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Sidekick supports protagonist

 The sidekick, or the main character's closest relationship,

 supports the goals of the main character.
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A general term used in analyzing films for one of the supporting characters. Mostly used by the Swedish dramaturgist Ola Olsson.

A supporting character can be described as a sidekick if he supports the goals of the main character. The sidekick can also be used to express the main character's feelings and thoughts to the viewer. This is because monologue, which is much used in the theater, does not work well in film expression. Thus, the sidekick is a good means of giving the main character a reason to ponder on his actions and to tell about his thoughts through a dialogue.

Examples of main character - sidekick relationships:

  • Sherlock Holmes and Watson
  • Luke Skywalker and Obi-wan-Kenobi (at a critical moment Luke talks to the ghost of Obi-wan-Kenobi!)
  • Pekka and Pätkä
  • Tarzan and Cheetah

Cf. Supporting character, protagonist, drama


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