Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is SNARKY SIDEKICKS
Why is everyone so serious all the time? Perhaps they need a friend that is there with a quick bit of wit to liven the day; even if the day is looking to quickly turn to blood. (Not actually found in the Tough Guide)
Because I like snark, that’s why.
Nanny Ogg– Diskworld – Sidekick to Granny, but sometimes it becomes clear that Nanny sits in that role by choice and could easily take over when the time is needed. But if Granny is going to take the crone role…
Ever meet the little old lady who knew just how to make you turn beet red? Or had a relative that could make innuendo out of anything? That is Nanny. If you are lucky though she will share some of her world famous scumble drink; it is made from apples, well, mostly apples. Her favorite song is The Hedgehog Cannot Be Buggered At All but has also been known to break into the classic A Wizards Staff has a Knob at the End.
Ivan – Vorkosigan by Lois McMaster Bujold – I wasn’t sure about this choice because though Ivan does get caught in Miles’ plans quite often he is competent enough to carry his own adventures as well. He also isn’t a traditional joker. But with a dry wit and self-depreciating style I decided to go with it.
One would think that being the good looking lady killer would be a happy role to play yet Ivan is fairly consistently living in Miles’ shadow.
Mug – All The Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle – Perhaps the snarkiest one on my list. Mug is a houseplant. A blast of magic gave him speech and several eyes to see with. He also has quite a bit of dexterity in his fronds. But most importantly he is downright funny. In the sequel he started writing a journal that had me howling.
Eli Monpress – The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachael Aaron – Look at me cheat all over this list. It isn’t that Eli isn’t the carefree, snarky sort. Because he is. Eli is the type who has a witty comeback ready at all times and doesn’t care who he is throwing snark at. But I probably shouldn’t count him as a sidekick…he is the lead player in the whole tale.
I am going to go with it though because Nico was my favorite tale, demoting Eli to a strong second place, thus a sidekick.
Maldynado – Empire’s Edge by Lindsey Buroker- Sometimes it is the sidekick that makes a series worth reading. Maldynado is supposed to be the muscle of the little criminal group that was put together. And he is. He is also blazing good looking. And he is also very, VERY aware of it. Expect many self-indulgent one liners. And laughter.
Doc Holiday –Tombstone– I have not watched this movie in about ten years. But I promise that if we put it in the DVD player tonight I will be able to quote along with 90% of Doc’s lines. ‘I’m your huckleberry..”
Join us next week as we look at MESSIAHS
If the world needs saving who are you going to call? Perhaps there is someone out there destined to save everything? It sounds like you need…a Messiah. (Thanks Rabindranauth for the topic).
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