Although the hero gets all the glory, the girl, the cool cars, the best toys, the fame, the better costume and… ahem. Yes, the sidekick is still an essential accessory, celebrated here.
Franchise: Star Wars
Sidekick to: Anakin/Luke Skywalker
With a bewildering variety of gadgets, apart from a voice synthesiser, R2 is the Swiss Army Knife of sidekicks.
Species: Icthyo Sapien
Sidekick to: Hellboy
Out of all the deities we’d choose to bond to, a jellyfish would be fairly low down on the list. Not for Abraham Sapien, however, who embraces it wholeheartedly.
Sidekick to: Magneto
With the ability to change into anyone she wants, Mystique is a powerful ally to have on your side. Not only that, but she doesn’t wear clothes. Bonus.
Sidekick to: Philip J Fry
It’s fairly safe to say that were Bender and Homer Simpson ever to have a drinking contest, it would end the world. For now, let’s just be glad he’s in the 30th Century.
Sidekick to: Megatron
The typical whiny little child of a sidekick, Starscream uses most of the time trying to denigrate and/or usurp Megatron. We don’t understand why he’s not been melted down yet.
Franchise: The Tick
Sidekick to: The Tick
The long-suffering Arthur has a lot to put up with from his boisterous, over-confident (and slightly stupid) superhero partner, but he handles it with style.
Franchise: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Sidekick to: Arthur Dent/Ford Prefect
He probably wouldn’t be first on any box social invitation list, but we think Marvin’s alright. Useful too, having an android on your side, paranoid or otherwise.
Sidekick to: Zapp Brannigan
Poor Kiff. Anyone who’s had an intensely irritating friend/flatmate/sibling/manager can understand his pain. Plus, to add insult to injury, he got knocked up by a girl.
Franchise: Star Trek
Sidekick to: Captain James T Kirk
Certainly the most stylish sidekick on this list, Spock served as Kirk’s right-hand man through countless episodes of Star Trek and a number of films, and even death couldn’t keep him down.
Franchise: Star Wars
Sidekick to: Han Solo
He might have a nit problem and he sheds all over the cockpit, but Chewie is good to have watching your back in a fight. Now, where did we put the carpet shampoo?