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By Karalyn C.

We all know and love our favorite protagonists. They’re often daring and adventurous, and their story arcs are typically satisfyingly complete. But what about the side characters? Grievously underrated, side characters are sometimes the ones we empathize with most. Whether it’s because they make us laugh, move the plot forward, or are sometimes even more intriguing than the lead, here are 5 side characters who deserve their own stories.

 

Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel

Maria drives a Camaro, is one of the first women—much less women of color—to fly combat in the Air Force, and she’s a strong mother and a true friend. Without Maria, I’d argue Carol Danvers would never become Captain Marvel. Almost all of her lines are either hard truths or hilarious jokes. She makes flying an alien spaceship look easy, and for that ALONE, she deserves her own movie.

 

 

 

 

Annie Cresta from The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins recently announced that she’s writing a prequel to The Hunger Games which will be released in 2020. It will take place around the 10th or 11th Hunger Games and fans are already speculating that the beloved side character Mags will be featured. A true sacrificial hero, there’s no doubt that Mags deserves her own story. That being said, what about Annie, the woman Mags volunteers for, and Finnick’s wife? Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after her own Hunger Games, Annie has always been misjudged or seen as unbalanced. Despite that she is everything good, kind, and forgiving. I think we can learn a lot from Annie and as such, I’d love it if she had her own book, or better yet, series.

 

 

Argus Filch from Harry Potter

When listing the many amazing side characters of the wizarding world, Argus Filch probably doesn’t make the cut. It’s true—I’d love a prequel featuring the Marauders or a series centered on Draco or McGonagall or Hagrid, and I could go on and on. That being said, I think Filch would be a fascinating lead. Being a squib has to be uniquely challenging, and there’s got to be more to his story. I have so many questions for Filch, starting with—so you’re telling me Mrs. Norris is not an animagus?

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice

There have been so many adaptations and modern retellings of Pride & Prejudice that I think many of the side characters have had their chance in the sun. (We even have a few books that tell Lydia Bennet’s story!) However, I have never seen anything written from the perspective of the character who intrigues me the most—Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s best friend.  Yes, Charlotte marries the dreadful Mr. Collins, but honestly, she seems pretty empowered in doing so. When Lizzie protests the match, Charlotte vehemently defends her choice, reminding Lizzie that not everyone is as privileged as she. Charlotte also says that she’s not romantic and never has been but I wonder if there is someone out there for Charlotte or if she’s passionate about something outside of tradition. Regardless, I’d love to catch up with Charlotte and laugh at the clever ways she thwarts her husband.

 

Margot from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Margot is the quintessential perfect big sister. Throughout the book/movie as we identify with Lara Jean, Margot seems to get a bad rap. She’s too perfect, she doesn’t love Josh enough, she harps on Lara Jean, etc. Yes, Lara Jean loves her and the two are close, but I think there’s more to Margot than just having a keener sense of responsibility. I admire her for doing what’s right, for taking her late mother’s advice, and for helping raise her sisters. But I can’t help but wonder what she gets up to in Scotland. What is she like when she’s finally able to lift the weight off of her shoulders and let loose?

 

 

Honorable mentions: Samwise Gamgee of Lord of the Rings, Sancho Panza of Don Quixote, Kelli of Insecure, Tormund Gianstbane of Game of Thrones, and of course, Frozone of The Incredibles.

Karalyn C.
Experience Facilitator

Karalyn C.


Karalyn is a proud Illinois State University graduate. She loves poetry, Chicago, and her cat, Moby.

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