All too often, the “sidekick” in a story is simply there as set dressing, or as a sounding board for the main character, or worst still, as mere victims and plot devices. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to have a character that enriches the story they are in ways that make them essential. We’re talking about those “secondary” characters that actually bring something awesome to the table. Below are all the love interests, mentors, team mates, and supporting characters that make some of our favorite stories great!
Here’s our criteria:
1. Be a supporting character in a story.
2. Bring something amazing to the table, both in the fiction and in our real world.
ROUND FIVE: FINAL FOUR!
We’re down the final four characters in our #SidekicksThatMatter March Madness!
Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series
Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings
Harry’s most valuable Teammate versus Frodo’s Partner at The End of All Things! Can a character be too well developed for people to consider a sidekick – can a character be written as a loyal servant and be strong enough to earn respect all their own?
Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars
Donna Noble from Doctor Who
Jedi Mentor to the Skywalkers versus the Doctor’s Foil! Are characters forever judged harshly by their failures and shortcomings, or does their troubled history make them stronger?