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10th Jun '17 9:00:28 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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-> '''Henry''': She's just a little... nondescript.\\
'''Shawn''': Nondescript? I've never heard that term used to describe a woman unless she was a robbery suspect.

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\n-> '''Henry''': [[caption-width-right:350:[-[[FridgeLogic Rather strange that no one can describe or recognize him given that they have his age, height, weight, and a frickin']] ''[[FridgeLogic profile picture,]]'' [[FridgeLogic don't you think?]]-]]]

->'''Henry:'''
She's just a little... nondescript.\\
'''Shawn''': '''Shawn:''' Nondescript? I've never heard that term used to describe a woman unless she was a robbery suspect.



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, 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.

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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.JackOfAllStats, unless they're so unlucky that they're a MasterOfNone generic guy instead. Compare NewJobAsThePlotDemands, 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.
17th May '17 5:21:01 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Stahl from the same game. Like Kellam, he doesn't have much personality beyond being a NiceGuy. His 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.
*** According that support not only is completely averagely in every regard, but even if he does get stronger, EVERYONE IN THE ARMY GET PROPORTIONALLY stronger so that he is always the statistically mean in every physical attribute, Miriel explains this as everyone uses Stahl as a base line for average and use him to figure out how to much improve.

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** Stahl from the same game. Like Kellam, he doesn't have much personality beyond being a NiceGuy. His 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.
*** According
to the point that support not only is completely averagely in every regard, but even if whenever he does get stronger, EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ARMY GET GETS PROPORTIONALLY stronger so that he is always the statistically mean statistical median in every physical attribute, attribute. Miriel explains this as everyone uses else using Stahl as a base line for average and use him to figure baseline when figuring out how to much improve.they need to improve. That said, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation his actual stats]] lean a little toward being a MightyGlacier.



* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''Videogame/SoulSeries'' have come under criticism for having too many of these.

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* %%* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''Videogame/SoulSeries'' have come under criticism for having too many of these.



* Makoto Naegi from the ''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 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 ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''Franchise/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 ''VideoGame/DanganRonpa'' corner the Mastermind and led to the creation of the Future Foundation.]]
30th Apr '17 7:00:51 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Rivalz Cardemonde from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (and Kaname Ohgi to an extent). Lampshaded near the end of the series, where Rivalz is disappointed at the fact that most of his close friends have been involved in something interesting while he's still just a student at school.
** Ohgi, on the other hand, had the benefit of being a high-up member of the Black Knights... who was essentially a glorified secretary for the main character. Until [[spoiler: he betrays him.]] At which point, his greatest accomplishment was still sleeping with the [[spoiler: token enemy chick.]]

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* Rivalz Cardemonde from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (and Kaname Ohgi to an extent). ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Lampshaded near the end of the series, where Rivalz is disappointed at the fact that most of his close friends have been involved in something interesting while he's still just a student at school.
** Ohgi,
school. Kaname Ohgi on the other hand, had the benefit of being a high-up member of the Black Knights... who was essentially a glorified secretary for the main character. Until [[spoiler: he betrays him.]] At which point, his greatest accomplishment was still sleeping with the [[spoiler: token enemy chick.]]



** Actually, Nami's joke is much more hilarious and subtle. She's a fairly stereotypical Japanese delinquent type. However, she just so happens to be in a class with a girl so obsessed with perfection that she shoved a cake into a blender when it became to tough to split the four strawberries on it evenly; a girl so shy she can't even talk in real life, but is super abusive on the internet; and a girl who's so super-positive that she saw someone hanging themselves and ''assumed that they were trying to make themselves taller''. In any other world she'd be the JerkAss and the protagonist, and even that part pales to the [[{{Jerkass}} jerkassery]] of the lawsuit-happy Kaere. In this, she's a "normal" background character.
*** Funnily enough, she was originally going to be the main character, and [[ShrinkingViolet Kiri Komori]] was going to be her male love interest. While Nami was a delinquent with slipping grades, and Komori was going to be a good student who never left school. Kouji Kumeta decided that his last romantic-comedy manga, Sodatte Darling, kind of sucked. So he made it a romantic dark comedy manga about two main characters with extremely differing personalities finding their place in the way by way of political and sociological parody. And Nami was forced into the background. Somehow making her even more generic, and quickly dropping her delinquent status.
* 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.
** Paz eventually gets ADayInTheLimelight which allows him to evolve past the generic role, though. We learn that he's the team's resident cold-hearted assassin, as well as an equally cold-hearted ladies man. Oh, and he may or may not be his own robot clone. No one seems to care either way, least of all Paz himself.
** Borma does not get ADayInTheLimelight episode like Paz does, but 2nd Gig has a few instances of terrorist and suicide bombers. Borma's role in Section 9 is revealed as the explosives expert, and he's later brought in to disarm a nuclear device.

