulted the character to iconic pop culture trendsetter.

Spock

Live Long and Prosper
Funko POP Star Trek: Spock Action Figure
$99.92
  • Vinyl figure of the stoic Vulcan, Mr. Spock
  • The POP Star Trek figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
  • Comes in window box for display
  • Collect all of the figures aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise
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02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT

One of the most iconic pop culture characters in the entire genre of science fiction, Spock was introduced in the original Star Trek series that debuted in 1966. An alien from the planet Vulcan, Spock was a fascinating character who was slavishly ruled by logic, never giving in to emotion. He was often at odds with his best friend and commanding officer, the passionate Captain Kirk. The frequent conflicts between these two friends made for an interesting debate of head vs. heart and became one of the defining traits of the show. It was also part of what made it so good.

Fans identified with Spock, the outsider trying to find his way in a culture driven by emotions he doesn’t fully understand. Spock was an unintended representation of neurodivergence before that was even a well-known concept. He lived on even after the show was canceled, appearing in several movies. He was given new life when the film series got a reboot in 2009, but by that point, the character was already well-established as a cultural icon.

Wonder Woman

Amazon Warrior Princess
Funko POP Heroes: Wonder Woman 80th - Wonder Woman (Classic with Cape), Multicolor, Standard, (55008)
$13.00
  • POP Heroes 80th Anniversary Classic Wonder Woman figure
  • Wonder Woman stands about 4 inches tall
  • Diana, Princess of the Amazons comes in original window box for display
  • Perfect addition to your DC comics POP collection
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02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT

We may have saved the best for last. The strong female character has become a staple of modern storytelling. However, back in 1941, a woman who was physically, mentally, and emotionally equal or even superior to the men around her was simply unheard of. Wonder Woman was a pioneer in a time when the majority culture found the very idea of her reprehensible.

The Golden Age of comics saw many female characters, but most were girlfriends who served as the token damsel in distress. The women who were superheroes were little more than sidekicks of their male counterparts. Wonder Woman was different, though. She had her own book, was her own person, and was an inspiration to people of all genders for decades to come. Wonder Woman became such an icon of gender equality, Gloria Steinem even used her image on the cover of the very first issue of Ms. magazine… If that isn’t iconic, I don’t know what is.

