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The Six Worst Movie Sidekicks

By TK Burton | Lists | November 24, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Lists | November 24, 2009 |

The sidekick. A difficult character to get right, and one frequently gotten wrong. Too often, movie sidekicks are simply used for dumb comic relief. Sure, there are some great ones out there, but there are some truly terrible ones as well. I’ve been wondering for some time now how, for example, Christopher Nolan would ever handle Robin, should he ever choose to add him into the new Batman franchise, because it can backfire so very easily.

So with that said, here are some of the worst movie sidekicks of all time:

6) Anthony Edwards as Nick “Goose” Bradshaw — Top Gun (has there ever been a less useful wingman?)

5) Chris O’Donnell as Robin — Batman and Robin, Batman Forever (dishonorable mention to Alicia Silverstone for Batgirl in Batman and Robin)

4) Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, Rocky III and IV (A great opponent, a lousy sidekick)


3) John Rhys Davies as Gimli, Son of Glóin — The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (A phenomenal badass character in the books, reduced to cheesy comic relief and cracks about his height in the films)


2) Rob Schneider as Fergie — Judge Dredd (A terrible film made even worse by the presence of Schneider, who is a blight upon the universe)

1) Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks — Star Wars Episodes I-III (Direct quote from Harry Knowles’ Episode I review: “Mesa Luved Him!” ‘nuff said)

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