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** Actually, Nami's joke is much more hilarious and subtle. She's a fairly stereotypical Japanese delinquent type. However, she just so happens to be in a class with a girl so obsessed with perfection that she shoved a cake into a blender when it became to tough to split the four strawberries on it evenly; a girl so shy she can't even talk in real life, but is super abusive on the internet; and a girl who's so super-positive that she saw someone hanging themselves and ''assumed that they were trying to make themselves taller''. In any other world she'd be the JerkAss and the protagonist, and even that part pales to the [[{{Jerkass}} jerkassery]] of the lawsuit-happy Kaere. In this, she's a "normal" background character.
*** Funnily enough, she was originally going to be the main character, and [[ShrinkingViolet Kiri Komori]] was going to be her male love interest. While Nami was a delinquent with slipping grades, and Komori was going to be a good student who never left school. Kouji Kumeta decided that his last romantic-comedy manga, Sodatte Darling, kind of sucked. So he made it a romantic dark comedy manga about two main characters with extremely differing personalities finding their place in the way by way of political and sociological parody. And Nami was forced into the background. Somehow making her even more generic, and quickly dropping her delinquent status.
* 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.
**
background. Paz eventually gets ADayInTheLimelight which allows him to evolve past the generic role, though. We learn that he's the team's resident cold-hearted assassin, as well as an equally cold-hearted ladies man. Oh, and he may or may not be his own robot clone. No one seems to care either way, least of all Paz himself.
**
himself. Borma does not get ADayInTheLimelight episode like Paz does, but 2nd Gig has a few instances of terrorist and suicide bombers. Borma's role in Section 9 is revealed as the explosives expert, and he's later brought in to disarm a nuclear device.



* Rai/Ray of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', compared to both his former and current teammates, is rather normal in tone, essentially being a middle path between [[SmallNameBigEgo Tyson]] and [[TheStoic Kai's]] personality (albeit with the flaws of both diluted heavily).

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* Rai/Ray of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''
** Rai/Ray,
compared to both his former and current teammates, is rather normal in tone, essentially being a middle path between [[SmallNameBigEgo Tyson]] and [[TheStoic Kai's]] personality (albeit with the flaws of both diluted heavily).



* Tenten of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is given very little character development over the years, she's rarely useful in combat, she doesn't have any distinct quirks, and no unique abilities.
** In fact, there is so little information about her that various appearances in {{Fighting Game}}s based on ''Naruto'' have had wildly varying moves and approaches. Shino is always about laying bugs on the field, Deidara is always about launching clay bombs, Shikamaru is always about controlling shadows, but every development team has had its own interpretation of Tenten.

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* Tenten of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is given very little character development over the years, she's rarely useful in combat, she doesn't have any distinct quirks, and no unique abilities.
**
abilities. In fact, there is so little information about her that various appearances in {{Fighting Game}}s based on ''Naruto'' have had wildly varying moves and approaches. Shino is always about laying bugs on the field, Deidara is always about launching clay bombs, Shikamaru is always about controlling shadows, but every development team has had its own interpretation of Tenten.



