For Every Marlin There Is A Dory – How To Create A Sidekick Character

For everyone hero and heroine there is a sidekick personality that will make your novel stand out. In the case of the movie Finding Nemo, Dory is the character that makes the story. Can you imagine it without her?

Let’s compare the two:

Marlin:  cautious, focused, pessimistic, fearful,  and guilt-ridden

Dory:  impulsive, scatterbrained, optimistic, adventurous, and carefree

Do you see how these two characters complete each other? We can create the same type of sidekick character in our stories.

Another component:

Marlin’s goal is to find his son. Dory complicates his mission with her inability to remember things. Ultimately, she saves the day with her memory and tenacity. Putting these two characters in a situation to annoy each other adds more spark to the story.

Your characters don’t always have to be opposite, but this is one way you can build your story with that likable character component.

Who are your favorite characters of all time?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “For Every Marlin There Is A Dory – How To Create A Sidekick Character

  1. I’ll have to think about my favorite characters of all time…right now it’s Castle and Beckett. lol

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    That is a bit favorite! I love a story book from when I was kid, “When Sam the Bear and Tiny the Mouse Got Together.”

    There is also Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Princess Bride, Cutting Edge…

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