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5 supporting characters who ended up starring in their own games

Spinoff games are typically a good time, because it’s always nice to see an established world from a different angle. It’s also a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on a character besides the hero everyone knows. Maybe it’ll be the trusty sidekick, as in Daxter, Secret Agent Clank, or Yoshi’s Island; perhaps a prime antagonist will get a turn as an antihero, like in The Misadventures of Tron Bonne or Dishonored’s Knife of Dunwall DLC. But some spinoffs spin wayoff the beaten path and give a totally tangential character their shot at glory. These unlikely protagonists once existed purely as comic relief, backstory footnotes, or ordinary bosses in their first appearance, then somehow got bumped up to be the headliner star of their very own adventure. Turns out, some former extras turn out to be pretty great leads when given the chance. Keep that in mind next time you’re chatting up a seemingly inconsequential NPC or beating on a boss.

Plague Knight in… Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (2015)