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The Top 10 Sidekicks in Literature

What’s a good hero without a trusty sidekick? From the open road to deserted islands to Middle Earth, friendships inevitably form. Of course, most of the time, the plot’s weight shifts primarily on one character. This leaves the other to fill in the gaps, complementing the temperament and abilities of the hero — and maybe adding a laugh or two here and there. We rank the top 10 sidekicks in literature based on loyalty, friendship, and overall awesomeness. Let us know who we missed!

10. Friday (Robinson Crusoe)

Sidekick to: Robinson Crusoe

Back story: Twenty-four years after landing on a deserted island, Robinson Crusoe helps a captive of a group of cannibals escape certain death. He names him Friday, after the day he found him, and converts him to Christianity.

Strengths: Since you freed him from a tribe of cannibals, you can count on loyalty. You also, apparently, get to name him.

Weaknesses: Language barrier