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14 Favorite Book Sidekicks to Celebrate on Dr. Watson's Birthday

Posted by Hayley on July 07, 2017


Is there any hero as under-appreciated as the noble sidekick? Providing sturdy emotional support, comic relief, and brain power, some so-called assistants and companions seem just as qualified, if not more qualified, than the main characters they so fearlessly follow. (We're looking at you, Samwise and Hermione.)

Today is the birthday of one of literature's most beloved and long-suffering sidekicks, Dr. John Watson. A war veteran as well as an accomplished writer and detective, Watson gives Sherlock Holmes much-needed backup and friendship, all while enduring less-than-complimentary observations about his character. "You have a grand gift for silence, Watson," Sherlock says at one point. "It makes you quite invaluable as a companion."

To celebrate the good doctor's birthday, we asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite book sidekicks. Check out some of the most popular answers below and add your own in the comments!


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Dr. John Watson
from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books

Sherlock's friend, roommate, biographer, crime-solving partner, and on-hand physician


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Ron and Hermione
from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books

Harry's fellow Gryffindors, friends, partners in managing mischief, frequent rescuers (mostly Hermione), and family


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Grace
from Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books

Precious Ramotswe' secretary-turned-detective, confidant, business partner, and friend


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Sevro
from Pierce Brown's Red Rising books

Darrow's loyal follower, protector, leader of the Howlers, bawdy comic relief, and brother in arms


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Bess and George
from Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew books

Nancy's best friends, classmates, crime-solving companions, and feisty support in bad situations (mostly George)


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Reepicheep
from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia

Caspian's faithful soldier, leader of his Talking Mice, fellow adventurer, and preventer of calamities


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Lula
from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books

Stephanie's clerk-turned-partner, outrageous comic relief, FTA (Failure to Appear) expert, and gun-toting backup


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Jenks
from Kim Harrison's The Hollows books

Rachel Morgan's pixie pal, partner at Vampiric Charms, electronics expert, and protector


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Hastings
from Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot books

Poirot's assistant in murder investigations, scrupulous friend, chronicler, and occasional "muscle"


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Grover
from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians books

Percy's satyr best friend, guide to Camp Half-Blood, quest companion, and psychic-connection sharer


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Windsor Horne Lockwood III
from Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar books

Bolitar's billionaire buddy, fellow taekwondo enthusiast, morally ambiguous sounding board, and defender


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Samwise Gamgee
from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings books

Frodo Baggins' gardener, brave companion, protector, encourager, chef, and provider of piggyback rides



Did we miss your favorite book sidekicks? Share them with us in the comments!

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Comments (showing 1-50 of 150) (150 new)


message 1: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Samwise Gamgee, a sidekick? Please. He's the damn hero and everyone knows it.


message 2: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Also, I was really worried when I came onto this list that it would leave out Ron and just mention Hermione so I was really relieved to see that both of them were listed. I love them both and they're both so important in their own ways and I hate seeing Ron go unnoticed/underappreciated (which he often is).


message 3: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Francesca wrote: "Samwise Gamgee, a sidekick? Please. He's the damn hero and everyone knows it."

Amen, girl!! Total agreement! (Merry and Pippin are more the sidekicks)


message 4: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Evatt Sam and Sevro are the best!


message 5: by Emmie (new)

Emmie Francesca wrote: "Also, I was really worried when I came onto this list that it would leave out Ron and just mention Hermione so I was really relieved to see that both of them were listed. I love them both and they'..."

I think people only picture Ron from the movies. In those they either leave out his best lines or give them to Hermione. He is so much more than comic relief in the book. He is loyal and brave; Harry would not have made it through the books without him!


message 6: by Quenie (new)

Quenie Mae Francesca wrote: "Samwise Gamgee, a sidekick? Please. He's the damn hero and everyone knows it."
YES. THANK YOU.


message 7: by Rick (new)

Rick Sancho Panza.


message 8: by Wigati Ambar (new)

Wigati Ambar Pertiwi Captain Hasting!!


message 9: by Raven (new)

Raven Black Nice start to the list. However, as everyone has pointed out there are others missed. Yes, Samwise is a sidekick and hero. Yes, Sancho Panza........take your pick....this list could go on forever.


message 10: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Eyre Pan in His Dark Materials. I absolutely adore him.


message 11: by Daan (new)

Daan Rook Minho and Newt from The Maze Runner <3 !! Anybody agree xD ?


message 12: by ilsa ➹ (new)

ilsa ➹ Rachael wrote: "Pan in His Dark Materials. I absolutely adore him."

AGH YES. Pan WAS SO FREAKIN' ADORABLE


message 13: by ilsa ➹ (new)

ilsa ➹ Kita wrote: "Minho and Newt from The Maze Runner <3 !! Anybody agree xD ?"
Yes, I loved Newt!


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body} Ummm...

