Sidekicks. They are all over the place in pop culture helping some of our favorite heroes overcome seemingly impossible odds. No matter how much we love our heroes, more often than not they need those trusty sidekicks to stay afloat. What happens though whenever the sidekick is as lovable if not more so than the main character? That’s where this list comes in. This list is to honor those sidekicks in movies who have been either more likable, cooler, or are the sole reason the hero isn’t six feet under. Without further ado, here’s my list of ten favorite movie sidekicks.
Honorable Mention: Lee Christmas (The Expendables Trilogy)
"I now pronounce you man and knife!!!"
Starting off my list is my favorite Expendable. Sure Stallone’s character Barney Ross is the leader of the mercenary group and he has had his fair share of awesome moments, but his second in command Lee Christmas is cooler in every single way. Christmas never got friendzoned throughout the trilogy (Ross was three separate times), Christmas enjoys getting his hands dirty using knives over firearms, AND he can really pull off wearing a beret.
10. Watson (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows)
(As he’s choking someone) “Relax, I’m a doctor.”
When one thinks of sidekicks, most are inclined to instantly think of Dr. Watson. Watson is the perfect counterpart of Holmes, he’s brilliant, can handle himself in a fight, and he keeps Holmes in line… when possible. Holmes never admits it, but Watson is undoubtedly his best friend and there’s secretly a close bond between them. Also, I don’t think anyone else in the universe could put up with all the shit Sherlock does.
9. Chewbacca (Star Wars Episode III, IV, V, and VI)
It was between Chewy or R2-D2, but I had to go with the Walking Carpet himself in the end. Chewbacca is Han Solo’s literal wingman and has helped him get out of several sticky situations throughout the original trilogy. He’s extremely loyal to Solo and goes to the extent of being Jabbba The Hut’s “prisoner” in order to get Solo’s frozen ass back! Also, who doesn’t love the wookie roar!?
8. Q (James Bond Series)
Bond: “They always said the pen was mightier than the sword.”
Q: “Thanks to me they were right!”
Sure James Bond has saved the world like what? Thirty times? Consider this for a moment: how successful would Bond be without the help of Q and all of his crazy gadgets? The leader of Q Branch has been giving Bond countless tools to help him in his mission to stop threats to the world we live in. Countless actors have played him over the years, but regardless the actor, Q has always been Bond’s biggest asset.
7. Alfred (Christopher Nolan Batman Series)
Bruce Wayne: “People are dying, Alfred. What would you have me do?”
Alfred Pennyworth: “Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.”
I had to specify which Alfred I was referring to because I haven’t seen many of the old Batman movies, and Michael Caine plays the part so well. Caine’s Alfred is the perfect back up to Bruce Wayne. There’s a great bond between the two characters and Alfred always knows what to say to Bruce whenever he needs guidance. He’s also not afraid to tell Bruce when he’s in the wrong. Also, how can you forget Alfred’s tearful scene at the end of The Dark Knight Rises? That’s the sign of a true sidekick.
6. Dug (Up)
"I have just met you, and I LOVE you!"
Ahh Man’s Best Friend, always reliable. No dog is quite as loyal or lovable as Dug. Although initially enemy to Carl Fredricksen and Russel, Dug was sent by his master to acquire “The Bird” aka Kevin and take it as his prisoner. He initially finds Carl, Russel, and Kevin and follows them so he can take Kevin as his prisoner. As the story goes on though, Dug realizes who he should truly be loyal to and stands up to the other dogs that bullied him. He saves Carl, Russel, and Kevin’s lives several times throughout the movie! Also, he is undeniably hilarious and adorable. If Dug got his own movie, I’m pretty sure everyone in the universe would see it.
5. Genie (Aladdin)
"You ain’t never had a friend like me!"
As great as Dug is, the ultimate Disney sidekick belongs to none other than the all powerful Genie! Hands down one of the funniest characters Disney has ever written thanks to Robin Williams’ wild brand of comedy, Genie is one of the biggest reasons why the film Aladdin was so successful. Genie makes all of Aladdin’s wishes come true throughout the film and even breaks his genie code to save Al’s life. Sure he used one of Aladdin’s wishes, but he decided to save his friend on his own free will! Unquestionably hilarious and a real lifesaver (GET IT!?), Genie is the best Disney sidekick.
4. Spock (Star Trek Series)
"If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
Both Leonard Nimoy Spock and Zachary Quinto Spock give stellar performances (again with the puns), but in every version, Spock is the ultimate back up to ol’ James Tiberius Kirk! Kirk is ambitious, leaps before he thinks, and is always raring for a fight. Spock is literally the exact opposite, and that in no way is a bad thing. Putting the two together makes for a nearly unstoppable team that CAN boldly go where no man has gone before.
3. Ron & Hermione (Harry Potter Series)
Hermione: We can’t just stand here. Who’s got an idea?
Ron: Don’t ask us. You’re the brilliant one!
Yes I’m putting two people together for one spot, but it’s only because each person of these two are equally important. If you read the books or saw the movies, then you have to know that if Ron and Hermione weren’t around, poor Harry Potter would be absolutely screwed. Yes he’s ridiculously lucky at times, but that only gets you so far. Ron’s courage and Hermione’s smarts got Harry through so many obstacles and are responsible for why the series is so damn long!
2. Donkey (Shrek)
Shrek: WHY are you following me?
Donkey: Oh, I’ll tell you why. ’Cause I’m all alone / There’s no one here beside me / My problems have all gone / There’s no one to deride me! / But ya gotta have friends…
Shrek: STOP SINGING! Well, it’s no wonder you don’t have any friends!
Donkey: Wow! Only a TRUE friend would be that cruelly honest!
Shrek is one of my all time favorite movies, and was one of the first movies I remembered word for word as a child. Donkey was always one of my favorite characters in the Shrek movies. He was (dare I make one more pun) stubborn as a mule, sang at random, could fight almost as well as Shrek, AND he had a dragon wife. But what puts Donkey so high on the list of sidekicks for me is his complete and total acceptance of Shrek. From the moment the two meet, Donkey considers Shrek his friend regardless of how much Shrek pushed away. Donkey never thought Shrek was scary unlike the others and saw the good in him. That’s why this sappy guy loves Donkey!!
BUT THERE IS ONE WHO IS GREATER.
1. Samwise Gamgee (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy)
Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
One Sidekick to Rule Them All, Sam is literally the best friend that anyone can ask for. He dropped everything in The Shire and traveled across Middle Earth to help his friend bear his burden. He tolerated all the harshness both Frodo and Gollum threw at him because he knew what was at stake. Lets also not forget him going full badass mode against Shelob when Frodo was totally screwed? HE PHYSICALLY CARRIED FRODO UP MOUNT DOOM! There are so many points throughout Lord Of The Rings that Sam should’ve and could’ve given up and gone home, but he kept on keeping on! You know why? Because he’s the best sidekick ever.