Despite the author’s intent, in a work of fiction it happens sometimes that the hero fails to win the heart of the audience. While another character (a sidekick, a rival or just a supporting player) ends up stealing the scene.
How so? Sometimes the lead is lacking in personality or he is one-dimensional. Sometimes he’s just too “nice”. Too naive. Too hot-tempered. Too powerful. Too lucky or too unlucky. Or he is somehow annoying.
On the other hand, there are supporting characters very well-developed. Cool, complex, relatable. With cute flaws or quirks. Simply: stronger.
In Anime series, there are plenty of examples of charismatic supporting characters complementing a not-entirely-successful hero. To the point that some secondary roles, in the end, have become the very symbol of a Saga.
Let’s find out together the most famous cases of supporting characters who overshadowed the protagonist.