Hello there again! It is I, Bronto Incognito, here to share with you my list for this month’s Top 5 Wednesday list. This month: Favorite Side Characters.
A good side character can bring a book from good to excellent. It can be the thing that keeps you reading when getting through all the Main Characters’ drama is making you want to punch someone in the face.
They make you wish for a companion book dedicated just to them.
So let’s get to it!
1. Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter 5-7
I mean honestly, who doesn’t love Luna? She’s weird, but kind. Unusual and upfront. Like all those odd people you make friends with in high school, she also has the tendency to make people a bit uncomfortable.
“‘He says very funny things sometimes, doesn’t he?’ said Luna, as they set off down the corridor together. ‘But he can be a bit unkind. I noticed that last year.’ “
She could see through Harry’s polyjuice disguise because of his expression. She helped Harry find a horcrux. She helped Harry with his Patronus during the Battle of Hogwarts. She wears shoes to bed in case she sleepwalks. She knows other people think she’s weird and she doesn’t care. She’s who she is and that’s enough.
And I don’t care what JK says, in my head cannon she marries Neville.
2. Jasper Hale Whitlock, Twilight Saga
I love Jasper. Am I the only one that feels like Stephenie Meyer kept giving him the shaft?
Like, he’s Edward’s least favorite brother. Bella says she always felt like Jasper never really seemed a part of the family, only someone attached to Alice. But Jasper is awesome.
I mean, imagine what he had to go through in these books. All that “burning man” Edward thing in the last book? Everyone freaking out over concentration-camp Bella? He got to feel each and every one of those emotions. He was brought into a life of killing and death and decided on his own that he wanted something different. Alice just came by to show him the way.
And…that accent? Please. Girls love them a Southern gentleman!
3. Primrose Everdeen, Hunger Games trilogy and Cecily Chemical Garden trilogy
So yes, I’m cheating here a little, but let me explain!
Both of these characters started out rather weak. Prim always had someone to take care of her, even take her place on the chopping block when the time came. Cecily was kidnapped at age 13 in order to become 4th wife to some rich dude she’d never met. She chooses to feel happy and giddy about it rather than fight against her situation. She’s naive and whiny and kind of back-stabbity for the first two books.
But they both change. Prim becomes a medic. Not just because her mother has the knowledge, but because her sister risked her life to protect her and she needs to do something in return. Make something of her life. I love her portrayal in the movie, Willow Shields did an amazing job.
And Cecily by the end of the series becomes one of the toughest, most hardcore characters in the book. She loved her husband because it was better than the alternative. He was a good guy (though his father was a….well a word I’m not going to use on this site) and she loved him and their child. And when push came to shove, and everyone else was willing to just move on and let the bad guy win, she wasn’t having any of it. BAM! Don’t want to spoil the ending entirely, but watch out for Cecily, man!
(Also, that doll is a crochet rendition of Cecily done by the author herself!)
4. Magnus Bane, from all the things. TMI, ID, and Bane Chronicles
Magnus is funny and charming and skillful and dangerous and adorable. He’s flash and flare and quite often a bit too full of himself. But here’s the thing about Magnus, and the thing that makes him one of the best side characters of all time: every time he shows up on that page, every single time, you smile. Because you know he’s going to help save the day or say something super sassy or both, he’s gonna hit on anything that moves (especially if it has black hair and blue eyes) and he’s going to look fabulous while doing it.
Also, I named my fish after him.
5. Marcus Valencio, Partials Sequence
Marcus is hilarious. He might start out as the MC’s boyfriend, but since there’s another guy on the horizon, you know right off the bat that’s not going to last.
But the entire series you don’t want him to disappear. Because otherwise you don’t get gems like this:
“Well, thanks for not shooting anyone, I guess”, said Marcus. “My contribution was to somehow refrain from peeing myself. You can thank me later.”
As you can see, he’s one tough cookie. And yeah he loses the MC in the end, but that never once stops him from believing in her or doing the right thing. He’s fictional, but he’s adorable.
“It’s good to see you,” Said Haru.
“You can see me?” asked Marcus, patting himself in sudden shock.”The potion must have worn off! That’s the last time I give my lunch to a talking squirrel”.
And one last one with honorable mention: Lydia from Bad Girls Don’t Die series. She’s sometimes a jerk, but she still looks out for the other outcasts in school, and by book 3 her relationship with the MC is one of my favorite things ever. I would watch that movie.
So who are your favorite side characters? Who would you like to have seen get a bit more screen/page time?