Sidekicks...they're like main characters and heroes...just not as main! Sidekicks can be found in many games, shows, stories, etc. and of course they are liked sometimes even more than the main character! Now the hard thing is determining what is a sidekick, as there are many secondary characters, Deuteragonists, sidekicks gone bad, and of course anti-heroes; a sidekick is the characters' best friend, he shares the spotlight for a brief time, he is loyal, and can always be found with or helping the protagonist/best friend/brother. So, sorry Vegeta (anti-hero), Luigi (a main character not a sidekick), Riku (both reasons), and Vivi (main character), that honor belongs to Miles "Tails" Prower.
The name "Miles Prower" is a pun on "miles per hour", a reference to the famed speed of Sonic the Hedgehog. He is an fox with two tails, hence his nickname. He is known to be Sonic's sidekick and best friend, as well as a mechanical genius. He is able to use his two tails to propel himself into the air like a helicopter for a limited time. He debuted on October 16, 1992 with the release of the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2; the 16-bit version was released that November. The character of Tails is portrayed as a very sweet-natured and humble fox who, before he met Sonic, used to be picked on because of his twin tails. (this was in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon) As a long time friend, he admires Sonic and dreams of being just like him. Though he lacks courage,he wants to prove he can be counted on.
What makes Tails the best sidekick is the willingness he will go for his friend, no his brother Sonic the Hedgehog, who raised him and protected him all his years. A sidekick is someone who wants to be helpful to the hero, he knows his limitations but will go that extra mile for his best friend, and of course he is always there to kickass when things go wrong. Tails, in my opinion is his best in, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, one of the greatest games of all time. Not only, can you choose to play as Tails, but if you have a friend or sibling, they can take control of the INVULNERABLE Tails, and basically do all the work for you...err I mean play side-by-side with you. Tails can fly and carry you everywhere and brings a really cool element into the Sonic the Hedgehog series. One thing I also loved was those moments when Tails would save Sonic free-falling or would help him get to Dr. Robotnik's in the Tornado! Man those moments were epic!
One last good attribute Tails has is he also has that relationship with Sonic where it's like he can give him crap for not knowing things or just take his sarcasm jokes as like "come on man". That takes a deep friendship to really have an understanding of what character says and means. Tails will always explain the situation to Sonic and also act on it with him; think all of Sonic Generations. It's funny to see how he's never really changed over the years and I've always loved that about Tails. Tails takes the level of being a sidekick into being not only Sonic/a best-friend, but as a brother as well!
[all information is based off Sonic cartoon, Archie comics, instruction manual introductions]
- Michael Troina
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