by Paige Mariah
In every rendition of a movie, book, or a television show, there are sidekicks. The dictionary defines them as ‘a close friend or follower who accompanies another for adventures’ but sidekicks are more than just what simple words can describe, aren’t they?
Look at Pokémon, for instance: Ash Ketchum and his sidekick, Brock, go around the world battling Jesse and James and saving these powerful, cute creatures called Pokémon; in Harry Potter, it’s Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger that help him, alongside a legion of talented classmates, to defeat He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, Lord Voldermort; in Transformers, Sam Witwicky’s sidekicks were souped-up alien robots who turned into cars with powers like Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ironhide and Ratchet, in CHUCK, agents Sarah Walker and John Casey accompanied clumsily lovable computer whiz Chuck Bartowski, next to his equally clumsily lovable best friend Morgan Grimes, into becoming superspies and finding his destiny away from the Buy More… and the trend continues on in current hits like Rizzoli & Isles, The Heat, The Hobbit, and the upcoming Almost Human which is literally a cop drama in the future about a cop and his half-human, half-computer counterpart on FOX.
In all of these examples, there is a lead character — a pre-determined hero/heroine — and their beloved, lovable, loyal sidekick(s) setting off to find adventures, sometimes love, and, ultimately, to save the world and defeat evil in a way that only they know how to. They go through series of adventures, battles, friends, foes, and sometimes the hero and sidekick even separate, but more than most of the time, they reunite because they can’t save the world without each other and in its own overdramatic, cheesy kind of way, it makes sense and can be relatable to the real world outside of these mediums, can’t it?
We all are our own heroes, fighting only battles we know how to fight. Sometimes we will have sidekicks, sometimes we won’t, but most of the time we will find the way we were meant to go all along, after we’ve gone through our adventures and learned who we can and can’t trust, found the person we were meant to be with, and defeated the evils waiting at the end of our journeys, we realize that in order to first find the sidekicks, the strength we need to fight our battles and see our paths through to their very end, we must first see it in ourselves and only then can we become the person we’re meant to be and find the people meant to be fighting our battles alongside us.
Tell us who your favorite sidekick is!