Today, in the Top Ten Tuesdays the topic is favorite minor characters.

I have lots of these, too!

1, Ky Tung from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series.
He’s a mercenary commander whose hobby is military history. He takes the main character Miles under his wing as an apprentice and he’s a fan of Miles’ father.

2, Learned Hallana from Lois McMaster Bujold’s fantasy book Hallowed Hunt.
She’s a saint to two gods which is quite rare in her world. She’s a very blunt woman and doesn’t take crap from anyone.

3, Marion Bearhart from Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series.
She starts out as an antagonist to Joanne, the main character, but throughout the series she shows amazing depth.

4, Carl and Tom, and their talking parrot Macchu Piccu from Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series.
They are powerful wizards who live together and help Nita with her problems. Macchu Piccu can apparently tell the future and sometimes chooses to do so.

5, Cyril by Connie Willis from To Say Nothing of the Dog
This book is just so chock full of interesting characters that I’m having difficulty choosing from them. There’s Professor Peddick with his theories of history and obsession with fishing, and his rival professor who is trying to get the Haviland Chair and goes so far that he pushes Peddick into the Thames and trains his dog to attack from trees. Colonel Mering with his obsession with fishing and collecting exotic fish. Finch, the able assistant from the 23rd century whose dream job is apparently as a butler in the Victorian era. But I’ll go with Cyril, the long suffering bulldog who follows his master and his weird friend with great stoicism.

6, Maximus the dragon from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series.
I love many of the other dragons who we usually don’t see much. Maximus is a huge and self-assured male dragon, who yet is a bit ashamed when he’s caught stealing cattle from pens.

7, Skkukk from C.J. Cherryh’s Chanur series.
A scheming Kif who is hoisted on the Chanur crew. Even though he clearly has very different priorities from the hani (and humans), I often felt a bit sorry for him: he was constantly yelled at, didn’t get the food he needed, and was an outcast from his species. Of course, he turned out to be quite devious and an expert with weapons.

8, Dr. Elizabeth McMillan by Kerry Greenwood
The mystery series is set in the 1920s and McMillan is a doctor. She’s had to be very determined to get her education and even then, very few places will hire her. Another no-nonsense woman.

9, Abdullah ibn Hassan al Wahhab by Elizabeth Peters
The loyal foreman who sticks with the Emerson family no matter what.

10, Jarlaxle by R. A. Salvatore
He’s dark elf who lives in a female dominated world. Yet, he’s been able to gather a very successful mercenary group, magic, and wealth. I’m cheating a bit because he got his own series a while back. However, I think that he was more fascinating when he was a mysterious minor character who popped up when you least expected it.