A minor character, also known as a supporting character, is a character of a book, play, video game, movie, TV show or other form of storytelling usually used only to give dimension to a main character, by adding a relationship with this character. Sometimes supporting characters may develop a complexity of their own. These characters may not seem very important, but usually you would notice it if you were to, say, watch a movie again, and they were not there. Usually the change would be drastic. In some cases, especially in television series, minor characters themselves may become main characters if they are popular with fans.
A special case of a minor character is the sidekick, a companion or assistant of the main character. These, too, are mainly there to give depth to the main character and to complement or contrast with them. They also often have the function of comic relief. These can be indespensable enough to "almost" count as another protagonist. Examples:
- Sancho Panza (Don Quixote)
- Friday (Robinson Crusoe)
- Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes)
- Minnie Mouse (Mickey Mouse)
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