#10 – The Scooby Gang – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Nicholas Brenden - 'Xander Harris': Talking about the origins of the term 'Scooby gang', and about Xander's role as the everyman that the audience could relate to.
Rob Salem – Columnist for The Toronto Star: Talking about the dynamics of the Scooby gang, the evolving characters and the dynamics between the characters evolving as well.
Malene Arpe – Pop Culture Writer for The Toronto Star: That the sidekicks in Buffy are more interesting than the main character because they're flawed and make mistakes all the time.
#9 – Ford Prefect – Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Joe O'Brien – Columnist for Rue Morgue: That Ford is the character who's there for Arthur, without really passing on any useful information.
Mos Def – 'Ford Prefect': Describing Ford as a cool, man-about-town, James Bond-like character.
Rob Salem – Columnist for The Toronto Star: Discussing the sense of irony in the Hitchhiker's world, and Ford's role in embodying the irony.
#8 – Igor – Accompanying nearly every mad scientist in the genre, but emphasis on The Hilarious House of Frankenstein
Joe O'Brien – Columnist for Rue Morgue: Discussing Igor's role as the put-upon sidekick, the one who really wants to help, but never gets to pursue their own goals.
Rob Salem – Columnist for The Toronto Star: Regarding the bluescreen, iridescent segment of the show which he refers to as an 'acid trip'.
Ty Templeton – Comic Book Writer/Artist: That Igor was constantly being beat up by Frankenstein, but never fought back.
#7 – R2D2/C-3PO – Star Wars
Jonathan Llyr: The two droids were the thread throughout the six Star War movies. Both saw the end of the old Republic, the rise and demise of the Empire, and the birth of the New Republic, spanning about thirty-six years.
Rob Salem – Columnist for The Toronto Star: Describing the comedic duo aspect of their design and characters.
Michael Lennick – President, Foolish Earthling Productions: That they are the most important characters because they are the least powerful characters, caught up in events beyond their control and becoming vital to solving the situation.
Ty Templeton – Comic Book Writer/Artist: That because they are genderless and feature-less, they can be related to by anyone.
#6 – Kato – The Green Hornet
Joe O'Brien – Columnist for Rue Morgue: That Kato is the best sidekick, because he's actually cooler than the hero, and that in Hong Kong the show was marketed as 'The Kato Show.'
Ty Templeton – Comic Book Writer/Artist: Discussing Bruce Lee's magnetism and presence.
Michael Lennick – President, Foolish Earthling Productions: That he was never really sure why Kato stayed with the Green Hornet, except possibly for job security.
#5 – Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – Harry Potter
Emma Watson – 'Hermione Granger': Talks about the bickering relationship between Hermione and Ron, and how it covers for the fear that they might actually like each other.
Malene Arpe – Pop Culture Writer for The Toronto Star: That Ron and Hermione are interesting characters in their own right, who would be interesting to watch even if Harry wasn't there.
#4 – Jimmy Olsen – Superman
Joe O'Brien – Columnist for Rue Morgue: How Jimmy's there to make Lois Lane look like less of a victim, that he's the ultimate comic-book vicitm.
Rob Salem – Columnist for The Toronto Star:: Discussing how Jimmy was supposed to be the character kids could identify with, but that his over-eager, helpless role made some kids actually feel embarrassed for him.
#3 – Samwise Gamgee – Lord of the Rings
Malene Arpe – Pop Culture Writer for The Toronto Star: That Sam is the true hero of the saga, the one character who doesn't get tempted, without whom the quest could not have been completed.
Rob Salem – Columnist for The Toronto Star: Discussing how Sam was the most likeable character, the one you could see yourself having an ale with.
Sean Astin – 'Samwise Gamgee': His theory that Hobbits represent what's really at stake in the story, being able to live in a world that's healthy, innocent and good.
#2 – Chewbacca – Star Wars
Joe O'Brien – Columnist for Rue Morgue: Considers Chewbacca the definition of a sidekick, the guy that no matter what, no matter how little he wants to be there, has got the hero's back.
Peter Mayhew – 'Chewbacca': Talking about how putting the mask on transformed him into Chewbacca without having to try.
#1 – Robin – Batman
Joe O'Brien – Columnist for Rue Morgue: Discussing how Robin is a controversial character, that he has fans who love him, and fans who hate him.