I'm over 60k words into my current WIP. I have five characters, but I'm starting to realize that one of them basically has no point. Ochen is the twin brother of Echo. Echo is pretty important. She's smart and nice and helps my MC a lot. But Ochen is the opposite. He's quiet, moody, doesn't really contribute to the group at all. And throughout my writing, I realize I'm mentioning him less and less. Part of me thinks I should just cut him out. What's the point of having a character that isn't really involved in the story? But another part of me wants to keep him. I've always seen him and Echo as a pair. When the story first came together, I immediately knew I wanted them. They are polar opposites. Echo has life magic, Ochen has death magic. Echo is friendly, Ochen is a loner. Echo is smart, Ochen is... well, Ochen is smart. He just doesn't give his knowledge as freely as Echo does. I'm planning a sequel to this story. And Ochen was going to be a big part of it later. His knowledge on death magic (he's the only major character with death magic) is going to be an important part of the story. But as of right now? He's pretty much useless. What do you do in situations like this? Make the character more important or just drop them? I could easily find a death magic user to incorporate later, if I need to cut Ochen out. I might even be able to keep Ochen, just not include him in the first book. Echo could be introduced alone, only mentioning she has a twin, then bring him in for the second book to be the death magic user guide. Suggestions?