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The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever

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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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  • 1
    1,372
    274

    Samwise Gamgee

    Sean Astin, Roddy McDowall
    The Lord of the Rings films
  • 2
    1,056
    313

    Chewbacca

    Peter Mayhew
    Star Wars films
  • 3
    869
    281

    Donkey

    Eddie Murphy, Dean Edwards
    Shrek
  • 4
    1,043
    303

    Hermione Granger

    Emma Watson
    The Harry Potter films
  • 5
    907
    321

    R2-D2

    Kenny Baker
    Star Wars Universe
  • 6
    739
    211

    Genie

    Robin Williams, John Leguizamo
    Aladdin
  • 7
    788
    255

    Gandalf

    Ian McKellen, William Squire
  • 8
    595
    216
    The Toy Story films
  • 9
    605
    229

    Inigo Montoya

    Mandy Patinkin
    The Princess Bride
  • 10
    745
    307

    Spock

    Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto
    Star Trek film franchise
  • 11
    538
    198

    Pumbaa

    Ernie Sabella
    The Lion King
  • 12
    455
    190

    Alfred Pennyworth

    Alan Shearman, Jim Piddock
  • 13
    615
    240

    Doctor Watson

    Ben Kingsley, James Mason
    The Sherlock Holmes films
  • 14
    663
    302

    Ronald Weasley

    Rupert Grint
    The Harry Potter films
  • 15
    533
    245
    The Shawshank Redemption
  • 16
    467
    203

    Timon

    Nathan Lane
    The Lion King
  • 17
    358
    80

    Groot

    Vin Diesel
  • 18
    531
    239

    Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres
    Finding Nemo
  • 19
    311
    66
  • 20
    436
    264

    Robin

    Joshua Adams, Alexander Martella
    The Batman franchise
  • 21
    466
    227

    Wilson

    Cast Away
  • 22
    355
    192

    Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue

    Mykelti Williamson
    Forrest Gump
  • 23
    401
    227

    Will Turner

    Orlando Bloom
    The Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 24
    332
    205

    C-3PO

    Anthony Daniels, Simon Pegg
  • 25
    417
    208

    Abu

    Frank Welker