In my fantasy WIP, I have several characters. They all serve some purpose or another, but I'm starting to feel one in particular doesn't really carry his weight. My MC Seren is a rebellious, angry 19 year old that has very few connections in life. She's shut herself away to avoid the pain and struggle of the harsh world she lives in. But she has become the new queen and needs some help. There's Verda, the timid but intelligent maid that brings out the softer side in Seren. She appeals to her inner helper, the side of her that really does care about the well-being of others. Verda pushes Seren to see beyond the fear and move forward, doing everything she can to make life better for those around her. They become very close. Then there's Caius. He's the strong rule-abiding soldier, brought into her team to be her guardian, or her protector against enemies. He helps Seren to reign in her rebelliousness. He forces her to think more critically and more thoughtfully instead of rushing headlong into conflict. But sometimes Caius's strong conviction for the rules annoys her, and she wishes he could be more free-flowing and not so judgmental when she goes against his opinions. He also has a romantic interest in her, which is not returned, and causes issues later on in the novel. Next is Levon. He's the handsome debonair that bring out... well, a lot in her. He admires her, both because of her physical beauty and her strength. His interest in her makes her feel empowered. She feels he's the first person to really trust her, put his confidence in her, and rely on her. So not only does he make her feel stronger, but he makes her feel softer. He allows her to express herself emotionally without interpreting it as a weakness and to truly open up and be her true self, with no judgment. They become a couple by the end of the novel. Echo is a character I need to expand a little more. All I have for her at the moment is that she's intelligent. She shows up early in the story to help train Seren in magical combat and grows to be a friend. But other than to help research and train, she has very little impact on Seren's personality. As of this moment, she kind of piggy-backs on Verda, helping Seren to open up to people and have friendships again. I'm working on it. I definitely want to keep her though because they are already so many men in the story (there are other minor characters, friends and foes, and most of them are men). Plus, Seren needs more than one female companion. However, it's Echo's twin brother Ochen I'm struggling with. In the first draft, he was the quiet sulking type. He rarely opened his mouth or added much of anything to the story. He was a body to help train Seren in magic and others in combat. But other than that? Pretty much disappeared. So in my planning for the second draft, I decided that I could use him to help Seren reign in her anger. She tends to explode when upset, not thinking before she speaks. She allows it to control her, often making the situation worse. I had thought that Ochen could also be like that, just learned to control it better. I wanted to have him be the person to teach her to calm down and relax. But the more I work on my characters, the more this seems... forced. So what do you think? When is it time to scrap a character? I'm afraid to write the second draft to see if it works with him in it, just to decide it doesn't and have to take him out of everything. But I'm also afraid to take him out and realize I need him later on.. I planned on having him be a larger role in the sequel, because he uses a certain type of magic... But I can really have anyone do that. He isn't the only person with that type of magic (Levon has it too), so it's easily done... I'm just torn. What should I do? Other than that, what do you think of the other characters?