Top Second Tier Characters
Who are some the best superhero’s sidekicks out there? What makes them second banana? In the vast world of superheroes and villains, the sidekick is the often forgotten, seemingly irrelevant character that assists the main character in defeating the evil menace they happen to be fighting. Whether it’s a comic book, a movie, or a television show, they play a very intricate role in defeating the villain and saving the helpless. They do it all without thanks, in most cases. Let’s explore their roles, their limitations, and look at a list of some of the best of the second best.
List of the Best of the Second Best
Of all the superhero’s sidekicks, these are the best five. All have various degrees of powers and are ranked according to appeal, powers, popularity, and the “it” factor.
5 – Krypto The Superdog (Superboy)
If a dog’s a man’s best friend, it seems only appropriate to have at least one on the list of the best sidekicks in history. Krypto was second fiddle to Superboy in the DC comic book series, just like many of the others that will be noted on this list. He gets the nod on my list because he was second best, to the second best…and he’s a dog. Who in their right mind would ever even attempt to argue with that logic?
Superdog was believed to be a Labrador Retriever, although his breed was never expressly given in the comics. He could fly and had super powers and that's more than good enough for me. Is it wrong to put an animal on the listing of the best of the second group? I don't think so. This is the only animal entry on this list and one of the few that are even out there. Still, he deserves his spot on the list of the second best characters of all time.
4 – Wonder Girl (Wonder Woman, Teen Titans)
Another one that was sort of a sidekick to a sidekick, Wonder Girl gets the nod. Wonder Woman was Superman’s sidekick, but “broke free” from that role to become a superhero. This is a somewhat common theme on my listing, but in general, it doesn't happen very often at all. This makes her unique to a certain extent.
While Wonder Girl was Wonder Woman’s second banana, what makes her unique is that she also went on to become a female superhero, and not just another sidekick. I suppose that makes her a third generation hero, since she was a second fiddle to a second fiddle, that went on to become the real deal.
She could be argued as one of the sexiest female super hero characters of all time, which might not make her more powerful, but does seem to give her more appeal to the general public. She is one of the best characters ever to be created.
3 – Kid Flash (The Flash, Teen Titans)
It’s hard to argue against Kid Flash. He’s another DC Comic entry that aided and assisted The Flash. He is pretty well-known among television watchers and comic book readers alike.
Kid Flash would later go on to star in a role with Teen Titans, an entire group of second-tier heroes that helped society and those in need. His look has changed quite a bit over the years, but his powers have remained fairly consistent over all those years. That alone makes him at least somewhat unique and well-known to most superhero comic book readers and hero television series watchers, so his place in second banana history is secure.
He is known as Wally West as well as Kid Flash, along with some other names. This sidekick has been around for over 50 years, making him one of the most long-lived characters of all time. For this reason alone, he could be placed on just about anyone's entry for the top characters.
He’s had numerous forms over the years, but he has consistently been among the best of the guys that don’t quite get all the pub.
2 – Elektra (Daredevil)
Marvel Comics created this ninja assassin as the counterpart to Daredevil, and she would go onCredit: Wikipedia Commons to become a superhero, getting her very own movie and comic book series. This alone makes her an easy choice to add to this article. While many have done this through the series Teen Titans, few have actually gone on to become a legitimate, well-known hero to get their own comic books, television series, and movie.
In 2005, Elektra Natchios would be played by Jennifer Garner, only adding to her sex appeal with female hero fans. The character was also used in the movie Daredevil, realeased a couple of years prior. Both movies were pretty popular and did very well
She’s the youngest on this list of the top second bananas, having been created in 1981.
She’s not the typical hero or sidekick as she struggles with violent tendencies, which makes her a pretty unique character. Plus…she’s hot. She would certainly make the list of the sexiest female superheroes, if that's what you're into.
1 – Robin (Batman, Teen Titans)
Robin is probably the most well-known of all. He was created in 1940 by DC Comics to play the counterpart of Batman. Like many of the others on this list, he went on to star in Teen Titans, arguably Credit: Wikipedia Commonsbecoming the main character in that series and television show. This makes him at least somewhat unique to all the others that have come and gone over the years.
If you were to ask 10 random people to name a superhero’s sidekick, the first name out of each person’s mouth would most likely be Robin. It’s hard to argue with that. He should be number one on almost anyone’s listing, based solely on longevity and popularity.
His powers were minimal at best, but he’s been around for a long time, fighting evil along the way.
The Limitations of Sidekicks
In general, the main reason most of these characters find themselves playing the role of next best, is a lower level of super powers. Most are not as strong as the main character and often get less credit for defeating the evil villains in comic books, television series, and movies. Some are able to break the role of second best and have gone on to become superheroes in their own right. While some get the occasional bone tossed their way in the form of a single book or episode being devoted to them, most go on to play second best for their lifetime. By nature, most of them are expendable.