My top favorite Sidekicks who need a shoutout

Jan 5, 201830 comments

Every superhero needs his/her own sidekick. More often than not, these sidekicks have their role cut out for them, being funny, helpful and just be a sidekick when the leads have everything going on for them. But once in a while, we have all come across quite a few of these subplots that steal our hearts away. Sometimes, more than the lead even.

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Here are few of my best literary sidekicks, in no particular order,  that made us fall for them time and again.

1) Bess Marvin, Nancy Drew series

As someone who spent most of her lunch breaks in the school library, I can vouch for Nancy Drew’s sleuth skills. Be it chasing a phantom in an opera or finding out who drugged her friend’s racehorse, sure Nancy will be able to crack the case. But I am sure none of us can forget that her best friends Bess Marvin and her cousin George Fayne are always there for her, even when Nancy wants them to be safer elsewhere.

SidekickWhat makes Bess a great friend is that she is not as athletic as the other two, she is not tomboyish or looking for adventures like George or Nancy. She is often described as a girlie-girl, pretty and maybe on the heavier side. But she is always there for them, even when she doesn’t want or have to be there. She has always put her friends’ interests first and is definitely an underrated, loyal sidekick.

2) Ford Prefect, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series

Ford Prefect is far from perfect and him choosing a car’s name to blend in on Earth shows how much of a screw up he really is. He planned to stay on the Earth for a week but ends up stranded for 15 years. He is not heroic, he does not jump in front of a bullet to protect his human, Arthur. He, in fact, gets ready to die calmly when they are shot out of the airlock. He is not good at his role of being a guide as well. While Arthur might be the least heroic person, Prefect actively shies away from danger and even hums getting ready to float dead in the space.

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But what makes him the coolest sidekick is that he is always ready to party, constantly searching for alcoholic drinks and can be extremely intelligent and resourceful, once in a while. He is the one goof up we all want to hang out with and will be the life of the party wherever he is.

3) Dr. Watson, The Complete Sherlock Holmes

One cannot imagine Sherlock Holmes without Dr. Watson. He is probably the most patient sidekick ever, as he has to put up with Sherlock’s eccentricities and arrogance. He is the quintessential British gentleman, who is intelligent of his own accord, he is a doctor and a war veteran after all. Yet he is constantly overshadowed by Sherlock and gets to be the butt of his jokes and ridicules.

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What makes Dr. Watson a great sidekick is that he complements Sherlock’s intellectual prowess with his normalcy and adds a humane touch to his life. He is dependable and more than once has assisted physically. Dr. Watson was the best of Sherlock’s fan and is one of the best uncomplaining sidekicks.

4) Samwise Gamgee, Lord of the Rings series

LOTR is as much Sam’s story as much as it is Frodo’s. Frodo’s sidekick Samwise literally follows him everywhere, what more can you expect out of him. He is loyal, humble and brave as any sidekick should be, and more than even Frodo himself. I have lost count of times he has saved Frodo when he gets hold of the Ring.

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I rest my case.

5) Ron Weasley, Harry Potter Series

Any list of sidekicks would be incomplete without our dear Ron Weasley. The ginger-haired goofy friend who supports Harry at every step. He explains things that Harry failed to understand. He is the normal friend to the heroic one and the know-it-all, Hermione. He may not be the sharpest, not even the strongest but he is courageous and loyal. His awesome family makes him all the more special.

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6) Rudy Steiner, The Book Thief

If the book thief is my favorite of books, I owe it to Rudy Steiner, the sweetest of lemon haired boys. He is a loyal companion to the book thief, he goes to dive into the river to retrieve a book for her. He is the one who named her the book thief. They call each other names and they are generally always together as friends right from childhood. He is cheeky and is always asking for a kiss from Liesel.

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The best part of Rudy as a sidekick is that he has own role in the story, just not as a sidekick to Liesel. Even when he was seven years old he had a clear sense of right and wrong. He admired Jesse Owens, and his athleticism (much to the Fuhrer’s irk) so much that he painted himself black, despite the growing Nazi propaganda.He shows his stance against the Nazi movement and gets himself kicked out of the Nazi training programme. He offers bread to Jewish prisoners during one of those long marches. He saves Liesel and her Jewish fugitive, Max, by diverting the Nazi guards’ attention. Okay, call this personal bias, Rudy Steiner is the best.

7) Hobbes, Calvin and Hobbes

Hobbes might be just a stuffed tiger in everyone else’s eyes, but he is Calvin’s best friend and is a mighty tiger for him. Hobbes takes part in all Calvin’s adventure and crazy schemes, without judgment. He used to hate girls as much Calvin did but then started to like Susie’s tea parties. He can explain serious philosophies, fight zombies and even do homework for Calvin.

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There are times when Hobbes has crazier schemes than Calvin and we forget who is the sidekick. Hobbes has made me wish that we could be stuck at the age of 6 forever.

Do you think these sidekicks are cooler than the leads? Do you ever wonder how are they even called sidekicks? Give them a shout out. Did I include your favorite fictional sidekick? Let me know if I had missed anyone. 

30 Comments

  1. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    You’re right, Ron isn’t the sharpest or the strongest, but he’s a great friend, and that counts for a lot! I haven’t read any of these others, but they all sound like great sidekicks too!

