In middle school, I tended to think of so-called “sidekicks” as followers or cronies of the popular girl/boy; however, comic book sidekicks are in a totally different category. Without sidekicks, superheroes wouldn’t be what they are today. Sidekicks not only support superheroes in their quest to save the world, but they often times provide the necessary information to catch the evil-doers, offer moral support and encouragement, and come through in a pinch when the superhero is in trouble. This is why I bring you . . .
Carly M.’s Top Five Superhero Sidekicks!
5. Woozy Winks (Quality Comics & DC Comics)
As a sidekick to the superhero Plastic Man, Woozy Winks comes in at the #5 spot for two reasons: one, his awesome name; and two, his comedic nature.
4. Snapper Carr (DC Comics)
Known as Lucas to the outside world, Carr received his name “Snapper” because of his ability to . . . well, snap his fingers. Coming in at #4 on the list, Snapper, a companion to the Justice League and later Young Justice, received the ability later on in the series to be able to teleport whenever he snapped his fingers. That certainly gives new meaning to the phrase, “Make it snappy.”
3. Jimmy Olsen (DC Comics)
If you’ve read or seen Superman, then you know who Jimmy Olsen is. He makes the top five list because not only is he one of the few who know Clark Kent’s secret identity, but he also has the respect of one of the greatest superheroes, and with that respect and trust, Superman allows Jimmy to keep a special watch which can call Superman in a time of crisis.
2. Xander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
As a member of what he calls the “Scooby Gang”, Xander helps to fight evil and save the world alongside Buffy Summers. Xander makes the #2 spot for his loyalty to his friends, his funny and at times sarcastic wit, and his willingness to fight villains without any supernatural abilities.
1. Tim Drake/Robin
The #1 spot on the top five sidekicks list goes to . . . Batman’s sidekick, Robin! This sidekick makes it to the top because he has transgressed from sidekick status to superhero status. Though Robin is just a normal teenage boy without any abnormal superhuman strength, his superior intelligence and innate detective skills have saved Batman many times, thus proving that this former sidekick can make it on his own to save those in danger.
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer