I first discovered The Broke and the Bookish back in 2010 or so, and I did a few of their top ten lists on my old blog before I stopped writing there. I recently came across a couple of them that I thought I would like to repost here.
Most of this list is from 2011, but I changed a few because I no longer agree with myself on them. Getting sucked into defining levels of prominence makes this list impossible to write, so I tried to interpret “minor” like the Oscars do with movies—these are supporting characters, meaning any who aren’t the main characters.
And I made myself do it without Harry Potter characters, because we could fill the entire list just from that series.
The first two are new additions:
Katie—Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, by Jeremy Whitley
Really, I could include all the characters in this spinoff series from the original Princeless comics. Raven (the Pirate Princess) is first introduced as a side character in Adrienne’s story, then gets her own series, and we are all better off for it. Katie reminds me of Gwendoline Christie playing Brienne of Tarth, and she is therefore my favorite of Raven’s pirate crew.
Braga—Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and various artists
Braga is a transgender orc warrior, formerly in line to lead her clan, now a member of an adventuring guild called the Peaches. This is an excellent piece (with spoilers) about the special issue dedicated to her backstory.
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert—Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This works as well for the TV miniseries as for the book. I have always loved these two, loving Matthew and thorny but kind-hearted Marilla, who take in an outspoken redheaded orphan girl who just needs somewhere to call home.
Dawsey Adams—The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I have to admit, I am a sucker for quiet, bookish men. He is apparently to be played by Michiel Huisman in the movie, which I think is a casting choice with potential.
Verin Mathwin—The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan
Can’t say much about Verin without spoiling the entire series, so I won’t. But if you’ve read it, you know.
Dogberry—Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
My favorite of Shakespeare’s comedic characters. Is he played by Nathan Fillion in the Joss Whedon version I’ve been meaning to see for four years?? My Google image search for this photo leads me to believe so, and maybe that means I will finally get around to it sometime. But Michael Keaton is so much fun in the role.
Marry, sir, they have committed false report;
moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily,
they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have
belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust
things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.
Mameha—Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
I love female characters who take a younger woman under their wing.
Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which—A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
I have always loved this trio of eccentric supernatural women—showing up unexpectedly on a “dark and stormy night,” disappearing just as unexpectedly while one of them is in the middle of a sentence, fighting evil throughout the universe and guiding Meg on her quest to save her father.
The Mace—The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
In all three books of this trilogy, my favorite part is Kelsea’s relationship with the Mace. They respect each other as people, not just as the queen and the captain of her guard. They both have massive flaws and enormous strengths, and they know each other’s so well that they make a wise, powerful team.