Created By: Trotzky on June 30, 2011 Last Edited By: HeroGal2347 on May 7, 2015

Sidekick Gets The Girl

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Usually, the Hero Gets The Girl.

Are there enough examples to make this a trope?


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  • June 30, 2011
    Aldheim
    I know there's at least one continuity (can't remember whether it was Heroes Reborn or the Ultimates -- maybe both?) where Bucky ended up with Peggy Carter.
  • June 30, 2011
    Aldheim
    (Erm, that is, Bucky got the girl, not Captain America.)
  • June 30, 2011
    Speedball
    This sort of thing is definitely more the case if the sidekick is the protagonist or viewpoint character (as in The Tick).
  • June 30, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame: Esmeralda ends up with Phoebus not Quasimodo. (of course since they both die in the original book it's still preferable for them)
  • July 2, 2011
    StrangeDwarf
    Question: what girl? I mean, Harry sees Hermione as a sister, she's never his Love Interest. So... does the protagonist need to be in love with the girl? If not, what girl are we talking about?
  • July 2, 2011
    Aielyn
    I think the idea behind this trope is that the sidekick or secondary protagonist ends up getting the girl (or guy), where traditionally it's the hero or main protagonist that gets the girl/guy. In the case of Harry Potter, you have the protagonist, the secondary protagonist (Ron), and the female counterpart to the protagonist (Hermione). If Harry Potter followed the normal path, Harry and Hermione would have been paired off, with Ron, being the secondary protagonist, either remaining unpaired or connected to a minor character. Instead, Harry is the one that gets paired to a minor character, with Ron and Hermione paired together.

    This would be akin to a Superman story where it's Jimmy Olsen that gets Lois Lane, rather than Superman himself.

    I can think of another example...

    • In Star Wars, episodes 4-6, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are the primary male and female characters. However, Leia is instead paired off with Han Solo (very much Justified).

    And another thing to note - there are three distinct categories of "getting the girl". There's the "male protagonist, female protagonist" pairing, like in Harry Potter (both characters are key to the work), there's the plot-driven pairing, where one of the whole points of the story is where the protagonist is trying to get the girl, and the girl is there for the plot (Peach in the earlier entries in the Mario series), and there's the Girl Of The Week pairing, where a character "gets the girl" repeatedly.
  • July 2, 2011
    GoopsWorld
  • July 2, 2011
    TTurtle
    In the 2011 Green Hornet film, Kato has more luck with the Love Interest than does Britt.
  • July 2, 2011
    StarryEyed
    ^^^Agreed, I think those three sense should be kept distinct. Probably needs to be completely different tropes.

  • February 10, 2012
    FalconPain
    In Megas XLR, all evidence points to Kiva being more likely to get together with Jamie than Coop. Really, it's more amazing to think she'll get together with any of the main male cast.

    While the video game series doesn't go in this direction, the Super Mario Bros movie makes Luigi the princess's love interest. Then again, her name is Daisy...
  • February 10, 2012
    SilentReverence
    In Thunder Cats 2011, Tygra the Sidekick gets the girl instead of Leon'o. It is revealed at the very end of the season that she had already chosen him many years ago, making this a genderflipped version of First Girl Wins.
  • February 12, 2012
    pawsplay
    In Your Highness, seemingly less protagonistic Fabbius gets the girl after the big boss fight, while Thaddeus has to wait longer, just to get the opportunity to even start pursuing a relationship with his love interest. Courtney, however, gets no luck.
  • February 12, 2012
    JonnyB
    IIRC, in Road to Utopia Bob Hope gets Dorothy Lamour (it was always Bing Crosby before... but there's a rather racy twist at the end).
  • February 12, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Also justified if the hero is a Chaste Hero, but the sidekick is not.
  • February 12, 2012
    acrobox
    I'm guessing this is referring to sidekick romance of Two Guys And A Girl, Two Girls And A Guy, or more generally Three Amigo and other power trio set ups. Basically we have The Hero of either gender with a prominent male friend and a prominent female friend and the two friends end up having a romance instead of the hero with the opposite gendered friend. If this is the case, then The Hero will either have a romance with a fourth character who isn't part of the main trio, or The Hero will not have a romance at all as succeeding in the quest and ascending to a higher plane are victory enough for their character arc, and the romance is a good way to tie up loose ends and make it seem like the sidekicks got something for all their effort.
  • February 14, 2015
    myomy
    I think this trope needs to be made
  • February 15, 2015
    DAN004
    Let's start with an actual description, shall we?

    Pulling a hat.
  • February 15, 2015
    paycheckgurl
    This needs a lot of work. The fact it had hats is baffling in its current state.
  • May 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    I would suggest limiting this to ensemble examples.

    I don't think "not The Hero character gets a Love Interest" is a trope. The "gets the Love Interest The Hero is expexted to have" is a trope. Herc is a Celibate Hero, and that's why Iolaus got the women.
  • May 3, 2015
    Omeganian
  • May 3, 2015
    DAN004
    Another possibility is that making the hero having a Love Interest would potentially endanger him (and the author) to go into a Romantic Plot Tumor. Giving the love story to the sidekick (who, most of the time, has less things to work on his hands than the hero) would make it a nice B-plot instead.
  • May 4, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    That's not exactly the same trope, though. Harry did do that, even if Ron did so as well.
  • May 4, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ did do "what"?
  • May 4, 2015
    Bisected8
    How's this for a draft description?:
    So there's a Romance Arc, but The Hero, for whatever reason, isn't suitable for it; as with many things, the sidekick picks up the slack. This also quite common with teams that have Two Guys And A Girl or Two Girls And A Guy; the more prominent of the three stays single and the other two begin a relationship.

    The exact reasons the hero isn't involved in a subplot can vary from them having a lover simply being illogical (e.g. she's a Chaste Hero or outright Asexual) to more dramatic reasons (e.g. the sidekick's the "winner" in a Love Triangle, causing tension, or she suffers from the Cartright Curse). There's also more meta reasons, such as Status Quo Is God keeping her single, the sidekick being the viewpoint character or the writer avoiding a Romantic Plot Tumour by shunting it onto lesser characters.

    Compare Pair The Spares (where the main character ends up in a relationship too).
    Also, if I may be so bold to suggest an alternative title: Sidekick Couple
  • May 4, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ I like it.
  • May 4, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    That does not apply to Harry because the writer did include him in a Romantic Plot Tumour.
  • May 4, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Yeah, and in the end Harry did get a girl: Ginny.
  • May 4, 2015
    BrokenEye
    I swear I've seen this trope before
  • May 5, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    I presume this means the sidekick gets the girl/guy the hero would be expected to get, not that the sidekick gets a Love Interest and the hero's Love Interest plot falls through somehow?

    A possible Played With version — In the Darkwing Duck episode "Water Way to Go", the Princess of Oilrabia is more interested in Launchpad than she is in Darkwing. However, she also thinks Launchpad is the hero and Darkwing is the sidekick (they swapped positions).
  • May 7, 2015
    boeia
    In Literature/Never Let Me Go Kathy is obviously meant to be with Tommy, but Ruth simply gets to it first. The trope is subverted at the end when Kathy does end up with Tommy, though they lost it isn't the same anymore
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