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19th Jun '16 5:31:40 PM SPBurke
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* Jonathan Harker from the original "Dracula" novel arguably fits this trope. He doesn't have an interest in science like Van Helsing or Seward, tragedy like Lucy and Arthur, madness like Renfield, or a HeroicSacrifice like Quincey Morris. He's just a generic handsome guy who serves as the Count's ChewToy in the first part of the book and as a SatelliteLoveInterest to Mina after the Count becomes obsessed with her. Many adaptations have either condensed his part or removed him completely and lost little.
17th Apr '16 9:05:24 PM TitoMosquito
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}''Booth's RomanticFalseLead, Hannah, in Season 6 really does not have any discernable or well defined character traits. She just sort of smiles and looks pretty. It pretty much CharacterShilling at its most annoying.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}''Booth's ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth's RomanticFalseLead, Hannah, in Season 6 really does not have any discernable or well defined character traits. She just sort of smiles and looks pretty. It pretty much CharacterShilling at its most annoying.



* Everyone in "WesternAnimation/GravityFalls" is a tad strange, except for, ironically, Tad Strange, who is perfectly normal.

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* Everyone in "WesternAnimation/GravityFalls" ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a tad strange, except for, ironically, Tad Strange, who is perfectly normal.
19th Mar '16 9:35:11 PM Alucard
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* Makoto Naegi from the ''VideoGame/DanganRonpa'' franchise is stated to be one, having no real outstanding traits compared to his much more talented and more recognized classmates. And indeed, the only reason why he was able to get into such a prestigious school like Hope's Peak Academy was because he was randomly selected out of everyone in Japan as the "Ultimate Luckster". [[spoiler: Gradually subverted over the course of the series, as it turns out that his greatest asset is his [[BigGood unrelenting optimism]], which helped the surviving students of the first game corner the Mastermind and led to the creation of the Future Foundation.]]

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* Makoto Naegi from the ''VideoGame/DanganRonpa'' ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' franchise is stated to be one, having no real outstanding traits compared to his much more talented and more recognized classmates. And indeed, the only reason why he was able to get into such a prestigious school like Hope's Peak Academy was because he was randomly selected out of everyone in Japan as the "Ultimate Luckster". [[spoiler: Gradually [[spoiler:Gradually subverted over the course of the series, as it turns out that his greatest asset is his [[BigGood unrelenting optimism]], which helped the surviving students of the first game corner the Mastermind and led to the creation of the Future Foundation.]]
2nd Mar '16 12:48:43 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* Ford Prefect in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series. At the start, you've got perplexed everyman Arthur Dent, and his wacky friend Ford... but then Zaphod, who's far wackier than Ford, gets introduced, as well as a whole galaxy of incredibly weird creatures and sights; this leaves Ford neither particularly normal nor particularly wacky. At least Ford continues somewhat in his role of "Galaxy [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]]", guiding and educating Arthur on the ways of the Galaxy. Though in the third book and beyond he becomes somewhat of a ShellShockedVeteran.

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* Ford Prefect in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series. At the start, you've got perplexed everyman Arthur Dent, and his wacky friend Ford... but then Zaphod, who's far wackier than Ford, gets introduced, as well as a whole galaxy of incredibly weird creatures and sights; this leaves Ford neither particularly normal nor particularly wacky. At least Ford continues somewhat in his role of "Galaxy [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]]", guiding and educating Arthur on the ways of the Galaxy. Though in the third book and beyond he becomes somewhat of a ShellShockedVeteran.ShellShockedVeteran as well as TheHedonist.
** Coincidentally, starting with the third book, Zahpod starts being OutOfFocus.



** Stan, despite being one of the main characters. He's a token good-hearted guy-and not much else.

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** Stan, despite being one of the main characters. He's a token good-hearted guy-and guy and the OnlySaneMan -and not much else.
7th Feb '16 3:25:22 AM Viira
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' plays with this, in the case of Bertolt Hoover. A self-described ExtremeDoormat, there really isn't much distinct about him other than being extremely tall and prone to nervous sweating. He's easily forgotten among the more colorful personalities in the cast, quietly lingering in the background of scenes and not really contributing anything to the plot. Then, he finally gets some attention.....[[spoiler: right before being revealed to be the human form of the [[TheHeavy Colossal Titan]]. Him seeming so generic concealed considerable {{Foreshadowing}} that only makes sense upon a second reading]].

