How To Write A Sidekick

Another attempt at humorously describing character tropes.

A sidekick…

  • Is either the protagonist’s best friend or a kid that somehow gets allowed to fight crime. (Terk and Tantor from Tarzan or Robin from Batman)
  • Must have a sense of humor in order to be comic relief. (Pippin and Merry from Lord of the Rings)
  • Must show up at the 11th hour to save the day.
  • Sometimes has a romantic subplot.
  • Will usually be the one to knock sense into the protagonist when the protagonist is being ridiculous. (Rhodey in Iron Man 2)

I feel like I missed something, but can’t put my finger on it…

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