And the greatest TV character in the world is...

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, said that when he first drew the characters for the show they had to meet one all important criteria: they should be recognisable by their silhouette alone. From Marge Simpson to Krusty the Clown and all in between they do just that.

Of course head of the dysfunctional family Homer Simpson is the most famous and, to prove it he has just scooped the gong for the greatest TV and film character of the last 20 years. Talking about his proud creation, Matt Groening told US magazine that people can relate to Homer because, ‘we're all secretly propelled by desires we can't admit to.’

Also fairing well in the list was J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard Harry Potter in second place and poster pinup goth Buffy The Vampire Slayer in third place. Here is the top 10: 1. Homer Simpson 2. Harry Potter 3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer 4. Tony Soprano 5. The Joker 6. Rachel from Friends 7. Edward Scissorhands 8. Hannibal Lecter 9. Carrie Bradshaw 10. Spongebob Squarepants.

Homer Simpson at number 1? And who says American's don't get irony....

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