Wow, I just joined this forum and I already feel like I'm posting obnoxiously; this is my second thread today. Anyway, I have been in the process of writing a certain novel technically since the summer of 2008, but the plot and characters have been changed so much that I'd call it a completely different novel (but with the same idea). I have a habit, however, of making too many characters. Or rather, making too many main characters. I'm not particularly great at making villains, but my villain, this time, I feel is relitively well developed. But that's the thing--the villain is fine, but there are three main people against him. It's a murder mystery-like novel for young adults with a lot of gallows humor, not completely melancholy (in fact, slightly more comic than serious, but the comedy is so dark that I thought it was appropriate).The plot is centered around 3 high school age friends who run into trouble with the law after finding a body and failing to notify the authorities for various (stupid) reasons. As if they weren't getting themselves into enough trouble already, they meet Danny, a scam artist masquerading as a "traveling salesman". A 17-year-old Korean American girl named Kym is my main protagonist, but her friends Adam and Haalsten also play a significant role in the storyline. My question is, is three people really too many characters for the role of the "hero"? Sure, they all have different personalities, but none of them are as "villainous" as Danny, so I classify them as "heroes" as well. I'm just completely confused. What I'm really asking is, are "sidekicks" really acceptable as characters? I can't really think of anything I've read where the main character's friends had as big a role as the MC themselves. Uggghh. *frazzled*. I need advice. Thank you.