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10 Side Characters More Interesting Than Leads in Movies and Series

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Life would be much smoother if we could pick the lead characters of our favourite stories. When filmmakers and showrunners create a script, many intriguing and enigmatic roles emerge to turn the plot more interesting. Needless to say, we do end up getting hooked on the story and these characters. However, the focus inevitably shifts to the protagonist, thus leaving others overshadowed. While the movies were a big hit and loved by all of us, it wouldn’t hurt anyone to push out a spin-off on some of these characters. Before we could unearth more about their mysterious origins, the movie or series came to an end. Here are the 10 side characters that are more interesting than the leads.

Ho Yinsen in “Iron Man

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Our beloved Tony Stark wouldn’t have become Iron Man, let alone an Avenger, had it not been for Ho Yinsen. The generous engineer and surgeon also had an indirect role in the creation of the Avengers. While we remember him for his contribution and sacrifice to protect Stark, we know little about why this engineer was abducted by the Ten Rings in the first place.

Lyanna Mormont in “Game of Thrones

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If there was one character who had the potential and mystery around itself to star in their standalone series, it was Lyanna Mormont. The popular “Game of Thrones” drove us through the origins and character development of Arya Stark, John Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister and more. But Lyanna deserved an equal spotlight for her challenging upbringing. Saying that she never had a normal childhood is simply an understatement. It’s not every day that you see a short-tempered but brave 10-year old girl being bestowed with the responsibility to look after her people and lead her clan.

The Science-Wizard in “Harry Potter

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As if Potterheads didn’t have enough to deal with that this mysterious wizard showed up out of nowhere with such a buzz. No matter how powerful or experienced a wizard claimed to be, it was extremely rare to see one cast magic without using a wand. Yet this stranger at Leaky Cauldron was stirring his spoon without touching it or using a wand. To add on, he was reading a muggle scientist’s book “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking despite being a wizard. Forget about the Horcruxes, we want to know who this wizard was.

Maz Kanata in “Star Wars”

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There has always been a cloud of mystery around Maz Kanata’s very presence. The more you know her, the more enigmatic she turns out to be. She is a Force-sensitive female humanoid who has been in existence for over a millennium. Kanata is a powerful pirate with a massive collection of treasure and valuables under her wing. Though she serves as a mentor figure to the protagonists for her experience, we’d love to dig further into her origin, birth, history, and species.

Mrs Hudson in “Sherlock”

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The mysteries and the adventures of the eccentric detective consultant didn’t leave much space for other characters. While Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock was enough to leave us speechless with his arresting thoughts and insights, there is someone else too who caught our attention. The sweet yet feisty Mrs Hudson was Sherlock’s old landlady who happened to be a former exotic dancer and a widow of a drug dealer. Think about the kind of thrilling experiences she may have had to share.

Gogo Yubari in “Kill Bill”

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How did a young girl like Gogo descend into the dark world of assassins? It’s one thing for teenagers to be wild or thrill-seeking and a whole other thing to work as an assassin protecting O-Ren Ishii. Gogo was a deadly killer and one of The Bride’s prime foes. We bet there was a lot to know about her origin.

Berta in “Two and a Half Men”


The way Berta shared little insights from her life threw us for a spin. She always caught Charlie and Alan by surprise with bizarre stories from her personal life. We were left absolutely speechless when she introduced her youngest daughter as “A little angel who swooped down from heaven and landed on a married man’s penis.”

Slipknot in “Suicide Squad”


Even though most of us do not wish to revisit the previous “Suicide Squad”, there is a character we’d like to learn more about. Slipknot was pretty great with rope wielding and climbing high buildings, but how does that make him one of the most wanted and dangerous criminals?  We are all eyes and ears to find out how this character became a supervillain.

Captain Phasma “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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Who wouldn’t want to know about Captain Phasma’s journey towards her leadership role amongst the Stormtrooper? There’s no iota of doubt in her skills and dedication, but we ought to watch her story of breaking the barriers in the male-dominated First Order.

Guinan in “Star Trek”


Out of all the enigmatic characters in the “Star Trek” franchise, Guinan happened to be one of the most interesting. She wasn’t just a bartender on the ship, but a fierce fighter with an adventurous history. While most of the bartenders lend an ear to our stories, it’s time that this one spilt her beans from the other side of the counter. Guinan hailed from the El-Aurian species whose planet was destroyed by Borg. The end of her planet landed her up on Earth in the 19th Century where she got married about 20 times.

Written by Ipshita Barua