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  • Nodwick, on a good day, is this rather than a Beleaguered Assistant. Don't expect him to stop with the snark, however.
  • Disney Comics have recurring stories featuring Sherlock Holmes parody "The Sleuth" with Mickey fulfilling the role of Watson. Seeing as The Sleuth seems to have the same investigative capabilities as Inspector Gadget, it's not hard to guess who fulfills this trope...
  • Lieutenant Pamela Mae Snap in Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!. She actually was lined up to command of the station, but willingly became this after seeing Brewster's dedication to his crew.
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  • Jenkins from Atomic Robo, who is entirely human but a complete One-Man Army. Word of God even jokingly declares that Robo is Jenkins' sidekick.
  • Iznogoud: Wa'at Alahf, Iznogoud's henchman. While he acts and looks dumb most of the time, he tends to have sudden Let's Get Dangerous! moments where he reveals he can be very competent when needed. He's also far more lucid than his master about the fact they can't win.
  • For Deadpool, it's Weasel and Al who play this role. Weasel does pretty much everything but the actual grunt work while Al tends to provide some helpful insight in between tormenting her captor by doing things like telling him the salt is sugar (which Pool then proceeds to heap on his cereal, making for a funny spit-take).
  • Poor, poor Arthur from The Tick. Then again, he might not be hypercompetent, just far more competent than his boss, which isn't exactly difficult. See also the animated version.
  • To those who don't know better, Lucius Fox is this to Bruce Wayne.
    • Alfred is often this to both Bruce Wayne and Batman. And most of the other members of the Batfamily too, Dick Grayson, Cassandra Cain, Tim Drake, Damian... they all turn to Alfred for help on not-so-rare occasions.
  • For a while, Green Lantern Alan Scott was sidekick to... a dog.Note 
  • Frank Miller's The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (later made into an animated series). The titular big guy was the result of research to create an autonomous robot to protect the USA against the USSR. However while the body was functional, no one could code a proper AI for it, and thus the government converted the big guy into a piloted robot, keeping the fact that it had a human pilot rather than an AI secret. Two decades later, the corporation that built the big guy has a break-through in AI research. The trick is however that the AI can only be coded to be of a similar mentality as a child, and that it needs to learn like a child to that it can grow into the adult, soldier-like mind the US government wants. Equipped with energy weapons, Rusty, the boy robot, is paired with The Big Guy (whom he is led to believe to be a real robot, so that Rusty will try to emulate him and model himself on him). Thing is, despite being an eighth of the big guy's size, Rusty has more firepower than the big guy and only his immaturity keeps him in line and acting as sidekick to the Big Guy, whom he's supposed to replace eventually. Really, the theme song says it all.
  • Johnny Thunder was like this, being in possession of a basically omnipotent genie who will do whatever he says. Unfortunately, he can do only what Johnny says, and Johnny isn't the brightest guy around. His Legacy Character Jakeem Thunder is brighter (and Johnny himself has merged with the genie), but also thirteen years old and lacking in maturity.
    • In his earliest appearances, Johnny wasn't even aware of the genie. He'd accidentally say the magic phrase ("Cei U", pronounced like "say you") that summoned the mystic thunderbolt, and then whatever Johnny idly wished for ("I sure wish I could find a way to get over that fence") would mysteriously happen.
  • In a notable difference to other continuities where Robotnik surrounds himself with idiots and backstabbers, his right hand man in Sonic the Comic is his chief scientist Grimer, who is loyal, dedicated and professional. As well as being the primary designer of many of Robotnik's most dangerous war machines, he personally comes to Robotnik's rescue on several occasions. The only area Robotnik is more dangerous is direct combat being a Genius Bruiser where as Grimer is a Non-Action Guy and can't fight without machines. His finest moment came when he was jailed after Robotnik was apparently destroyed by the Chaos Emeralds, where he took control of his prison, hacked into the Kintobor computer to keep Sonic under absolute surveillance and ultimately outsmarted and outmaneuvered the heroes to find Robotnik.
    • In Sonic the Comic – Online! he chessmasters his way into discrediting Sonic, leaving Mobius to the mob, and starting a destructive chain reaction of volcanoes before escaping to another universe. He appears near the end to gloat to Sonic, as a hologram. Badass.
  • Italian Disney Ducks Comic Universe stories tend to have them around-often for equally competent characters:
    • Since the whole point of Paperinik, Donald Duck's superhero/antihero identity, is about making him more competent, he is far from incapable. However One from Paperinik New Adventures is a master hacker, can create incredible machines in little time and has knowledge about practically every subject. Both would probably be offended if you call the computer "sidekick", however: they are partners.
    • Jeeves is supposedly just Rockerduck's personal secretary, if a very good one. He's also an effective corporate spy, a Master of Disguise, and even his Battle Butler.
    • Jubal Pomp is usually just a not-so-competent businessman. Whenever Brigitta recruits him for some business, however, they form a pair capable of making Scrooge tremble, with Brigitta in charge and forming the plans and Jubal, who is a much better talker, being the one to put them into practice and, whenever Brigitta goes into Woman Scorned mode, keep her grounded.
    • Ms. Quackfaster is supposedly just Scrooge's personal secretary. She also runs his office (to the point that the rare times she got angry enough to quit her job Scrooge found himself lost and had to convince her to come back), can run the Money Bin's defenses well enough to take down the Beagle Boys and Magica and consider it business as usual, and has picked up some of her boss' adventuring skills.
    • Most people think Quackmore is just Scrooge's butler. He's actually the world's best butler and a Living Legend among his peers, thanks to his skills at keeping the Money Bin clean and his inhabitants well fed with an incredibly small budget, decent Battle Butler skills, and much better skills as an artilleryman (the Money Bin's defenses include artillery, ranging from old carronades to more modern pieces-and he's the one to keep them efficient and load them in combat).
    • In Double Duck, Zig Zago is presented as the personal secretary for the director of The Agency. When however the Agency is disbanded and the remnants have to go rogue to keep protecting the peace due their replacements being ridiculously incompetent, she takes over the Agency and runs it successfully in spite of the much reduced budget and resources, and immediately starts rebuilding it once a mysterious individual starts providing funds.
  • With Knight and Squire, the British equivalent to Batman and Robin, Squire (Beryl Hutchinson) is a more accomplished detective and organizer than her boss, Knight. More often than not, it's she who's saving him from danger, as seen in Batgirl Vol. 3 #22. Of course, Knight is pretty badass in his own right, but he's also pretty unstable and unlucky.
  • In Hawkeye, Clint Barton pretty much admits that his sidekick/partner Kate Bishop is the better Hawkeye of the two.
  • Boo of Copperhead thinks of himself as one, given that he served as interim sheriff before he was redemoted to deputy.
  • Jughead from Archie Comics. A lot of the time, he's implied to be a lot smarter and more sensible than Archie. He usually knows when Archie's plans aren't going to work but gets roped into them anyway.


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