There is no shortage of memorable, real-life characters from Maine, which may be exactly why there are so many unforgettable fictional characters from movies, books and TV shows who also hail from our fair state.

Be they regular people, supernatural beings or talking animals, there are writers and creators from both here and elsewhere who have come up with some seriously fascinating characters. Here are some of our favorites.

Jessica Fletcher from ‘Murder, She Wrote’

Bestselling writer of mystery stories by day. Hard-boiled detective and solver of crimes by night (and day, actually). Jessica Fletcher, as portrayed by Angela Lansbury in “Murder, She Wrote,” solved countless crimes in fictional Cabot Cove, Maine, a town that somehow is completely overwhelmed by murders. Though not technically a Mainer by birth, the smart, persistent, good-humored Fletcher can happily join our tribe.

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