  1. Funko Pop! Disney Classics: Mickey and Friends - Mickey Mouse
    $14.44
    • From the Mickey and Friends collection
    • Bring home the mouse who started it all
    • Vinyl Mickey figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
    • Comes in box with window for display
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:17 am GMT
  2. Funko DC Universe - Batman
    $25.00
    • Vinyl figure is about 3.75 inches
    • Head of figure turns
    • From the POP Heroes collection
    • Comes in window box for display
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    02/27/2024 07:17 am GMT
  3. Funko POP TV: Sherlock - Sherlock Holmes with Violin Action Figure
    $74.99
    • From the BBC's Sherlock TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
    • Solve the crime with the legendary detective from Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic stories
    • Vinyl figure is approximately 3.75 inches tall
    • Comes in box with window for display
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:17 am GMT
  4. Funko Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man: No Way Home - Spider-Man in Finale Suit
    $12.95
    • Pop! Spider-Man swings into your Spidey collection
    • Red and blue metallic suit
    • Vinyl bobblehead figure is about 4.15 inches
    • Comes in original window box for display
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:22 am GMT
  5. Funko Pop! Movies: James Bond Sean Connery Collectible Figure
    $24.95
    • Sean Connery as Agent 007 James Bond
    • Depicts Bond from the film Dr. No, based on Ian Fleming's spy novels
    • Vinyl figure is approximately 3.75 inches tall
    • Comes in window display box
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    02/27/2024 07:23 am GMT
  6. Funko Pop! Star Wars: Star Wars New Classics - Darth Vader
    $15.50
    • The iconic Lord Vader stands about 4.45-inches tall
    • From the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope collection
    • Vinyl bobblehead figure with Star Wars stand
    • Comes in original window box for display
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:27 am GMT
  7. Funko Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Bugs Collectible Toy,Multi
    $49.99
    • Bugs Bunny Funko Pop
    • 3.75-inch figure
    • Released in 2017
    • One of the Looney Tunes collection
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    02/27/2024 07:23 am GMT
  8. Funko Superman POP Heroes
    $15.55
    • POP Heroes DC Universe collection
    • Vinyl figure is 3.75 inches
    • Figure's head turns
    • Comes in window display box
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:27 am GMT
  9. POP Lord of The Rings - Gandalf The Grey Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure (Bundled with Compatible Pop Box Protector Case) Multicolored 3.75 inches
    $17.99
    • POP Movies Lord of the Rings collection
    • Gandalf the Grey watches over Middle-Earth and your LOTR POP collection with his sword and staff
    • Vinyl figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
    • Comes in original window box bundled with box protector
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:28 am GMT
  10. POP Funko Universal Monsters Dracula 1931 Exclusive
    $11.89
    • From the POP Movies Universal Monsters collection
    • Depicts the famous Bela Lugosi in the classic 1931 film
    • Vinyl figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
    • May have either a Special Edition sticker or Walgreens sticker on the window box
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:28 am GMT
  11. Funko Harry Potter with Hedwig Limited Edition Pop! Vinyl Figure
    $16.99
    • Limited Edition Harry Potter with Hedwig
    • Bring home the boy who lived, whose scar is legend
    • Vinyl figure stands 3.75 inches
    • Comes in window box for display
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT
  12. Funko Pop Rides: Game of Thrones - Dragon & Daenerys Action Figure
    $89.99
    • Vinyl figure of Daenerys riding Drogon
    • Stands about 4. 5 inches tall
    • From the POP Rides Game of Thrones collection
    • Comes in window display box
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT
  13. Funko Pop! Marvel: Black Panther Movie - Black Panther (Styles May Vary) Collectible Figure
    $10.95
    • Black Panther figure styles may vary
    • From the Marvel Black Panther films
    • Stands about 3.75 inches
    • Comes in window display box
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT
  14. Funko POP Star Trek: Spock Action Figure
    $99.92
    • Vinyl figure of the stoic Vulcan, Mr. Spock
    • The POP Star Trek figure stands about 3.75 inches tall
    • Comes in window box for display
    • Collect all of the figures aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT
  15. Funko POP Heroes: Wonder Woman 80th - Wonder Woman (Classic with Cape), Multicolor, Standard, (55008)
    $13.00
    • POP Heroes 80th Anniversary Classic Wonder Woman figure
    • Wonder Woman stands about 4 inches tall
    • Diana, Princess of the Amazons comes in original window box for display
    • Perfect addition to your DC comics POP collection
    Buy Now

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    02/27/2024 07:33 am GMT

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn’t (character X) on the list?

A list like this is difficult to create. Some feathers will always be ruffled due to omissions. We tried to come up with characters we felt were most iconic in pop culture. But, perhaps you disagree. And, that’s okay. Many characters were considered for this list, but in reality, it can only be so long. If your favorite character isn’t here it’s either because Funko doesn’t make Pop figures of them (no Mario?) or they just barely missed the cut.

Are Funko Pops a good investment?

It depends. Like any investment, it typically only pays off if you are serious and put in the work (not to mention plenty of money that you will hopefully see a return on). If you are looking at it from a purely financial standpoint, there are probably easier ways to make money from an investment. Funko Pops are hit and miss, their value is just as likely to flatline as skyrocket, and then of course there’s storage to consider. Serious collectors might have a few pieces that fetch a heavy price tag, but even then, the best reason to collect Funko Pops is if you love them.

How does a character become an icon?

I would say becoming an icon all comes back to being memorable in a positive way. For human beings, being the emotional creatures we are, this often comes back to a character’s emotional impact on us. If they inspire us, terrify us, or make us think, we’re more likely to remember that character. Also, the more emotional appeal a character has, the more likely that character is to transcend the trends and cultural specifics of the time in which it was created. Emotions are timeless, so evocative characters are timeless.

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