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The 26 most underappreciated science-fiction/fantasy characters

It's not just headliners that deserve your attention

Sci-fi and fantasy characters are almost always epic. Frodo, the brave Hobbit. Jean-Luc Picard, the cerebral and brave Captain for the Starship Enterprise. Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Dragons, and almost every other character in Game of Thrones. I say nothing against any of these science-fiction/fantasy characters.

But, sometimes in the wings there are amazing characters that I have felt closer to, and I'd like to give them a little shout out. You may know of these characters, and if so, I'm glad; if not, hopefully, this list of 26 sci-fi and fantasy characters that I think deserve more love will help you get to know them.

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By Tom Merritt

Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts Daily Tech News Show, coverin...