We all have our favourite characters. More often than not, they’re one of the main set. After all, we do read about them the most.
But there’s always the characters that aren’t-quite-a-main-but-are-very-much-there. Or the side-characters, if you will. And a lot of the time, these characters go unappreciated. All the limelight goes on the main few, and so everyone else is left out.
Well NOT TODAY.
Today, we’re shining a light on those underrated characters.
So who are my favourites? Well, we have…
From The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon.
Nick I guess could be classed as a main character, but he’s definitely not in it as much as I want him to be. He is so devoted to the people he cares for, and while he struggles to decide what is right at times, he always pulls through in the end. It really is just his unwavering loyalty and protection for Paige though that gets me.
I’ve not yet read The Song Rising (the most recent release), so for all I know he could go on a complete plot twist and turn into one of my most hated characters. Hopefully he won’t, but we’ll see. But for now, I adore him.
From The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
One of my all-time favourite books, and without a doubt Poppet and Widget are my favourite characters. I don’t even know why! You know when your mind/heart/soul just looks at a character and goes “yep that one, we like that one with every fibre of our being” and then you ask why and it just sort of shrugs? – THAT HAPPENED.
I always just love how accepting they are and to me, they feel like really comforting characters. They’re somewhat whimsical (I mean, they were brought up in a magic circus) and spend their days training cats to do tricks. I literally have no other reasons for loving them, I just do.
From the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series’ by Rick Riordan.
Now, some may disagree that he’s an underrated character. So many people love him. But he’s a side character, and I personally don’t think there’s enough love for him out there.
This is one of those really contradicting cases where the character is really dark and angsty and wants to be left to his own devices, and yet somehow I just want to squish him. A literal child of hell, and I want to squish him? He’d hate it. I’d love it.
From the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
HAGRID IS UNDERRATED OK?
He is literally one of the most caring characters ever, which somehow gets him into every ounce of trouble possible. (Minor spoilers ahead, I won’t mention anything massive). He cried when he had to give up baby Harry. He adopted a three headed dog and named it Fluffy. He tried to keep a dragon is his tiny wooden hut. He held a funeral for a giant-ass spider. He invited the trio round for tea and gave them homemade toffee.
He’s basically a father figure to every student in Hogwarts who needs him, and to every animal he can possibly take care of. And not once does he expect anything in return.
From The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
Another one I’m going to struggle to explain. We don’t see much of Briseis in this book, but from what you do see, she is one tough cookie. She lives in a world that is full of injustice, danger, and prejudices, but she manages. She learns to adapt to her situations, even learning a new language so she’d be able to understand. And her care for Patroclus was both hard and wonderful to see, because through everything she understood. I wish we saw more of Briseis in The Song of Achilles, because I feel like she’d have been one of favourite characters, full stop.
So those are my favourite underrated characters!
Are there any here that you love too?
Who are your favourite underrated characters? Why?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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