general term used in analyzing films for one of the
supporting characters. Mostly used by the Swedish dramaturgist
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.
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