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4th Jan '17 5:56:45 PM DRCEQ
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* Paz and Borma from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' -- they're not a BadassNormal like Togusa nor can they maneuver vehicles the way he can, they're not as good at info gathering info as Ishikawa, they can't snipe like Saito or fight like Batou, and they aren't [[PositiveDiscrimination awesome at everything like The Major]].

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* Paz and Borma from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' -- they're not a BadassNormal like Togusa nor can they maneuver vehicles the way he can, they're not as good at info gathering info as Ishikawa, they can't snipe like Saito or fight like Batou, and they aren't [[PositiveDiscrimination awesome at everything like The Major]]. Both characters barely get any dialogue, appearances, or mentions in the manga itself. They'd be classified as scene extras if it hadn't been emphasized that they are indeed members of Section 9. The anime decided to give them at least ''SOME'' sort of defining background.



** If memory serves, Borma's informed ability was the explosives expert.
*** Borma gets a little bit of the limelight in 2nd Gig, too, when Section 9 eventually has a bomb they need defusing.
** Both characters barely get any dialogue, appearances, or mentions in the manga itself. They'd be classified as scene extras if it hadn't been emphasized that they are indeed members of Section 9. The anime decided to give them at least * SOME* sort of defining background.

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** If memory serves, Borma does not get ADayInTheLimelight episode like Paz does, but 2nd Gig has a few instances of terrorist and suicide bombers. Borma's informed ability was role in Section 9 is revealed as the explosives expert.
*** Borma gets a little bit of the limelight
expert, and he's later brought in 2nd Gig, too, when Section 9 eventually has a bomb they need defusing.
** Both characters barely get any dialogue, appearances, or mentions in the manga itself. They'd be classified as scene extras if it hadn't been emphasized that they are indeed members of Section 9. The anime decided
to give them at least * SOME* sort of defining background.disarm a nuclear device.
29th Dec '16 8:19:46 PM ILikeRobots
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* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Estonia]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is ''much'' less quirky than most other members of the cast. Among them, he seems downright ''normal'': He's [[OnlySaneMan well-adjusted]], mild-mannered and preppy, and while he does have a few features of HollywoodNerd (his glasses and penchant for computers), there isn't much about him that stands out, especially among the more colorful and eccentric personalities around him. Estonia himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this at one point:

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* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Estonia]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is ''much'' less quirky than most other members of the cast. Among Compared to them, he seems downright ''normal'': He's [[OnlySaneMan well-adjusted]], mild-mannered and preppy, and while he does have a few features of HollywoodNerd (his glasses and penchant for computers), there isn't much about him that stands out, especially among the more colorful and eccentric personalities around him. Estonia himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this at one point:
29th Dec '16 8:05:18 PM ILikeRobots
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* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Estonia]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is ''much'' less quirky than most other members of the cast. Among them, he seems downright ''normal'': He's [[OnlySaneMan well-adjusted]], mild-mannered and preppy, and while he does have a few features of HollywoodNerd (his glasses and penchant for computers), there isn't much about him that stands out, especially among the more colorful and eccentric personalities around him. Estonia himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this at one point:
-->'''Estonia:''' Hello, I'm the one who usually doesn't stand out, Estonia! Do you remember me?
17th Dec '16 8:32:51 AM MiinU
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* Ayumu Nishizawa from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
** Nishizawa does have significant characterization in the manga, but she's stuck here for the anime skipping her character growth entirely, and then spending an episode speaking to it.

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* Ayumu Nishizawa from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
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*''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Nishizawa does have significant characterization in the manga, but she's stuck here for the anime skipping her character growth entirely, and then spending an episode speaking to it.


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*''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Tanukichi's role is [[POVBoyPosterGirl secondary to Ayame's]], in terms of characterization and [[SupportingProtagonist plot relevance.]] Made less so, given he's absent from most advertising material for the series.
14th Dec '16 7:45:58 PM MiinU
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However, they are not the main character. Someone else is TheHero and The Generic Guy is stuck [[SupportingProtagonist in a secondary]] [[POVGuyPosterGirl role.]] Thus, the generic guy will typically get very little to do or eventually be written out of the series.

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However, they are not the main character. Someone else is TheHero and The Generic Guy is stuck [[SupportingProtagonist in a secondary]] [[POVGuyPosterGirl [[POVBoyPosterGirl role.]] Thus, the generic guy will typically get very little to do or eventually be written out of the series.
14th Dec '16 7:44:53 PM MiinU
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However, they are not the main character. Someone else is TheHero and The Generic Guy is stuck in a secondary role. Thus, the generic guy will typically get very little to do or eventually be written out of the series.

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However, they are not the main character. Someone else is TheHero and The Generic Guy is stuck [[SupportingProtagonist in a secondary role. secondary]] [[POVGuyPosterGirl role.]] Thus, the generic guy will typically get very little to do or eventually be written out of the series.
1st Dec '16 9:25:01 AM JoeMerl
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* Dil from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is a cute baby that likes chewing on things..... and that's about it.

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* Dil from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is a cute baby that likes chewing on things..... things...and that's about it.it. Being younger than the others, he apparently hasn't developed a real personality yet. However, the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp,'' makes him into a CloudCuckooLander.
30th Nov '16 1:53:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Emmet Brickowski from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', who is lampooned for his genericness and the fact that he is a mundane looking LEGO minifig with normal hair and a hard hat. Ultimately subverted when [[TookALevelInBadass the whole movie is played to develop him into a legitimate hero]], and there are movie tie-in LEGO products featuring him.
* Jonathan from ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''. He may act as the BlitheSpirit, but besides that and his love of monsters, there's really nothing "unique" about him as a whole.
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* Emmet Brickowski from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', who is lampooned for his genericness and the fact that he is a mundane looking LEGO minifig with normal hair and a hard hat. Ultimately subverted when [[TookALevelInBadass the whole movie is played to develop him into a legitimate hero]], and there are movie tie-in LEGO products featuring him.
* Jonathan from ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''. He may act as the BlitheSpirit, but besides that and his love of monsters, there's really nothing "unique" about him as a whole.
30th Nov '16 1:52:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kurando in ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]''. An above-average physical fighter whose only gimmick is that he can turn into a demon... but you have Yuri, who is stronger, can transform into more demon forms, is a much greater {{Badass}}, and is the main character. Kurando is a quiet, {{Bishonen}} samurai in a party with a LargeHam pro wrestler, an old man with a puppet that can cast devastating magical spells, a wolf, and ''Princess Anastasia Romanova''.

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* Kurando in ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]''. An above-average physical fighter whose only gimmick is that he can turn into a demon... but you have Yuri, who is stronger, can transform into more demon forms, is a much greater {{Badass}}, badass, and is the main character. Kurando is a quiet, {{Bishonen}} samurai in a party with a LargeHam pro wrestler, an old man with a puppet that can cast devastating magical spells, a wolf, and ''Princess Anastasia Romanova''.
7th Nov '16 9:27:55 AM MiracleChange
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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Nazz in the first two seasons was nothing more than a pretty GirlNextDoor. This is probably why she was [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into being a DumbBlonde by the third season. She's notably the only character who doesn't have her own ADayInTheLimelight episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Nazz in the first two seasons was nothing more than a pretty GirlNextDoor. This is probably why she was [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into being a DumbBlonde by the third season. She's notably the only character who doesn't have never got her own ADayInTheLimelight episode.episode, possibly as a result of this trope.
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