->''"The secondary characters are singing a song''
->''While the stars are snacking off-stage''
->''It was their idea to bring us along''
->''And now we’re hijacking this page''
->''Of the script''
->''We’re equipped''
->''To steer the ship''
->''‘Til this trippy skit ends''
->''And by the end of this song, we’ll be best friends"''
-->-- [[{{AsHimself}} Heidi and Susan]] sing ''"Secondary Characters"'' in Theatre/TitleOfShow

In the same way that the VillainSong is the classic moment for the villain of a musical to have a chance to shine and expand upon their philosophy of life, the SidekickSong is the chance for the [[PluckyComicRelief hero's comedy sidekick]] to have his or her moment [[{{Disney/Frozen}} in the sun]]—have a few laughs, spread the joy, that sort of thing. The Sidekick Song typically explains why the Sidekick’s [[{{Disney/Aladdin}} abilities]] and/or [[Disney/TheLionKing philosophy]] are [[Disney/BeautyandtheBeast of service]] to TheHero. The Sidekick may also perform the IAmGreatSong for the Hero or Villain, as they may be [[HumbleHero too humble]] to do it for themselves, or they may need a PepTalkSong. Yet, the SidekickSong may have little to do with TheHerosJourney at all, and is rather about Sidekick’s own [[IWantSong dreams and ambitions]]. The song doesn't have to be positive but usually is. The SidekickSong can sometimes be combined with the VillainSong for {{Anti Villain}}s or {{Magnificent Bastard}}s.

Often goes hand in hand with DisneyAcidSequence.

[[folder: Film ]]

* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW02c5UNGl0 Make 'Em Laugh]]" from ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', possibly the most obvious example of this trope. "Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses", a duet between the hero and comedy sidekick, also counts.
* "The Bare Necessities" from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. "I Wanna Be Like You" provides an AntiVillain example (if King Louis can even be called a villain).
* "A Friend Like Me" from ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'', though Genie fans might consider "One Jump Ahead" to be the ''true'' Sidekick Song.
* "HakunaMatata" from ''Disney/TheLionKing''...except the main character sings in it as well
** "Circle of Life" may also count, as it is implicitly sang by Rafiki in the movie (and explicitly in the [[Theatre/TheLionKing play]]).
* "Why Should I Worry" from ''Disney/{{Oliver and Company}}'' -- the Dodger isn't comic relief in the end, but it's very much a "let me astonish you, young stranger, with tales of my carefree lifestyle" song.
* "Under the Sea" from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* "A Guy Like You" from Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* "Be Our Guest" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** With a bonus, "Human Again," in the Broadway show.
* ''Every song'' from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' counts except [[IWantSong "Almost There"]] and [[VillainSong "Friends on the Other Side"]].
* "The Silly Song" from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', "Heigh-Ho" is another example.
* "Give a Little Whistle" from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* "Make Your Life a Party" from the obscure ''Katy the Caterpillar''.
* One of the {{Cut Song}}s from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' was supposed to be one for Mushu. Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po get a song in the form of "A Girl Worth Fighting For" which has a reprise in the sequel, along with the background soldiers, although Mulan does sing one line of it--which is immediately rejected by the three as silly.
* "No Girl's Toy" from ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure''
* "In Summer" from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.
* "I've Got a Golden Ticket" in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' is this for Grandpa Joe, with Charlie joining in later. (See Musical below for the equivalent song in [[AdaptationOverdosed another adaptation of the story]].)
* Sunny from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' has [[Music/ExodusAlbum "Three Little Birds"]] by [[Music/BobMarley BobMarleyAndTheWailers]].
* In ''{{Film/Chicago}}'', Billy Flynn has three songs—“All I Care About is Love,” “Press Conference Rag,” and “Razzle Dazzle” —that all relate to how he serves as an [[OlderSidekick older]] HyperCompetentSidekick for Roxie (and, to a lesser extent, Velma).


[[folder: Musical ]]

