On the last episode of Words with Nerds (available here on iTunes and Podbean) we debated sidekicks and henchmen. One argument has continued in the Twitterverse between Craig and a legendary antagonist (Jar Jar Hater) who insists that love interests can, indeed, be sidekicks.
The first example, I have to say, does not support the cause (and was addressed by Craig on the podcast).
Lois Lane is many things. A damsel in distress, a mysteriously well-respected reporter and, in only one of the Superman films, attractive.
But she is not a sidekick. The key criteria she fails to meet is joining the hero in battle.
Lois is often the cause of a contest between Superman and his current enemy, or bait to get him to walk into Luthor’s latest lead–lined Kryptonite factory (seriously, did every bit of Kryptonite fall within 50 miles of Metropolis?).
But there is one interesting example.
I’m undecided, though, if she’s the exception that proves the rule.
Marion Ravenwood is everything that Lois Lane is not.
Stunning smile, twinkling eyes and the ability to drink opponents into comas. Marion Ravenwood may be Indiana Jones’ love interest, but she’s easily considered a sidekick.
She can shoot a gun, keep a secret and throw a punch. She follows the hero into battle and risks life and limb for what’s right. She uses her sexuality as a tool and a weapon, and almost a means of escape.
Lois, meanwhile, would sit on her ass and wait for Clark to save her.
So it’s something on which to chew. Has an effective counter–argument been provided, thus re–opening the debate?
Or is Marion the rare case that would register as a “false positive”?
Sound off below!