We're right in the middle of a craze for inserting real-life historical figures into science fiction and fantasy. Sometimes they are major characters, and sometimes they wander around in the background, occasionally giving famous speeches. But a little historical referencing goes a long way. Here are ten historical figures we'd be happy to leave dead and buried.
1. Nikola Tesla
Look, we love this crazy death ray-making guy as much as you do, but can we please lay off the steampunk remixes of the guy? We swooned over David Bowie as Tesla in The Prestige, but at the same time we wouldn't have missed him. Especially after all his other getting-pretty-cliched appearances, the one in Jeff Smith's otherwise awesome comic RASL. His name is now synonymous with green luxury cars, and it's all too much. There were other scientists who were doing awesome shit with physics and electricity at the turn of the century — Marie Curie, anyone? — and we could use a little more variety in our balanced mad scientist breakfast.