Bob the skull anyone?


message 15: by Domnal (new)

Domnal Kidney Angel and Louis in the Charlie Parker series!


message 16: by CloudScape (new)

 CloudScape  Rachael wrote: "Pan in His Dark Materials. I absolutely adore him."

I LOVE PAN.


message 17: by Diane (new)

Diane Heath Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {Gandalf The Blonde} wrote: "Ummm...

Bob the skull anyone?"


Definitely should not be overlooked


message 18: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Cherpeski Hawk from Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels.


message 19: by Karin (new)

Karin Archie Goodwin


message 20: by Aditi (new)

Aditi Warrier Francesca wrote: "Samwise Gamgee, a sidekick? Please. He's the damn hero and everyone knows it."

I swear right!


message 21: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Emmie wrote: "I think people only picture Ron from the movies. In those they either leave out his best lines or give them to Hermione. He is so much more than comic relief in the book. He is loyal and brave; Harry would not have made it through the books without him! "

THANK YOU! I am always saying this. It's nice to see someone who agrees!


message 22: by Janice (new)

Janice Bolick Love that photo.


message 23: by The other Sandy (new)

The other Sandy Lord Peter Wimsey's manservant, Bunter.


message 24: by Danne (new)

Danne Sgt Lewis in Morse


message 25: by Diane (new)

Diane Heath Bunter and Archie are good choices too


Maddy'slilbooknook Reagan ( I am positive that's her name. If I'm wrong please let me know!!:) from Fangirl. Even though she isn't a main character or main sidekick I definitely think Reagan has a big impact on the life of Cath ( the main character). In my opinion she is under appreciated for all the things she does in Caths life.


BewareTheMadrigal Nellie Gomez from 39 clues


message 28: by Mary Beth (new)

Mary Beth  Str8K Graham and/or Dr. McConnell in the Charlie Lenox series by Charles Finch.


message 29: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Kipling Sergeant Patrick Harper. Sharpes Rifles et al.


message 30: by Christine (new)

Christine Jean Guy Beauvier


message 31: by Scott (new)

Scott Karin wrote: "Archie Goodwin"

Absolutely, came here just to see or add this! well done.


message 32: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Amato Mary Beth wrote: "Graham and/or Dr. McConnell in the Charlie Lenox series by Charles Finch."

Definitely Graham! Great suggestion!


message 33: by Abby (new)

Abby You mention Grover, but no Annabeth? Come on!


message 34: by Clair (new)

Clair Wilson Archie Goodwin.


message 35: by Timy (new)

Timy Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles!
Also, Robin Goodfellow from the Leandros series.


message 36: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Barter 'Barbara Havers' To ' Dr. Jhn. W.':
"Happy Birthday Doc.,my luv to the ponce'.


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body} Diane wrote: "Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {Gandalf The Blonde} wrote: "Ummm...

Bob the skull anyone?"

Definitely should not be overlooked"


Right on. Without him, Harry would've been helpless.


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body} Timy wrote: "Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles!
Also, Robin Goodfellow from the Leandros series."


Yes for Oberon ❤❤❤


message 39: by Diane (new)

Diane Heath Elizabeth wrote: "Mary Beth wrote: "Graham and/or Dr. McConnell in the Charlie Lenox series by Charles Finch."

Definitely Graham! Great suggestion!"


Agree with this also. Amazing how many I recognize....


message 40: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I was going to say Dr. Stephen Maturin from the Patrick O'Brien series, but my second thought is not to demote him to mere sidekick to Captain Aubrey. Perhaps we need a followup list of "best friends in literature"?


message 41: by Cat (new)

Cat I love Al Giordano from the Dirk Pitt series of books by Clive Cussler. He would be my vote for best sidekick!


message 42: by David (new)

David Reepicheep is the hardest, gangsterist mouse there ever was.


message 43: by Alethea (new)

Alethea Thadine Abby wrote: "You mention Grover, but no Annabeth? Come on!"

We all know Annabeth is no sidekick. She's the main reason why Percy managed to save the world so many times!


message 44: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Hey, how about Peabody from the In Death series!!!!


message 45: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Mengeling Archie Goodwin in the Nero Wolfe mysteries is an admirable sidekick.


message 46: by c.j (new)

c.j Kita wrote: "Minho and Newt from The Maze Runner <3 !! Anybody agree xD ?"

YES TOTALLY!!


message 47: by Ross (new)

Ross McPherson Francesca wrote: "Samwise Gamgee, a sidekick? Please. He's the damn hero and everyone knows it."

TRUTH!!!


message 48: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Rachael wrote: "Pan in His Dark Materials. I absolutely adore him

Pan is great!
I also love that Sevro from Red Rising appeared in this list


message 49: by Ross (new)

Ross McPherson Oy, from The Dark Tower Series. Ford Perfect from the Hitchhikers Guide.


message 50: by Reading Faerie (new)

Reading Faerie Prozac, Jaine Austen's feline sidekick in the Laura Levine mystery series. :)


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