Hello Kitty & Hatsune Miku appear on TIME’s ’15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014

Hello Kitty and Hatsune Miku has made an appearance on TIME magazine’s 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014, coming in at 15th and 8th place respectively.

The major reasoning of Hello Kitty’s inclusion was largely based on the social media frenzy she caused back in August after it was apparently revealed that Kitty wasn’t actually a cat. This forced Sanrio to release an official statement on the matter clarifying that she is in fact an anthropomorphized animal, just like Micky Mouse. Her reign shows no signs of dying down, the first ever Hello Kitty con was held in Los Angeles from October 30th – November 2nd and tickets quickly sold out.

Hatsune Miku is the major driving force behind the “vocaloid” craze that continues to attract attention worldwide. She served as the opening act for Lady Gaga’s “artRAVE: The ARTPOP ball” from May to June and made her U.S. television debut on David Letterman, performing her signature hit “Sharing The World”

Other characters who made the ranking include Amy Dunne (Gone Girl), Thor, and Frozen’s Elsa.

The full list can be seen below.

  1. Elsa (Frozen)
  2. Kim Kardashian (Kim Kardashian Hollywood)
  3. Star-Lord (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  4. Colbert (The Colbert Report)
  5. King Joffrey (Game of Thrones)
  6. Maura Pfefferman (Transparent)
  7. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series)
  8. Hatsune Miku
  9. Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)
  10. Thor
  11. Rust Cohle (True Detective)
  12. Mr. Poo
  13. Amy Dunne (Gone Girl)
  14. “The Mother,” a.k.a. Tracy McConnell (How I Met Your Mother)
  15. Hello Kitty

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