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The Best At Being Second Best

Barry Koltnow of the Orange County Register has a piece for which the headline says it all: “The 10 Greatest Sidekicks Ever.” His list goes like this:

10. Chewbacca
9. Kato
8. Garth Algar
7. Tattoo
6. Dr. Watson
5. Ethel Mertz
4. Robin
3. Ed Norton
2. Barney Fife
1. Tonto

Now, he’s talking about fictional characters only, and they’re all movie and TV characters. We don’t have to restrict ourselves to those media; Comics, novels, even non-fiction are fair game. Walter Sobchak and Theodore “Donny” Kerabatsos? Robin Quivers? George Costanza? The Tick’s pal Arthur? Boo-Boo? Jonah Ray and Matt Mira? Sarah-Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, or any of the Doctor’s other travel companions? Andy Richter? Pick your favorites in the comments, and ponder whether you’d be content playing second banana. Hey, if the money’s good enough, maybe you don’t have to be the star.

Source: Orange County Register


  1. Jornin says:


    When I was in high school I knew a native american man who had a bumper sticker that read

    “Kemo Sahbee still means Asshole”

  2. Malecema says:

    Gee, I wonder how old the guy that made this list was…

  3. Teague says:


    (nuff said)

  4. SWhitmore says:

    i agree with a bunch of the ones thrown out there… but ill throw a few that i think should least have an honorable mention as comedy teams..

    Barney Rubble..

    Ed Norton… no not that Ed Norton.. i mean the one from the honeymooners played by Art Carney…

    Hardy too of Laural and Hardy…

    Teller and Silent bob should probably have someone speak up on their behalf too seeing as they wont for themselves 😛

  5. Alex Sanchez says:

    Buuuuut, which Robin?!?!?!?!?

    Dick Grayson?
    Jason Todd? (…I guess *mean face*)
    Tim Drake?
    Damian Wayne? (…my personal fav!)
    or even Stephanie Brown? (–yah, the token female robin. But not the one from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns)

  6. Jenn Zuko says:

    Dr. Watson–nice one!
    Totally Geoff Petersen.
    Sarah Jane Smith. or Jo Grant.
    Short Round? Or Sallah?
    Felix Leiter?

  7. Scott says:

    My hetero crush on Bruce Campbell forces me to put Sam Axe, from Burn Notice, out there.

  8. Matt says:

    Chewy is number 10?! Malarkey!

    I agree that anyone who gets to ride in the Tardis with the Doctor is a great sidekick. And has anyone considered C3PO the sidekick of R2-D2?

  9. Maya says:

    Victor from Dollhouse was awesome.

  10. Andrew says:

    Random thoughts not mentioned in article or OP:

    1. Xander Harris/Willow Rosenberg
    2. Jesse Pinkman
    3. Ed Sullivan
    4. Q
    5. Bean (Ender’s Game)
    6. Bender

  11. Daniel says:

    HANK KINGSLEY! Just rewatched the Hankercizer episode of Larry Sanders Show, where Jeffrey Tambor’s performance is epic: “Help me, I’m drowning…”

  12. L. Auron says:

    There are so many…Barnabus the dog from the Sandman comics, Xander Harris and Willow Rosenberg, Saul Tigh, The Lone Gunmen, Walter Bishop, Geoff Peterson, Castiel from Supernatural, Jayne Cobb.