Writing

How to Write Supporting Characters

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 14, 2021 • 4 min read

Hobbits Pip and Merry in The Lord of the Rings, the Artful Dodger in Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter are all stellar examples of secondary characters in literature. Learn more about secondary characters, from love interests to sidekicks to anyone else who complements the storylines of a protagonist and antagonist.