Tuesday, March 2, 2010

3 Best Sidekicks to a Hero

Wikipedia's definition of sidekick: A sidekick is a stock character, a close companion who assists a partner in a superior position.

1. The Attorney in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" - a good sidekick can pull strings to help the hero out, and talk the hero down from his bad acid trip
2. Samwise Gamgee in "The Lord of the Rings" - his devotion bordered on creepy at times
3. Jem in "To Kill a Mockingbird" - Scout would probably not have been so interesting without her brother

(I wanted to pick Ron and Hermione, but I include Harry Potter in almost every one of these lists, and the host, Lost in Books, already chose them anyways.)

P.S. The photo of Jules, one of my favorite movie sidekicks, came from ALLStar500 on deviantART.


Luvvie said...

Read with gusto!!!

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides with the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and with furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know that my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.'

If you're going to bang the bible I want it banged (bung??) with gusto!!!

Fabulous delivery- I was spellbound!!!

Speaking as a lapsed Catholic and a lapsed Anglican :)

Luvvie said...

P.S. I've always fancied myself as a bit of side-kick or 2IC....comes from when I was the seconder to the sixer (or is it the other way around??) at Brownies (baby Girl Guides) with my best mate Judith :) And further reinforced when I discovered the meaning of my name Alexandra was not Leader of Women...(Alexander apparently means Leader of Men) ....no, no, no....Alexandra means Helper of Leader of Men....I think at that point I became a feminist !!

Enbrethiliel said...


When I tried to make my own list, Sam was the first one I thought of. I remember reading somewhere that Tolkien based Sam on many honest, simple English soldiers he had known in the trenches.

Avid Reader said...

Sam is one of the best! I can't believe I didn't think of him. Frodo never would have made it without him and that's the defining point for a truly great sidekick.

stephanie said...

Did you know that's how Neil named Sam? His real name is Samwise Gamgee. He's a pretty good sidekick, for a fluffy cat.

Kristen said...

LOL! It is funny how often Harry Potter fits the lists that Rebecca comes up with isn't it? ;-)