How Well Do You Remember the Sidekicks from Western Movies and TV?

By: Becky Stigall
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About This Quiz

Where there's a hero, there's also a sidekick. Think you can name some of these TV and movie Western sidekicks off the top of your cowboy hat? Then you can easily hi-ho away with this here quiz of ours, if you're a huge fan of the genre, that is.

A true-blue small screen or silver screen protagonist will always have trusty people around them: if it's not a mentor who teaches them how to be a better person/fighter, then it's someone their heart desires (a love interest, of course!). And there's also the best friend or sidekick to supply their much-needed companion during times when loneliness sticks its nasty head in the door.

Why do stories need to have sidekicks for these gunslinging heroes? Can't they exist on their own? The answer here is simple. From a storyteller's point of view, a hero's journey won't be complete if he went at it alone. If the hero needs to reflect on a personal or moral aspect of their decision, then they need someone to act as a sounding board for them to process their thoughts better. As fighters, these sidekicks also act as their back-up in case the hero is pinned to a corner. And for lighthearted moments or moments of self-doubt, the hero needs to have a few laughs or listen to words of encouragement from their number one cheerleader -- their sidekick.

So yes, a sidekick is not just there for decoration or for extra fun. These characters are also formidable persons in their own right, and their heroes' journeys won't feel the same without them. 

So, ready to saddle up to test your knowledge of Western hero sidekicks? Then swing on over and take this quiz!

What Apache Native American tagged along with the Lone Ranger?

In "The Alamo," Davy Crockett had what companion?

Who played second to The Cisco Kid?

Marshal Matt Dillon could count on what character in "Gunsmoke"?

Red Ryder had a sidekick called ______ ______.

Who was Roy Rogers' legal sidekick?

Butch Cassidy could always lean on what sidekick?

What sidekick pairs with Joe, played by Clint Eastwood, in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"?

Who was James West's sidekick on "The Wild Wild West"?

Who played sidekick to Western star and singer Tex Ritter?

Who was the Cisco Kid's first sidekick?

Who was the sidekick in "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok"?

Who helped Annie Oakley out of a jam?

Who played second fiddle to Hopalong Cassidy?

Who played sidekick to Bret Maverick on the television series "Maverick"?

Who was the sidekick and scout on "The Oregon Trail"?

Who rode sidekick to Earl Corey on "The Outcasts"?

U.S. Marshal Frank Caine leaned on what character in "Outlaws"?

Marshal Will Foreman relied on what sidekick on "Outlaws"?

Hannibal Heyes relied on what backup on "Alias Smith and Jones"?

Who played sidekick to the title character on "The Guns of Will Sonnett"?

Who was the sidekick to the title character in "The Legend of Calamity Jane"?

Who is the title character's sidekick in "The Legend of Jesse James"?

Who is known as Wyatt Earp's sidekick?

What four-legged sidekick supported the title character on "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams"?

Who is Davy Crockett's sidekick?

Who was "Lawman" Marshal Dan Troop's sidekick?

Who is the sidekick to the title character on "Steve Donovan, Western Marshal"?

"Walker, Texas Ranger" relies on what sidekick?

"Man Without a Gun," Adam MacLean, counted on what sidekick when he needed help?

Who is the sidekick to the title character in "Two Mules for Sister Sara"?

What sidekick joins forces with U.S. Marshal Reuben (Rooster) J. Cogburn in "True Grit"?

Who was Amos Tucker's sidekick in "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again"?

Who befriends the title character in "The Frisco Kid"?

Who is sidekick to "The Gambler"?

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