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Cowardly Sidekick

A Sidekick with a peculiar twist: presumably to serve as a Foil to a brave (or cocky) hero, they're so yellow that one has to wonder how the heck they ended up in the adventure business in the first place. The Cowardly Sidekick is often what happens when the Plucky Comic Relief isn't so... well, plucky. Anything but, in fact.

Often overlaps with Bumbling Sidekick. Compare The Drag-Along, for which this usually wasn't his choice to begin with. Contrast Reckless Sidekick.

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  • Myoga the flea in InuYasha. Whoever he hides with in a battle has been used as an indicator of what's the safest place to be.
  • While Chamo of Mahou Sensei Negima! may be mostly useless during fights (and not all that brave during the particularly dangerous fights), he's at least a capable strategist and is willing to be as useful a possible.
  • Evan Edrok, a highly skilled Guide from Tower of God is the companion of Princess Ha Yuri Zahard, whose adventures quite frankly freak him out.
  • Pop/Poppu from Dai no Daibouken starts off like this.
  • Yoki in Fullmetal Alchemist.

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    Fan Fic 
  • Bob, assistant of Retro in Retro Chill, is this, constantly freaking out when he sees an alien despite being allies with them. His growing dissatisfaction with the job is what ultimately leads to his Heel-Face Turn.

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  • Dan Thompson's comical adventure strip hero Rip Haywire has his faithful dog, talking collie TNT, who is in near-constant panic mode.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Norin the Wary, quoted in several flavor texts before getting a card of his own (with an appropriate ability, of course). He's probably the game's most famous coward, and as a summonable creature he arguably qualifies as the player's sidekick.

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