Sidekicks don’t stay sidekicks forever. Eventually they grow up, perfect their crime fighting skills and branch out on their own. Some might still pair up with the hero that taught them the ropes, and some may even take on a sidekick of their own. Some former sidekicks even take on the persona of the hero that trained them. For example, Dick Grayson became Batman when Bruce Wayne went missing, and Sam Wilson, formerly the Falcon, became the new Captain America after Steve Rogers passed the mantle onto him. Bucky became Captain America for a while also following Steve Rogers' death at the hands of Crossbones and a brainwashed Sharon Carter. Sometimes these sidekicks become even better versions of the heroes that trained them, but other times sidekicks turned heroes fail and things may take a dark turn.
Some sidekicks go from one super team to another, like Cyborg leaving the Teen Titans and joining the Justice League, or Jubilee leaving the X-men and joining the New Warriors. Superheroes age and they change, so it doesn’t make sense for someone like Dick Grayson to be Robin forever. Which one of these sidekicks turned solo heroes is your favorite? Did you prefer them as a sidekick or were you happy to see them branch off on their own and go on to bigger and better things?
15 Robin Became Nightwing
14 Aqualad Became Tempest
13 Sam Wilson Became Captain America
12 Bucky Barnes Became Winter Soldier
11 Cyborg Joined Justice League
10 Damien Wayne Became Batman
9 Rick Jones Became A-Bomb
8 Speedy Became Red Arrow
7 Robin Became Red Robin
6 Robin Became Red Hood
5 Batgirl Became Oracle
4 Kid Flash Became The Flash
3 Rhodey Became Iron Man & War Machine
2 Jubilee Became Wondra
1 Dum Dum Dugan Became Leader Supernatural Howling Commandos
Dum Dum Dugan was one of the pivotal members of SHIELD and a long time crime fighting partner and sidekick of SHIELD boss, Nick Fury. Dum Dum is loyal and courageous. Nick Fury might not even be around today if it wasn’t for the help of his cigar chomping friend. Before becoming an agent of SHIELD, Dum Dum fought with the Howling Commandos during the Second World War. During the Marvel Civil War, Dum Dum took over as leader of SHIELD, and he eventually became the leader of the Howling Commandos once again. However, the latest incarnation of the Howling Commandos doesn’t include any of his wartime buddies. Instead, Dum Dum heads up a supernatural version of the Howling Commandos who investigate occult and paranormal activities. As the leader of the Howling Commandos, it was revealed that the current Dum Dum is actually a life model decoy and that the original human Dum Dum had actually died during a SHIELD mission in the 50s.
Sources: Comicvine, DCWikia, MarvelWikia
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