Supporting characters are often some of the most beloved characters ever to be written—sometimes even more than the main protagonist of the series. They can operate as emotional backbones, the moral compass, or even the comedy relief in a situation. In the case of today’s featured hero, Tucker Foley, being a supporting character doesn’t just mean bringing the funny, it also means bringing the fight to their foes.
Tucker Foley first appeared in the epic cartoon Danny Phantom back in 2004. At the age of 14, Foley’s life changed when one of Foley’s best friends, Danny, became infused with ectoplasm—effectively turning him partially into a ghost. From then on Tucker became Danny’s constant companion in his supernatural adventures providing both hands on and technical support. Tucker is a self-professed nerd and constantly armed with his PDA he is truly a force to be reckoned with. Using his outrageously proficient hacking abilities, he can hack into some of the most advanced security systems with ease. In addition to this, Tucker has proven himself to have a natural affinity to mastering Fenton Weaponry (Danny’s parents are ghost hunters, ironically, and have built multiple weapons to combat ghosts).
Tucker’s personality can be described as light-hearted. He is constantly the source of comic relief and his optimism assists in keeping things light, even in dire situations. With this being said, Tucker does have an inferiority complex—his geeky nature making him unpopular and sometimes a target of bullying. This feeling of inferiority is also the source of Tucker’s darker tendencies—like to gain power and be corrupted by it (don’t worry, by the end of the series he’s overcome his complex). Overall, Tucker is a great guy. He’s a constant flirt—he has no game at all— and he is full of jokes, but there’s no one better to have in your corner when things go bump in the night.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.