Am I the only one who always loves the sidekick in just about every book or movie? The hero is great, but when they hit rock bottom, who do we rely on to lighten the mood and save the day? Sidekicks. Becuase everyone needs a friend, because outside perspective is extremely helpful, because there are so many types of people in this world and the heroic types aren’t the only true heroes.
Seriously. Sidekicks are the heroes we don’t deserve. And here’s why:
They have more opportunity for humor
Heroes often find themselves under a lot of pressure. Saving the world isn’t a quick job. They don’t always have the presence of mind to stop and let out a good laugh, or they can’t always find a good reason to. Enter the sidekick, still saving the world, but just a step out of the limelight where he can crack a joke that only his best friend will hear. Or maybe everyone will hear but who cares? It’s not his reputation on the line if they fail. And who doesn’t love a witty sidekick?
They can be epically brilliant
While the main character is usually distracted by impulsive decisions, or let’s face it, too stressed to think straight, the sidekick is there to offer a cool-headed solution. They know their stuff and thank goodness they deemed the hero worthy of their friendship because if the hero didn’t have them the world would have probably blown up by now.
They never, never, ever give up
It’s not easy to be solely responsible for saving the world. Anyone would eventually crack just a little under the pressure. But that’s where a good friend steps in. They’re the rock the main character leans on, and they usually have a great perspective on the world, never giving up even when the hero is ready to.
So if you’ve ever felt like you’re not hero material, like you’re condemned to a life of being the sidekick–go, you. You’re my favorite. It’s ridiculous to think that sidekicks aren’t heroes. They are the heroes when the hero can’t go on. They carry the hero, motivate him, make him laugh, keep him sane. At the end of the story, most heroes could not have done it without their sidekicks, whether they want to admit it or not.
That’s why my entire Prelude of the Reyn Gayst series is about sidekicks. Sure, there’s a chosen one, but so much goes into setting the stage for the chosen one to be able to do what they do. That’s where the characters in Prelude come in. The story is told from the perspective of the sidekick’s sidekick–a spirit guide named Anaya. And even then my favorite character is Anaya’s ex-best friend-turned-bad-guy, Jordin.
Sidekicks, to me, are the characters with the most depth because they support the hero through everything.
Who is your favorite sidekick? Recommend their book or movie, because I would love to know them!