Each Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish host a Top Ten meme, the theme this week being…
TOP TEN MOST MEMORABLE SECONDARY CHARACTERS
So, here is a extremely random list (including giants and cats) in no particular order.
1. Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing)
The constable of the watch is by far my favorite Shakespearean character.
“O villain! thou wilt be condemned into everlasting
redemption for this.”
“But, masters, remember that I am an
ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not
that I am an ass.”
Michael Keaton will forever be Dogberry to me.
2. Mary Bennet (Pride & Prejudice)
She just wanted to play the piano and read. I get you Mary.
3. Ms. Maria Temple (Jane Eyre)
Jane’s kindly teacher at Lowood School showed gentleness and respect to students who never received either in their lives. With her kindness, intelligence and strength, she was a positive female role model to Jane and by extension Brontë’s readers.
4. Merry & Pippin (The Lord of the Rings)
I cried when it was over too guys.
5. Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)
I have a thing for comedic duos.
6. Mr. Tumnus (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Reminds me of my childhood, I wanted a tea-serving fawn as my best friend growing up.
7. Marquis de Carabas (Neverwhere)
Like many of Neil Gaiman’s best characters, the Marquis is selfish and flawed, yet his almost heroic-like actions make him surprisingly endearing. You know he must have ulterior motive in all this, but you continue to hold out hope that there is a kernel of goodness in him.
8. Fezzik (The Princess Bride)
The rhyming giant just edges out Miracle Max and Valerie as my favorite Princess Bride character.
“I only dog paddle.”
9. Buttercup (The Hunger Games)
I know there are a host of great secondary characters from The Hunger Games - Haymitch, Cinna, Effie, Prim, Finnick and Johanna, to name a few – but Prim’s ugly cat Buttercup is so underrated. Katniss’ love-hate relationship with Buttercup may have served as comic relief, but in many ways the two are very much a like. Both are tough, scarred and fiercely protective of Prim. When Katniss breaks down seeing Buttercup after Prim’s death and the two mourn her together…I bawled.
10. Beyoncé the Giant Metal Chicken (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened)
Pretty much a life-changer. Jenny Lawson’s memoir came to me during a difficult time for my family when we all really needed cheering up. Now whenever my sister and I see a big metal chicken (which happens surprisingly often), this is what happens…