Top 5 Minor Characters in 2016
Kevthewriter picks some memorable minor characters from last year’s movies.
When we go to see a movie, we usually remember the main characters who populated the screen but sometimes we remember the minor characters who made the most of their limited screentime. Every year we’ve had characters like this and 2016 is no different and I’m here to count them all! Let’s begin!
5. Lonny the Uber Driver (Office Christmas Party)
Played by Fortune Feimster
For those who haven’t seen the movie (which is probably everyone here), she gets one of the few big laughs in this movie. She’s only in the movie for about 2 scenes but she has a rather amusing gag where she laughs at Jennifer Aniston’s name, Carol, because, to her, it sounds like an old person’s name. Granted that doesn’t sound hilarious on paper but her performance makes the monologue funnier than it could’ve been and made her one of the few minor characters stick out in what is a mostly forgettable movie.
4. Levar Mathis (Rules Don’t Apply)
Played by Matthew Broderick
As much as I disliked this movie, I’m putting him pretty much for one reason and one reason only-it’s the most energetic performance I’ve ever seen Matthew Broderick give in, well, almost ever. With exceptions here and there (Ferris Beuller), I usually can’t stand Broderick’s acting and find him boring and bland but here he’s surprisingly charming, rather than the walking piece of drying paint he usually is. That being said, I think the character is a rather fun guy, a sarcastic yet still somewhat loyal man who is always there to call others out even if, when it comes to Howard Hughes, he can’t really do anything about the situation.
3. Finnick (Zootopia)
Played by Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr.
Look at this guy? Isn’t he adorable? I wonder who voiced him?
Wait, really? That one creepy looking guy who seemed to always pop us as some bully/henchman/guard in, like, every film back in the 90’s? That guy is playing this cute little fella? Granted, the joke with the character is that he’s supposed to be have a deep voice, which Mr. Lister certainly has, but, considering the roles he’s always played, that definitely makes the character stand out. Also, while we don’t quite know much about him, this character, from his brief appearances, does seem to always be angry at something. For example, in his first line, he threatens Nick Wilde (the fox) that he’ll “bite his face off” and, in his last appearance, he answers the door by holding a baseball bat and shouting “who is it?!” at the top of his lungs. It kinda makes you wonder why he’s so aggressive and grumpy, especially seeing as the movie doesn’t really tell you why (although they do kind’ve imply he’s just annoyed at being mistaken for a kid).
He’s also interesting in that he was the fox’s partner yet the character doesn’t really get any resolution at the end, he pretty much just stops existing. He isn’t even in the big cast dance party at the end, which also makes me wonder…What The Hell Happened to him?
2. Alfred Pennyworth & Perry White (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Played by Jeremy Irons & Laurence Fishburne
Another film I hated but these two, in their brief screen time, injected some humor in an otherwise drab, dull film. I especially thought the scene where Perry White keeps giving sarcastic remarks to Lois Lane was hilarious. As for Alfred, I liked that, like in all films, he basically stayed as Bruce’s voice of reason and he felt like one of the few characters in the movie that acted like a real person, instead of a robot who just spouts philosophy all the time! However, it says something when, in a Batman and Superman film, Alfred and Perry are among the best characters.
And the #1 best minor character is…
1. K-2S0 (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Played by Alan Tudyk
While I was disappointed in Rogue One, this character was pretty funny. I guess it’s debatable whether or not he was a minor character because he was in a fair amount of the movie but I’d say he counts. I loved his no-nonsense attitude and his sarcastic quips. Alan Tudyk also did a great job voicing him.
Anyway, those were my favorite minor characters and, wow, I just realized they were from one film I found enjoyable but forgettable (Office Christmas Party), two films I hated (Rules Don’t Apply & Batman V. Superman), one film I liked but thought was a little overrated (Zootopia), and one film I thought was okay but disappointing (Rogue One). I guess it goes to show that, even if you don’t necessarily love a film, it doesn’t mean you can’t find stuff to enjoy about it.
What did you think about this list? Do you have any favorite minor characters from this year? Let me know in the comments below!