Do we give considerable thought when we start creating friends for our Protagonists or Main Characters? What kind of friends do we give them? Do their friends help them, or, are their friends a cause for trouble. Here is my take on few types of friends we can give our MC’s:
1. The Sacrificing Martyr – who will sacrifice his or her comfort to help the protagonist. Just like Hermione and Ron who almost always put Harry’s interest before their own. This was visible especially in the last book when they left the comforts of Hogwarts to be with Harry.
2. The Fair Weather Friends – who will desert the ship when troubled times loom large. The support of this kind of friends can be certain only for good times. These friends are self serving.
3. The Voice of Caution – a lot like Hermione in the Potter Series. This type of friend also doubles as a guardian and conscience rolled into one, giving warning about the repercussions of certain actions the protagonist undertakes. This type of friend can put up a fight if she or he feels that the protagonist is acting foolish.
4. The Idiot – who provides the lighter moments and is the butt of all the jokes like Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood in the Potter series. These friends are harmless and can rise to the occasion if the need arises.
5. The Turn Coat – who does not think twice before betraying the protagonist when it suits him or her to serve other interests that clash with the protagonist’s.
6. The Fool Hardy One – this type of friend leads the protagonist into all kinds of trouble. The aim of this friend is to get the protagonist into as much trouble as possible.
7. The Wise Ones – who have the answer to most puzzles bugging the protagonist. These friends can be a great source of help to the protagonist.
8. The Dependable Ones – these friends can and will almost always help the protagonist and will stick with him or her through troubled times, through thick and thin.
9. The Jealous Friend – this kind of friend is fiercely competitive and sees the protagonist more as a rival than a friend. These friends are extremely prone to jealousy and may even harm in a moment of anger.
10. The Silent One – who seldom offers an opinion, but can be extremely loyal and protective of the MC.
11. The Defender – who gets into all kind of trouble trying to protect the hero/heroine. This type of friend picks up fights on behalf of the MC.
12. The Lackeys – who hang around the MC as it’s prestigious to be seen in their company. They are like leeches, they can never be depended upon for help.
What kind of friend/s have you given your protagonist? Did you ponder over the type of friend you wanted to give the Main Character, or did it just happen as a part of the story? Do you take time to create the perfect friend for your hero/heroine? Please share. We all can learn lots from your process.