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The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever 

Marc Cuenco
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Updated November 3, 2019 37.4k votes 2.7k voters 77.7k views 77 items

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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Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
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Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Peter Mayhew in The Star Wars Holiday Special
Star Wars films
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Donkey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Shrek
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R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Kenny Baker in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Universe
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Spock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Star Trek film franchise
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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Emma Watson in Harry Potter Universe
The Harry Potter films
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Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
physcod added
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Buzz Lightyear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Tim Allen in Toy Story 2
The Toy Story films
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Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
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Genie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Genie
Aladdin
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Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
The Sherlock Holmes films
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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
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Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ernie Sabella in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King
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Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Rupert Grint in Harry Potter Universe
The Harry Potter films
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Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added
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Timon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Nathan Lane in The Lion King 1½
The Lion King
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Dory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
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Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future Part III
Back to the Future trilogy
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Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Wilson
Cast Away
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Robin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
The Batman franchise
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Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Benjamin Buford "Bu... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Mykelti Williamson in Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
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C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
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Abu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
carlybobarly added Frank Welker in Aladdin
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Groot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
starwarssuperfan added Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy