You’ve had to have seen at least one superhero movie in your lifetime. Batman, Superman, the Avengers, just something. If you haven’t… Well I guess that’s okay. But I’ll tell you what you need to know about superhero movies. Some hot guy pretends he is normal and goes about leading a normal life. But really, he’s got some mega-huge secret about his superpower. Then some villain decides to take over the world. Hottie decides he should probably help out, so he goes and gets himself a sidekick. (We’ll talk more about those guys later.) Then he goes off a defeats the villain. And probably gets some pretty girl too. In most circumstances at least.
I just gave you the plot of about 20 billion movies. But we’re not worried about plot right now. I’m trying to make my way around to characters.
You’ve got your basic hot superhero (talk about Chris Evans…) and your mega-evil villain (all right, admit it, Heath Ledger isn’t bad either. Yeah I said ISN’T. Keepin’ it positive.) and some damsel, or maybe not so damsel-ish (ladies, we’ve all wanted to be Scarlett Johansson. I mean she got MATT DAMON). Sometimes the bad guy also has a side kick. Sorry, they don’t get an example. But side kicks aren’t just in superhero films.
One of my favorite movies happens to be Inception. I love it. I mean, you can’t beat Leo AND Joseph Gordon-Levitt in one film. Except maybe with Ocean’s Eleven where you’ve got Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon. Anyway, my favorite person ever, Joseph is Leo’s sidekick in Inception. Flounder is Ariel’s sidekick in The Little Mermaid. And how about Karen and Gretchen in our all time fave Mean Girls? We’ve all got our favorites.
But sidekicks are in real life too. We all like to think that we’re the hero of our own lives, but that isn’t always true. Maybe we’re the sidekick or the damsel, the foodie, the tryhard, the bad-boy. Or maybe even the villain. Our lives don’t play out like novels, or movies, or fairy tales. Our roles in our own lives are constantly changing. And sometimes in life (even our OWN lives) we’re not even the main character.
NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT ME? THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND PLANET ME?!!!???!!??!??!?!?!?!!?
MY. LIFE. IS. A. LIE.
But I think that it’s the truth. We need to realize that other people live on this earth too. And I’m just as far away from that as anyone else. It’s something we all need to work on.
(Well, maybe not all of us. Ghandi and the Pope seem to have it down pretty well.)
If you think about it, what is really the difference between a hero and a sidekick? They’re both fighting for the same cause, working together. Maybe Mr. (or Miss) Sidekick doesn’t have as cool of powers as the Hero, maybe they’re not as attractive either. (But don’t feel bad, us ‘mere mortals’ can’t really compare ourselves to George and Brad and Scarlett.)
But what makes you think Watson isn’t trying to solve the mysteries just as hard as Sherlock? Someone who is of average, or above average intelligence, even, can’t compare their mind to a genius psychopath’s mind and not expect to see different results. But that in no way accounts for intent. If you’ve ever watched Sherlock, you may remember that one of the detectives in the first or second episode of season one (“A Study in Pink” I believe,) says that Holmes enjoys solving these puzzles that are murders and dangerous mysteries, and it’s all a game to him. From what I gather, John Watson has much better intentions. But does that make him the hero? Or the main character?
Being the sidekick isn’t any worse than being the hero. Every character, and type of character, is important in a story. Where would the plot be if there was no villain for the hero to conquer? Who would be there to save if there were no nameless citizens milling about the city?
So you see, no matter how bad, or how boring and useless the part you play in your life may seem, you’re important and you matter.