Luke, Han, Leia.
Kirk, Spock, McCoy.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman.
Every series has its main characters, the ones who get the most lines, the most screen time and the most panels. The main characters obviously hold a special place in our hearts because most of the action focuses on them. However, each series has its own secondary characters that are just as indispensible as the main characters.
Here are some of my favorite secondary characters.
Luna may be my favorite Harry Potter character period. I love her in the books and I love her in the movies. She’s definitely not the center of attention like Harry, Ron and Hermione; she’s not even in Gryffindor or Slytherin. Luna definitely has a whimsical quality about her, which makes her so captivating. I also identify with her because she seemed to face a little bullying at Hogwarts, with mean kinds hiding her clothes. Thankfully she survived the final battle and was able to live happily ever after as a magizoologist.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a tremendous television series. It left behind the starship for a space station and created the most interesting setting that Star Trek has ever known. The main cast was filled with wonderful characters, but Rom was one of my favorite secondary characters. He began the series as Quark’s buffoonish brother, but became more than just another Ferengi. I appreciated how he left behind the pursuit of profit in order to work maintenance on the station, raise a good son and marry a Bajoran woman.
Of all the X-Men, Dazzler’s definitely been the butt of the most jokes. She was initially created as a crossover character between Marvel and a record company. She was supposed to be the disco version of KIIS: selling comics, t-shirts and 8-tracks. The record company backed out, but Marvel still went ahead with Dazzler. She was the star of her own book for a while but eventually found her way into the X-Men. I’ve always enjoyed when she pops up in the X-Men books and now she’s one of the main members of A-Force. It must feel good to go from secondary character to main character.
All the stories we love have also given us so many characters that we love. Whenever we watch a movie, watch a show or read a book, we can’t forget about the secondary characters who need a little extra love.
Who are some of your favorite secondary characters?