'''''Sidekick''''' is a Canadian animated television series created by Todd Kauffman, who directed of the first season of TotalDrama, and Joey So, it was originally 5 shorts for Funpak. (Essentially {{Nelvana}}'s answer to ''WhatACartoon'' or ''OhYeahCartoons'') before it was made into a television series 5 years after Funpak premiered. A second series has already been ordered.

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 {{YTV}} in Canada and Creator/CartoonNetwork in the States.
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!!''Sidekick'' provides examples of:

* TheAce: Vana is a deconstruction. While in terms of skills, she's this trope, 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.
* 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?''"
* ButtMonkey: Eric
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Eric is an orphan. He usually [[OrphansOrdeal brings it up]] every other episode.
* CantSpitItOut: Or, more accurately, spits it out all the time. Kitty 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: Eric
** Maxum Man's former sidekick Golly Gee Kid was definitely this as well.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trevor
* 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, 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.
* 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 pummelled (or at least humiliated).
* 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
* {{Expy}}: Eric is similar to [[TheRickyGervaisShow the animated Karl Pilkington]]
* 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.
* 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.
** And 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 in this [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Pampelmoose
** Practically the whole cast, even the most decent characters in the show have a mean bone in their body.
* 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.
* 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 is [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]]. In some episodes he IS aware of this but he's not interested in her.
** Subverted with Vana; she knows Eric has a crush on her, but doesn't return to feeling. Eric is either unaware of this, or is trying hard to change her mind.
* OneOfTheKids: Professor Pampelmoose.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]]: Usually Eric, but can be Vana or Kitty, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]].
* TheProfessor: Pampelmoose
* PunnyName: Pick a villain, any villain. Examples include Man Maid and Drilliam Shakespeare.
* RobotBuddy: Maxum Brain was recently revealed to have been 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
* SadistTeacher: Professor Pampelmoose
* SanityBall: Even ''Trevor'' gets thrown to this.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors
** Used in "Moustachesquatch" when the gang is chasing/being chased by the moustache monster. Rather than actual doors they use caves.
** 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 their shipping Eric and Mandy.
* {{Sidekick}}: It's in the name, after all.
* SimpletonVoice: Pamplemoose
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The henchman 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.
** Kitty in general. When a famous teen movie star appears she near-completely forgets about Eric during the duration of the star's visit and goes to much greater lengths for her stalker-dom.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The town is usually destroyed once an episode. ItGetsBetter by the next one.
* SuperDickery: From what we see of Maxum Man in flashbacks, his super-ing style tends to consist almost entirely of this.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Trevor
* {{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. [[{{Moe}} 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
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