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!
And our surviving challengers are... THE TEAMMATES, THE PARTNERS, THE MENTORS, and THE FOILS
These contestants are part of an ensemble or group of support characters that help a hero out.
Ok, this fight is plain hilarious to picture and would easily launch a thousands fanfics, but it is a battle between two hotly ranked players in our contest. Will Dobby's sacrifice be seen as sappy or significant? Is Chewy's cool enough to make him matter?
Yes, Groot is insanely popular, but Felicity has been a fan-favorite for years now. Both characters tug at the heartstrings, but which character actually mattered more? Which will get your vote?
THE BATTLE OF THE TEENAGED WITCHES HAS BEGUN! Wow, this is an exciting competition in Round 2. In many ways, Willow is the prototype Hermione; despite both characters having a lot of their own agency, each aids a "chosen one" hero in their tasks.
We warned Samwell that Giants were real! Let's see if Andre can overcome the rabid popularity of Game of Thrones to prove that sometimes fairy tales do come true.
Closely aligned with a hero, these contestants help define the main character.
Both characters are capable of rescuing their heroes using death-defying stunts, but on one high-flyer is making it to Round 3!
Both Watson and Arthur are often baffled by their heroic counterparts, but it is clear that only one man (or bunny, or moth) is making it out alive!
Rhodey "War Machine" Rhodes may not have any respect for Samwise "Gardner" Gamgee, but all of Middle Earth bowed down to everyone's favorite po-ta-toe eater.
Can the popularity of Bruce Lee's karate compete with the one woman that makes being Hawkeye look good? Kato turned us onto martial arts in what China came to call, "The Kato Show" while Hawkeye defied comic book stereotypes and gave us a new way of looking at so-called "Lady" superheroes.
These contestants act as guides and confidants to the main characters, helping them take their journey.
Alfred raised Bruce, and became his right hand man before anyone else. Phil rose through the ranks of "walk on role" to "inspiration" to "leader" over his career in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Penny was the real master detective, but without Obi-Wan, would Luke have ever found his way to the Force?
Peggy and Bullock both pulled off upsets in the last round and are now head-to-head! Peggy shows Steve that there is something great inside him, while Bullock is a warning to Gordon to on what to avoid becoming.
Hit Girl is one of the few actually competent "heroes" in her world, but Gandalf is the archetypal wizard, sending any number of brave (and not so brave) heroes on their epic quests.
These characters vex, tease, one-up, or challenge our heroes into becoming who they are.
Pinky is the tall skinny idiot to Brain short fat genius, why no one is quite sure what Gonzo is (other than constantly spoiling for a spot in the ever hectically mismanaged show).
Harley went from love-lorn lunatic to fan favorite because she gave a voice to those that craved the frantic yet charming madness of her character, why Bucky didn't find his footing until his death, rebirth, rivalry with, and eventual championing of the heroic Captain America.
Jane is a cur, a bastard, and a good man to have on your side in a fight, but River is the Doctor's enemy, ally, wife, murderer, and eventually - even a friend.
Donna never put up with any of the Doctor's crap, and the Doctor never quite accepted any of Captain Harkness's.