TGIF over at GReads! asks:

“We tend to gush over those main characters the most, but what about those supporting roles? Who are some of your favorites?”

Well, my first choices would have to be Merry and Pippin from Lord of the Rings. They start out as the plucky comic relief (always a favorite role of mine), but over the trilogy, they actually grow into fully fleshed out characters in their own right. Merry fights with the Rohirrim while Pippin defends Gondor from threats both outside and within. These experiences cause the two of them to grow up and grow into themselves as individual Hobbits instead of a joined pair. In spite of that, they remain fast friends, which makes them a joy to read – especially amidst the carnage of Return of the King and the spoiling of the Shire.

My second choices would be the Weasley Twins from Harry Potter. Once again – plucky comic relief. What I loved most about them though, was their indefatigable cheerfulness. Even when hope was at its lowest point, you could count on them for some much-needed snark. I also loved how they drew strength from each other, which is why I was so completely outraged when Rowling killed off Fred.

And our runner-up is Ranon from Anne Bishop’s Shadow Queen and Shalador‘s Lady. Ranon is charmingly overprotective of both his wife and his Queen. One of my favorite aspects of his character is that he is capable of having both a friendship and a working relationship with these two women and his relationship with one does not threaten his relationship with the other. It’s refreshing to see a warm platonic friendship between a man and a woman written so well!

So there we are, my favorite supporting characters!