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The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever

Updated January 31, 2021 38.4k votes 2.8k voters 81.8k views77 items

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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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  • Samwise Gamgee1
    1,389
    275

    Samwise Gamgee

    Sean Astin, Roddy McDowall
    The Lord of the Rings films
  • Chewbacca2
    1,061
    318

    Chewbacca

    Peter Mayhew
    Star Wars films
  • Hermione Granger3
    1,051
    304

    Hermione Granger

    Emma Watson
    The Harry Potter films
  • Donkey4
    873
    281

    Donkey

    Eddie Murphy, Dean Edwards
    Shrek
  • R2-D25
    913
    330

    R2-D2

    Kenny Baker
    Star Wars Universe
  • Genie6
    745
    212

    Genie

    Robin Williams, John Leguizamo
    Aladdin
  • Gandalf7
    796
    259

    Gandalf

    Ian McKellen, William Squire
  • Buzz Lightyear8
    597
    218
    The Toy Story films
  • Spock9
    749
    313

    Spock

    Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto
    Star Trek film franchise
  • Inigo Montoya10
    612
    232

    Inigo Montoya

    Mandy Patinkin
    The Princess Bride
  • Pumbaa11
    545
    198

    Pumbaa

    Ernie Sabella
    The Lion King
  • Alfred Pennyworth12
    457
    192

    Alfred Pennyworth

    Alan Shearman, Jim Piddock
  • Doctor Watson13
    621
    242

    Doctor Watson

    Ben Kingsley, James Mason
    The Sherlock Holmes films
  • Ronald Weasley14
    666
    307

    Ronald Weasley

    Rupert Grint
    The Harry Potter films
  • Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding15
    536
    249
    The Shawshank Redemption
  • Timon16
    473
    203

    Timon

    Nathan Lane
    The Lion King
  • Groot17
    362
    77

    Groot

    Vin Diesel
  • Dory18
    533
    244

    Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres
    Finding Nemo
  • Rocket Raccoon19
    312
    68
  • Robin20
    433
    269

    Robin

    Joshua Adams, Alexander Martella
    The Batman franchise
  • Wilson21
    468
    228

    Wilson

    Cast Away
  • Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue22
    357
    193

    Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue

    Mykelti Williamson
    Forrest Gump
  • Will Turner23
    405
    231

    Will Turner

    Orlando Bloom
    The Pirates of the Caribbean
  • C-3PO24
    331
    208

    C-3PO

    Anthony Daniels, Simon Pegg
  • Abu25
    420
    210

    Abu

    Frank Welker