It is not uncommon in Hollywood for a brilliant supporting role to steal the show. Often times in film and television, the characters meant to be supporting cast outshine the leads more than anyone could have ever foreseen.
NBC’s The Office featured a large supporting cast that often caused funnier mis-happenings than the central cast. Creed Bratton was originally a background character with few lines or purpose. As the series progressed, Creed would become a loony old man with a questionable past. Throughout later seasons, Creed’s two-cents and comments would derail conference room meetings and random conversation. The old-timer became a fan favorite until we saw him go away to prison in the series finale.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was as close to a reboot as the franchise could have gotten without actually remaking the series. The stars of this film were Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence (among others). One supporting cast member stole the show in just a few scenes. Quicksilver, portrayed by the brilliant Evan Peters, won over audiences with his fun-loving and sarcastic ways. The character had a boyish charm about him and in one particular scene he claimed one of the film’s best moments. The scene of course is the infamous “Time in a Bottle” scene in which Quicksilver seemingly stops time by running so quickly and takes out a large crew of security officers by simply rearranging their positioning and having some fun along the way.
Catherine Tate would star in what fans believed was a one-off appearance on BBC’s Doctor Who. The comedian would support David Tennant’s tenth incarnation of The Doctor in an episode which saw her wedding go terribly wrong beginning with her random appearance in the TARDIS. We next see Donna investigating Adipose Industries where she once again meets up with The Doctor and becomes his time travelling companion. Donna’s whit and quick tongue made her a favorite among fans and many were overjoyed by her reappearance in the series. Tate’s brilliant back-and-forth with Tennant still rings as some of the series’ finest comedy.
The Avengers boasted an ensemble cast. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and the other central heroes had established their spots in the franchise. It was secondary character, Agent Phil Coulson (played by Clark Gregg), who’d truly win over audiences in the film. His character was a fan of the heroes, just as we are and stood up to a God even though he was just a mere mortal himself. Coulson would become so popular that he’d become a central character in the spin-off TV program, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It no longer comes as a surprise when audiences are stolen by a minor character. The roles have been so brilliantly cast that it’d be more shocking if these characters hadn’t won the hearts of the masses. So many more go unmentioned but not forgotten.