Everyone loves and needs a great sidekick who will be a star by himself, but not so much that he outshines you. That's a difficult balance but these guys made it look easy!
If you grew up in the '90s, Miles "Tails" Prower was probably a household name. And if you were a little brother--and had a Sega Genesis--he was probably your best friend. Tails was not only a loyal companion to Sonic The Hedgehog, he was also one of the first sidekicks that a second player (the little brother) was actually able to control. And do you remember that level when Tails got to fly the bi-plane? Yeah, that was awesome.
A psychotic C-3PO? I think so, meat-bag. Probably the funniest and most entertaining on the list, HK-47 was also a killer. An assassin hunter-killer droid, to be exact. "Indeed, I am most eager to engage in some unadulterated violence. At your command, of course, master."
3. Science the Bear
Dikembe Mutombo's trusty bear friend, Science the Bear, always knows exactly how the world is going to end. Without Science the Bear, Dikembe would probably be stuck doing to that catchy South Korean dance instead of saving the world from the approaching Mayan apocalypse. Thank you, Science the Bear.
No sidekick list would be complete without Mario's green and slightly taller brother, Luigi. Sure his solo career in "Luigi's Mansion" was underwhelming, but that's exactly what makes him such a great sidekick. Luigi never wanted to hold the limelight. He is, however, always there right beside his brother doing the best he can. The Mario Bros. wouldn't be Bros. without Luigi, and he's still a decent pick up in "Mario Kart" and "Super Smash Bros."
Luigi wasn't the only character helping Mario out. Few things in life are better than punching a question block and finding a Yoshi egg inside. Riding on that green dinosaur/lizard/dragon creature, licking up Koopas and pooping them out. It was a high unmatched by any other video game companion.
6. Diddy Kong
This little monkey has two wooden guns that shoot peanuts and a jet pack fashioned from a barrel. Need we say more? Probably not, but we will. Diddy, the nephew of famous uncle Donkey Kong, is one of the few sidekicks that have produced a noteworthy solo career of their own. But "Diddy Kong Racing" isn't the only other place he can be found. Diddy has made his way into "Mario Power Tennis" and "Super Smash Bros. Brawl." That's one active monkey.
The badass award goes to Dogmeat. First of all, his name is Dogmeat. Secondly, he'll do absolutely anything to protect you. Anything. No questions asked. When the apocalypse hits, we'd pick Dogmeat over Will Smith any day.
Perhaps the most loyal of them all. We first met Epona in "The Ocarina Of Time," and she was only an ocarina call away until she was taken from us in "Majora's Mask." Did anyone else cry? Riding Epona was arguably the greatest part of every game she was a part of.
Epona isn't the only equine to make the list. Had this beautiful horse not been around in "Shadow of the Colossus," it very well might have been the loneliest video game ever made. Thank you, Agro, for your endearing friendship.
10. Alyx Vance
There's no safe, door, or computer this mysterious genius can't break in to. Oh yeah, and she's pretty awesome at killing aliens and saving Gorden's life, as well. Are you as excited to discover more about their relationship in "Half-Life 2: Episode 3" as we are?
And not just because she's a cyber super-babe. Cortana's a tricky A.I. learning computer, and she's actually pretty funny, as well. Aside from guiding Master Chief through the game, Cortana's also able to occasionally expose his softer side. A gamer's dream girl...
Daxter is an ottsel. That's half otter, half weasel. And he's actually kind of annoying. So why did Daxter make the list? Because after a while, this little rodent really starts to grow on you. Many critics have singled him out as an irksome character, but what these critics are missing is how he perfectly compliments the stoic Jak. Haters gonna hate, Daxter. Keep bein' you.