11 Sidekicks Who Are Indisputably Better Than Their Heroes

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Heroes are usually larger than life, but sometimes it’s the person standing next to them that casts the bigger shadow. 

While main heroes usually get top-billing, but they can often be too boring, too troubled, or even too dumb to save the day. 

Thankfully, here are 11 sidekicks that pick up the slack — often doing a better job than the heroes ever could.

1. Kato, The Green Hornet

Let’s begin with the sidekick who best epitomizes this list, Kato. 

Over the course of his career as the Green Hornet’s sidekick in radio serials, comics, the TV show and the movie, Kato is a phenomenal driver, as well as brilliant inventor and mechanic, designing the Hornet’s Black Beauty car and his sleeping gun. Of course, what he’s best known for is his phenomenal martial arts skills, thanks to being portrayed by the legendary Bruce Lee in the ‘60s TV series. 

In fact, Lee’s Kato overshadowed the Hornet then, and Lee’s enduring popularity cemented Kato as the force to be feared between the two heroes, which was of the course the main conceit of the recent Green Hornet movie starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. 

For all intents and purposes, the Green Hornet is just a dude with a sleeping gun; Kato is a force to be reckoned with.

 

2. Penny and Brain, Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget is a combination of a Swiss Army Knife and Robocop, but all those gadgets don’t leave much room for brains. So you have Gadget’s niece Penny and her dog Brain to thank for keeping you from being enslaved by Dr. Claw and M.A.D. on numerous occasions. 

While Gadget is out bumbling around, breathing through his mouth, Penny is actually solving the crime, albeit it with a shocking disregard for her own safety, which gets her captured by M.A.D. almost constantly. 

This is where Brain the dog comes in, as its somehow fallen to him to rescue Penny, manipulate the situation so Gadget accidentally thwarts the evil plot, and somehow keep this little family alive. 

To be fair, Penny and Brain frequently get in trouble that only Gadget can get them out of, although he saves them invariably through chance and dumb luck. On the other hand, without Penny and Brain, Gadget’s case closing rate would be 0%.

3. Willow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

While Buffy was busy moping and making terrible romantic partner decisions in the last four or so seasons of BtVS, Willow was busy becoming a much more powerful — and interesting — character than her friend. 

Sure, Buffy’s a Slayer, but Willow becomes a witch with enough power to destroy the world (or flay people alive, as the case may be). Sure this — along with the murder of her partner Tara — leads her down a dark path to evil and becoming season 6’s Big Bad, but it’s a much more legitimate and compelling story than all of Buffy’s nonsense. 

Also, Willow casts the spell that activates all the Slayers at the end of season 7, making her more responsible for saving the world than Buffy in that instance. Also, Alyson Hannigan’s Willow is fun, funny, lovably nerdy, smart, a computer whiz, and again, the most powerful witch in the world. 

Who would you rather hang with, her, or Buffy? I thought so.

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