sidekick

[sahyd-kik]
noun
1.
a close friend.
2.
a confederate or assistant.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism; side1 + kick

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sidekick (ˈsaɪdˌkɪk)
 
n
informal a close friend or follower who accompanies another on adventures, etc

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Word Origin & History

sidekick
"companion or close associate," 1906, shortened from side-kicker (1903, in an O.Henry story), Amer.Eng., of unknown origin. Earlier terms were side-pal (1886), side-partner (1890).
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Example sentences
Ant is his sidekick that feels he needs to stick up for everyone and feel the
  rage of his power.
At some point during this exchange, the booth operator's sidekick sneaks up and
  steals your wallet.
As an antibiotic sidekick, it's definitely still on the mysterious side.
Some actors seem destined to play the quirky sidekick.
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