16 Sidekicks Who Are More Famous Than The Main Character

Nothing side about these characters.

Sidekicks are generally considered to be secondary characters in movies, television shows and video games. But every now and then, these guys take control and dominate the story.

Here are the coolest "number twos" that are really number ones. 


1. Chewbacca from "Star Wars."

Han Solo might get the girl, but Chewbacca gets the love of the audience. He's a dedicated co-pilot, and it's still unbelievable how he did not receive a medal at the end of "A New Hope." But long live that memorable growl. Rrrrrrr-ghghghghgh!

2. Dr. Watson from "Sherlock Holmes."

Dr. Watson, I presume? You presume correct. In every version of "Sherlock Holmes," Dr. Watson is the man. Without him, Sherlock appears nuerotic and probably doesn't even solve the case. 

3. Garth from "Wayne's World."

"Wayne's World" is a blip on the pop cultural comedy map without Garth. With his unique look of long blonde hair and thick black glasses, he keeps the comedy going in this classic flick.

4. Rhoda from "Mary Tyler Moore."

Rhoda was such a driving force on "Mary Tyler Moore" that she had a successful spin-off show. Rhoda and Mary are considered to have the best female TV friendship of all time and Rhoda's comedic timing made this show amazing.

5. Luigi from "Mario Bros."

Mario's brother and trusted partner, Luigi, has emerged as one of the most popular video game characters for many players. The character has been in countless video games and movies as well. Let's-a-go!

6. Kato from "The Green Hornet."

From the radio version of "The Green Hornet" to the television show and to the big screen, Kato became the driving force in the action. The 60s television show, featuring Bruce Lee as Kato, gave way for the martial arts revolution in the U.S. Move over, Britt Reid, this is Kato's show.

7. Penny from "Inspector Gadget."

While the title character might have had all of the cool technology, Penny is the one who wears the pants in the relationship. Penny, with the aid of their dog Brain, helps Inspector Gadget catch the bad guys. Without Penny, Inspector Gadget might be the worst detective ever.

8. Willow from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

Buffy may have been the vampire slayer, but Willow was the funny character audiences adored. In the show, she goes from being Buffy's best friend to a witch with super powers, showing that the sidekick took the reins in this TV show.

9. Spock from "Star Trek."

First Officer Mr. Spock, who is half-Vulcan and half-human, is considered to be one of the greatest science fiction characters of all time. His relationship with Captain Kirk made the show (and subsequent films) legendary. And his death in "Wrath of Kahn" is almost mythical. Live long and prosper, Spock!

10. Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite."

Vote for Pedro, indeed. While he may not be the title character, and he may be too mellow to attract attention on his own, his laid-back personality is the prefect compliment to Napoleon's demeanor. And he will make your wildest dreams come true.

11. Robin from "Batman."

Robin is the ultimate hero sidekick. Robin, also known as Dick Grayson, practically steals the spotlight in every TV show or film he is in. The Dark Knight would be clueless without the Boy Wonder. Gee Willikers, Batman!

12. Donkey from "Shrek."

Shrek is a mean unfriendly ogre without Donkey, his talkative sidekick. Donkey has an extremely positive outlook, and he is always saying something funny. In a way, he is the ying to Shrek's yang. And he's making waffles! 

13. Tinker Bell from "Peter Pan."

You don't need to see the fairy dust to know that Tinker Bell might very well be the star of the "Peter Pan" franchise. Between the merchandise and her own movie, it is clear that she doesn't need anyone else to shine. 

14. Agent 99 from "Get Smart."

Maxwell Smart might very well be the worst agent in the history of CONTROL without the aid of his trusted partner Agent 99. To add further mystery to this popular 60s character, she never mentioned her real name, including at her own wedding to Maxwell Smart.

15. Emmett Brown from "Back To The Future."

Sorry Marty McFly, but Emmett 'Doc' Brown (along with his his 1.21 gigawatts) is the character to watch in every "Back To The Future" film. He invented a time machine out of a DeLorean (how cool!) and is considered to be one of the top movie characters of all time. Great Scott!

16. Arthur Fonzarelli from "Happy Days."

"The Fonz" is the real reason why "Happy Days" lasted on TV for decade. With his signature leather jacket and bravado, he is one of the greatest TV show characters of all time. And if you don't believe that, watch him hit the jukebox with his fist to change the song. Ayyyy!

Cover image via  Phillip Maguire / Shutterstock.com.

(H/T: GamesRadar)

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