By: Nicole Chedraoui
Warning: The majority of these sidekicks will come from classic OLD DISNEY shows because new Disney sucks, but you already knew that.
If you’re anything like me, when you think of your childhood, you think about Disney channel. The corny yet comforting 30-minute sitcoms that make your heart feel warm and happy. There are many key factors that go into making a successful Disney channel show, but by far, the most important factor is the quirky sidekick. That one character that is kind of just along for the ride, helping pick up the pieces of the mess that the main character made, and making us fall in love with them along the way. Because let’s be honest, most of the time the sidekick is a lot less annoying than the leading role. So, I now present to you the Herald’s official ranking of classic Disney channel sidekicks!
- Lilly from Hannah Montana
Coming in at first place is the one, the only, Lily Truscott from the iconic show Hannah Montana. If you were an avid watcher of the hit show and singer, Hannah Montana, then you would know the absolute agony Miley put Lily through. After dragging her into her double-life identity crisis, she repeatedly put up with every single bad idea Miley had, and usually ended up getting in huge trouble while covering for her. So I think the best-best-friend award should go to Lily Truscott–the girl who literally kept the biggest secret of the 2000’s.
- London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody/The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on Deck
I don’t think I know a single person who watched the entirety of both Suite Lifes and didn’t end up calling London Tipton their favorite character. I would go as far to say that it is literally impossible to hate London Tipton. The girl simply just never knows what is going on and has the IQ of a Pringles can, but somehow still manages to absolutely roast every other character on the show. The air-headed-heiress pretty much always says what we are thinking in every situation; no matter how mean, the girl had absolutely no filter. While the producers wanted her to be considered the comedic relief of the show, they never expected the fans to form such a connection with the seemingly unimportant character; however, I think it’s safe to say she has always been the fans’ favorite. The only reason I dare put THE London Tipton in second place is because of how rude she always was to Mrs. Tutweiler. I mean, c’mon, some of the stuff she said to her was very out of pocket.
- Ivy Wentz from Good Luck Charlie
As for some of the newer, but not NEW, Disney channel shows, let’s go with a really big fan favorite, Good Luck Charlie. Of course if we are talking sidekicks, I have to talk about my girl Ivy because, in my opinion, she is one of the most iconic sidekicks Disney has ever created. Being the best friend to Teddy Duncan, a child of 5 (along with two insane parents), usually brought a LOT of drama into Ivy’s life. I mean problem after problem, Ivy was always there to cover for her, while at the same time push Teddy out of her limits. Ivy was just always there for a good time, and she could really care less about what anybody thought of her. Much like London Tipton, Ivey says exactly what everyone is thinking, and knows how to put the most irritating characters in their place. She is receiving the placement of third because, while she is an awesome sidekick to Teddy, she isn’t quite as iconic as London or Lily were.
4. Harper Finkel from Wizards of Waverly Place
Being the co-star to lead actress Selena Gomez couldn’t have been an easy role for Jennifer Stone to fill. However Harper Finkel and her weird and wacky outfits somehow ended up holding a special place in all of the Wizards of Waverly Place fans’ hearts. Harper was basically a part of the Russo family household and had to put up with their day-to-day magical shenanigans for far too long, so I hold a high level of respect for her. Not to mention, she managed to continue staying friends with Alex Russo for so long because, let’s be honest, Alex didn’t make it easy. However she’s taking the place of fourth because, while she was a really loyal friend, she was a little bit TOO loyal. The girl didn’t give that family any privacy or room to breathe, plus some of her outfits actually made me nauseous, so fourth place for Ms. Harper Finkel.
5. Ally Dawson from Austin and Ally
Coming in last place of this ranking has to be Mrs. Ally Dawson. As you can probably tell, we have moved on to a more recent version of Disney then some of these past shows, and lets just say as time has gone on, Disney shows just continually have gotten worse and worse. I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but I absolutely despise this show in its entirety. The jokes make me want to crawl under a blanket and pass away. The plot lines were always rushed, and there were consistently plot gaps or things that just never made sense. However, one of the biggest reasons why I despise this show is Ally Dawson. From her spontaneous dance moves to her pickle obsession, everything about this girl screamed “I’m quirky and different!” Every time she spoke, I actually wanted to individually pluck out every piece of hair on my head. Where’s the flavor? The entire show is just one “best friends to lovers” story, and, honestly, everything about this show is just one big yawn. The thing that really makes this show as horrible as it is though is Ally.
I hope you guys enjoyed my very opinionated ranking of these sidekick characters, and I didn’t deeply offend many Austin and Ally fans. If this article has put you in the Disney mood (I know it did for me) you can stream all old or new Disney on Disney+ now!
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