[[caption-width-right:350:They're all kids and they're all sidekicks.]]

'''''Sidekick''''' is a Canadian animated television series created by Todd Kauffman, who directed of the first season of WesternAnimation/TotalDrama, and Joey So, it was originally 5 shorts for Funpak. (Essentially Creator/{{Nelvana}}'s answer to ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' or ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'') before it was made into a television series 5 years after Funpak premiered. The series first aired in Canada on September 3, 2010 on Creator/{{YTV}}. In the United States, the series premiered on Creator/CartoonNetwork on June 13, 2011 at 3:30PM ET. The series ended on September 14, 2013.

It tells the story of Eric Needles, the sidekick of missing superhero Maxum Man and his adventures in Splitsboro, a town divided between heroes and villains.

[[http://www.youtube.com/user/nikiniki9door You can watch the Funpak shorts here.]]

Can be seen on Creator/{{YTV}} in Canada and Creator/{{Qubo}} in the States.
!!''Sidekick'' provides examples of:

* TheAce: While Vana is this in terms of skill, personality-wise she's an arrogant, selfish, uncaring jerk with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Same with Maxum Man.
* ActionGirl: Vana. Kitty has her moments as well. Mandy Struction counts too, as well as we can assume Maxum Mom, as she's a retired Superheroine.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Eric wants Vana while Kitty wants Eric.
* AlphaBitch: The most consistent characterization of Vana, with Kitty acting like her GirlPosse.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Vana's hippi, dippie mother.
%%* AngryGuardDog: Maxum Mutt.
* ArchEnemy: Mr. [=Troublemeyer/Master=] XOX for Professor Pampelmoose and Maxum Man (though due to the latter being missing, you hardly ever see this).
* ArchnemesisDad: Trevor's grandfather is this for Mr. Troublemeyer. If the pictures on the wall are any indication, he definitely qualifies as [[AbusiveDad abusive]]. Plus he is constantly trying to turn Trevor evil despite Mr. Troublemeyer's continued efforts to get him to be a good boy.
* ArtEvolution: The Funpak shorts differ from the TV series in this way.
%%* AttentionWhore: Vana
* AxCrazy: Master XOX. It becomes blatantly obvious in his first appearance when he says that he created clones and ate them.
* BadassMustache: Eric gets one of these in the episode ''"Moustache Squash"''.
%%* BadassAdorable: All four of the main characters.
%%* BadassSanta: Mega Santa.
* BelligerentSexualTension:
** Vana and Eric, though only from Eric's side.
** Kitty and Eric, on Kitty's side.
* BettyAndVeronica: Kitty Ko as the Betty and Vana Glama as the Veronica. Only this Veronica doesn't want Archie. Then Mandy Strcution comes in as the Cheryl Blossom.
* BindleStick: In "Ye Old Sidekick Village" the villain uses his anti-technology ray to turn Kitty's bag into one of these, filled with cans of beans.
* BilingualBonus: "Pampelmoose" is French for 'Grapefruit'. Lampshaded when Eric tastes some of Pampelmoose-turned-evil-plant and notes that it tastes 'Pampelmoosey, with a hint of citrus'.
* BollywoodNerd: Maxum Man's Super Computer, Maxum Brain, has an Indian Accent.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "A rooster? Rutabaga? ''A roostabaga?''"
* BurpingContest: One episode involved Eric and Trevor repeatedly going back in time and changing the present (trying to fix what they screwed up the first time, of course). Upon returning to the present after one of these trips, they find out that Vana and Kitty have become anthropomorphic turtles, who promptly start up a burping contest for no reason. Eric immediately sends him and Trevor back in time again, while Trevor complains that he wants to stay long enough to see who wins. The next time they come back to the present, they find that Vana and Kitty are still turtles, only this time they get into a ''farting'' contest instead.
