'The Lone Ranger': Tonto and Other Sidekicks We Love
By Tara Bennett
Playing second fiddle to the hero is never someone’s life ambition, but there’s no shame in being the support system by which great things are accomplished. Now that legendary sidekick Tonto is getting some attention once again in The Lone Ranger we decided to honor some of our other favorite cinematic seconds, sharing the love with those who never get all of the glory but certainly deserve it.
Chewbacca, The Star Wars Saga
The colossal-sized co-pilot to Han Solo, Chewie is just about the most loyal character you’ll ever find in film. He might be furry and only speak in growls, but he communicates perfectly with Solo. From Star Wars through Jedi, where Solo is, Chewie is and that’s the kind of wingman you can only hope for in life.
John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
While he originated in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, of late he’s been played winningly by Jude Law in the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes franchise. A trained doctor, which is always handy when coming up against foul villains, and a smart soundboard for Holmes’ theories, Watson may get frustrated by his dear friend’s antics, but he’s always there for the ride.
The Waco Kid, Blazing Saddles
Jim, a.k.a. The Waco Kid, was a sopping drunk and a jailbird, but he certainly was the best friend Sheriff Bart could ask for in Rock Ridge. Smart and a great shot when sober, he stood by the reviled Sheriff when no one in the town would and soon they became fast friends and a team for the ages.
Short Round, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
“Doctor Jones!” It was the familiar call from plucky Short Round to his mentor, Indiana Jones, all through Temple of Doom, but it never got annoying. Tough, resourceful and brave, Short Round was the kind of movie kid sidekick that didn’t make you wish for a sudden accident to take him out.
Hit Girl, Kick-Ass
Brutal, foul-mouthed and tough as nails, Hit Girl is the type of sidekick that almost overshadows their hero. A girl trained on a mission of violence by her dad, Chloe Moretz turned Hit Girl into a second banana superstar.
Goose, Top Gun
The literal wingman for Maverick, Goose was the more stable conscious for his adrenaline junkie buddy. Smart, romantic and the comic relief, Goose made everyone love him and helped it so Maverick lived to fly another day. He ended up being sacrificed to the sky gods, but we’ll never forget him.
Ed, Shaun of the Dead
Ok, Ed is kind of worthless in a zombie apocalypse, but he’s somehow loveable despite being a jerk. As Shaun’s lifelong buddy, they have a bond that even surpasses Ed’s own zombification.
Randal Graves, Clerks
The proto-typical smart-ass slacker, Randal Graves was the right-hand man to Dante Hicks at the Quick Stop Market. He’s rude, crude and selfish, but we kind of love him for his unfiltered mouth.
Ron and Hermione, The Harry Potter Saga
You can’t see Harry Potter without Ron and Hermione literally flanking him as his support team. Fast friends since their first ride to Hogwarts, the three were inseparable all the way to the final fight with Voldemort. Hermione brought the smarts and Ron brought his loyalty and friendship. Together, they were magical.
Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Where Ferris Bueller is the kid we all wanted to be, Cameron is the teen most of us were in high school. A hypochondriac with daddy issues, Cameron had a wicked sense of humor and a backbone easily overcome by Ferris’ insistent prodding. He’s also loyal, and the kind of guy who takes the blame alone when his dad’s precious car gets mutilated on their adventures. That’s a lifelong friend, there.
Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings
Frodo’s best friend from the Shire, Sam leaves the comfort of his home and wife to help his best friend in a perilous journey to Mordor. No matter how obsessed (and mean) Frodo got about the One Ring, Sam always stayed firm and protective. Through attacks, lost paths and Gollum, Sam remained stalwart and true.