Sancho Panza and Don Quixote
Friendship Type: The Hero and the Sidekick
Don Quixote is a man who copes with mid-life monotony by donning a rusted suit of armor, enlisting the help of the farm folk around him, and undertaking ill-advised quests. Though Don has seemingly lost his marbles, his neighbor Sancho becomes his dedicated sidekick, thus establishing himself as the precursor to Buzz Lightyear, Gromit, and Chewbacca. Sancho stands by Don as he tilts at windmills, reaches for unreachable stars, and spawns a dictionary of idiomatic phraseology regarding impossible tasks. We could all use a pal like that.