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    • Gayathri

      He is more than just a comic relief right? No list of sidekicks will be complete without him.

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  2. The Story Sponge

    AAHH!!! I must say, this is a wonderful list. FORD. (He is absolutely hilarious, but I have to say I like Arthur a tiny bit more.) WATSON. (I definitely love Watson more than Sherlock, though the both of them are brilliant. Watson is the true hero.) RON. HOBBES. RUUUUDY. So many glorious characters! Samwise Gamgee is absolutely my favorite so called “side-kick” of all time. I want to be him, basically. He has such an enormous heart and such determination and such a pure outlook on the world. His fierce love for Frodo is inspiring. I love stories that include such deep, brotherly relationships. So many stories focus solely on the romantic attachments, and I really appreciate stories that show a wider range of intimacy. There are so many kinds of relationships!
    Fantastic post, I love the characters that you chose to include! These characters’ relentless support of the main characters is essential to their stories.

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    • Gayathri

      You got me. I love these characters so much. I already feel I should do a similar list once again.

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  3. Ruby @ Ruby's Books

    YES TO SAMWISE GAMGEE!!! All Frodo did all of the godsdamned time was whine, if you ask me. My meaner take on Frodo aside, I think Sam was the real hero of LOTR. I really love Ron. Probably more than the chosen one, Harry, mostly because Ron has been the outlet for all of JKR’s anger, as she herself confessed at one time.

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    • Gayathri

      I had the same thoughts about Frodo. He is whiny!!

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  4. Katisha @ Reel Literature

    Love these sidekicks!! I didn’t like The Book Thief, but Rudy was an absolute gem! I’ve been binge watching Elementary too!! I absolutely LOVE Lucy Liu as Watson. 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      Yes they are the best platonic duo right now on TV. I am so glad to find another Rudy fan!

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  5. Stormi

    Bless and Ron are two of my favorite sidekicks!

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  6. Divya

    Hobbes is not a sidekick! To me he is the hero of the story 🙂 I do agree that a story told with Dr. Watson as a hero would be fascinating. The show Sherlock came close to attempting it

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    • Gayathri

      Finally, someone who loves Hobbes as mucha as me!

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  7. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ahh I love Rudy!! He’s so adorable (and omg that book BROKE ME so so much afjdksld) and Samwise is definitely the best. I mean he basically held all of those LOTR books together. <3 Such a perfect little hobbit. 😀 I also love Watson but I love Sherlock more haha.

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    • Gayathri

      Rudy is the best. He is just the sweetest. And Sam is more of a hero than Frodo in my opinion.

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  8. Lara @ Words With Lara

    I agree so much with Rudy from The Book Thief!! That is one of my favourite standalone books EVER! And Ron Weasley!!! I’m currently rereading Harry Potter (again) and the entire Weasley family is seriously the best family!! Awesome post!!!

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  9. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Oh man, that’s such a cute header picture, with those Star Wars character legos 😀

    I absolutely loved Ford Prefect! 🙂 he’s a great sidekick for sure. Plus. HE ALWAYS HAS A TOWEL.

    I agree about Dr Watson too 🙂 sometimes it seems he’s there just as a stark contrast to Sherlock! Especially in the book he falls in love and marries!

    Ron though. I loved Ron in the movies, but Ron in the books? SUCH an asshole. I will be posting about this 😀 the outline is written, I just need to actually have time to post stuff on my blog, stuff that isn’t for new bloggers or something xD my blog is living its own life now, it seems…

    Oh yeah, and Rudy was also so endearing ;_;

    Great list!!

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  10. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    Dr. Watson, Ron, and Rudy are all on my top sidekick list! All bring great things to the storyline. By the way, I love Elementary and can’t wait for the new season to premiere!

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  11. Stacey

    Great list of side kicks. Agree with all.

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    • Gayathri

      You should catch them up soon! They are amazing.

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  12. DJ Sakata

    I love all these characters but don’t know The Book Theif

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  13. Mridula Gupta

    Dr. Watson and Ron Weasley, totally amazing. Haven’t read the other books 🙂

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  14. JJ @ This Dark Material

    I love that you included Hobbes 🙂 And it’s been so long that I’d completely forgotten about Bess…now I want to re-read some Nancy Drew mysteries!

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    • Gayathri

      Calvin and Hobbes are always close to my heart. I was not sure if he is a sidekick at all, but then I realized I HAD TO WRITE ABOUT HIM anyway.

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    • Gayathri

      The first time I read the book, I was like ‘is he even real?’. He sounded too crazy. Now that I have grown up, I realize he is the coolest.

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  15. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    This is such a charming post… and honestly I couldn’t agree more! Of course Watson is my favorite, I grew up what hung Sherlock and every rendition I can find! But also Bess, Samwise, RON, and Hobbes! Ron is perhaps my next favorite, he is such a normal kid but still a hero too!

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    • Gayathri

      I am currently binge watching the Elementary, US version of the Sherlock show. Guess what? I love the female of Watson as well, though I feel the best version was the BBC one.

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      • Megan @ Ginger Mom

        I have fallen in love with Elementary 🙂 And totally agree about Watson and Samwise.

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        • Gayathri

          I love their platonic and ever evolving relationship too!

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