Inverse Scene Stealers 2021

It's not always the main characters who are the real heroes. Scene Stealers is an end-of-year salute to the eccentric, to the bizarre, to the unforgettable supporting characters on TV who undeniably steal the show.

Scene Stealers 2021

Scene stealers: The 30 best TV characters of 2021, ranked

ByRobin Bea

Inverse spotlights the side characters we fell in love with this year.

Scene Stealers 2021

The most important character in 'Midnight Mass' changed a TV trope forever

ByDais Johnston

Ex-'iZombie' star Rahul Kohli gave an unforgettable, impactful performance in Netflix's horror-drama 'Midnight Mass,' and it's one of the best things of 2021.

Scene Stealers 2021

The best character in 'Squid Game' tells a story of immigrant inequality

ByAlex Welch

First time actor Jung Ho-yeon rose to occasion in Netflix's biggest international hit of the year, 'Squid Game,' with a moving story immigration and inequality.

Scene Stealers 2021

The most brilliant sci-fi character of 2021 needs a Marvel spinoff ASAP

ByJake Kleinman
Scene Stealers 2021

MCU's most relatable villain stole the dance floor, and the show, in 2021

ByMaggie Lovitt

Daniel Brühl's return to the MCU in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' is remembered for thoughtful critiques of the MCU itself -- and awesome dance moves.

Scene Stealers 2021

'Succession' seized Season 3 with an unsettling Adrien Brody guest role

ByJack King

A celebrity guest role like no other, Adrien Brody plays his own game of chess in HBO's delectable drama 'Succession.'

Scene Stealers 2021

MCU's shocking villain debut in 'Loki' is one of 2021's best TV moments

ByEric Francisco

Blurring barriers between TV and film, 'Loki' stunned MCU fans with the early debut of Jonathan Majors' 'Ant-Man' villain, Kang the Conqueror.

Scene Stealers 2021

The most overlooked sci-fi show of 2021 reimagined comics in a unique way

ByChrishaun Baker

In the FX adaptation of 'Y: The Last Man,' Beth Deville changes from dream girl to rebel hero in ways that modernize the nearly 20 year old comics.

Scene Stealers 2021

The most exciting Star Wars character in years needs a spin-off ASAP

ByDais Johnston
Scene Stealers 2021

2021's most graceful sci-fi hero gave Apple TV an epic win

ByRyan Britt

In Apple's adaptation of 'Foundation,' veteran sci-fi star T'Nia Miller gave life to religious leader Zephyr Halima, a role that championed grace over spite.

Scene Stealers 2021

Marvel's most overlooked character earned a spin-off idea in 'WandaVision'

ByEric Francisco
Scene Stealers 2021

The best character in 'Arcane' shows how even the best fathers can fail

ByTomas Franzese
Scene Stealers 2021

In 'For All Mankind,' one character represented just what sci-fi is about

ByRyan Britt

In the alternate history of 'For All Mankind,' the Apollo-Soyuz mission held more importance than it did IRL. Meet the TV hero behind its command.

Scene Stealers 2021

The darkest character on 'Midnight Mass' could be the future of Netflix horror

ByAlex Welch

Robert Longstreet delivered the performance of his career in the gripping horror-drama 'Midnight Mass' on Netflix.

Chris Barker