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Sidekick Song
"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"
Heidi and Susan sing "Secondary Characters" in [title of show]

In the same way that the Villain Song is the classic moment for the villain of a musical to have a chance to shine and expand upon their philosophy of life, the Sidekick Song is the chance for the hero's comedy sidekick to sing about what they want out of life - have a few laughs, spread the joy, that sort of thing. The song doesn't have to be positive but usually is. The Sidekick Song can sometimes be combined with the Villain Song for Anti Villains or Magnificent Bastards.

Often goes hand in hand with Disney Acid Sequence.

Examples:

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Musical
  • 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 Oklahoma!! provide a set of songs for the comic relief couple. Meanwhile, "It's A Scandal! It's A Outrage!" provides one for the peddler Ali Hakeem.
  • "Master of the House" from Les Misérables, despite being the musical's main Villain Song, is also the musical's main moment of light relief.
    • Also, Gavroche sums up his life philosophy in the plucky "Little People."
  • Similarly, in Oliver!, "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two" serves as an Anti Villain Song for Fagin.
    • "Consider Yourself" sung by The Artful Dodger.
    • Fagin also gets arguably the most fun song in the entire show, "Reviewing the Situation." He shares the reprise with Dodger.
  • From Avenue Q, "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 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 The Scarlet Pimpernel. And although the hero sings a lot of it, the hero is also his own comic sidekick.
  • Rent has "Today 4 You", an upbeat and bouncy song... about killing a dog, "Out Tonight", about Mimi enjoying what time she has left, 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.
  • 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 Bye Bye Birdie 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 Man of La Mancha neatly sum up (with a few interjections from Aldonza) Sancho Panza's personality.
  • "Dancing Through Life" from Wicked is a combination of this and a Villain Song... at least on the surface. This being Wicked, Hidden Depths abound.
  • "Mama Says" from the musical version of 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 Guys and Dolls, "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" is Nicely-Nicely Johnson's Sidekick Song.
    • 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 The Lion King - performs "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" in the 1992 Broadway Revival of Guys and Dolls. And Nathan Lane (who voiced Timon) played Nathan in that production.
  • Mamma Mia! gives us Tanya's "Does Your Mother Know" and Rosie and Bill's "Take A Chance On Me".
  • In 13 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 Bad Girl Song, and Villain Song. and "Bad Bad News" is this for all the boys, while "Brand New You" is this for the girls.
  • Next To Normal has "Ive Been" for The Caretaker Dan, and "Everything Else" for Deadpan Snarker Natalie.
  • "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time" in My Fair Lady.
  • "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
  • ''Secondary Characters'' from [title of show] is the most 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 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.
  • The very bizarre "Shipoopi" from The Music Man.
  • The villain's sidekicks get one in Kiss Me Kate: "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 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory becomes a Crowd Song as the Bucket family and the press celebrate Charlie's Golden Ticket find, but most of it is handled by Older Sidekick 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!

Opera

  • Mozart seems to have been fond of these: both Leporello in Don Giovanni and Papageno in The Magic Flute get them. So do quite a few secondary characters in The Marriageof Figaro, which also puts the officially-a-sidekick Figaro in the lead.

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