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' plays with this, in the case of Bertolt Hoover. A self-described ExtremeDoormat, there really isn't much distinct about him other than being extremely tall and prone to nervous sweating. He's easily forgotten among the more colorful personalities in the cast, quietly lingering in the background of scenes and not really contributing anything to the plot. Then, he finally gets some attention.....[[spoiler: right before being revealed to be the human form of the [[TheHeavy Colossal Titan]]. Him seeming so generic concealed considerable {{Foreshadowing}} that only makes sense upon a second reading]].reading, and after the reveal, his personality is shown to be a lot more complex than it initially seemed]].
21st Jan '16 6:59:29 AM KizunaTallis
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** Among the Originals there's Elijah a NobleDemon, Klaus a charming villain, Rebekah an emotionally-scarred AlphaBitch, Kol who is AxCrazy...and Finn who is a MommasBoy

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** Among the Originals there's Elijah a NobleDemon, Klaus a charming villain, Rebekah an emotionally-scarred AlphaBitch, Kol who is AxCrazy... and Finn who is a MommasBoy



* Mark from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is one of the most often cited examples of this trope done badly. He was meant to be the StraightMan and OnlySaneMan of the main cast but the result was a character with little to no personality. It didn't help that the show's humor style relies heavily on the wacky interactions and personalities of the cast nor that Ann could serve the role as the [[OnlySaneMan only sane character]] while still having a fleshed out personality, making him fairly redundant. Both fans and the writers detested him and he ended up being PutOnABus by the end of season 2 and never returned.

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* Mark from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is one of the most often cited examples of this trope done badly. He was meant to be the StraightMan and OnlySaneMan of the main cast but the result was a character with little to no personality. It didn't help that the show's humor style relies heavily on the wacky interactions and personalities of the cast nor that Ann could serve the role as the [[OnlySaneMan only sane character]] while still having a fleshed out personality, personality (as well as good comedic chemistry with the rest of the cast), making him fairly redundant. Both fans Fans found him boring and the writers detested him and he clearly didn't know what else to do with him. Eventually, Mark ended up being PutOnABus by the end of season 2 and never returned.
31st Dec '15 8:05:54 AM Anddrix
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* Balder from Comicbook/TheMightyThor. He's also a son of Odin, like Thor, and therefore able to rule Asgard when Thor isn't for any plot-contrived-reason. Of course, his half brothers are: A) THOR who's TheHero, a LargeHam, and a BoisterousBruiser, b) God-of-War Tyr who plays the HandicappedBadass with only one hand and now serves the queen of the dead, and C) their stepbrother SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}}, who gets EvilIsSexy, DracoInLeatherPants, is a MagnificentBastard and is the most developed character outside of Thor himself. Poor guy didn't have a chance.

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* Balder from Comicbook/TheMightyThor. He's also a son of Odin, like Thor, and therefore able to rule Asgard when Thor isn't for any plot-contrived-reason. Of course, his half brothers are: A) THOR who's TheHero, a LargeHam, and a BoisterousBruiser, b) God-of-War Tyr who plays the HandicappedBadass with only one hand and now serves the queen of the dead, and C) their stepbrother SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}}, Loki, who gets EvilIsSexy, DracoInLeatherPants, is a MagnificentBastard and is the most developed character outside of Thor himself. Poor guy didn't have a chance.
16th Dec '15 11:00:27 AM eroock
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25th Nov '15 11:44:39 AM FF32
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* Emmet Brickowski from ''Film/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.

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* Emmet Brickowski from ''Film/TheLEGOMovie'', ''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.
22nd Nov '15 4:11:14 PM MiracleChange
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* Ashlynn Ella from ''EverAfterHigh'' doesn't really have much character traits besides loving shoes and having a DatingCatwoman relationship with Hunter, a Rebel student. Unlike most examples on this page the writers seem to have taken notice and appear to be [[OutOfFocus slowly writing her out]].

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* Ashlynn Ella from ''EverAfterHigh'' doesn't really have much many noticable character traits besides loving shoes and having a DatingCatwoman relationship with Hunter, a Rebel student. Unlike most examples on this page the writers seem to have taken notice and appear to be [[OutOfFocus slowly writing her out]].
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