Welcome to Street Prophets Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. I am huge fan of mysteries. I have noticed that the characters I like most are the sidekicks. As a child I watched the Lone Ranger and my favorite character was Tonto. As I grew older I found that I liked the sidekicks better than the heroes.
I love Sherlock Holmes but I must admit that I find Watson to be the more interesting character. I think that the stories themselves would have been boring if we did not have the character of Watson. Sherlock Holmes himself was really irritating as a character. He was almost a caricature rather then a character. With out the humanizing presence of Watson the stories would be unreadable. In the couple of stories where Watson did not appear the stories lack the spark of humanity.
I just finished the Mrs. Jeffries series. My favorite characters are the elderly but feisty Luty Belle Crookshank and her butler Hatchet. Luty Belle is an American with a fondness for blunt speaking, bright colors, and her trusty Colt 45. Hatchet is the prim and proper English butler with a fascinating background. They are just more fun to read about than the main detective Mrs. Jeffries.
In Carolyn Hart's Annie and Max Darling Death on Demand series I enjoy the main sleuths but the sidekicks are more colorful. Max's mother Laurel appears to be a space cadet but there is a shrewd intelligence there. These stories have as their feisty old lady the very proper Southerner Miss Dora.
I think heroes have a disadvantage in that they need to conform to what the public feels a hero should be which is mostly Superman and "truth, justice, and the American way". They get to be rather boring sometimes. Sidekicks get to be more human and more interesting.