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The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever  

Marc Cuenco
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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 Kenny Baker
Star Wars Universe
2
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Peter Mayhew
Star Wars films
3
Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Sean Astin, Roddy McDowall, Michael Scholes
The Lord of the Rings films
4
Spock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto
Star Trek film franchise
5
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
physcod added Ian McKellen, William Squire
6
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ben Kingsley, James Mason, Ian Fleming
The Sherlock Holmes films
7
Donkey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Eddie Murphy, Dean Edwards
Shrek
8
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Emma Watson
The Harry Potter films
9
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Morgan Freeman
The Shawshank Redemption
10
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Rupert Grint, Jennifer Saunders
The Harry Potter films
11
Genie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Robin Williams, John Leguizamo
Aladdin
12
Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Christopher Lloyd
Back to the Future trilogy
13
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Mandy Patinkin
The Princess Bride
14
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ray Bolger, Michael Jackson, Robert Z. Leonard
The Wizard of Oz
15
Buzz Lightyear is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
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Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added Alan Shearman, Jim Piddock, Michael Gough
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Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Wilson
Cast Away
18
Walter Sobchak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
19
Robin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Joshua Adams, Alexander Martella, Burt Ward
The Batman franchise
20
Abu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
carlybobarly added Frank Welker
21
Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Orlando Bloom
The Pirates of the Caribbean
22
Dory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ellen DeGeneres
Finding Nemo
23
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Anthony Daniels, Simon Pegg
24
Thing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Christopher Hart
The Addams Family
25
Gromit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added