Top Ten Tuesday: Supporting Characters

Hello! It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a Top Ten – and this week’s has led to a LOT of discussion here in the office. Sometimes it’s the supporting characters that really make the story, after all – so, here are our Top Ten supporting characters. We love you.


Dido Twite from Black hearts in Battersea (I known she becomes a main character later in the series but in this Wolves novel she is most certainly the supporting character in Black Hearts)

Dido  stole my heart when I was 8 and I’ve never forgotten that jam-encrusted, troublesome little shrew. She’s got the stubbornness of a donkey and a heart as big as London and is the most loyal friend to Simon (who I always found a bit bland). I honestly completely adore her and words will never do her, or her canny attitude, justice. – Livs


Tying neatly in with our book club, I’m going for Zero in HOLES. A good kid through and through, but no one sees it except Stanley. – Sara OC


Pretty-much-every-character-in-His-Dark-Materials by Phillip Pullman but ESPECIALLY Lee Scorebsy and Farder Coram because I reckon the reason those books are SO tremendous is because of how rich the characterisation or every single character is, which makes the world zing and leap of the page. It’s sheer genius. – Livs


Mogget from the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix is one of my all-time favourite characters. Scheming, snarky and mysterious, he’s the kind of character that you can never predict – which is why I particularly loved his reappearance in CLARIEL! – Cait


Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter – a staunch and loyal friend who turns out to be one of the most powerful underdogs of all time. – Naomi


So everyone knows my obsession with DLS and particularly Lord Peter, but I do think his valet, Bunter, is brilliant – just as much as a detective on top of keeping Wimsey under control (“Bunter likes me to know my place. Terrorisin’ sort of man, Bunter”) But he’s also great because of things like this: “My old mother always used to say that facts are like cows. If you stare them in the face hard enough, and they generally run away.” (from CLOUDS OF WITNESS) – Kate


Gandalf – because his brilliance lies in his flaws (excess of compassion, the love of hobbits and weed!). And because he gets all the best quotes: “Fly, you fools!” / “I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”/ “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Debbie


I’m going to have to go with Zach from Goodnight Mr Tom – he is so eccentric, bright and utterly wonderful! And his was one of the saddest death’s in fiction, almost as emotional as Fred Weasley’s… – Asmaa


Podsy from SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH by Darragh McManus, because he’s the best and most endearing sidekick that a teen noir detective could hope for – loyal, dependable and always on hand with a useful bit of weaselled knowledge just when it’s needed most. – Naomi


Chuck from THE MAZE RUNNER – Despite being the main character’s short, chubby friend who is treated as a bit of loser around the Glade, he’s a favourite supporting character of mine in this book, as he’s one that cares and sacrifices the most for Thomas, and him just wanting to be liked by the other boys and that one heart-wrenching moment when he cries over not being able to go back to his life before the Glade instantly made me have a soft spot for him. – Monique