Film Characters The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever  

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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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1
466 144
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Peter Mayhew
Star Wars films

2
414 165
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
zxray added Kenny Baker

3
472 181
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
379 141
Spock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto
Star Trek film franchise

5
317 140
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
physcod added Ian McKellen, William Squire

6
287 160
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
472 149
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Emma Watson
The Harry Potter films

8
364 119
Donkey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Eddie Murphy, Dean Edwards
Shrek

9
241 126
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
252 131
Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Christopher Lloyd
Back to the Future trilogy

11
295 104
Genie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Robin Williams, John Leguizamo
Aladdin

12
313 158
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Rupert Grint, Jennifer Saunders
The Harry Potter films

13
243 116
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Mandy Patinkin
The Princess Bride

14
244 106
Buzz Lightyear is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Tim Allen
The Toy Story films

15
190 129
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ray Bolger, Michael Jackson, Robert Z. Leonard
The Wizard of Oz

16
172 118
Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
wiabux added Alan Shearman, Jim Piddock, Michael Gough

17
207 142
Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Wilson
Cast Away

18
136 160
Walter Sobchak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
John Goodman
The Big Lebowski

19
174 110
Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Orlando Bloom
The Pirates of the Caribbean

20
249 106
Dory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Ellen DeGeneres
Finding Nemo

21
160 115
Abu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
carlybobarly added Frank Welker

22
170 134
Robin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Joshua Adams, Alexander Martella, Burt Ward
The Batman franchise

23
151 72
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Anthony Daniels, Simon Pegg

24
149 130
Silent Bob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Kevin Smith
Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy

25
171 126
Mini-Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever
Verne Troyer
The Austin Powers films