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.
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?