Pooh needs Piglet. Sherlock needs Watson. Secondary Characters take the spotlight!

It’s Tim Conway to Harvey Korman. It’s Piglet to Pooh. They are the perfect “second bananas” so to speak, the secondary characters that make us love the protagonists that much more.

They have more freedom to express their inner quirk, to show a sense of humor and the exasperation that comes with hanging out with heroes all day. The trick is, of course, the balance. They cannot be so vivid that the hero pales in comparison, or, goodness sakes, more interesting so readers no longer care about our poor protag. Too funny, too smart, too edgy, too crazy, they must not distract from the story either. They are there to compliment, to serve a purpose, to make a major contribution in spite of their title as “minors.”

I’m compiling a list of interesting secondary characters. Can you add any to the list?
Watson
Ron Weasley
Hawk
The Wizard of Oz.

http://flavorwire.com/172409/rip-our-favorite-secondary-characters-in-literature
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/questions-to-ask-strengthen-your-minor-characters
http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/2012/09/the-sidekicks-how-to-use-secondary-characters/writer thinking

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JackieW on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    How about Kato and the Green Hornet. Perry Mason and Della Street.

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  2. Posted by Suzan Michet on May 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I think in the wizard of oz you could also count Toto as a secondary character.
    Other ideas:
    George & Bess to Nancy Drew.
    Peter to Heidi.
    Butler to Artemis Fowl.
    Grace Makutsi, to Precious Ramotswe (#1 Ladies Detective Agency)
    Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games.

    Hmm, think there are lots !

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