12 movie companions who totally stole the show

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Movies offer a great form of escape from real life. We may find ourselves drawn to a character we see on screen; what they go through makes us feel better about our own lives. Sometimes the character we most identify with is not the protagonist; he’s a supporting character who resonates with us and manages to steal the show.



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The sidekick, a staple of cinema, usually possesses the prized qualities of loyalty, bravery, and vulnerability that set them apart. Not to throw shade at the lead actor, but it’s just that – for some reason – the sidekick is a more capable and relatable character.

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Megan – “Bridesmaids” (2011)

As Megan, the future sister-in-law of Maya Rudolphthe bride in the hit Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy manages to eclipse both Rudolph and his former SNL, Kristen Wiig.

Raw, overconfident and crass, the performance opposite McCarthy steals the show. The airplane scenes alone are worth watching multiple times. The actress revealed that one of her most memorable lines was completely improvised. During the scene where Megan tells Annie (Wiig) about a guy she finds out is single, she remarks that she would “climb him like a tree”.


Genie – ‘Aladdin’ (1992)

Honestly, the late Robin Williams successfully stole every scene he was in, but thanks to his standout vocal performance in Disney’s animated feature Aladdin Genie’s character is fully realized.

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According to IMDb, Williams’ improvisation during the vocal recording of Aladdin about 16 hours of material. Co-director Ron Clements confirmed that Williams would start with the written script, but he had veered off so many tangents that a three-minute scene ended up being 20 minutes long. Williams’ passing in 2014 meant that audiences cared even more about the stage-stealing genius.

Goose – ‘Top Gun’ (1986)

As best friend of – and winger of – Tom Cruiseby Pete “Maverick” Mitchell Superior gunby Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) stands out for several reasons. First, he acts as Maverick’s voice of reason and moral compass, and second, his tragic death is crucial to Maverick’s personal growth.

Goose’s relationship with Maverick was central to the ’80s film and a reason it remains a classic. His legacy lives on in the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (2022), where Goose’s son, Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), becomes Maverick’s wingman.

Chewbacca—”Star Wars” Franchise

If you’re on his side, Chewbacca (Pierre Mayhew, Joonas Suotamo) is your furry best friend. Unwaveringly loyal, the towering Kashyyyk Power Plant has been crucial to many star wars franchise storylines.

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Chewbacca was a capable co-pilot for Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), and Ray (daisy ridley). He assembled the broken C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) in The Empire Strikes Back and infiltrated Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. And in the following films, Chewbacca had the chance to shine even more.

Although he doesn’t talk much, Chewbacca is the epitome of a loyal best friend; always ready to lend a hand and mindlessly step into dangerous situations to save a friend. And then there are those loving hugs from Wookiee.

Dory – “Finding Nemo” (2003)

It was a situation where the actor and the animation fit together perfectly. Ellen Degeneres‘extremely cheerful and undeniably adorable, Blue Tang Dory stole the show in the animated hit The world of Nemo. Audiences fell in love with the character’s warmth and self-deprecating positivity.

And don’t forget (no pun intended), Dory was responsible for meeting the titular Nemo (Alexander Gould) with his father, Marlin (Albert Brooks). As one of Pixar’s most popular characters, the Dory star continued to rise when it got its sequel in 2016. Finding Dory.


Cal Naughton Jr – ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006)

In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobbythe titular character (Will Ferrell) racing prowess is challenged by French Formula 1 driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen). While Ferrell and Cohen are undeniably comic book geniuses, Ricky’s goofy but quick-witted sidekick, Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly) takes issue with Ferrell’s main cast status.

Leaning heavily on his background in improv, Reilly made the role his own. In an interview after the film’s release, Reilly said that he had already played the role of best friend, so with Talladega Nights, he wanted to take it to the next level. He succeeded, and it’s joyful to watch.

Pedro Sanchez – ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ (2004)

No one expected an indie film made on a shoestring budget and featuring a cast of unknown actors to become a cult hit, but that’s precisely what happened with Napoleon Dynamite. The film about the socially awkward alpha nerd Napoleon (Jon Heder) helping newly arrived Mexican student Pedro (Efren Ramirez) to run for student president put Ramirez front and center.

Ramirez’s heavily accented deadpan delivery and ability to convey the character’s shyness were strong assets. Add to that the fact that he can grow a mustache seemingly overnight and his interactions with his cool cousins, and you have gold for your sidekick. Vote for Pedro!

Donkey — ‘Shrek’ Franchise

It is undeniable that Mike Myers is a hilarious man. But with the legendary comedian Eddie Murphy as a member of the supporting cast, he faced stiff comedic competition. Murphy voices the annoyingly talkative, hyperactive – but incredibly loyal – sidekick Donkey, who immediately trotted into our hearts by stealing every scene he appeared in.

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Donkey was a fundamental character in all huge hits Shrek films (including the Christmas special, Shrek the halls) and was often central to the plot. However, we have a lingering question: how exactly are “dronkeys” created?

Emily Charlton – “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)

fictitious assistant Track the magazine’s brutal editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), Emily Charlton (played with relish by Emily Blunt) is a memorable character. Unfiltered and ruthlessly ambitious, she’s the anti-hero that audiences love to hate.

Encapsulating the cutthroat world of the fashion industry, Blunt successfully crosses the line between making us laugh and making us feel sorry for her when her character’s ambitions are snatched from her. Lauren Weisberger, the author of the book the film is based on, has blurted out that Emily is her favorite character. Weisberger was so smitten with her that she returned to the Devil universe to write a book about Emily’s life after Track.


Baby Groot – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (2017)

Baby Groot (Wine Diesel) made an appearance at the end of guardians of the galaxy (2014) when Rocket (bradley cooper) collected parts of the original Groot – who had sacrificed himself to save the Guardians – and placed them in a jar. The smile-inducing teaser where sapling Groot dances to Jackson 5’s hit “I Want You Back” is preparing for its appearance in the sequel.

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In Guardians 2, Baby Groot steals the show (and an atomic bomb) with his untold cuteness and sweet-sweet mischievousness, which makes him stand out from the other Guardians. “I’m Groot?” Yes, yes, and we love everything about you.


Samwise Gamgee — “The Lord of the Rings” Franchise

Like Frodo (Elijah Wood) best friend-voice of reason in peter jacksonis sprawling the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Samwise “Sam” Gamgee (Sean Astin) stands out from the other secondary characters including Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Happy (Dominique Monaghan).

Sam is the unsung hero of the play; without his help, Frodo’s quest to destroy the One Ring would never have succeeded. Sam is the touchstone, someone the audience can relate to because of his courage and loyalty. With no interest in pursuing power or reputation, humble Sam’s transformation is a joy to watch throughout the movies.

Olaf — ‘Frozen’ Franchise

Tony nominated actor Josh GadOlaf, the distracted summer-loving snowman, plays the charm so perfectly that he melted our hearts in Frozen (2013) and Frozen II (2019). Given his popularity with the public, it is only fitting that the character would appear in a series of short films: frozen fever (2015), Olaf’s Chilling Adventure (2017), and its origin story, Once upon a time there was a snowman (2020).

Representing the love and joy that Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) felt like children, Olaf is more than the perfect comedy sidekick; he is the personification of a brotherly relationship that has grown cold over time. As Gad himself said of the role, Olaf provides “not just the comic relief but in a heart-pounding way” of the film. Do you want to build a snowman?

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