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Top 10 Dead Movie Sidekicks

by MHofstatter   May 13, 2011 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 5,852

5. Kenny

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Source: Paramount Pictures

A character's death loses its luster if he dies onscreen each and every week, but that's exactly what happens with South Park’s Kenny McCormick. Over the years, Kenny's been poisoned by a Black Mamba, crushed by the International Space Station, and eaten by sharks, and yet he keeps coming back. It’s only when South Park moved to the big screen that Kenny had his biggest death of all. The young hanger-on is dared to light his fart on fire and does just that. The ensuing blaze lands him in the hospital where his heart is replaced by a baked potato, which kills him and sends him to a Rob Zombie-infused hell alongside Satan and Sadam Hussein.

4. Apollo Creed

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Source: United Artists

Okay, so technically he's not a sidekick, or at least it would be ill-advised to have told him that to his face, lest he punch you in yours. Nevertheless, the end of Apollo Creed's tenure as the "sidekick" to Italian Stallion Rocky Balboa was a rather auspicious one. In arguably the most memorable Rocky sequel, Rocky IV, the arrogant Creed rolls out a huge song and dance number, complete with James Brown, before his boxing match with the evil Ivan Drago. In true Rocky fashion, Creed gets pummeled with punch after punch by the powerful Russian. Told to not throw in the towel, Balboa holds back and lets his boy literally get beat to death in front of thousands, not to mention his whole family. Way to be, Rock. Way to be.

3. Spock

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Source: Paramount Pictures

So much for "live long and prosper." Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is arguably the best of the Star Trek films (sorry, J.J. Abrams fans). First, you've got Khan (who rocks a villain like Ricardo Montalban?). Second, you've got William Shatner yelling, "KHHHHHHHHHAAAANNN!!!" And to top it all off you've got Captain Kirk's sidekick, Spock, kicking the bucket due to exposure to all sorts of radiation as he saves the Enterprise's behind at the end of the film. Released in 1982, it's a downer of an ending that rivals that of The Empire Strikes Back, but sometimes downers make for the best films in a series. Have no fear though, the “pointed ear one” makes his return in Star Trek III and later is revealed to have a MILF of a mother in Winona Ryder. So shed no tears, because well, Spock can't either.

2. Wade Garrett

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Source: MGM//UA

Going against his own words of wisdom, Sam Elliot went ahead and ate the "big white mint" at the end of the Rowdy Herrington classic Road House, a film that deserves to be rewatched every Easter just to serve as counter programming for The Ten Commandments. Starring as Wade Garrett, Elliot's character starts the film as the mentor to the late Patrick Swayze's Dalton, but as the film progresses, Garrett devolves into a pure sidekick. It’s when the duo take on the wickedly cool yet villainous Brad Wesley that Wesley's crew decides to exact revenge upon Dalton by taking out his companion. Unfortunately, the gruesome attack on Garrett occurs off-screen. Regardless this is one sidekick that we're sad to see go. There’s always chance of a prequel, right? Right?! Please.

1. Goose


Source: Paramount Pictures

"Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!" Nick Bradshaw (or as we all know him, "Goose") was Tom Cruise's literal wingman in the fighter jet classic Top Gun. You might recall Goose as the one who got to bed a young Meg Ryan, but who also got to play a round of overtly homoerotic beach volleyball with a young Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. To say that he had the best of both worlds could be categorized as an understatement. It's not too often though that a sidekick dies at the hands of his hero, but that's what happens here when Cruise's character, Maverick, gets ahead of himself and sends their fighter jet into a flat spin from which they both have to eject. Goose's helmeted head hits the inside of the jet's canopy mid-eject, killing him instantly. Maverick's later cleared of all liability in the incident, but let's be honest. Once Maverick got Kelly McGillis he just didn't need his wingman anymore. After all, who would?