Despite being virtually unknown abroad, Jára Cimrman's spirit looms large over Czech culture and popular consciousness. Born in Vienna,note he was the quintessential entrepreneurial, creative and hopelessly unsuccessful Czech underdog of the late Hapsburg period.
He was an inventor, a writer, a playwright, a composer, a criminologist, and many other things. He also would have won the "Greatest Czech" poll held by the Czech TV in 2005 (following a template from the BBC), were it not for the perfectly negligible technicality that he is completely and utterly fictional.
Tropes that may apply to Jára Cimrman:
- Been There, Shaped History: Jára Cimrman is the epitome of this trope. Amongst many, MANY things he created the light bulb, brought rabbits to Australia, advised Mendeleev to rotate his draft of the Periodic Table of Elements, suggested adding a sister to the Checkhov's play Two Sisters and even invented the Internet itself (started as a telephone info-booth with a group of teachers inside, one of them being a stuttering man W-W-W.Weber).