Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Posted August 27, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 36 Comments


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!




36 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

  1. Asti (A Bookish Heart)

    Oh my, so many that were on my list! You have such an AMAZING mind because it’s just like mine! haha. LOVE THORNE! LOVE IKO! LOVE ZUZANNA! LOVE SIRIUS! AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE FARAMIR AND AM SO HAPPY YOU INCLUDED HIM! (Whoa, caplocks overload.) I always get in a battle with my boyfriend over who’s better between Faramir and Boromir.

  2. Totally agree with Zuzanna. She is an awesome secondary character. Plus she’s caring, funny, and a pretty awesome frined.

    And Fred & George definitely would make my list too. (If I made one) Great list here. I didn’t make a list this week, but had to hop around anyway to see what everyone is putting because this is an awesome category

    And I’m now following you via bloglovin’ Have a great rest of the week 🙂

  3. Finnick, yes! And the twins and Sirius! I love Zuzanna, she was going to be on my list before I got busy and didn’t make one, haha!

  4. Puddleglum! He was the absolute best. I love characters that are comically pessimist. I’m not over Sirius’s death either. Zuzanna just missed making my own list, I should have done a top 20.

    Great list!

    My TTT

    • stormydawnc

      Yes! You know, I always thought it was interesting how much Fred & George really did operate as a unit. I know it’s pretty standard for people to THINK of twins as a unit, but all the twins I know try to get away from that stereotype, but Fred & George embraced it and did more mischief with it.

  5. I love how you put Faramir on your list. He was definitely my favourite male character in LotR (favourite female goes to Eowyn because she’s such a bamf).

    We share a bunch of picks this week: Thorne, Iko (along with everyone else in the blogosphere), and TUCKEEER!! It’s like we’re blogger twins or something…

    • stormydawnc

      Psh, it’s because we have EXCELLENT taste in characters and in books. Obviously.
      Eowyn. I think she was the first character I ever read who was female and who REFUSED to let that stop her from anything.

    • stormydawnc

      I’m actually kind of surprised to see Zuzana on so many list, because even though I LOVED her, I also kind of forgot about her until I was making this list. I’m glad so many bloggers like her as much as I do!

  6. Oh gosh Puddleglum!!!! What an interesting fellow he was! I loved all his little gloomy speeches, but mostly I just enjoyed him! I’m super excited about seeing how Thorne develops in Cress – he has awesome potential!

    • stormydawnc

      heh, he was so gloomy but he also had one of the best heroic speeches of the series, too, about living as a Narnian and all that.

  7. Faramir! If my list was any longer he would have definitely made it (another character got the top spot)–he’s my second favourite character in LOTR <3

    And George & Fred Weasley, I dunno why I totally did not think of adding them to my list–def my favourite from all the Weasleys, lol

    Great list! My TTT

    • stormydawnc

      Fred & George! I agree, out of the Weasleys(of which I like pretty much that entire family), they are definitely the best.

  8. ooh, great list. Thorne & Iko are awesome. I didn’t put anyone from HP, but duh, yes, Fred, George, & Sirius. Great characters. Also, how could I forget Finnick! the last book broke my heart. Him & Gale are my fave secondary ones in HG. good list!

    • stormydawnc

      The Hunger Games also has really great secondary characters–second only to HP, really, in how REAL all the characters seem. I feel like Finnick is one of those characters that everyone likes upon reading but when looking back he’s not always the first character you think about.

  9. I can’t believe I forgot Iko. I keep seeing Iko around other blogs and kick myself for not adding that character! I think most of Harry Potter’s secondary characters are brilliant 🙂

    • stormydawnc

      Ah, at this point, Thorne really is my favorite character in the Lunar Chronicles, so I KNEW he had to feature on my list. But Iko is wonderful!

    • stormydawnc

      Yes! He’s awesome.
      When I was making my list I was thought to myself, “Maybe I really SHOULD make a HP list” but there were too many other characters I wanted to mention as well.

    • stormydawnc

      Fred & George are really like one person, which is what makes the end of HP7 SO. heartbreaking. I have decided to pretend that particular death didn’t happen. Must have been a typo on JK’s part.

    • stormydawnc

      Yes! I mean, I know Thorne was mostly comic relief, but I have HIGH hopes for his involvement in the series.

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