I remember the old Batman TV show, with the two-word theme song, monologuing villains, and visual onomatopoeia in the fight scenes. It was awesome. One of the awesome things about it was that Robin was the epitome of a good sidekick. If you’re a hero, here’s what you want your sidekick to be like:
- Unfalteringly loyal
- Competent enough that you don’t have to worry about protecting him/her
- Not quite as skilled as you are (but skilled enough to rescue you if necessary)
Tales (Miles Prower) in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is another good sidekick.
Some fictional stories feature sidekicks who clearly violate these priorities. Like all the newer Batman stuff. Robin is depicted as this whiny kid who resents Batman’s superiority. Who wants a sidekick like that? If you’re so great, go spend your own money and get your own experience.