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Top 50 Sidekicks - The League of Extraordinary Second Bananas


"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Ranked nominations in bold:

Sidekick - Main Character - Source
1. Janet - Michael - The Good Place
2. Skeets - Booster Gold - DC Comics
3. The Robots (Crow, Tom Servo, GPC) - Joel/Mike - MST3K
4. The Cheat - Strongbad - Homestar Runner
- I'm surprised at you all to not see The Cheat make it.
5. Pinky - The Brain - Animaniacs
6. Arthur - The Tick - The Tick
7. Brak & Zorak - Space Ghost - Space Ghost Coast to Coast
8. Max - Sam - Sam & Max: Freelance Police

9. K-9 - The Doctor - Doctor Who
10. Gabrielle - Xena - Xena: Warrior Princess
11. Telly Vision - Chibi-Robo - Chibi-Robo!
12. Rocky - Bullwinkle - The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
- "Hey Rock, watch me pull a rabbit outta mah hat." "Again?"
13. Floyd - Player Character - Planetfall (Infocom)
14. A literal log - Margaret Lanterman - Twin Peaks
15. Lying Cat - The Will - Saga
- "Lying."
16. Kif Kroker - Zapp Brannigan - Futurama
- Also surprised to not see Kif, but we did vote in Bender, so that makes sense.
17. Rimmer - Lister - Red Dwarf
18. Samwise Gamgee - Frodo - Lord of the Rings
19. The Luggage - Twoflower - The Colour of Magic (Discworld)
20. Smithers - Mr. Burns - The Simpsons
21. Steve the Slingshot - Xiao - Dark Cloud
22. Gir - Zim - Invader Zim
23. Henchman 21 and 24 - Dr. Monarch - Venture Brothers
24. Carlton - Will - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
25. Jeeves - Bertie Wooster - PG Wodehouse's Jeeves Novels

Thanks for running the list Adrenaline!


Summon for hire
Yup, those were the top 2 I expected. Fun list!
Ixo, Lying Cat is a good one I might have included if I'd thought of it.

I'm being contrary and bolding my entries that didn't make it...

*01. Jigen Daisuke (Lupin III, ditto)
*02. Samwise (Lord of the Rings, Frodo)
*03. Launchpad (DuckTales, Scrooge AND Darkwing Duck, ditto)
*04. Chewbacca (Star Ware 4-6, Han Solo)
05. BB-8 (Star Wars 7-9, Poe Rey Finn etc) - surprised nobody else voted for the little rolly dude
*06. Jiji (Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki)
*07. Pinky (Pinky & The Brain, The Brain)
*08. Fezzik (The Princess Bride, Vizzini and Wesley)
09. Fuujin and Raijin (FFVIII, Seifer) - not my favorite FF but this pair are top sidekick material
10. Gromit (Wallace and Gromit, Wallace) - honestly slightly shocked I was the only vote for this one!
*11. Issun (Okami, Okami)
12. Servbot #1 (Mega Man Legends, Tron Bonne) - tried to vote for all the servbots at first but that was against the rules
13. Lazlo (Zelda: Minish Cap, Link) - it's so stimulating being your hat!
14. Iago (Aladdin, Jafar) - Jafar! Jafar, get a grip! *** Ack! Good grip.
*15. Sallah (Indiana Jones (Raider and Crusade), ditto)
16. Bumblebee (Transformers, Optimus Prime etc) - an all-American(Cybertronian?) boy sidekick if there ever was one
*17. Marcie (Peanuts, Pepperint Patty)
18. Ed (Shaun of the Dead, Shaun)
19. Fran (FFXII, Balthier) - basically Chewbacca with long ears and fancy shoes
20. Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris) - honestly needs to stop side-kicking for a sociopath
21. Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon etc) - arguably also following a sociopath, but somehow it's healthier
*22. Death (Castlevania series, Dracula)
23. K2SO (Rogue One, Cassian etc) - can't go wrong with metal Alan Tudyk for snark
*24. Bucky Barnes (Captain America, ditto)
25. Sauron (Lord of the Rings, Morgoth) - requisite cheeky entry. It was kinda true, originally...


Let's 90s gaming
I knew Sam would rank high, as he should. So as soon as I saw that 35 was enough to get on the list I never regretted not gaming my list more because then Chloe would have made it.

