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12th Aug '16 9:46:53 AM ironicusername
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* Dil from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is a cute baby that likes chewing on things..... and that's about it.
11th Aug '16 8:06:10 AM DVB
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** Also potentially deconstructed. Beyond being Stephen's roommate and the younger brother of Stephen and Scott's former bandmate, there isn't much connecting to the group. However, it's implied that he has some bitterness to this, exhibited to his salty words about Stephen (who was dating Knives at the time.) He does cheer up considerably when Scott refers to him as just Neil, the implication being Scott now sees him as fully equal.
11th Aug '16 6:11:24 AM Mario500
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* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} the aardvark appears to follow this trope as the character has no outstanding personality, his normal nature occasionally lampshaded and made fun of. The character does however seem to be a generic character in a cast otherwise consisting of non-generic characters.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} the aardvark appears to follow this trope as the character he has no outstanding personality, his personality (his normal nature was occasionally lampshaded and made fun of. The character of), but he does however seem to be a generic character in a cast otherwise consisting of non-generic characters.



** That is not to say the Transformers themselves can't be generics, an not only because there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, some of whom barely get a line or two of written character.

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** That is not to say the Transformers themselves can't be generics, an and not only because there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, some of whom barely get a line or two of written character.
8th Aug '16 12:22:16 PM BatmanKalEl
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If the character is stuck in this role despite their best efforts, then it is a case of IJustWantToBeSpecial. If they take the lack of recognizable traits to a level where it becomes an advantage on its own right, then they are TheNondescript. If the character seems to be almost superhumanly normal, it might be a RidiculouslyAverageGuy. A FeaturelessProtagonist is a protagonist that has had this done to the extreme in a VideoGame. In a video game with many playable characters, this character will be the JackOfAllStats. Compare NewJobAsThePlotDemands, VainillaProtagonist, and UnfazedEveryman. Also compare TheArtifact, a character or trait that no longer adds anything to the story but is kept around because it's expected to be there. If there is more than one in a work, they can easily become ThoseTwoGuys.

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If the character is stuck in this role despite their best efforts, then it is a case of IJustWantToBeSpecial. If they take the lack of recognizable traits to a level where it becomes an advantage on its own right, then they are TheNondescript. If the character seems to be almost superhumanly normal, it might be a RidiculouslyAverageGuy. A FeaturelessProtagonist is a protagonist that has had this done to the extreme in a VideoGame. In a video game with many playable characters, this character will be the JackOfAllStats. Compare NewJobAsThePlotDemands, VainillaProtagonist, VanillaProtagonist, and UnfazedEveryman. Also compare TheArtifact, a character or trait that no longer adds anything to the story but is kept around because it's expected to be there. If there is more than one in a work, they can easily become ThoseTwoGuys.
8th Aug '16 12:21:26 PM BatmanKalEl
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If the character is stuck in this role despite their best efforts, then it is a case of IJustWantToBeSpecial. If they take the lack of recognizable traits to a level where it becomes an advantage on its own right, then they are TheNondescript. If the character seems to be almost superhumanly normal, it might be a RidiculouslyAverageGuy. A FeaturelessProtagonist is a protagonist that has had this done to the extreme in a VideoGame. In a video game with many playable characters, this character will be the JackOfAllStats. Compare NewJobAsThePlotDemands and UnfazedEveryman. Also compare TheArtifact, a character or trait that no longer adds anything to the story but is kept around because it's expected to be there. If there is more than one in a work, they can easily become ThoseTwoGuys.

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If the character is stuck in this role despite their best efforts, then it is a case of IJustWantToBeSpecial. If they take the lack of recognizable traits to a level where it becomes an advantage on its own right, then they are TheNondescript. If the character seems to be almost superhumanly normal, it might be a RidiculouslyAverageGuy. A FeaturelessProtagonist is a protagonist that has had this done to the extreme in a VideoGame. In a video game with many playable characters, this character will be the JackOfAllStats. Compare NewJobAsThePlotDemands NewJobAsThePlotDemands, VainillaProtagonist, and UnfazedEveryman. Also compare TheArtifact, a character or trait that no longer adds anything to the story but is kept around because it's expected to be there. If there is more than one in a work, they can easily become ThoseTwoGuys.
4th Aug '16 6:39:37 PM Threen
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Rain}}'', Rand M. Guy (AKA Randy) is the least characterized of the ensemble cast, and as of yet the only recurring character who has had no dialogue. He appeared in chapters 1 (where he gets stared down by Maria) and 6 (where Rain and Gavin both [[SpitTake spit their drinks on him]]). His normalness is lampshaded not only by his name, but from WordOfGod and BonusMaterial. (No one cares that he is [[BiTheWay bisexual]]).
29th Jul '16 4:01:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Deconstructed in Creator/AgathaChristie's novel ''Literature/{{Curtain}}''. Norton is a completely average guy, lacking enough characterization to be important to the plot, let alone the killer. [[spoiler:Turns out [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he is aware of this]], and uses this "ability" to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate people into committing murders, without being noticed or remembered by anyone.]]]]

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* Deconstructed in Creator/AgathaChristie's novel ''Literature/{{Curtain}}''. Norton is a completely average guy, lacking enough characterization to be important to the plot, let alone the killer. [[spoiler:Turns out [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he is aware of this]], this, and uses this "ability" to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate people into committing murders, without being noticed or remembered by anyone.]]]]
19th Jul '16 2:42:16 PM HiJac210
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The member of an ensemble cast with no distinctive physical or personality traits. They may be smart, but not as smart as TheSmartGuy. They may be strong, but not as strong as TheBigGuy. In short, there is pretty much nothing remarkable or distinctive about them. They would be TheEveryman or StandardizedLeader ... if they were the main character.

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The member of an ensemble cast EnsembleCast with no distinctive physical or personality traits. They may be smart, but not as smart as TheSmartGuy. They may be strong, but not as strong as TheBigGuy. In short, there is pretty much nothing remarkable or distinctive about them. They would be TheEveryman or StandardizedLeader ... if they were the main character.
10th Jul '16 11:19:30 AM Hanz
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** Stahl from the same game. Like Kellam, he doesn't have much personality beyond being a NiceGuy. His supoorts reveal that all of his performance tests were the exact median among all the soldiers, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation but his actual stats]] lean a little toward being a MightyGlacier.

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** Stahl from the same game. Like Kellam, he doesn't have much personality beyond being a NiceGuy. His supoorts supports reveal that all of his performance tests were the exact median among all the soldiers, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation but his actual stats]] lean a little toward being a MightyGlacier.


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* ''Videogame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has Preston Garvey, the companion of the Minutemen faction. Aside from being known for sending you on constant sidequests to liberate settlements, he has a largely straight-laced do-gooder personality and nothing especially interesting going for him personally.
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.
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