Supporting characters in TV shows are often friends who know the main character better than anyone else. Sometimes side characters in TV shows have the tendency to become protagonists in a story that’s not their own. A lot of supporting characters have truly shined in their roles. The best supporting characters make fans want to learn more about them, or for them to take a larger role.
In some cases, support characters do get some sort of spin-off series. For instance, Saul from Breaking Bad got a prequel series, Better Call Saul. Frasier from Cheers had his own very successful series, Frasier. There’s also Zoey Johnson from Black-ish who spun into Grown-ish and Sam Puckett from iCarly who ended up in Sam & Cat.
Here, we’ve listed side characters that exude main character energy or absolutely steal the show. At times, the official main character took a back seat to their supporting castmate.
An example would be Michael Scott from The Office. Though he may be the quotable showstopper of the show, side characters like Dwight, Stanley, and Kevin would often steal the scene.
Some of the supporting characters we listed are from shows like The Walking Dead, Chidi from The Good Place, Stranger Things, and Emily In Paris.
Here are TV supporting characters with main character energy.