One of my characters, Matt, is very calm and patient and tends to listen instead of talk. He's dating the outgoing, energetic Cheryl, so whenever the two are in scenes together, Cheryl steals the show and Matt fades into the background. A few different things I've tried to make Matt stand out more: * Putting him in situations that challenge him and test his resolve. * Giving him his own subplot. * Rewriting his backstory to explain why he's so quiet (and why he's dating Cheryl), and giving him the goal of becoming less awkward when he talks. Still, none of that solves the basic problem. Matt feels comfortable with Cheryl and trusts her not to judge him, so he's under no pressure to fill up the silence. He'll chip in with his opinions, but he's happy to let her talk or just quietly be together, and since Cheryl is often in situations where she has a LOT to talk about, Matt easily becomes wallpaper. My current thought is that maybe this isn't a problem at all. Cheryl is at the center of the plot, and most of its developments relate back to her, so maybe it's okay if Matt has less prominence and mostly gets focus in special scenes that challenge or develop him. Still, I'm a little worried that lack of speech could come across as lack of personality, and I don't want to pair off such a vibrant character with a wooden plank that has a face painted on it. What do you think?