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Wolverine Is Top Franchise Star

Jun 06, 2006 | 5:31am EDT

X-Men's violent mutant Wolverine has topped a poll of fictional power players, beating off stiff competition from boy wizard Harry Potter and comic book-hero-turned-movie icon Spider-Man.

The survey, conducted by Entertainment Weekly, sees Hugh Jackman's character--currently featuring in X-Men: The Last Stand--destroy a string of high-grossing film and TV rivals. The result boosts Jackman's chances of fronting a spin-off solo movie for his character.

Cartoon bad boy Bart Simpson enters the list at just ninth position, while reserved The Da Vinci Code academic Robert Langdon is a surprise choice at number five.

Only one female character is included in the chart--Tyler Perry's motor-mouth grandmother Madea.

The top ten fictional power players are as follows:

1. Wolverine

2. Harry Potter

3. Spider-Man

4. Shrek

5. Robert Langdon

6. Jason Bourne

7. James Bond

8. Jigsaw

9. Bart Simpson

10. Madea

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