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Pinocchio (UK /pɪˈnoʊkioʊ/ or US /pɪˈnoʊkioʊ/; [piˈnɔkkjo]) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), by the Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He has also been used as a character who is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons. The story has appeared in many adaptations in other mediums. Pinocchio has been called an icon of modern culture, and one of most reimagined characters in the pantheon of children's literature. 
Fictional character biography
Aspects of Pinocchio's character vary depending on the interpretation, although basic aspects such as his creation as a puppet by Geppetto and the size of his nose changing due to his lies or stress remain present across the various formats.
Pinocchio is known for having a short nose that becomes longer when he is under stress (chapter 3), especially while lying. His clothes are made of flowered paper, his shoes are made of wood and his hat is made of bread (page 16 of Collodi's Le Avventure di Pinocchio). In this, the original tale, Pinocchio exhibits obnoxious, bratty, and selfish traits.
Some literary analysts have described Pinocchio as an epic hero. Like other Western literary heros, such as Gilgamesh and Odysseus, Pinocchio descends into hell. Pinocchio also experiences rebirth through metamorphosis, a motif found in fantasy or speculative literature.
- Mel Blanc voiced Pinocchio in a 1953 radio adaptation of the story.
- In the paintings and engravings of Walther Jervolino, an Italian artist, Pinocchio has been executed several times with arrows or by being decapitated.
- In the manga series MÄR, there is a knight of the chess pieces named Pinocchio who was created by Diana.
- Pinocchio appeared in Once Upon a Time, played by Eion Bailey. He appears in Storybrooke in the form of a mysterious man named August Wayne Booth.