Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: The Role Of The Sidekick Edition


After reading this week’s trade paperback review for the Major Spoilers podcast, I’ve been thinking about the tropes of pulp and superhero fiction as regards the differentiation between “Hero” and “Sidekick.”  One of the biggest problems with the Seth Rogen ‘Green Hornet’ movie from my perspective came in the treatment of the Hornet as a dipstick bumbler of Maxwell Smart proportions, turning the responsibility for most all of the heroism, gadgetry and combat over to sidekick Kato.  The reason for this is clear: Most people know the character from his Bruce Lee incarnation.  But, the tendency for the secondary character to be more skilled than his scion is a recurring trope in super-dupery, as a snapback against the long-standing ‘Robin The Boy Hostage’ paradigm in comics, which leads to today’s pressing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that there’s also the third paradigm, the “Hawk & Dove”, wherein neither character really has the upper hand, but that’s another story, asking: With a hero/sidekick paradigm, do you prefer that the hero or the sidekick have the upper hand?