I had a teensy bit of a problem narrowing down exactly what defines a secondary character. Not a love interest like Mr. Rochester; not an antagonist, like the Darkling. Do team characters count as secondary characters? I mean, would you really call Han Solo secondary to Luke Skywalker? Or Gandalf secondary to Bilbo or Frodo? Is Minnie a secondary character in the Help or one of three main characters?
Hey, look at that, I totally cheated. I just named some favorite "sort of" secondary characters in addition to my actual top ten list, below.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish blog with a different top ten list theme (all related to books) every Tuesday (see the full list here).
I couldn't rank this list by number, just so you know.
Orma from Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman. Because he's like a medieval version of Spock. And he's a dragon.
Brimstone from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Because he's scary and secretive and mysterious and compassionate and hopeful. Here's a great deviant art picture of him.
Puck and Grimalkin from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. A smug know-it-all fairy cat and an irreverent fairy prankster. They go together so well.
Tumnus the Faun, from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I would have tea with him any day.
Gollum, from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. He's such a despicable, slimy, nasty little character that he's almost endearing in a twisted way. I also really like Smaug the Dragon, even though he only has one conversation, it's so wickedly conceited.
Mogget and the Disreputable Dog from The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
Buruu from Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff. The ultimate mythical creature, with attitude to boot.
Hagrid from the Harry Potter series.
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert from the Anne of Green Gables series. Because all the others were mythical creatures/persons of sorts, I had to throw in two real people just for fun.
Oh, and one more real person: Grandfather from Heidi, by Joanna Spyri