Sidekicks. What can you say about them that hasn’t already been said? When they work well, they’re great. When they don’t, they are super annoying and can ruin an otherwise awesome movie. And when it comes to films, the science fiction and fantasy genres seem particularly bad at creating good sidekicks. The sci-fi/fantasy realm is littered with poorly conceived sidekicks that have drawn the anger of fans and been sour spots in movies that could have otherwise been decent. Few film franchises seem immune to the bad sidekick syndrome. Even the most successful sci-fi/fantasy brands have at least one bad sidekick in their closet – a character that everyone wishes had never existed. Here are the 10 worst sidekicks from sci-fi and fantasy movies or TV series.
10. Twiki – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Man, was this little robot ever annoying. Designed to look like a small child and voiced by noted cartoon voice master Mel Blanc (the original voice of Bugs Bunny), this sidekick to actor Gil Gerard’s Buck Rogers served no real purpose other than to please small children who were in love with R2D2 from the original Star Wars: A New Hope. The only thing Twiki did on the show was carry around Dr. Theopolis, a sentient computer in the shape of a disk about 9 inches wide with an illuminated face that often advised Buck on what to do in tricky situations. Twiki had no weapons, couldn’t fight, and was usually in the way anytime the poop hit the fan and Buck had to swing into action. In some scenes, Buck even pets Twiki on the head as if he were a dog. Lame!