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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. By Gustave Doré
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. By Gustave Doré

A sidekick is a stock character, a close companion who assists a partner in a superior position. Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, Doctor Watson in Sherlock Holmes, Robin, Batman's companion, Luigi in the Mario games, and Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess are some well-known sidekicks. Look up sidekick in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza. ... This article is about the fictional character and novel. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A Dutch tower windmill, sporting sails, surrounded by tulips A windmill is an engine powered by the wind to produce energy, often contained in a large building as in traditional post mills, smock mills and tower mills. ... Doré photographed by Felix Nadar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the fictional character and novel. ... Dr Watson (left) and Sherlock Holmes, by Sidney Paget. ... A portrait of Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget from the Strand Magazine, 1891 Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the Nintendo character. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Xena. ...

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Origins

The origin of the term comes from pickpocket slang of the late 19th and early 20th century. The "kick" is the front side pocket of a pair of trousers, and was found to be the pocket safest from theft. Thus the "side-kick" became an inseparable companion. As well the companion also helps the main character whenever they need it. ([1] [2] [3]) Pickpocketing is a crime, a form of larceny which involves the stealing of money and valuables off the person of a victim without them noticing. ...


Use in Fiction

In fiction, the term sidekick most commonly refers to assistants to heroes, usually in a crime-fighting capacity. The sidekick has the literary function of playing against the hero, often contrasting in skill, asking the questions the reader would ask, or performing functions not suited to the hero[citation needed]. For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ...



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Function of the Sidekick

Those functions may include comic relief. The comedy relief sidekick was a common feature in westerns, where Fuzzy Knight, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Smiley Burnette and Andy Devine had longer careers than some of the heroic singing cowboys for whom they took pratfalls. In science fiction a subtype of sidekick has been established - namely, the Alien sidekick. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: Little or no content If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... Alfred St. ... Smiley Burnette (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter who could play as many as 100 different musical instruments as well as a highly successful comedic actor in western-style films. ... For the Emmerdale actor, see Andy Devine (actor). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Hawk (right) sidekick to Buck Rogers in the second season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century The Alien sidekick is a character developed in science fiction literature and motion pictures. ...


It may also be argued that the comedy sidekick's apparent stupidity makes a non-intellectual hero look intelligent. An openly flamboyant effeminate sidekick may make a non imposing hero look more masculine. A strong, silent and modest hero may have his fighting qualities revealed to the other characters and the audience by a talkative sidekick.


Hero Sidekicks not only provide comic relief but can occasionally be brave & or resourceful at times and rescue the hero from some dire fate: such as Streaky the Supercat of Krypto the Superdog or Festus Haggen of Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... Streaky the Supercat is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... Krypto the Superdog Krypto the Superdog is an animated television series produced by DC Comics & Warner Bros. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The cast of radios Gunsmoke: Howard McNear (Doc), William Conrad (Matt), Georgia Ellis (Kitty) and Parley Baer (Chester) Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. ... Marshal Matt Dillon is a fictional character featured on both the radio and television versions of Gunsmoke. ...


Sidekicks also frequently serve as an emotional connection, especially when the hero is depicted as detached and distant, traits which would normally generate difficulty in making the hero likable. The sidekick is often the confidant who knows the main character better than anyone else and gives a convincing reason to like the hero. Although Sherlock Holmes was admittedly a difficult man to know, the friendship of Dr. Watson convinces the reader that Holmes is a good person.


While many sidekicks are used for comic relief, there are other sidekicks who are less outrageous than the heroes they pledge themselves to, and comedy derieved from the hero can often be amplified by the presence or reaction of the sidekick. Examples include Arthur, who is much more ordinary than the seemingly insane Tick; Sancho Panza is more rational than his master, Don Quixote. The Tick is the name of a series of comic books and an animated TV series created in 1986 by Ben Edlund, following the exploits of a blue-skinned muscular man named The Tick who fights crime in a place simply called The City. He is an absurdist spoof of... This article is about the fictional character and novel. ...


Conversations with the sidekick reveal plot narrative devices to the audience in the form of conversation, thus the sidekick can have the same role as a Greek chorus. The Greek chorus (choros) is believed to have grown out of the Greek dithyrambs and tragikon drama in tragic plays of the ancient Greek theatre. ...


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In television

Many tv shows make use of a sidekick - a co-host who anchors an entertainment show together with the main star.


See also

This is a list of notable fictional and real sidekicks. ...

References


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Sidekick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (253 words)
A sidekick is a stock character, a close companion who assists a partner in a superior position.
The sidekick has the literary function of playing against the hero, often contrasting in skill, asking the questions the reader would ask, or performing functions not suited to the hero.
The comic sidekick was a common feature in westerns, where Fuzzy Knight, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, and Andy Devine had longer careers than some of the heroic singing cowboys for whom they took pratfalls.
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