%%* ButtMonkey: Eric
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan:
** Eric is an orphan. He usually [[OrphansOrdeal brings it up]] every other episode.
** [[spoiler: Kitty]] too as seen in "Parent Teacher Night of Doom".
* CantSpitItOut: Inverted with Kitty, who has a not-so-secret crush on Eric and reveals it all the time, but whenever she gets a little too lovey-dovey, Eric asks "What?", with Kitty responding with her own "What?" If Eric is aware at all of Kitty's feelings, he doesn't show it and definitely does not return them.
* TheChewToy:
** Maxum Man's former sidekick Golly Gee Kid was definitely this as well.
%%** Eric
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trevor
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Splitsboro seems like your typical town, if not for the fact it gets destroyed in nearly every episode, and there's a holiday to beat Eric up. Plus, almost every character is mean-spirited, even the so-called "heroes" are NotSoDifferent from the villains such as Maxum Man is [[SmugSuper self-righteous]][[JerkAss jerks]], and even the most decent characters have a mean bone in their body.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The supervillains who hate Maxum Man are villains because Maxum Man was a real jerk to them, or were the reason why they became villains in the first place.
* DatingCatwoman: Eric and Mandy Struction, who happens to be a member of the Splitsboro Crime Syndicate, The Mass Destructions.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The in-world universe treats sidekicks as if they were objects, punching bags, etc., which can lead to making every student masochistic.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: This one doubles as a genius bonus. In "Ain't No Party Like a Maxum Brain Party", Eric suggests pulling out some of Maxum Brain's RAM Memory to lighten him up a bit. RAM stands for Random Access Memory. So he suggested pulling out some Random Access Memory Memory.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Characters can either become charming and playful and can be friendly to each other (with only slight insults) and [[JerkassBall become jerks for the sake of humor sometimes]]. Eric gets the ''worst'' out of this. He's either the OnlySaneMan and/or CloserToEarth or tuns just as stupid as Trevor, or an even ''worse'' example, he either is shy or unaware of Kitty's crush on him, or treats her like an absolute {{Jerkass}} like if her crushing on him is the worst thing ever. Doesn't help that he has a crush on Vana, who's treats him like utter crap. Likewise Trevor can be simply a Wacky Friend with some "negative qualities" or an outright sociopath.
* DerangedAnimation
* DisappearedDad
** Maxum Man is Eric's adoptive dad, and no one knows where he is.
** A less prominent version is Vana's dad. Her mom showed up as a GranolaGirl, but her father was suspiciously absent.
%%* DogsAreDumb: Maxum Mutt.
%%* DoggedNiceGuy: Eric towards Vana.
* DownerEnding:
** Many episodes end with Eric being pummeled (or at least humiliated).
** The episode with the Maxum Mobile is one example: As Eric and Trevor are driving the Maxum Mobile, which due to plot induced amnesia Eric doesn't remember the car (which was set to evil) destroying half the town, freeing every villain from prison and mutating Vana into a monster. At the end he is cornered by the dozens of villains, the angry mob and the car with hundreds of missiles ready to blow him up, but he manages to (with great difficulty) set the car back to good... [[spoiler: only for Trevor to turn it back to evil, as sabotaging Eric was on his to-do list]]. The episode just ends there.
%%* DumbMuscle: XOX's henchmen.
%%* TheEeyore: Eric has moments with this trope.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Mr. Troublemeyer/Master XOX tries constantly to be a good father, but Trevor makes it very hard to do so.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Mr. Troublemeyer tries to keep Trevor from turning evil and even put him in the [[SuperheroSchool Sidekick Academy]] despite reacting in disgust when that school is even mentioned. Of course, Master XOX is always proud that Trevor inherited his evilness.
%%* EvilTeacher: Technically Professor Pampelmoose.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption
** Maxum Man will never be found. If he ever appears on screen outside of informational videos, it's always a fake or a duplicate.
** Even when Eric wins, he usually loses to reinforce what a loser he is.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: One episode had Eric acting strangely, only for it to be revealed that a shrunken XOX had entered Eric's body and took control of him. The rest of the group goes in to defeat him. [[NoodleIncident It apparently isn't Trevor's first trip into Eric's body]].
