Description: Sidekicks are more than just junior partners of an older or more powerful superhero. They are experts at playing a supporting role in a superhero’s quest for justice. Sidekicks’ abilities are geared toward staying out of the spotlight in order to keep their hero looking good. They are highly-trained team players who not only excel at following, but also make their leaders better at leading.
Sample Character: Sponge
Hit Die: d8
Power Die: d8
Skill Points at 1st Level: (5 + Int per level) x4
Skill Point per Level: 5 + Int modifier
Class Skills: Climb (Str), Computers (Int), Craft (electronic) (Int), Disable Device (Int), Drive (Dex), Escape Artist (Dex), Heal (Int), Jump (Str), Perception (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Stealth (Dex), Tumble (Dex).
|1||+0||+0||+2||+1||+2||+0||Brawl, Restore Confidence, Team Player|
|2||+1||+0||+3||+1||+3||+0||Improved Flanking I|
|4||+3||+1||+4||+2||+4||+0||Sneak Attack +1d6, Armour of Obscurity|
|6||+4||+2||+5||+3||+5||+1||Improved Team Player, Bonus Feat|
|7||+5||+2||+5||+3||+5||+1||Unwavering Loyalty +2, Imp Flanking II|
|8||+6/+1||+2||+6||+4||+6||+1||Sneak Attack +2d6, Uncanny Dodge|
|10||+7/+2||+3||+7||+5||+7||+2||Unwavering Loyalty +4|
|11||+8/+3||+3||+7||+5||+7||+2||Set-Up Attack, Improved Evasion|
|12||+9/+4||+4||+8||+6||+8||+2||Sneak Attack +3d6, Bonus Feat|
|14||+10/+5||+4||+9||+6||+9||+3||Unwavering Loyalty +6, Bonus Feat|
|16||+12/+7/+2||+5||+10||+7||+10||+3||Sneak Attack +4d6, Bonus Feat|
|18||+13/+8/+3||+6||+11||+8||+11||+4||Unwavering Loyalty +8, Bonus Feat x2|
|19||+14/+9/+4||+6||+11||+9||+11||+4||Bonus Feat x2|
|20||+15/+10/+5||+6||+12||+9||+12||+4||Sneak Attack +5d6, Bonus Feat|
Brawl (Ex): At level 1, you get the Brawl feat for free because all superheroes need to throw the occasional punch.
Restore Confidence (Ex): At level 1, twice per session, Sidekicks can grant any one comrade within 50 ft. a free re-roll on any Will save. This requires an immediate action, to yell something encouraging, flash a big, goofy grin, or otherwise offer moral support.
Team Player: At level 1, Sidekicks receive this feat.
Improved Flanking I (Ex): At level 2, Sidekicks grant their teammates a flanking bonus whenever they are both in mêlée with an opponent (i.e., you do not need to draw a line between the two teammates). Only the teammate gains the flanking bonus, not the Sidekick. At level 7, Sidekicks receive Improved Flanking II (Ex), at which point the Sidekick gains the Flanking bonus as well.
Armour of Obscurity (Ex): At level 4, Sidekick’s become experts at not attracting the attention of their enemies. They can take the Charisma bonus of any ally who is (a) within 30′ and (b) visibly present to the enemy, and add it to their own Defence score as a competence bonus.
Sneak Attack (Ex): At levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20, Sidekicks receive +1d6 Sneak Attack damage any time the target would be denied their Dexterity bonus to Defence (whether the target actually has a Dexterity bonus or not), or when the target is flanked (i.e., the Sidekick must have the +2 flanking bonus). Critical hits do not multiply Sneak Attack damage.
Ranged attacks within 30 ft. count as Sneak Attacks.
With a sap (blackjack) or an unarmed strike, Sidekicks can make a Sneak Attack that deals NL instead of HP. They cannot use a weapon that deals HP to deal NL in a sneak attack, not even with the usual –4 penalty.
Sidekicks can perform a Sneak Attack on only living creatures with discernible anatomies or vital systems, which includes people, aliens, and fantasy creatures (Chapter 10: Heroes and Villains), but it does not include undead, constructs, oozes, plants, and phased (incorporeal) creatures. Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to Sneak Attacks.
Sidekicks must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach such a spot. They cannot Sneak Attack while striking a creature or target that has concealment, and they cannot strike at the limbs of a creature because their vital spots (body and/or head) are out of your reach.
Heroic Intervention (Ex): At level 3, Sidekicks gain this feat.
Evasion (Ex): At level 5, Sidekicks can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If they make a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage, then they instead take no damage. They can use Evasion only if they are wearing light armour or no armour. If they are helpless, then they do not gain the benefit of Evasion.
Improved Team Player: At level 6, Sidekicks receive this feat.
Bonus Feats: At levels 6, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20, Sidekicks can choose a bonus feat from the following groups: Defensive, Combat, Save.
Unwavering Loyalty (Ex): At level 7, Sidekicks receive a +2 to any roll to resist mental effects (psionic, magical, etc.) that would compel them to betray, harm, or abandon their allies. This bonus improves by +2 at level 10 (to +4), level 14 (to +6), and level 18 (to +8).
Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At level 8, Sidekicks retain their Dexterity bonus to Defence (if any) even if they are caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, they still lose their Dexterity bonus to Defence if they are immobilized. If they already have Uncanny Dodge, then they automatically get Improved Uncanny Dodge instead.
Distraction (Ex): At level 9, Sidekicks are such an annoyance to adjacent opponents that those opponents suffer a -1 to Defence. This penalty stacks with the effects of Flanking and other such distraction ploys in combat. The penalty improves by 1 at level 13 (to -2) and 17 (to -3).
Set-Up Attack (Ex): At level 11, Sidekicks can effectively give their highest attack to an adjacent ally. Sidekicks use a standard action to create an opportunity for an ally to attack an opponent that they both threaten in mêlée. The attack made by the ally is either at the Sidekick’s highest attack bonus, or the ally’s, whichever is higher. Sidekicks can Set Up only one attack per round. The attack happens during the Sidekick’s round, but is rolled by the ally. The ally expends one Attack of Opportunity in order to use the Sidekick’s Set-Up Attack.
Improved Evasion (Ex): At level 11, Sidekicks become even better at avoiding damage. When they fail Reflex saves they take only half damage, and if they succeed they take no damage. They can use Evasion only if they are wearing light armour or no armour. If they are helpless, then they do not gain the benefit of Evasion.