Top Ten Tuesday: Memorable Secondary Characters

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It’s the last Tuesday of August! Which is a shame, because it means summer is pretty much over, and that I’m moving in a couple of days. Buuuut it also means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters, which you might remember was already done before in May 2011. You can click here to see my list from that year, and in this post I’m going to name a whole new set of secondary besties!

1. Shotgun Suzie from the Nightside series by Simon R. Green – I love Shotgun Suzie! Her specialty is shotguns, but she’s happy to use grenades and knives too – whatever it takes to get the job done. She’s a bounty hunter in the Nightside, and she is INSANELY bad-ass.

2. Master Raymond from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – Master Raymond is a mysteeeeeeerious little character in the Outlander books. There’s clearly a big story behind his identity, and I really really really want Gabaldon to give him his own novel, if not his own series. He’s so interesting!

3. Xaphan from the To Hell and Back trilogy by Matthew Hughes – Xaphan is a weasel-lookin’ demon who dresses and talks like a 1920’s gangster. Even though he’s the sidekick, he is clearly the real star in these books.

4. Lee from East of Eden by John Steinbeck – How great was Lee??? So great! He’s wise and caring and fabulous. I love that he was reading Marcus Aurelius.

5. Vikram from Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson – Vikram is a scary djinni in this book, but I loved what an ass he was. Even though he was clearly a jerk, he was also really helpful and if Wilson writes another novel, I hope that he’s in it.

6. Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore – Po is such a fun character in this book! Not only is he really the perfect match for Katsa, he’s funny and tough and all around great.

7. William Dobbin from Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – Dobbin ended up being one of my favorite classic heroes of all time! Even though I totally didn’t get his obsession with Amelia, he’s an upstanding, sweet, GOOD guy. I almost never like the goody-goody guys, but he’s just so damn noble!

8. Jez from the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding – Actually, this series is made up of SO many equally good secondary/main characters, but I’m going with Jez here (mainly because I’m noticing how few ladies I have on this list, how sad). Jez is a good person, but she’s also part-nonhuman – I don’t want to go into specifics, because you should really read these books – and it means that she has some crazy capabilities. You know how River goes all crazy killing machine in Serenity? Jez can kind of do that. LOVE HER.

9. Arya Stark from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin – Arya is my favorite female character in this entire series. Well, in the first four books anyways, I haven’t caught up yet. I love how smart and strong and resourceful she is. I love that she gets so into sword-fighting, while her stupid sister is a simpering little girly-girl working on her sewing. Arya rocks.

10. Sirius from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I will forever love Sirius! He’s one of my favorite characters in the entire series. Rowling, if you could get on a HP prequel starring James and Sirius, that’d be just great.

What’s obvious here is that secondary characters can really be the best characters sometimes. They add SO MUCH to the story! And clearly I love my female characters really tough and into weaponry. No surprise there. And I guess I just favor guy characters in general? At least it was easier to think of more male secondary characters, but maybe that’s just because there are more of them in books. And maybe it’s because these kinds of lists are really hard to do when all of my books are packed and I can’t look at my shelves for inspiration.

Alright, now leave me comments and tell me who your favorite secondary characters are! I bet I forgot a ton.





  1. Vikram and Arya! Arya must be the coolest female character in the series, though I think I like Jamie Lannister even more (if I were to pick one from both gender). I really want to read that Steinbeck book.


  2. I love Sirius! His death was the hardest thing for me to get over in the entire series.

    I have only finished the first two A Song of Ice and Fire books, but I love Arya. I was afraid she would be a very cliched “girl that’s practically a boy” character, but she definitely has more depth than that.

    Good choices!


  3. Ohhh Master Raymond! I can’t figure out if he’s friend or foe! MYSTERY! Arya is my favorite Stark child (she’d be tied with Jon, but TECHNICALLY he’s not a Stark. Just ask Catelyn.) Plus, Sirius! Gah. Love love love!


  4. I agree with you about how awesome Vikram is, but I always thought of him as a primary character. Just goes to show how memorable a secondary character can be.

    And speaking of that, I don’t think I could choose just one from HP. Severus (does he count as secondary?), Luna, Minerva, Ginny (does she count as secondary?), the twins, oh my, but the list goes one.


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