Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog
Since Miles Prower was clearly named after a corny pun on miles per hour, we can’t blame him for preferring to go by his nickname, Tails. Referring to the fox’s twin tails — a reference to the mythical Japanese kitsune — the sidekick’s name did little more than draw attention to his most useful and lethal assets. Granting Tails the ability to run at similar speeds as his hero-turned-best friend Sonic, and even fly through the air, the fox’s unique appendages meant he could do things that even the franchise’s hero could not. Even so, it was only Sonic’s leadership that helped Tails discover his own value, making him one of the most trusted sidekicks around, and easily Sega’s most iconic.