Posted on July 29, 2012 AT 07:56pm
Welcome to the twenty-ninth installment of the Comic Countdown! Sidekicks are a divisive topic in the comic book world, with some being nothing but cannon fodder for the enemies of heroes, some being wasted in a support role. Sometimes the latter occurs, and those under-utilized heroes are rewarded. Oftentimes, they’re not, even though they should be. Even villains get their own sidekicks sometimes, and today’s Countdown will focus all on the support characters, and ten of the best superhero partnerships in comics.
#10: Bumblebee/Optimus Prime (IDW Publishing)
While Optimus has lead the Autobots, his second in command has usually been Bumblebee. And if not, he has always been one of the most depended on characters on the team. Bumblebee is a leader, a warrior, and a good friend, as well as one of the integral pieces of the fight against the Decepticons. The relationship between the two has always been interesting to watch or read, and they make a spectacular team, against all odds.
#9: The Falcon/Captain America (Marvel Comics)
Captain America has had several partners and sidekicks, but one of the most popular was that of The Falcon. Sam Wilson teamed up with Cap on numerous occasions, most notably in the series Captain America And The Falcon. While he’s gone off and done other things over the years, The Falcon was an icon, a trailblazer, and a partner to one of the greatest superheroes of all time.’
#8: Flamebird/Batwoman (DC Comics)
Flamebird, one of the original Bat-Girl’s, was a major sidekick for her aunt, Kathy Kane in some of the original Batman story arcs. They were later removed from continuity, but reappeared several times, most notably in the New 52 relaunch of Batwoman, starring Kate Kane and her cousin, Bette Kane, who was once and at one point in the series, dons the uniform once again. While technically part of the Batman universe, this Batwoman series, and the relationship between Bette and Kate is in a realm of its own, and they should be recognized for that.
#7: Hydra Bob/ Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
In one of the more ridiculous partnerships in one of the more ridiculous titles in comics. Deadpool himself is a bit tough to deal with sometimes, and his relationship with Bob is even more out there. When not acting as Deadpool’s slave/decoy/meatshield, Bob is generally inept, bumbling, and mostly helpless. But his loyalty, inspired by his fear of Deadpool, is a sight to behold, and definitely worth reading, if only for a few laughs.
#6: Hit-Girl/ Big Daddy (Marvel Comics)
The most deadly ten year-old on the planet makes the list here, with her partner and father, Big Daddy. Mostly recognized in the film adaptation of Kick-Ass, this duo can definitely pack a punch, with Hit-Girl enjoying most of the punching. And stabbing. And shooting. While Big Daddy makes the plans and gets the information, Hit-Girl provides the brawn, which is a hell of a feat for a skinny little girl. Just don’t let her hear that. Limbs might go missing/
#5: Abe Sapien/Hellboy (Dark Horse Comics)
While not exactly a hero/sidekick combination, there is little doubt that any mission that involves Hellboy means he’s in charge. Abe is one of the best field agents in the B.P.R.D., and combined with Hellboy, they can take on even the most surprising of supernatural creatures and strange happenings. Put the two of them together and no force in the world can stop them.
#4: Harley Quinn/The Joker (DC Comics)
Not even close to being a team of heroes, this duo is nonetheless a powerful pairing. Joker’s insanity coupled with Harley’s obsession with the Joker makes these two incredibly dangerous, and an incredibly recognizable force. When these two are together (or apart, even), chaos is sure to follow, and havoc is sure to come in spades. Despite the fact that Joker mainly uses her to his whim, knowing her undying loyalty, he does, in many cases, need her just as much as she is convinced she needs him. That’s a relationship that knows no bounds, in spite of the insanity.
#3:Kato/The Green Hornet (Dynamite Entertainment)
This is one of the cases in comics where the sidekick is usually more of a hero than the hero themselves. Kato is a martial arts expert, engineering whiz, and overall incredibly useful person to have around. The Hornet himself, Britt Reid, is definitely a hero, but without Kato, there would be little chance of Britt being able to pull of the kinds of vigilante justice he’s known for in comics.
#2: Bucky Barnes/Captain America (Marvel Comics)
There is little doubt that Cap and Bucky are one of the most popular teams in the history of comics. They’ve fought through wars, against aliens, and have each worn the mantle of the Star-Spangled Soldier at one point in time. While Steve Rogers will always be known as Captain America, Bucky has saved Cap’s skin several times, and Bucky has done the same. While Bucky has gone on to his Winter Soldier role as of late, his relationship to Captain America will always be the primary source of recognition.
#1: Robin/Batman (DC Comics)
The dynamic duo themselves are clearly the only way to go to top off this list. Batman and Robin are one of the original super-teams, and definitely the most well known of all the hero/sidekick tandems. With a rich history, full of triumph and turmoil (along with a new different incarnations of Robin along the way), these two heroes are clearly the best of the best when it comes to partnerships. Friends, heroes, and a team, Batman and Robin are the most dynamic of duos, the absolute pinnacle of team-ups.
That’s it for this weeks countdown! Be sure to check in each and every week for more comic book topics in list form! Any questions, comments or criticisms are welcome, so feel free to leave a comment below. See everyone next week!
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