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The Battle of the Sidekicks

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The Battle of the Sidekicks

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Sidekicks: the loyal people--and animals--who have provided emotional, moral and comedic support to our favorite sleuths throughout the ages. Which one would you want on your side if your nemesis came a-knockin'? From Watson to Hawk to Koko and Yum Yum: Who's the greatest of all time?

Contender             Combat experience     Conditioning

Dr. John H. Watson    Army surgeon          Fat, weakened by
aide to Sir Arthur    during the "second    old bullet
Conan Doyle's         Afghan war" +3        wound -5
Sherlock Holmes

Koko and Yum Yum      None -5               Fast, flexible +6
Lilian Jackson
Braun's Siamese
cats from The Cat
Who series

Raymond "Mouse"       The mean streets      Small, quick, mean
Alexander childhood   of '50s and '60s      +9
friend of Walter      L.A. +8
Mosley's Easy
Rawlins

Ned Nickerson         None -5               Varsity athlete
boyfriend to                                (baseball, football
Carolyn Keene's                             and basketball) +2
Nancy Drew

Melrose Plant         None -5               Blond, slim,
aristocratic                                energetic +1
helpmeet to Martha
Grimes'
superintendent
Richard Jury

Sherlock Holmes       Fight to near death   Excellent boxer,
husband and mentor    with Professor        some facility with
to Laurie R.          Moriarty +6           swords +8
King's Mary Russell

Asta pet schnauzer    None -5               Short legs, bad
of Dashiell                                 breath -2.
Hammett's Nick
and Nora Charles

Captain Arthur        World War I +7        Broad shoulders,
Hastings loyal                              military
bumbler in Agatha                           training +5
Christie's Hercule
Poirot series

Hawk inscrutable      Countless brawls      Humongous
shadow to Robert B.   and showdowns         former boxer
Parker's Spenser      +8                    +9
THE WINNER!

Contender             Weapon of choice        Weakness

Dr. John H. Watson    Revolver +4             Needs everything
aide to Sir Arthur                            explained to him
Conan Doyle's                                 by Holmes -4
Sherlock Holmes

Koko and Yum Yum      Claws, teeth,           Communication:
Lilian Jackson        hairballs +3            Neither cat speaks
Braun's Siamese                               English -5
cats from The Cat
Who series

Raymond "Mouse"       Guns--even when         Questionable
Alexander childhood   fishing +5              sanity -8
friend of Walter
Mosley's Easy
Rawlins

Ned Nickerson         None 0                  Complete absence
boyfriend to                                  of personality -8
Carolyn Keene's
Nancy Drew

Melrose Plant         Masterful disguises     Paralyzing fear of
aristocratic          +4                      American-born
helpmeet to Martha                            aunt Agatha -2
Grimes'
superintendent
Richard Jury

Sherlock Holmes       Deductive powers        Morphine, cocaine,
husband and mentor    +10                     literature, philosophy
to Laurie R. … 
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