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12th Jun '18 3:21:59 AM StarTropes
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* Chief O'Brien from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. He's the only Starfleet non-com who gets to be a main character, his main desire is to get through his workday and go home to his wife and children, and the writers [[ButtMonkey enjoy making him suffer]] every so often (in what they call "O'Brien Must Suffer" episodes) because audiences will sympathize with him.
8th Jun '18 7:50:12 PM darkemyst
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* While he's still incredibly smart and comes from a well off family [[note]]though his father bankrupting them later puts them squarely in the middle class[[/note]] LonelyRichKid [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] who eventually has to drop out of school in order to help hold Gotham together takes this position in the [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Batfamily]] by being comparatively average when compared to Bruce, the other four Bat-kids and even his own girlfriend, who was the daughter of a villain. He also dealt with a lot of regular family and school drama in his ongoing. Tim also held this position on ComicBook/YoungJustice, where his teammates included a demi-god, a telekinetic half-kryptonian, a speedster from the future, a second generation hero trained by her mother, and a teleporting psychopomp with precognition.

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* While he's still he is incredibly smart and comes from a well off family [[note]]though his father bankrupting them later puts them squarely in the middle class[[/note]] LonelyRichKid [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] who eventually has to drop out of school in order to help hold Gotham together takes this position in the [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Batfamily]] by being comparatively average when compared to Bruce, the other four Bat-kids and even his own girlfriend, who was is the daughter of a villain. He also dealt with a lot of regular family and school drama in his ongoing. Tim was also held this position on the everyman of ComicBook/YoungJustice, where his teammates included a demi-god, [[ComicBook/{{Wondergirl}} demi-god]], a telekinetic half-kryptonian, [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} half-kryptonian]], a speedster [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} speedster]] from the future, a second generation hero trained by her mother, and a teleporting psychopomp with precognition.
8th Jun '18 7:45:20 PM darkemyst
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* While he's still incredibly smart and comes from a well off family [[note]]though his father bankrupting them later puts them squarely in the middle class[[/note]] LonelyRichKid [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] who eventually has to drop out of school in order to help hold Gotham together takes this position in the [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Batfamily]] by being comparatively average when compared to Bruce, the other four Bat-kids and even his own girlfriend, who was the daughter of a villain. He also dealt with a lot of regular family and school drama in his ongoing. Tim also held this position on ComicBook/YoungJustice, where his teammates included a demi-god, a telekinetic half-kryptonian, a speedster from the future, a second generation hero trained by her mother, and a teleporting psychopomp with precognition.
6th Jun '18 6:23:19 PM naturalironist
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* Discussed and PlayedWith in ''Literature/TheMarkAndTheVoid'' with Claude, the protagonist. Paul, a novelist who is trying to write a book based on Claude's life, explains that Claude will be the Everyman protagonist, because banking symbolizes and typifies the modern world. When Paul tries to ditch the novel idea, he argues disparagingly that Claude's abstract and affluent life has nothing to do with the ordinary man, something that Claude also realizes when he travels into the countryside and interacts with regular Ireland. However, Claude does fit the role. He comes from a modest background, and is generally a passive player to the wackier characters around him. When confronted with moral quandaries at work, he feels uncomfortable but usually does not take an active stance, as most probably would.
12th May '18 9:02:28 PM BNSF1995
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* Minako from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' in the first series, prior to [[TookALevelInDumbass taking a level in dumbass]]. She was more of "the everygirl" compared to [[TheDitz Usagi]], [[TheSmartGuy Ami]], [[HotBlooded Rei]], and [[HugeSchoolGirl Makato]]. She had a few odd character quirks like messing up her proverbs but it wasn't until Sailor Moon S when she was [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into being a dumb blonde and The CloudCuckooLander.

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* Minako from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' in the first series, prior to [[TookALevelInDumbass taking a level in dumbass]]. She was more of "the everygirl" compared to [[TheDitz Usagi]], [[TheSmartGuy Ami]], [[HotBlooded Rei]], and [[HugeSchoolGirl Makato]]. She had a few odd character quirks like messing up her proverbs but it wasn't until Sailor Moon S when she was [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into being a just as dumb blonde and The CloudCuckooLander.as Usagi.
6th May '18 6:23:06 PM Snoopy92
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* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants was depicted as this in the early seasons, before being Flanderized into an obnoxious manchild. Episodes after the second movie restored many of his previous everyman attributes. In the comics, his everyman attributes are all still there.
24th Apr '18 7:50:33 PM nombretomado
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** [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch Mr. Game and Watch]] is probably Nintendo's first everyman.

