Total Nerd The Best Sidekicks in Comics  

Ranker Comics
6.8k votes 645 voters 45.7k views 33 items Embed

List Rules Vote up your favorite sidekicks of all time.

Sidekicks are vital to comic book lore. Who's Batman without Robin? Cap without Bucky? Doctor Strange without that Wong guy?

Sidekicks don't get enough credit. They're in just as much, if not more, danger than the main hero. They're in all the same situations, usually with less training, and super villains don't exactly go around kidnapping heroes waiting for the sidekicks to come rescue them. Nope. Sidekicks are pure kidnap fodder. 

So we wanted to give the little guy his due here at Ranker; we want to appreciate the noble sidekick, and these are the best of the best! Vote up your favorite sidekick in comic book history. 


 
1
373 76

Dick Grayson


Dick Grayson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sidekicks in Comics
Photo: via Twitter

AKA Robin, then later Nightwing

Sidekick of: Batman

The original Robin, the son of acrobats, who watches the mafia kill his family and vows to avenge them. Bruce Wayne takes him in as his legal ward and trains him as Robin - The Boy Wonder.

Also Ranked

#4 on The Best Characters from Batman Comics

#5 on The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time According to Fans

#4 on Superheroes You Can Take Home to Mom and Dad

#38 on The Best Members of the Justice League and JLA

see more on Dick Grayson
2
244 120

Wally West


Wally West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sidekicks in Comics
Photo: via Reddit

AKA the original Kid Flash

Sidekick of: The Flash

Superspeed, agility, and all things Flash.

Also Ranked

#44 on Comic Book Characters We Want to See on Film

#56 on The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

#13 on The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time According to Fans

#5 on The Best Teenage Superheroes

see more on Wally West
3
232 117

War Machine


War Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sidekicks in Comics
Photo: Freebase/Fair use

AKA Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes

Sidekick of: Iron Man

Rhodes saves Iron Man (and Tony Stark) at Saigon; Tony offers him a job as his personal pilot, which Rhodey eventually accepts. They become best friends, and eventually, he becomes War Machine.

Also Ranked

#46 on The Top Marvel Comics Superheroes

#19 on The Greatest Marvel Avengers Characters of All Time

#53 on Fictional Sidekicks You'd Most Want as a Best Friend

#24 on List of Marvel Vs Capcom Characters

see more on War Machine
4
234 126

Tim Drake


Tim Drake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sidekicks in Comics
Photo: via Imgur

AKA Robin, Red Robin

Sidekick of: Batman

Flashback scenes revealed a young Tim Drake was also in the audience when the Graysons fell. He discovers the identity of Robin (recognizing a gymnastics move) and then deduces who Batman is and becomes the 3rd Robin when Jason Todd dies.

Also Ranked

#20 on The Best Characters from Batman Comics

#19 on The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time According to Fans

#15 on The Best Teenage Superheroes

#4 on Complete List of Bat-Family Members, Batman Sidekicks

see more on Tim Drake