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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NameTraditionAlso Known As
AladdinMiddle Eastern
Ali BabaMiddle Eastern
King ArthurBritish
BeowulfEnglish
CinderellaEuropean
Santa ClausEuropean(Nicholas, Nick, Nikolaos, Sinterklaas)
FaustGerman
GoldilocksEnglish
GretelGerman
GuinevereBritish
HanselGerman
JackEnglish
JackEnglish
Little Jack HornerEnglish
Jack SpratEnglish
Frère JacquesFrench
JillEnglish(Gill)
Little JohnEnglish
Maid MarianEnglish
MerlinBritish
Pan TwardowskiPolish
Paul BunyanAmerican
Zwarte PietDutch(Peter)
RapunzelGerman
Robin HoodEnglish
RolandFrench
Till EulenspiegelGerman
Will ScarletEnglish