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: The 30 best TV characters of 2021, ranked
Inverse spotlights the side characters we fell in love with this year.
The most important character in 'Midnight Mass' changed a TV trope forever
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.
The best character in 'Squid Game' tells a story of immigrant inequality
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.
The most brilliant sci-fi character of 2021 needs a Marvel spinoff ASAP
MCU's most relatable villain stole the dance floor, and the show, in 2021
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.
'Succession' seized Season 3 with an unsettling Adrien Brody guest role
A celebrity guest role like no other, Adrien Brody plays his own game of chess in HBO's delectable drama 'Succession.'
MCU's shocking villain debut in 'Loki' is one of 2021's best TV moments
Blurring barriers between TV and film, 'Loki' stunned MCU fans with the early debut of Jonathan Majors' 'Ant-Man' villain, Kang the Conqueror.
The most overlooked sci-fi show of 2021 reimagined comics in a unique way
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.
The most exciting Star Wars character in years needs a spin-off ASAP
2021's most graceful sci-fi hero gave Apple TV an epic win
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.
Marvel's most overlooked character earned a spin-off idea in 'WandaVision'
The best character in 'Arcane' shows how even the best fathers can fail
In 'For All Mankind,' one character represented just what sci-fi is about
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.
The darkest character on 'Midnight Mass' could be the future of Netflix horror
Robert Longstreet delivered the performance of his career in the gripping horror-drama 'Midnight Mass' on Netflix.