Which supporting character does the best job of upstaging the hero?

Every story needs a protagonist, who's noble and well-meaning and clever, and who struggles against darkness... freeing up the supporting cast to be just awesome and kick tons of ass. What's your favorite example of a supporting character who steals the hero's thunder? » 11/21/13 1:47pm 11/21/13 1:47pm

10 Real-Life Public Figures, and The Fictional Sidekicks They Deserve

We can all think of characters that we'd like as sidekicks. But sometimes things aren't all about us, personally. There are people out there who just plain need those sidekicks more. (And some need to have those sidekicks inflicted on them more.) Here are ten fictional sidekicks that we want to pair up with ten actual… » 5/25/12 10:21am 5/25/12 10:21am

The Cutest Science Fiction Sidekicks, And Why They Fail

All sidekicks must have certain key lovable qualities, or else they lose that sparkle that makes them so endearing. But sometimes the cute-overload factor goes too far and a gag reflex kicks in, making people want to destroy that character. Compiled after the jump is a list of the most adorable sidekicks in science… » 5/02/08 3:46pm 5/02/08 3:46pm