Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters.
1. Caitlin from Parallel
Caitlin is a pretty MAIN character in this book, but she’s not the main character, so I’m counting this. I really loved how strong of a friendship Caitlin and Abby had. I found Caitlin memorable because 1) She seemed fleshed out, 2)She had her own character traits and her own story, and 3)Her friendship with Abby was well-explored. It wasn’t perfect by any means but it definitely was an overall positive portrayal.
2. Thorne from Scarlet
Ah, Captain Thorne! I love Thorne as a character SO. MUCH. I think he may be my favorite male character(or just favorite character) in the Lunar Chronicles at this point. I love his sarcasm. He’s the type of character who is instantly alluring and who you can’t forget.
3. Finnick from The Hunger Games
Like most memorable characters, Finnick is such a great secondary character because he has his own story as well. The reader gets to see just a glimpse of it, but all along we’re given clues that he could easily be the protagonist of a different story. Who can forget Finnick’s sugar cubes?
4. Puddleglum from The Chronicles of Narnia
Puddleglum is only a character in The Silver Chair, which is honestly one of my least favorite books of the series if I had to pick, but he’s also such a great secondary character–the gloomy Marsh-Wiggle who becomes a guide on an adventure that ends up bringing all the characters more than they ever thought. Plus, he *does* get to give one of the best speeches of the series.
5. Faramir from The Lord of the Rings
I was going to originally say that Faramir is my favorite non-Fellowship character in the entire trilogy, but let’s be honest. . . he’s probably my entire favorite character of the whole series(You’ll notice that for me, favorite and most memorable are quite interchangeable, because of COURSE I remember my favorite secondary characters the best. Definitely not a TTT I can be very objective about). But yes, Faramir. We can all agree he’s a great secondary character, right? Yes? Good.
6. Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter
It was SO.HARD. to pick most memorable characters from Harry Potter because the series is FILLED with great secondary characters. I think that’s one reason the series is so popular–all the characters are so fleshed out, even the ones who are barely there. You just KNOW that everyone has a story. At the end though, I think the Weasley twins are some of the most memorable from Harry Potter.
6. Sirius Black from Harry Potter
Okay, so I couldn’t pick just one from Harry Potter. I loved Sirius! As soon as he appeared in the third book, he was the type of character I just KNEW would stay with me for a long time. I am still not over the end to the fifth book, if you really must know. I probably would read a book from Sirius point of view even if it was just took place during the fourth book when all he was really doing was hiding in the mountains.
7. Zuzanna from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
There’s no doubt in my mind that Karou’s best friend, Zuzanna, is almost as awesome as Karou herself is. Their friendship is just incredibly witty in general and I love reading it.
8. Iko from The Lunar Chronicles
Yes, I had to add another character from The Lunar Chronicles on here. I didn’t think I would ever be as attached to an adroid as I am to Iko, but I love her! Her banter with Cinder is amazing and the main reason I kept reading past the first chapter of Cinder. Obviously, once the story picked up there were about a dozen reasons I kept reading, but Iko was definitely the first one.
9. Tucker Avery from The Unearthly Series
It came to my attention after reading Janita’s list at Book, Interrupted that I had left this wonderful character off my list. The fact that I actually LIKED Tucker when he was a cowboy character says a lot about the way Cynthia Hand wrote him, because I am typically not a fan of cowboy characters at all, but I loved Tucker! Every time something came between him and Clara I just wanted to sit them down and make them work it out because they were awesome together.
Ah, so close to ten! These are the most memorable character to me, though, so right now the list stays as-is. I’m sure once I’ve read other TTT I’ll remember characters I forgot, but we shall see. Let me know if we have any of the same most memorable secondary characters!