Created By: FantasyLiver on March 24, 2013 Last Edited By: FantasyLiver on April 10, 2013

Indisposed Sidekick Fight

When sidekicks or minor supporting character contributes very little in brawls

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Your hero is the main character; the one your audience wants to hear about. So it makes sense to highlight his feats of prowess in a fight scene, just to show how much of a badass he really is, right?

But wait! What about the hero's minor ally? They're in the fight too. So how do you show a sidekick involved in the fight without taking the spotlight away from the hero? Simple! Just have him (or her) be indisposed for the duration of the fight. The method of being indisposed varies but typically, the fight will have either the sidekick fighting only one Mook and being distracted by that mook for the whole fight. Or...the sidekick is knocked off the balcony/ship/cliff that the fight is taking place on and, thus, spends the whole fight hanging on for dear life and attempting to climb back up to rejoin the action.

Examples of this trope include...

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece, Usopp often spends time doing things unrelated to the actual fighting going on while it happens.

Film
  • In Iron Man 2, Happy Hogan spends the whole breakin of Hammer Industries trying to box one guard into submission while Black Widow handles about twenty others.
  • From Return of the Jedi, Lando spends the entire sarlacc battle knocked off the skiff and trying to climb back on.

Video Games
  • In Final Fantasy XIII during Vanille's Eidolin battle, there's really no reason for the other characters in the party to be doing nothing. They're conveniently just gone.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • March 24, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Hey guys. I really need other examples on this one.
  • March 24, 2013
    DunDun

    Examples of this trope include...

    Film
    • In Iron Man 2, Happy Hogan spends the whole breakin of Hammer Industries trying to box one guard into submission while Black Widow handles about twenty others.
    • From Return Of The Jedi, Lando spends the entire Sarlaac Battle knocked off the skiff and trying to climb back on.
    Video Games
    • In Final Fantasy XIII during Vanille's Eidolin battle, there's really no reason for the other characters in the party to be doing nothing. They're conveniently just gone.
  • March 24, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Thanks. I'll add that.
  • March 24, 2013
    Shakuran13
    Anime/Manga
    • In One Piece, Usopp often spends time doing things unrelated to the actual fighting going on while it happens.
  • March 24, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Added.
  • March 25, 2013
    AgProv
    Live Action TV In the Australian detective show Ryan, the tough-guy protaganist is hindered, not helped, in fist-fights by his National Stereotype sidekick Luigi, who in 1970's Australian eyes was a very typical Italian: one who talked a big fight but who was unwilling to mix it when the punches started flying.
  • March 31, 2013
    StarSword
    Fixed a spelling error. Sarlacc has two 'c's. (Yes, I'm a total SW geek.)
  • March 31, 2013
    Prfnoff
    In Cave Story, Curly gets knocked out for the duration of the first Boss Battle that happens after she joins you as an ally. The next Boss Battle starts the same way, but she recovers halfway through.
  • April 1, 2013
    Arivne
    Compare Deus Exit Machina, where a character with too much power is sidelined so another character (or characters) have a chance to shine.
  • April 4, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    ^^^ It's okay, I am too. Always was confused with the spelling of Sarlacc and Tatooine, though. Thanks for the edit.

    I'll add all these other examples up later today.
  • April 4, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Although, we may need to reevaluate some of the examples. This trope is specifically when a sidekick is in the fight but he's distracted for most or all of the fight with something minor like a single mook or the sidekick falling off an edge.
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