Admit it. We’ve all thought about it. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mr. Clean or the Orbit girl was, you know, available? Or even a real person?While researching our list of the sexiest ads of 2012, it occurred to us that certain brand icons have more than mere shelf appeal.
We’re not talking about “real” celebrity spokespeople, like Kate Upton for Carl’s Jr.. Rather, we stuck to fictional characters, like Fanta’s Fantanas.
So here they are, the hottest pieces of branded intellectual property that Madison Avenue has to offer.
Erin is probably the only fictional brand character who has ever been fired from her own campaign for being too sexy. The insurance company abandoned the catsuit-wearing spy in 2010 after she became the subject of an alarming amount of online adult-oriented fan-fiction fantasies and drawings.
Mr. Clean's brawny mascot first debuted in the late 50s. He's buff, he's bald, and he cleans up after himself. What more could you want?
Fanta started using the Fantanas, a fictional girl band, to publicize its soda in 2002. There have been four sets of the quartet over the years, with each member representing a different flavour of soda.
Patton has been the blonde bombshell spokeswoman for Orbit gum since 2010. She has continued to use the 'Dirty mouth? Clean it up!' tagline the company has used for years.
Actor Dean Winters has appeared in a few TV shows, including '30 Rock,' but he is most well-known for portraying 'Mayhem,' the human personification of the complications drivers face. Everybody loves a bad boy, right?
A stroke of genius from P&G: a spokescharacter that appealed to men who want to be like him, and the women who actually buy their deodorants.
Canadian model/actress Carly Foulkes replaced Catherine Zeta-Jones as the T-Mobile girl in 2010. Earlier this year, T-Mobile switched up Foulkes' outfit from a cute magenta summer dress to sexy bike leathers. She would have made our list without the costume change, but the new duds didn't hurt.
The old Brawny man always had his fans, but he also had a moustache straight from the 1970s. Georgia-Pacific created the new icon, clean-shaven, in 2003.
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