Why is it that whenever there is a heroic accomplishment by a group of people one gets remembered and the other doesn’t? It has happened multiple times over hundreds of years, and no one has said anything. I am going to take a stand and announce that the sidekick never gets enough credit. Yup, I said it, someone had to do it. The little guy never gets any of the fame or the respect compared to the main protagonist of any book, movie, game or anything!
Take someone like Michael Jordan; everyone knows who he is. People who don’t even watch the sport of basketball know who the best basketball player of all time is and that is Michael Jordan. What about his right-hand men Scottie Pippin and Dennis Rodman? If you say those names to the average person, they would say, who the heck is that? Sure, Jordan was the arguably the greatest of all time, but if he didn’t have Pippin and Rodman, he would not have been the same legendary player without them.
How about Luigi from Mario, he is always there for Mario every step of the way, but all he gets is a pat on the back while Mario gets the princess and all of the attention. How about Batman and Robin? Batman gets his movies and stardom while Robin just sits back being the nice guy who gets none of that spotlight. The list can go on and on; I am talking lists and lists of duos where one always outshines the other.
Every music band has the head singer, drummer and a guitarist. Guess who gets all of the credit, fame and attention from all of the fans? You named it, the lead singer of course. What a fan would brag about that them getting an autograph from the drummer or the backup guitarist, not many? The drummer and the guitarist are the ones who work the hardest and are probably the most talented.
Ever hear of the famous phrase it takes two to tango? Say an MLB pitcher throws a perfect game in baseball; that means that he doesn’t allow a single hit or walk the whole game. The only person who ever gets credit for the perfect game is the pitcher, but what about the eight other players on the field? The catcher is the one who calls what pitch the pitcher throws and there are also seven fielders who have to make sure they do their part and field any ball put into play so that the pitcher could achieve a perfect game.
It is the time that Robin, Luigi, Scottie Pippin, Dennis Rodman, all the other sidekicks and backups take a stand. They need to stand up and say, hey you know that Michael Jordan guy? He was good and all, but without me, he wouldn’t be the star he is today. Luigi needs to stop helping Mario all of the time and Robin needs to get a movie, Robin the Green Knight.
Let’s make it happen!