The most beautiful woman in the world is a subjective moniker, but historically it’s been given to Helen of Troy, who was so beautiful she started wars. Specifically, the war that takes place in “The Iliad.” While it’s very likely there WAS a woman that inspired some animosity between the fiery armies of the Greek states at that period, it probably wasn’t the woman we all know.
Seeing as her father was apparently Zeus, the leader of the Greek gods, we can safely assume that some of the details have been manipulated for the purposes of the classic stories.
There are many stories and tales about the American Revolution. Many of them are true, involving figures like George Washington or Benjamin Franklin, but some of them just don't stand up to scrutiny. One such example is that of Sybil Ludington, a girl of only sixteen, who is said to have played a significant role in alerting militia forces in New York of approaching British troops – similar to Paul Revere.
However, the name first appeared in writing in 1880, more than a hundred years after her supposed ride, which cast plenty of doubts on the tale. The Daughters of the American Revolution have also determined it's likely Ludington never existed, or at least the story is fictional.
Whether you picture Antonio Banderas fighting with scoundrels, or you imagine one of the earlier versions of the character, you're still just picturing a fictional creation. He was created by pulp writer Johnston McCulley in 1919, fighting against the corrupt in an all-black costume and mask, which must have been sweltering in that California heat.
While it's no doubt that Zorro (Spanish for “Fox”) was fictional, inspiration came from a number of places. Chief among them was the bandit Joaquin Murrieta, whose life was fictionalized in an 1854 dime novel by John Rollin Ridge. His closest literary relative is probably Sir Percival Blakeney, hero of the “Scarlet Pimpernel” pulp series.
James S.A. Corey
Now, who's this, you might be asking. If you spend some time reading science fiction, you might be familiar with “The Expanse,” which has also been made into a television show for SyFy and Amazon Prime Video. James S.A. Corey wrote the books, but there are actually two people behind the novels – Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who created the extra name so neither man could claim more credit.
The pair have also written a few Star Wars books, some short fiction, and numerous novellas in the Expanse series. The first and last names are Abraham's and Franck's middle names respectively and the S.A. are the initials of Abraham's daughter.
The creation of songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and writer/director Rob Reiner, Spinal Tap was touted as “England's loudest band,” and was made famous by the documentary “This Is Spinal Tap.”
While many realized the band was fictional, plenty of moviegoers were still fooled. In addition, while other bands at the time knew it was all for the movie, they found the lifestyle portrayed to be so hilarious and close to home that it kept the “band” in the public eye long enough for the actors to actually appear on stage for special performances – they were still actors, but music and movie fans didn't care.