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Sidekick is a Canadian animated television series created by Todd Kauffman, who directed of the first season of Total Drama, and Joey So, it was originally 5 shorts for Funpak. (Essentially Nelvana's answer to What A Cartoon or Oh Yeah! Cartoons) 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.You can watch the Funpak shorts here.Can be seen on YTV in Canada and Cartoon Network in the States.
Sidekick provides examples of:
The Ace: 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.
Action Girl: 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.
Arch-Enemy: Mr. Troublemeyer/Master XOX for Professor Pampelmoose and Maxum Man (though due to the latter being missing, you hardly ever see this)
Archnemesis Dad: Trevor's grandfather is this for Mr. Troublemeyer. If the pictures on the wall are any indication, he definitely qualifies as abusive. Plus he is constantly trying to turn Trevor evil despite Mr. Troublemeyer's continued efforts to get him to be a good boy.
Art Evolution: The Funpak shorts differ from the TV series in this way.
Can't Spit It Out: 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.
Crapsaccharine World: 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 Not So Different from the villains such as Maxum Man is self-righteousjerks, and even the most decent characters have a mean bone in their body.
Create Your Own Villain: 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.
Dating Catwoman: 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.
Department of Redundancy Department: 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.
Depending on the Writer: Characters can either become charming and playful and can be friendly to each other (with only slight insults) and become jerks for the sake of humor sometimes. Eric gets the worst out of this. He's either the Only Sane Man and/or Closer to Earth 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.
Downer Ending: Many episodes end with Eric being pummeled (or at least humiliated). The episode with the Maxum Mobile takes this Up to Eleven. 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 to him up. But manages to (very difficultly) set the car back to good. Only for Trevor to turn it back to evil, as sabotaging Eric was on his to-do list The episode just ends there
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mr. Troublemeyer/Master XOX tries constantly to be a good father. But Trevor makes it very hard to do so.
Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Mr. Troublemeyer tries to keep Trevor from turning evil and even put him in the Sidekick Academy despite reacting in disgust when that school is even mentioned. Of course, Master XOX is always proud that Trevor inherited his evilness.
Genre Blindness: 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.
Practically the whole cast, even the most decent characters in the show have a mean bone in their body.
Limited Wardrobe: 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 a look to the camera, Eric scoffs, denies it and slams his bedroom door's shut.
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 Running Gag and finally a Brick Joke.
One episode they all 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.
Super Dickery: From what we see of Maxum Man in flashbacks, his super-ing style tends to consist almost entirely of this.