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** [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch [[UsefulNotes/GameAndWatch Mr. Game and Watch]] is probably Nintendo's first everyman.
20th Apr '18 12:22:38 PM infernape612
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* Pretty much every protagonist [[spoiler: except Alex Shepherd]] in the Franchise/SilentHill series could count.

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* Pretty much every protagonist [[spoiler: except Alex Shepherd]] in the Franchise/SilentHill ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series could count.



** [[Videogame/EarthBound Ness]]

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** [[Videogame/EarthBound [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]]



** Videogame/{{Chibi-Robo}}
** [[Videogame/GameAndWatch Mr. Game and Watch]] is probably Nintendo's first everyman.

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** Videogame/{{Chibi-Robo}}
[[VideoGame/ChibiRobo Chibi-Robo]]
** [[Videogame/GameAndWatch [[VideoGame/GameAndWatch Mr. Game and Watch]] is probably Nintendo's first everyman.



* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}.
* The title character of [[Rocko's Modern Life]]
* The titular character from WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool

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* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}.
''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.
* The title character of [[Rocko's Modern Life]]
''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
* The titular character from WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''.
19th Apr '18 5:04:53 PM newtsalamander70
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* The title character of [[Rocko's Modern Life]]
17th Apr '18 2:18:40 PM newtsalamander70
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A character who is mostly a blank state stand-in for the audience, made to be empathetic to all. They won't be exceptional; in fact, they will be decidedly average. If you try to pin down the character traits of any one of them, you'll probably come up blank. They are usually popular by association, in that they tend to interact and be friends with a large group of more interesting supporting characters.

The Everyman has no distinct personality, except what is defined by others' interactions with them. One gets the distinct feeling that if people weren't trying to kill them / [[ItBeganWithATwistOfFate wacky circumstances didn't happen to them]] / the fate of the world didn't fall into their laps / their wacky neighbors weren't around, The Everyman would be the most boring person in the world.

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A character who is mostly a ordinary enough to be relatable to the average audience member. Everyman characters are often working or middle class and deal with everyday problems, be it school, work, family or romance. They may also be placed in extraordinary circumstances which makes them even more sympathetic as they are in over their head. Everyman characters are not necessary blank state stand-in slates but are typically more grounded and less wacky then supporting characters.

When an AudienceSurrogate, you may expect them to be:

* A default character
for the audience to latch on to, as a sufficient blank slate that the audience will know we are "expected" to identify with said character; [[ArrangedMarriage and love will come later]]. This can be useful in an unfamiliar setting; compare TheWatson. As the story develops, this type of Everyman may devolve into an inoffensive {{Foil}} or SupportingProtagonist. The audience may find them harmlessly uninteresting, and latch onto the action hero, EnsembleDarkHorse, [[DracoInLeatherPants or villain]] instead.
* An empty vessel for the audience's hopes, dreams and aspirations. (Not to be confused with an EscapistCharacter who already possesses what the audience craves.) These are the sort of Everyman characters where each audience member is willing to imagine ''themselves'' in the character's shoes, with no apparent contradiction. This may lead to some complication (or [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments crowning moment]]) when the author forces them to undergo [[CharacterDevelopment some course of action]] that
the audience, made to be empathetic to all. They won't be exceptional; in fact, they will be decidedly average. If you try to pin down the character traits of any one of them, you'll probably come up blank. They are usually popular by association, in that they tend to interact and be friends with a large group of more interesting supporting characters.

The Everyman has no distinct personality, except what is defined by others' interactions with them. One gets the distinct feeling that if people weren't trying to kill them / [[ItBeganWithATwistOfFate wacky circumstances didn't happen to them]] / the fate of the world didn't fall into their laps / their wacky neighbors weren't around, The Everyman would be the most boring person
having already invested in the world.
character, would not (at first) imagine themselves taking.



Often an AudienceSurrogate. If so, you may expect them to be:

* A default character for the audience to latch on to, as a sufficient blank slate that the audience will know we are "expected" to identify with said character; [[ArrangedMarriage and love will come later]]. This can be useful in an unfamiliar setting; compare TheWatson. As the story develops, this type of Everyman may devolve into an inoffensive {{Foil}} or SupportingProtagonist. The audience may find them harmlessly uninteresting, and latch onto the action hero, EnsembleDarkHorse, [[DracoInLeatherPants or villain]] instead.
* An empty vessel for the audience's hopes, dreams and aspirations. (Not to be confused with an EscapistCharacter who already possesses what the audience craves.) These are the sort of Everyman characters where each audience member is willing to imagine ''themselves'' in the character's shoes, with no apparent contradiction. This may lead to some complication (or [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments crowning moment]]) when the author forces them to undergo [[CharacterDevelopment some course of action]] that the audience, having already invested in the character, would not (at first) imagine themselves taking.
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