YMMV / Sidekicks

The Film

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Its very easy to see Barry as being not just a very imaginative teenager who daydreams a lot but as a schizophrenic who has hallucinations.
  • Anti-Climax: Randy was such an unlikable character that you'd hope he'd get some kind of comeuppance. Yet when he and Barry do confront each other in the Karate Tournament their conflict was settled in a brick breaking competition. All that build up to a rather mediocre payoff and whats to stop Randy from picking on Barry after that?
  • Boisterous Weakling: Stone, at least against Chuck Norris.
  • The Cast Showoff: The martial arts skills of Norris and Julia Nickson stand out. Joe Piscopo also takes the time to show off how incredibly ripped he was.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Chuck Norris kicks the teacher's ass.
    • Barry's weapons demonstration also counts.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: A bunch of them, but one in particular; during one of Barry's daydreams, based on Norris' movie The Hitman, Barry pulls out a small rocket launcher from inside his trenchcoat. Norris has a look on his face like, "WTF?" Barry, for his part, has a shit-eating grin on his.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: According to Chuck Norris, dreams come true if you want them bad enough. They don't come true if you earn them, deserve them or really need them to come true. In this case, Barry dreams of fighting alongside Chuck Norris, and because he wanted it so bad, Chuck Norris just happened to drop by at the karate tournament he was competing in and agreed to help him out.
  • Follow the Leader: A film in the mold of The Karate Kid.
  • Headscratcher: It's a bit odd that the top two finishers in the Women's Kata at a karate tournament are quite clearly showing off katas from kung fu.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This movie was pretty much Chuck Norris Facts twenty years before Chuck Norris Facts.
    • In Barry's Wild West fantasy in the gym, Chuck portrays a Texas Ranger.
  • Values Dissonance: The fistfight between Barry and Randy in the school gym definitely would result in their suspension nowadays in the post-Columbine school environment.
    • And the zero tolerance on bullying. There is a strong chance Randy would have been expelled for provoking the fight.
  • Vanity Project: This film could be considered a vanity project, if not necessarily for Chuck Norris, then perhaps for his brother. The film stars Chuck Norris as himself and Johnathan Brandis who plays a kid who is obsessed with him. The film was also directed by Chuck's younger brother, Aaron Norris.

The Webcomic

  • Complete Monster: Pluton, despite his limited appearances, manages to stick out as one of the most monstrous villains in the comic. Possessing the power of life-force draining, Pluton is shown having massacred over 4,000 people, with a child and her father being just two of his victims. Detained at a maximum security prison after murdering four superheroes and five sidekicks, Pluton is still feared throughout the superhero community. Escaping prison with the help of other villains, Pluton attacks the man who released him, and murders any guards or sidekicks that get in his way. When confronted by more heroes, Pluton gleefully toys with them, revealing himslf to be an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight, then tries to kill one hero's sidekick in front of him just to torture him.

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