My Dear Watson

Life just isn’t the same without your trusty sidekick. For this week’s writing challenge, tell us about your partner in crime.

Dynamic duos

From Martin and Lewis to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Pinky and the Brain to Batman and Robin, we love sidekicks, supporting characters, partners in crime, and dynamic duos. Take any one out of the list above, and it’s just not the same.

Batman without Robin? No way.

Batman without Robin? No way.

You see, a good sidekick isn’t just about comedic timing. A good sidekick has all of the characteristics that the other lacks. If one person is funny, the other is serious. If one person is rebellious, the other is a goody two-shoes. And both are so in such a way that it highlights the others’ strengths. It’s true that there’s a sense of invincibility when it comes to a good sidekick, or sidekicks. After all, they’re there to help you with the things you can’t do.

Culturally, we know this and we love it. There’s no Sherlock without Watson, no Ferris without Cameron. Who doesn’t want that kind of “I’ve-got-your-back” partnership in life?

Partners in crime

Growing up with best friends who were twins, I traveled in a trio. Walking to the ice cream truck, I was placed strategically between the two. Riding in the car, shuffling around dinner tables, lounging at the beach: all required a fair and equal distribution between myself and my two best friends.

Of course, as kids, everything is critical. Going to the park right now or staying at the beach for just five more minutes are indicative of that pressing sense of urgency. There is no filter, no inner voice toning things down a notch. Such is especially true with childhood friendships. The bond that develops between young friends is insatiable — without self-consciousness, children give freely of themselves and develop these magical bonds.

With my childhood friends, we often joked that we were the Three Musketeers. (Or, our preference, a skimpy version of the Power Rangers.) Either way, those friendships made me feel powerful, like I had my buddies in life and I was invincible.

A couple of challenges

For this week’s writing challenge, consider the sidekicks. Those who add an element of surprise, wonder, laughter, or adventure to your daily life.

  • For the literary minded, draw from a previous story you’ve written. This time, shake things up and shine the limelight on one of your secondary characters.
  • We’ve all got friends in our lives that we wouldn’t be the same without. Tell us about one of your sidekicks. Or, flip things around and let us know what kind of sidekick you are to your best bud.
  • For the truly adventurous, try pairing up with another blogger to tag team a post. Find your blogging soul mate and put out something only you two could create in your own unique collaboration.
  • Find some justice. Who’s someone that you always thought was treated like a third wheel, and never got any prime time action?

We’re looking forward to hearing about your favorite supporting characters.

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  1. I like the idea of writing about what kind of sidekick you are. I have noticed I am great at being a sidekick and I love it, always being in the back ground encouraging others, for better or for worse, hehe. This weeks challenge should be fun 🙂

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  2. My Closest friends growing up was two sister’s that lived on my street. The fact that we all lost our mothers before the age of 10 made us able to understand each other. During our teenage years when we started to date people of the opposite sex we were very protective of one each other. It’s pretty funny to think about because there were many time I almost got into a fight with one of there boyfriends and vice-versa.

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  3. lol cool!! I will try to meet the challenge.. but I’ve already posted things about my “sidekicks” namingly the grand baby and my Marathon WT… but I can’t use those, huh? Gotta do a new one?

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  4. I remember my best friend in seventh grade in 1976 was Joni. We read Nancy Drew books, and pretended to be detectives. We lived in a really small town that was surrounded by old farms which had been abandoned. We explored old houses, and swam in “cow” ponds, sledded together in the winter, rode bikes on old dirt roads for miles, and it was the most amazing year of my life! My family moved a lot, and we didn’t keep in touch, but I was told that people come into your life for a purpose at the time that is needed. As a new kid in town, I’m so glad Joni heroically made me a sidekick for a year. I am so glad she was a part of my life in 1976! Those memories will stay with me forever!

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  5. I’m going to do it! I’m going to write about a friend of mine who was often the third wheel. Going to draft something today, edit and should have it up by tonight. Be on the lookout!

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  6. I already wrote a story about the genesis of a sidekick. A bestselling writer has lost his love of writing and asks for help from a man who specializes in assisting people to commit suicide. Things go horribly wrong and the suicide assister ends up being a sidekick to the writer. I could perhaps post the story here as part of the challenge, but it’s not quite the right fit as he doesn’t become a sidekick right until the end. A sequel, perhaps….

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  7. Craig Hopson is a freelance artist from the UK, and has been living and working in the north of Thailand for the last decade. Ramon Ramirez is the author of Bangkok Street Dogs, and he was born in South Africa. He met Craig in Thailand, and together they started creating art. Ramon supplies the words and Craig creates the art. You can check out our blog by following the link below:


  8. I remember a dialogue from a movie where the hero asks his older brother “Why do I always get to be the sidekick”, and his brother replies saying “because the sidekick makes the hero complete”.


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