%%* FreeRangeChildren
* FriendVersusLover: According to their biographies on the YTV website, Trevor and Kitty both hate each other's guts, this could be the reason why, although this seems to be an InformedAttribute since they get along pretty well.
* GenreBlindness: In "Endless Summer" Eric notices how Trevor's dad and Master XOX bear a striking resemblance to each other and how their RV is full of menacing inventions. He puts two and two together... and figures that XOX is forcing Trevor's dad to build inventions for him.
%%* {{Gonk}}: Pampelmoose.
%%* GrossoutShow
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Oh so very much.
* HeroesWantRedheads
** Eric is much more interested in Vana than he is in Kitty. MirrorUniverse Eric wants her too.
* HerrDoctor: Professor Pampelmoose.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Eric and Trevor.
** Kitty and Vana.
* HonorBeforeReason: In the episode "The Henchman Challenge," Eric does not want to cheat even though it's ostensibly the only way their team can win. Eventually, he gives in, but Kitty is not happy.
* IdiotHero:
** Most prominently Trevor.
** Eric falls into this role [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]].
* InvincibleHero: Maxum Man throughout all of his flashback/video appearances seems outright immortal as he is shown to be indestructible and doesn't age.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Practically the whole cast, even the most decent characters in the show have a mean bone in their body.
%%** Pampelmoose.
* LimitedWardrobe: Lampshaded in "Supermodels." Eric says he needs the perfect outfit for picture day, and Maxum Brain asks, "Aren't you only having the one outfit?" After a beat and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall a look to the camera]], Eric scoffs, denies it and slams his bedroom door's shut.
%%* LovePotion: The Gaga Goggles combine this with HypnoRay.
* LoveTriangle: Kitty loves Eric, who loves Vana, who hates him.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Trevor idolizes XOX, but seems to hold nothing but contempt for XOX's civilian identity: his dad.
* LustfulMelt: Vana melts like wax when meeting Allan Amazing for the first time.
* MeaningfulName:
** Splitsboro, as the entire city is split into two halves, one for heroes and one for villains.
** Trevor's last name sounds a lot like "Troublemaker", which perfectly describes both him and his father.
%%** Also Vana Glamma and Alan Amazing.
* TheMillstone: Trevor in a majority of the episodes he's in.
%%* MissingMom: Trevor's mother.
* {{Mondegreen}}: A non-lyric example: Eric tells Trevor that his old orphanage pal has "abandonment issues", and that you should never say "Goodbye" to him. Trevor, however, mishears it for "Banana Mint Shoes". This goes on to be a RunningGag and finally a BrickJoke.
%%* MoralityChain: Kitty for Eric in "The Henchman Challenge".
* ObliviousToLove
** Eric is completely oblivious to the fact that Kitty has a crush on him, although this [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the episode]]: in some episodes, he is aware of this but isn't interested in her.
** Subverted with Vana; she knows Eric has a crush on her, but doesn't return to feeling. Eric is trying hard to change her mind.
%%* OnlySaneMan: Usually Eric, but can be Vana or Kitty, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]].
* ParentalAbandonment:
** Eric is orphaned after [[spoiler: his parents are killed in an amusement park accident]].
** This goes to extreme levels when [[spoiler: Kitty is revealed to be a orphan]] in "Parent Teacher Night of Doom". This also referenced in the episode "Hello Dolly" when she has a [[spoiler: 100 year old little cousin (this indicates that her family left her in the past, are killed or both)]].
%%* TheProfessor: Pampelmoose.
* PunnyName: Pick a villain, any villain. Examples include Man Maid and Drilliam Shakespeare.
* RobotBuddy:
** Maxum Brain used to be a super in his own right. As it so happens, Pamplemoose appears to have been his sidekick.
** Subverted with the Loids; they're so competent, everyone leaves town and builds a new Splitsboro to get away from them.
* SadistShow: A show takes place in a [[CrapsackWorld world where sidekicks are treated badly,]] almost [[{{Jerkass}} everyone is downright cruel,]] and even Eric [[JerkassBall himself can be nasty at times]]. [[SarcasmMode Gee, you think?]]
