Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

August 27, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. This week’s list is…

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters



1.  Tybalt from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Prince of Cats. Meow!

2.  Severus Snape from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I think anyone who has read the whole series will find it difficult to completely forget this man and his duplicitous nature. Gotta love an anti-hero.

3.  Jean Lafitte from Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series. He’s debonair, deadly and downright dishy. He brings a nice dash of ruthlessness and old-world manners to New Orleans even though he’s a ghost.

4.  Archie Goodwin from Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. He’s hot, he drinks milk, he pounds the mean streets of New York as a detective and his inner monologue is hilarious. Swoon!

5.  Smeagol aka Gollum from JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings series. “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses”. My preciousness is so cute and creepy at the same time.

6.  Fagin from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Not the nicest of men but definitely memorable. Dickens actually rewrote his novel to remove a significant amount of anti-Semitic references to Fagin – unfortunately there are still a lot left.

7.  Rue from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. She’s not around for long but she has a big impact on the story. Katniss singing Rue a lullaby as she dies is one of the most powerful moments of the book.

8.  Clarisse from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. She doesn’t fit into the dystopian world and by questioning Guy Montag constantly, she makes him reconsider his job as a fireman.

9.  Miss Havisham from Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next seriesFforde’s Havisham is still formidable but she is much more fun as she wears sneakers, listens to her iPod when she’s not being read and is a speed demon on the road.

10.  Mooncalf from Gerald Durrell’s Talking Parcel. This animal is seriously weird as it has the head of a cow and the body of a snail. It leaves behind a trail of mooncalf jelly that can be willed into different shapes. On its back are three taps for warm milk, cold milk and cream because you need options when it comes to getting your daily calcium, right?

Honourable Mention: Oberon from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. His thoughts may revolve around sausages and French poodles but he always has Atticus’ back.

Is it bad that half the characters on my list are baddies?


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

    • I think he was initially following the stereotypes of the time and then once he met a Jewish family who took him to task over it, he felt a bit guilty. Interestingly, one of his later books was full of positive representations.

  1. Ooohh Tybalt – nice! And I love that you have Miss Havisham on this list! I’m almost added the dodo to mine, but decided I just like the idea of Pickwick, he doesn’t really do much haha

  2. I think that it is cool how you included so many villains on your list. My favorite on the list is Snape. He was mysterious and sneaky throughout the Harry Potter series, and up until the very end, I never knew if he was trying to help or sabotage Harry. Plus, his relationship with Lily brings depth to the novel.
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    • The movie didn’t really do poor Rue justice as we barely saw the effect she had on Katniss. I actually teared up when I read the flower scene.

  3. Rue was wonderful. I just want to give her hugs. I don’t know why, but for some reason I always felt allegiance to the Montagues and not the Capulets, so I’d take Mercutio over Tybalt… I didn’t realize that Dickens had revised Fagin at all! I was really struck by how wildly offensive his descriptions of Jews were, but I sort of chalked it up to the time period. That’s fascinating. You, my dear, taught me something new today!

    • Mercutio definitely gets a better death scene but it’s pretty hard to compete with “turn thee, Benvolio. Look upon thy death” (1.1). Shiver.

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