The hero always gets the girl (or guy if it's a heroine), the spotlight, and the credit. But what about the faithful friend? The tireless manservant? The dog? Here are who we think are the Top 5 Underappreciated and Underrated Characters of Fantasy.
1. Toot-Toot from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
Toot-Toot starts out as a joke: a small fairy who wizard Harry Dresden bribed for information about the magical grapevine with... pizza. Then suddenly, he becomes the head of a tiny fairy army that fights in the name of Dresden, the great 'Za Lord, by cleaning his apartment, giving him sensitive information, and even going toe to toe with big baddies: a Summer Faerie Princess AND a demon. Toot-Toot, we salute you, and wish to join your 'Za Lord Army!
2. Sir Didymus from Labyrinth
He is a fox-knight who rides a dog. An awesome dog. Enough said. If you still don't believe us, check out this picture of him, and you'll be swayed to the greatness of Sir Noble Furry Knight.
3. Mr. Tummus from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Sure, he betrays the children to evil, but ultimately he stands up to the White Witch. His bravery helps to inspire the Penvensies to bring Aslan back, kick the Witch's butt, and then proceed to rule Narnia in a golden age.
4. Faramir from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Forget what Peter Jackson did to the character in the movies (Boromir Jr. with Daddy issues). In Tolkein's tale, Faramir is da bomb. He's noble, brave, and sends Frodo & Co. on their merry way as quickly as possible without any delay. He passes the ring's test as if there were none at all. Honorable, handsome, and eventual winner of Eowyn's heart, Faramir deserves a better portrayal than Peter Jackson gave him in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
5. Relg the Zealot from The Belgariad
Relg is obnoxious, whiny, and given to fanatic rants. Nonetheless, he saves Silk's life, gets everyone out of a collapsing Cthol Murgos, and even goes back to save the beautiful slave Taiba, even though helping her is against his principles. He annoys everyone, but he is the one who undergoes the most character development in the entire series. Relg may be unlikeable, but he's the most heroic of all the Prophecy's band. Not only does he save lives, he opens his mind to new ideas, which is a much harder task for him than walking through rock. Oh yeah, he can walk through rock which is, in a word, awesome.
Who's your favorite sidekick?