%%* SadistTeacher: Professor Pampelmoose.
%%* SanityBall: Even ''Trevor'' gets thrown this once in a while.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In "Hullaballoo" Vana learns that her older sister was only mean to her to get Vana to stand up to her and prove herself worthy of being her sidekick. Once she learns she went through all that abuse and could've stopped it anytime, she promptly [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown pummels her sister senseless.]]
* ScoobyDoobyDoors
** Used in "Moustachesquatch" when the gang is chasing/being chased by the mustache monster, though they use caves rather than doors.
** Played straight in "House of Helmut", followed by Trevor running into a closed door, knocking down the whole wall, and [[UpToEleven having the others comes out of one of the knocked down doors]].
* ShipTease:
%%** Sometimes between Eric and Kitty, especially in "The Henchman Challenge".
%%** Later they're shipping Eric and Mandy.
* {{Sidekick}}: It's in the name, after all.
* ShoutOut:
** In "Master XOX Ray Vision", after Eric puts on the special contact lenses, it intially causes him to see his friends as the characters from fellow Creator/{{YTV}} series WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel [[note]]Trevor was Dave, Kitty was Scaredy and Vana was the fish girl[[/note]].
** One episode is called [[Series/ThisHourHasTwentyTwoMinutes This Hour Has 22,000 Minutes]].
%%* SimpletonVoice: Pamplemoose.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The henchwoman with the pigtails at the henchman school.
%%* SociopathicHero: Maxum Man and Trevor.
* SplitPersonality: Mr. Troublemeyer, Trevor's effeminate father and Master XOX, The closest thing the show has to a BigBad. Trevor idolizes Master XOX, unaware he's really his father.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Maxum Man's secret identity is Mr. Maxummin.
%%* SitcomArchNemesis: XOX to Pampelmoose.
* StalkerWithACrush:
** Kitty sometimes takes her crush on Eric to creepy levels. The show's official wiki implies that this is the main reason Eric doesn't seem to reciprocate Kitty's affections.
* StatusQuoIsGod:
** The town is usually destroyed once an episode. It recovers by the next one.
** In the final ep "Graduation Daze" all the Sidekicks were to graduate from Sidekick School but had to do a final test. They all passed, but the last was Eric, who accidentally disintegrated the diplomas in the process, meaning everyone had to repeat the school all over again.
* SuperheroSchool: A variant, the school is for sidekicks.
%%* TokenEvilTeammate: Trevor.
* TokenMinority: Vana is Portuguese, Kitty is Chinese and Mandy is Italian/Persian.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Kitty is sometimes a {{tsundere}} type B toward Eric.
* VagueAge: Averted by WordOfGod: Todd Kauffman (one of the creators) confirms them to be in grade 9 -- so they're 13-14 years old. [[OlderThanTheyLook Their design makes them look younger.]]
* VerbalTic: Master XOX always pronounces "evil" as "evile", like a combination of "evil" and "vile". Maybe he does it to make a point about how evil (and vile) he is. Or maybe he just likes [[Music/{{Evile}} the band]].
* VisualPun
** The aforementioned "roostabaga" gag is followed by a rooster with a rutabaga for a torso.
** "The dust bunnies are starting to multiply". Cut to a scene of bunnies doing multiplication on a chalk board.
** Splitsboro's good and evil sides are separated by a railroad, meaning that the people who live on the evil side are literally born on the wrong side of the tracks.
%%* WithFriendsLikeThese: Trevor for Eric and Vana for Kitty.
%%* WorldGoneMad: Splitsboro.
* YankTheDogsChain:
** One example is in "This Hour Has 20,000 Minutes"; Eric finally manages to stop all the time loops and is about to ask Vana to the dance, but he gets punished for a mocking graffiti drawing of Pamplemoose that Trevor did. Even worse, Vana was so busy planning the dance, that she didn't ask anyone and said she would've even gone with him.
%%** "Graduation Daze", the final episode.