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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]].
20th Nov '15 1:07:01 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 slowing writing her out]].
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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 slowing be [[OutOfFocus slowly writing her out]].
20th Nov '15 1:06:35 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 slowing writing her out]].
31st Oct '15 3:22:34 PM dinohunterpat
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* DecoyProtagonist Saji Crossroad from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', he and his love interest Louise Halevy reflect how war affects regular citizens.
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* DecoyProtagonist SupportingProtagonist Saji Crossroad from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', he and his love interest Louise Halevy reflect how war affects regular citizens.
13th Oct '15 5:26:21 PM spiritsunami
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* Due to the comic's usage of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters from practically every interpretation of the franchise, some of the Freedom Fighters lean into this ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Rotor in particular, originally TheSmartGuy and something of a dork, couldn't match up to the increasing number of tech experts in the team and, while still getting the odd spotlight, is one of the most normal and non distinct of the main cast personality wise.
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* Due to the comic's usage of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters from practically every interpretation of the franchise, some of the Freedom Fighters lean into this ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Rotor in particular, originally TheSmartGuy and something of a dork, couldn't match up to the increasing number of tech experts in the team and, while still getting the odd spotlight, is one of the most normal and non distinct of the main cast personality wise. Also an example of the "generic TokenMinority", though this wasn't revealed until well into the comic's run.
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