Oh damn #21 and #24 is a great pick! Totally overlooked them in my list.
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Beta Metroid sez: It’s hard to think of a video game character more emblematic of “the sidekick” than Tails (even if I ranked a few video game characters higher). Both his hero worship of Sonic and his efforts to come into his own have been central to his character throughout the series, and they have also given him the versatility to serve a variety of roles. His emulation of Sonic’s abilities plus his own unique flying and swimming skills allow him to be in the thick of the action, either solo or in a cooperative/support capacity. He can also use his technical know-how to pilot vehicles into battle, or slide into more of a “Mission Control” position as needed. Plus, he’s adorable, and his struggles with self-confidence really make you root for the guy.
Always a good choice and over the course of his existence, he went from "Green Mario" to "Mario with More Personality".
One theory is that when it says "one is a genius, the other's insane", it doesn't actually verify which is which...The theme song tells us that he is insane, but there's enough order to his sense of humor that I sometimes question that diagnosis.