* ''Theatre/{{Spring Awakening}}'': "My Junk". It's a rare non-{{angst}} song where the girls sing about their crushes, one guy sings about his crush on his piano teacher and another sings about his love of masturbation. {{Hilarity ensues}}.
* "Everything's Up To Date In Kansas City", "I Cain't Say No" and "All Er Nothing" from ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}!'' provide a set of songs for the comic relief ''[[BetaCouple couple]]''. Meanwhile, "It's A Scandal! It's A Outrage!" provides one for the [[TricksterArchetype peddler]] Ali Hakeem.
* "Master of the House" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', despite being the musical's main VillainSong, is also the musical's main moment of ''light relief''.
** Also, Gavroche sums up his life philosophy in the plucky "Little People."
* Similarly, in ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two" serves as an [[AntiVillain Anti]] VillainSong for Fagin.
** "Consider Yourself" sung by The Artful Dodger.
** Fagin also gets arguably the [[LargeHam most fun]] song in the entire show, "Reviewing the Situation." He shares the reprise with Dodger.
* From ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', "If you were Gay", "The Internet is for Porn", "You can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want", "There is Life Outside your Apartment, and "The More you Ruv Someone" and all the [[CutSong Cut Songs]] all serve this Trope. Actually, More than 60% of the play IS this trope.
** It helps if you just pretend the entire cast is the main character. The real main characters aren't really that much bigger parts than the rest, anyway.
* "The Creation of Man" in ''Theatre/TheScarletPimpernel''. And although the hero sings a lot of it, the hero is also his own comic sidekick.
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' has "Today 4 You", Angel's upbeat and bouncy song... [[LyricalDissonance about killing a dog]], "Over the Moon", where Maureen implements a nursery rhyme into a nonsensical performance art piece, and "Santa Fe", about Collins' dream of opening a restaurant out west.
* "Bidin' My Time" from ''Girl Crazy,'' by the Gershwin Brothers that extolls the slacker's philosophy.
* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' has "Run and Tell That" by Seaweed and Inez, and "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful," by their mother, Motormouth Maybelle.
** Not to mention "You're Timeless To Me" for Wilber and Edna Turnblad.
* Though the song itself isn't thought of as comical by the characters, "Kids" from ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' gives the parents of the teenagers in the show a chance to say just what they think about the changing postwar culture.
* "I Like Him" and "A Little Gossip" from ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'' neatly sum up (with a few interjections from Aldonza) Sancho Panza's personality.
* "Dancing Through Life" from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' is a combination of this and a VillainSong... at least on the surface. This being ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', HiddenDepths abound.
* "Mama Says" from the musical version of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' gives Ren's best friend Willard his chance to (hilariously) shine. Rusty gets her version in "Let's Hear It for the Boy".
* In ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" is Nicely-Nicely Johnson's SidekickSong.
** He and two other sidekick characters get the opening number, "Fugue For Tinhorns" ("I got the horse right here/His name is Paul Revere...").
** For extra funny, Ernie Sabella - the voice of Pumbaa in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' - performs "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" in the 1992 Broadway Revival of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. And Nathan Lane (who voiced Timon) [[TheDanza played Nathan]] in that production.
* ''Theatre/MammaMia'' gives us Tanya's "Does Your Mother Know" and Rosie and [[spoiler:Bill]]'s "Take A Chance On Me".
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' Patrice has so many solos/songs we can't even count her. Archie has "Get Me What I Need", "Any Minute" Is a Brett/Kendra duet, "Opportunity" Is a bizzare mixture of this, the BadGirlSong, and VillainSong. and "Bad Bad News" is this for all the boys, while "Brand New You" is this for the girls.
* ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' has "Ive Been" for TheCaretaker Dan, and "Everything Else" for DeadpanSnarker Natalie.
* "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time" in ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* "Not While I'm Around" from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Secondary Characters"]] from ''Theatre/TitleOfShow'' is the most [[LampshadeHanging self-referential]] example, as well as a ''sidekick duet''. "I Am Playing Me" and "A Way Back to Then" are about Heidi's apprehension over her career while "Die, Vampire, Die!" is about Susan's quirky outlook on being an artist. "What Kind of Girl Is She?" is about a (potential) rivalry between the two.
* The older brothers in ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'' are sort of ensemble sidekicks for the father, the youngest brother, and the (only) sister, and they get one song in which each of them have either a solo or a duet: "Next to Lovin' (I Like Fightin')", in which they brag about their prowess in the manly arts. No, the ''second'' kind. It's also the only really ''funny'' song in a show made primarily of angst (being set in Virginia during the Civil War).
** Gabriel the slave boy teams up with the youngest brother in their own SidekickSong "Why Am I Me?"
* The ''very'' bizarre "Shipoopi" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
* The ''villain's'' sidekicks get one in ''Theatre/KissMeKate'': "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." And it's quite possibly the most well-known song in a show ''made'' of songs you've heard before but can't quite remember where (in particular, "Another Openin', Another Show," and "Too Darn Hot," which are themselves both sidekick songs).
* "Don'cha Pinch Me Charlie" in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' becomes a CrowdSong as the Bucket family and the press celebrate Charlie's Golden Ticket find, but most of it is handled by OlderSidekick Grandpa Joe (in fact, he's the one who demands the other bedridden grandparents follow his lead and get out of bed to join in!). Charlie gets a verse and chorus to himself, but it's telling that he lets Grandpa Joe lead everyone in the final stretch!
* An unusual example in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Only You Can Save Mankind]]: The Musical''. Bigmac is one of Johnny's sidekicks, and he gets the song "My Brother's Eyes". Only Bigmac's subplot is the most serious part of the story, and the song reflects that.


[[folder: Opera ]]

* Mozart seems to have been fond of these: both Leporello in ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' and Papageno in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' get them. So do quite a few secondary characters in ''Theatre/TheMarriageofFigaro'', which also puts the officially-a-sidekick Figaro in the lead.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* "Nobody Wants To Be Moist" from ''WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical'' - basically a SidekickSong that was cut from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' and put into the commentary.
* "Get Back Up" from ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' is this for Taz, although the trope is subverted in that she is Commander Up's former sidekick/mentee, and not Bug's.
* "I'm Just a Sidekick" from ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSeniorYear'' for Ron Weasley. Double points for being almost entirely about accepting his position as a sidekick.
* "Partners" from the cancelled [[Theatre/MidnightChannelTheMusical Persona 4 Musical]] for Yosuke.