25 best video game sidekicks ever

Who can you rely on to have your back in some of history's most famous games? These guys and gals, that's who

Alyx Vance (Half-Life 2, 2004)

Alyx Vance (Half-Life 2, 2004)

Ah, Alyx – the one person on Combine-ruled, dystopian Earth who seems attracted to mute bespectacled physics nerd Gordon Freeman – and God bless her for that. Alyx pulls Gordon’s behind out of the fire multiple times in Half-Life 2 and its expansions, but perhaps her greatest achievement is adding a human face (a very pretty one, it has to be said) to the series. We look forward to blasting headcrabs with her once more when Valve finally gets around to releasing the near-mythical Half-Life 3.