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Historical Domain Character

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One of the most famous American presidents, used in wildly various contexts. note 

Simply put, it's taking a well-known person from Real Life history and using this person as a character in a story. This does mean any work of that kind, whether it's Historical Fiction, a Hollywood History story, a piece of Alternate History, or a well-researched and accurate biopic of events. Needless to say, there isn't necessarily any similarity in personality between the real person and the character in the story. They may even be classical composers who were secretly sleeper agents for extraterrestrials. Whatever works.

Naturally this covers a lot of works (save for non-fiction), but given how often people can disagree about real history and our present, it would be hard to draw a line between which fictional works would fit and which fictional works wouldn't. Thus all are included.

Note that despite this trope having "Historical" in the name, present-day living people are also included in this list, as long as they have a very significant social impact or cultural legacy that will cause them to be remembered in future media. Please remove troping in these people's pages as you browse.

Obviously, the vast majority of (in)famous historical figures are long deceased. If a story mentions real-life dead people by characters living in the present-day, or if they're featured in historical flashbacks, then they also double as Posthumous Characters. Also compare this trope with Public Domain Character, Anonymous Ringer, Roman à Clef, and Real-Person Fic.




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Operation Prangertag

Babylon Berlin explores a hypothetical scenario in which Weimar Germany is toppled by a reactionary, anti-democratic Reichswehr coup in 1929, leading to the restoration of the German monarchy.

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