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List Rules Best friends and tagalongs - no main characters

A list of the most memorable movie sidekicks of all time. The collection of colorful and unique characters in the list below represent some of the greatest roles ever played on the big screen. These legends of cinema act as a supporting player to the film's central characters, but it doesn't mean they are less important. Often, the sidekick appears throughout the movie as a confidant to the lead or protagonist but later plays a pivotal role in the plot. At times they provide comic relief to more serious dramas and epic adventures, while other times they end up as the emotional core of the entire storyline.

Trusted sidekicks in a famous film franchise also become some of the most beloved characters of all time because the audience identifies with them more than the hero. A right-hand man or woman offers support, gives advice, loyal to the protagonist and just plain awesome. Other times they turn to the dark side and turn into a cinematic villain, adding a twist or element of surprise to an otherwise boring plot. One thing remains the same, however, when it comes to supporting characters -- they are all scene-stealers. Upvote your favorites from the list of famous film sidekicks below, add characters missing from the list and don't forget to re-rank the list your way.

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R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added R2-D2 Kenny Baker - Star Wars Universe

2
362 116
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Chewbacca Peter Mayhew - Star Wars films

3
364 150
Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Samwise Gamgee Sean Astin, Roddy McDowall, Michael Scholes - The Lord of the Rings films

4
328 116
Spock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Spock Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto - Star Trek film franchise

5
238 117
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
physcod added Gandalf Ian McKellen, William Squire

6
374 122
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Hermione Granger Emma Watson - The Harry Potter films

7
232 139
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Doctor Watson Ben Kingsley, James Mason, Ian Fleming - The Sherlock Holmes films

8
189 105
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption

9
284 104
Donkey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Donkey Eddie Murphy, Dean Edwards - Shrek

10
230 104
Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Emmett Brown Christopher Lloyd - Back to the Future trilogy

11
245 134
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ronald Weasley Rupert Grint, Jennifer Saunders - The Harry Potter films

12
231 92
Genie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Genie Robin Williams, John Leguizamo - Aladdin

13
190 97
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Inigo Montoya Mandy Patinkin - The Princess Bride

14
159 110
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Scarecrow Ray Bolger, Michael Jackson, Robert Z. Leonard - The Wizard of Oz

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15
196 91
Buzz Lightyear is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Buzz Lightyear Tim Allen - The Toy Story films

16
144 99
Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added Alfred Pennyworth Alan Shearman, Jim Piddock, Michael Gough

17
122 133
Walter Sobchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Walter Sobchak John Goodman - The Big Lebowski

18
168 119
Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Wilson Cast Away

19
128 107
Silent Bob is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Silent Bob Kevin Smith - Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy

20
142 114
Robin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Robin Joshua Adams, Alexander Martella, Burt Ward - The Batman franchise

21
147 106
Mini-Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Mini-Me Verne Troyer - The Austin Powers films

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198 90
Dory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Dory Ellen DeGeneres - Finding Nemo

23
126 108
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Lucius Fox Morgan Freeman - The Dark Knight trilogy

24
103 106
Thing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Thing Christopher Hart - The Addams Family

25
124 101
Abu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
carlybobarly added Abu Frank Welker

26
101 90
Gromit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added Gromit

27
140 100
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Garth Algar Dana Carvey - Wayne's World

28
111 57
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
C-3PO Anthony Daniels, Simon Pegg

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124 97
Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Will Turner Orlando Bloom - The Pirates of the Caribbean

30
157 84
Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Pumbaa Ernie Sabella - The Lion King

31
135 80
Benjamin Buford
Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Mykelti Williamson - Forrest Gump

32
155 85
Timon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Timon Nathan Lane - The Lion King

33
98 91
Trinity is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss - The Matrix trilogy

34
135 99
Cameron Frye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Cameron Frye Alan Ruck - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

35
74 88
Tommy DeVito is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Tommy DeVito Joe Pesci - Goodfellas

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100 93
LTJG Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
LTJG Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw Anthony Edwards - Top Gun

37
83 62
Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Hit-Girl Chloƫ Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass

38
108 91
Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Sebastian Samuel E. Wright - The Little Mermaid

39
73 82
Mater is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Bootsdad added Mater Larry the Cable Guy

40
99 90
Barf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Barf John Candy - Spaceballs

41
105 96
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Bumblebee Mark Ryan - The Transformers films

42
96 84
Russell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Russell Jordan Nagai - Up

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65 44
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
MatthewGill added Mr. Kesuke Miyagi Pat Morita

44
77 80
Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added Doc Holliday Dennis Quaid

45
77 84
Flounder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Flounder Cam Clarke, Jason Marin, Parker Goris - The Little Mermaid

46
54 87
Brick Tamland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Brick Tamland Steve Carell - Anchorman

47
67 88
John
zxray added John "Bluto" Blutarsky John Belushi - Animal House

48
80 93
Rue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Rue Amandla Stenberg - The Hunger Games

49
67 90
Steve Stifler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Steve Stifler Seann William Scott - The American Pie films

50
56 96
Tuco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Tuco Eli Wallach - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly