I really like secondary characters, whether they’re in film, TV shows or books I’m probably going to be more interested in in the secondary character(s) or at least like them quicker than the main characters. I think it’s because the secondary characters sometimes say what we’re all thinking, or that they’re funny, or that because their secondary characters you don’t know that much about them so you can make up your own backstory for them.
So here are some of my favourite secondary characters:
Angela from the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
I love how mysterious Angela is, and while you do get some hints to what her background is in the final book, I love how you never know everything about her. I think if you did she’d lose something that makes her so special. Angela is a healer and witch and has the uncanny ability to turn up wherever significant events are happening.
Jonathan Carnahan from The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
(I feel as if I’m forever mentioning The Mummy and Jonathan Carnahan in these blog posts – oh well! Just shows home much I love him)
Jonathan is funny, loyal but slightly useless. He’d do anything to help his family but he’s also a bit of a scaredy-cat that being said when he needs to step up the plate he does so.
Christina from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
I’ve recently read these books and immediately fell in love with Christina. She’s brutally honest (thanks to her upbringing) but she’s also smart, loyal and a total badass. I love her friendship with Tris and she is one of the most realistic characters in the series in my opinion.
Riley Poole from the National Treasure movies
Riley Poole is smart (he can hack into just about anything) but awkward and loveable. He’s another very loyal character helping Ben do ridiculous things like steal the Declaration of Independence.
Darcy Lewis from Thor and Thor: The Dark World
Darcy is another character that says what the audience is thinking but she’s also very quirky and cute. I know some people didn’t like her so much in Thor: The Dark World but I still loved her. She’s been pulled into this crazy world of Gods and monsters but still manages to keep a smile on her face.
Wesley “Link” Lincoln from the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Link was the first character in this series that I was truly invested in – I did not want him to get hurt at all. He’s funny and sticks by Ethan and Lena when everyone else turns against them. When he does find out that his best friend’s girlfriend isn’t quite normal he doesn’t freak out about the magic stuff too much and continues to help them even when the magic stuff is going a bit crazy.
Lola from Banlieue 13
Lola is a badass. I love her relationship with her brother Leito – she trusts him inexplicably, even going so far to say she’d rather die for his mistake than someone else’s. Even when she’s being kidnapped or drugged out of her mind, Lola continues to fight.
Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Bellatrix is mad, evil and is generally not a nice person but that’s what makes her so interesting. She believes in what Voldemort is fighting for wholeheartedly so in her mind she isn’t wrong. Her treatment of Hermione in the Malfoy’s home is truly horrific but at the same time it perfectly demonstrates her personality and how far she’ll go for the pure fun of it.
Angus and Hamish Bagshaw from the Heist Society series by Ally Carter
The Bagshaw twins are brilliant. They’re masters of disguise and are the explosions experts in the crew. They’ve been brought up in a world on con-artists and while they do use their talents to steal they are also fans of the practical joke or two.
Newton “Newt” Geiszler from Pacific Rim
I love Pacific Rim and all its characters but there’s a special place in my heart for Newt. He’s the rock star of the science world and is quite happy to put his life on the line if it means that he can help save the world (and proving Hermann wrong at the same time is a bonus).