Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Posted August 27, 2013 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a heme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters.

Word Game Time: 

What do you think of when you read the words “Thanksgiving Meal?”

Time’s up! You said:

For all of our oddball readers, pretend that you thought “turkey.”

Ding – turkey. Which is okay, but without the mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn, green bean casserole, dressing and/or stuffing, pea salad, various casseroles, pies, cake, and canned cranberry sauce, it isn’t a real meal. The turkey may take the center stage, but it would be nothing without its holiday co-stars.

Maybe it comes from a love of blending into the background, but minor characters can make or break a novel for me.  The protagonist is the main event, but I have always found myself more interested in the other characters in books. This week, we’re discussing the most memorable secondary characters. 


10. Genya from the Grishna series by Leigh Bardugo – she’s alluring, awesome, and confident. All of her decisions were not the best ones, but, as a character, she made the first book a wonderful read.

9. Richard Parker from The Life of Pi by Yann Martel – TIGERS! I want my own Richard Parker! He is an animal character, but he definitely caused me to warm up to the book.

8. Zombie from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – This book would have been toast without this character  in the book.  I LOVED his part in the novel!

7. Carlisle from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer – The only reason I do not shun these books is because of the secondary characters.  Just putting that out there.

6. Igor from The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrande – Yet another animal side kick. You have to read the book to get the full effect of awesome catness from this fellow.

5. Silena Beauregard from The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – I think that Silena was a sadly underused character.  From such little exposure, we see a very sweet and caring person who made all the wrong decisions.  Her love with Beckendorf was flat out adorable as well.

4. Finnick from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins –  Just.  Wow.  I honestly wish he was a real person. I fangirl the hell out of Finnick.

3. Brimstone from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I almost feel like a stalker, because I tend to mention this author’s work constantly. I was iffy about DoSaB, but Brimstone added a whole star to my rating. He should have his own book.

2. Buruu from Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – HE MAKES ALL CAPS COOL.

1. Asha from Speechless by Hannah Harrington – So much love SO MUCH LOVE for this girl! I cannot even start on her awesomeness. 

What books did you mention this week? Leave a link below!

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

  1. I absolutely love Carlisle and is a favorite of mine from the series, but I think I like Alice just a titch more 🙂 And how could one not love Finnick! He’s so dreamy! (hehe, that was lame)

    A lot of those other books are awaiting to be read, so I’m excited to read them now – especially since their secondary characters are amazing

    My TTT!

  2. Amy

    Nice list. I am a big fan of books that develop the secondary characters well. There are many books that I like the secondary characters better than the main ones.

  3. I am a complete fangirl of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. Omg. Haha. I named three of the characters from it onto my list, but didn’t even put Brimstone on there. I should’ve. But I was iffy and didn’t know if he’d have been considered more of a main character or not. :/ Sometimes it’s hard for me to tell. Lol. But glad he was mentioned! =D I also mentioned Finnick! Yes. So much love for Finnick. And I can’t wait until I see Catching Fire. I need to re-read. O_O Not a big fan of the Twilight series in general, but I admit that it wasn’t horrible either (at least the first and the third book wasn’t). And the supporting cast was what really made it better than it could’ve been. I liked Carlisle. And I really liked Jasper as a character. I always thought him and Carlisle should’ve got separate books–which probably would’ve been great depending on the treatment.

    Okay… now that I’ve wrote my own book of a comment, I’ll go. :p Bahaha..

    Great list. There’s some there I haven’t read yet, but I either already have them on my shelf or have them on my pick-up list, so it’ll be soon. 🙂 Have a great week!

    The Bookaholic

    • Pixie, I Googled Secondary Characters before I started this list and sweated over my choices, but I thought any people, besides the main character and antagonist were indeed secondary characters. Brimstone is awesome, and his secret affection made me break down and sob.

      Finnick is such a dream guy. Tough sexy outside, love and gooey inside.

      Alice and Jasper were VERY close on the list, but I didn’t want to Twilight up the place, and stuck to my top vamp of the series.

      Thank you, Pixie. I love your long comments!! <3 <3 <3

    • Asha needs her own book. I would die of a heart attack, but it would still be awesome.

      That right there is why Genya is on the list. She was so well crafted that I honestly saw her modeled after a real person.


      I found another Silena lover?! SO AWESOME. I found her fate sad, but I was so happy to see how it was handled, and the results of her actions. 🙂

    • I know, Wendy. I agree – her story was heart shattering and so sad. It also showed the true twisted side of the Darkling.

      Oh! Kinslayer! I want it so bad! I’ll donate blood to get it! Someone else’s blood, but I would do it!

  4. LOLLLLLLL at the turkey analogy.

    Richard Parker is awesome. I love kitties.

    *hated Zombie’s part in the book*

    *thought Carlisle was boring*

    Igor – YAY, I can agree with you again.

    And Finnick. This part of the list has my approval. Wooo!

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