  1. Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
  2. Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  3. Aggro (Shadow of the Colossus)
  4. Beaker (The Muppets)
  5. Dwight Schrute (The Office)
  6. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
  7. Elena Fisher (Uncharted Series)
  8. Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Uncharted Series)
  9. Clementine (The Walking Dead)
  10. Jem Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  11. Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride)
  12. Reyn (Xenoblade)
  13. R2 D2 (Star Wars)
  14. Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)
  15. Yoshi (Mario series)
  16. Short Round (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
  17. Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong Country series)
  18. Bender (Futurama)
  19. Issun (Okami)
  20. Rush (Mega Man series)
  21. Silent Bob (Kevin Smith movies)
  22. Luigi (Mario series)
  23. Navi (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
  24. Baby Metroid (Super Metroid)
  25. Chewbacca (Star Wars)


Red After Image
(he / his / him)
Here's my list. Max, Hobbes, Igor and Lying Cat should have been on there, but alas, I forgot them :(
  1. Death (Dracula, Castlevania)
  2. Midna (Link, although she would say otherwise, Zelda: Twilight Princess)
  3. GLaDOS as a Potato (Chell, Portal 2)
  4. Yangus (Eight aka Hero, Dragon Quest VIII)
  5. Pey'j (Jade, Beyond Good & Evil)
  6. Maya Fey (Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney)
  7. Miles "Tales" Prower (Sonic, Sonic)
  8. Hubert (Edelgard, Fire Emblem: Three Houses)
  9. Blob (The Boy, A Boy and his Blob [Wii])
  10. Shield Knight (Shovel Knight, Shovel Knight)
  11. Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (Spike, Faye and Jet, Cowboy Bebop)
  12. Jiji (Kiki, Kiki's Delivery Service)
  13. Zorak (Space Ghost, Space Ghost Coast to Coast)
  14. Totoro (Satsuki and Mei, My Neighbor Totoro)
  15. Canti (the main cast, honesty, FLCL)
  16. Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes)
  17. Samwise Gamgee (Frodo, The Lord of the Rings)
  18. Fezzik (Vizzini and then Inigo, The Princess Bride)
  19. Fozzie Bear (Kermit the Frog, The Muppets)
  20. Chewbacca (Han Solo, Star Wars)
  21. Little John (Robin Hood, Disney's Robin Hood)
  22. Kazooie (Banjo, Banjo-Kazooie)
  23. Lucca (Crono, Chrono Trigger)
  24. Ashley Graham (Leon Kennedy, Resident Evil 4)
  25. Luigi (Waluigi, Super Mario)

Johnny Unusual

Good list. I was really lost as to who would win until the morning of when I was like "Oh, duh."

My list.

I'm a basic bitch so I'll highlight who didn't make my list.

1. Alfred Pennyworth (DC Comics)
2. Chewbacca (Star Wars)
3. Henchman 21 (The Venture Bros)
4. Dr. John Watson (Sherlock Holmes)
5. Jimmy Olsen (DC Comics)
6. Captain Haddock (Tintin) - I read the whole Tintin series (save the first two books and the unfinished "Alpha-Art") right before the movie (which I really like) and the early Tintins are a little too repetitive. When Haddock arrives, it really gooses up the series and he's a perfect foil to the straight-laced youth, a grumpy drunk who is steadfast in protecting his friends).
7. Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
8. Milhouse Van Houten (The Simpsons)
9. Pinky (Pinky and the Brain)
10. Robin (Dick Grayson)
11. Waylon Smithers (The Simpsons)
12. Robin (Damian Wayne)
13. Charles Boyle (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - This feels like a healthier version of a Bart/Milhouse relationship. Jake Peralta loves and respects Charles and is, within reason, supportive. Charles likes being Jake's second because he's the coolest guy but is also never afraid to set him straight when he needs it.
14. Dan Dority (Deadwood) - One of the sadder ones on the list. In most shows, a right hand man killing a dude is par for the course. In Dan's case, it fills him with sadness and trauma.
15. Danny Butterman (Hot Fuzz)
16. Andy Richter (Conan O’Brien) - Funny man. Sadly, he never got as big as a solo player.
17. Arthur (The Tick)
18. Gunter (Adventure Time) - Good penguin
19. Todd Sanchez (Bojack Horseman) - A character who begins as a sidekick and grows beyond his toxic mentor. Which is yet another Aaron Paul character with that arc except this one ends far better for him.
20. Marcie (Peanuts)
21. Luigi (Super Mario Bros)
22. Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
23. Harley Quinn (DC Comics) - I loved the character in the old days but she's a character who wisely was moved beyond that to be her own character. Though her Batman: TAS appearances are still great. Arlen Sorkin is the best.
24. Romana (Doctor Who) - She and the Doctor have so much chemistry in The City of Death, which was probably helped by the fact that they had an off-screen relationship.
25. R.E.O. Speedwagon (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) - The least interesting Jojo still had a pretty good sidekick.