The Sidekick

February 3rd, 2019

If you've got someone by your side whom you can kick, then you've got a sidekick. Sounds like fun! So in this episode, Eline and Domien explore some of the famous sidekicks throughout storytelling history, what types of sidekicks there are and how they function in a plot. We talk about henchmen, volleyballs, passive-aggressive space aliens and there's some gushing over The Lord of the Rings. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Sidekicks mentioned:

  • Sancho Panza
  • Doctor Watson
  • Snowy
  • Robin
  • Samwise Gamgee
  • Obélix
  • Mr. Spock
  • Chewbacca
  • Jar-Jar Binks
  • C-3PO
  • R2D2
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Harley Quin
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Pikachu
  • Syndrome
  • Kif
  • Waylon Smithers
  • Navi
  • Muchu
  • Abu
  • Rajah
  • Pascal
  • Mini-Me
  • Patrick Star
  • Wilson
  • Donkey
  • Dory
  • Ron
  • Hermione
  • Crabb & Goyle
  • Iago
  • Diego
  • Merlin
  • Folkrin
  • Rudolf Bauknecht
  • Captain Elsenbach

Types we've identified:

  • Fairy companion
  • Kid sidekick
  • Coward
  • Animal companion
  • Comic relief
  • Conscience
  • Henchman
  • Assistant
  • Apprentice

Roles for a sidekick:

  • Providing cynical commentary
  • Giving pep-talks to the hero(ine)
  • Becoming the future villain
  • Getting rescued by the hero(ine)
  • Screwing everything up so the hero(ine) can fix it
  • Being the loyal friend
  • Providing a useful skill
  • Speaking for the audience
  • Having someone to explain the plot or the lore to
  • Providind a viewpoint perspective on the main character

 

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