* Tadakuni, the viewpoint character in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is this. His self-description is completely accurate:

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* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'':
**
Tadakuni, the viewpoint character in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' character, is this. His self-description is completely accurate:



* Madoka's dad in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', whose only notable trait is being a genderflipped housewife. He never really does anything besides cooking, playing with his son Tatsuya, and talking about his wife, who does all of the non-generic parenty scenes and associated portrayals of AdultFear.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''L
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Madoka's dad in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', dad, whose only notable trait is being a genderflipped housewife. He never really does anything besides cooking, playing with his son Tatsuya, and talking about his wife, who does all of the non-generic parenty scenes and associated portrayals of AdultFear.



*** Madoka can be seen as a deconstruction of the generic character. She isn't all that special and can't really help others so she becomes a magical girl. However, even after becoming a magic girl, Madoka is still overshadowed by her peers. Because she doesn't have much of an identity and purpose, Madoka develops esteem issues and is pushed even further into her DespairEventHorizon.



** 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. He does cheer up considerably when Scott refers to him as just Neil, the implication being Scott now sees him as fully equal.



** Well, at least everyone knows who Balder is. The REAL Generic Guy in that family would be Vidar, norse god of revenge. Who, We hear you ask? Exactly.
*** This actually suits Vidar's character. He's noted in mythology as being withdrawn and inclined to avoid attention until something sets him off.



* Zeppo Marx was usually the [[OnlySaneMan sane man]] that worked as a [[StraightMan foil]] to the other three's zany schemes (though some people see him as a parody of the OnlySaneMan archetype). Unfortunately, all Creator/MarxBrothers films were ''full'' of relatively sane men, since Groucho, Chico, and Harpo are the baseline. Zeppo disliked his role to the point of leaving the comic troupe when the scripts started being formulized.
** This is even more baffling when you learn that just about everyone the brothers knew agreed that Zeppo was the most naturally funny one. During their touring shows, he was Groucho's understudy, and reportedly did a very good job in Groucho's roles when he filled in.
* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' Joe (and apparently Rita as well) were selected by the military in 2005 for how remarkably average they were across several categories. In practice, Joe is more naive than average (to give an example) but still mostly generic. 500 years in the future, Joe and Rita are the smartest people in the world.

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* Zeppo Marx was usually the [[OnlySaneMan sane man]] that who worked as a [[StraightMan foil]] to the other three's zany schemes (though some people see him as a parody of the OnlySaneMan archetype). Unfortunately, all ''all'' of the other characters in Creator/MarxBrothers films were ''full'' of relatively sane men, since Groucho, Chico, and Harpo are the baseline. Zeppo disliked his straight men/women, so Zeppo's role to the point of leaving the comic troupe when the scripts started being formulized.
** This is even more baffling when you learn that just about everyone the brothers knew agreed that
was mostly superfluous. Although by all accounts, Zeppo was the most naturally at least as funny one. During as his brothers when performing their touring shows, own routines, he recognized that his generic character was Groucho's understudy, unnecessary and reportedly did a very good job in Groucho's roles when he filled in.
moved his contributions behind the camera for the latter part of their careers.
* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' Joe (and apparently Rita as well) were selected by the military in 2005 for how remarkably average they were across several categories. In practice, Joe is more naive than average (to give an example) but still mostly generic. 500 years in the future, Joe and Rita are the smartest people in the world.world, in spite of many scenes reminding us that they really aren't bright by modern standards.



** Averted when they were originally know as the Dead End Kids or East Side Kids and made numerous movies in the 1930s and 40s. Characters played by members Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan and Gabriel Dell were given equal prominence with those of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall.
*** The Anthill Mob also diverged a little in ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', where most of them gained distinct, if still rather basic personalities, mostly in line with a "Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs" parody, e.g. Snoozy is the dozy one, Softy is a cry baby.
* [[TheOtherDarrin Felix Leiter]] from the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, though it depends on the film in question and on who's playing him at the time.

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** Averted when they were originally know as the Dead End Kids or East Side Kids and made numerous movies in the 1930s and 40s. Characters played by members Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan and Gabriel Dell were given equal prominence with those of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall.
*** The Anthill Mob also diverged a little in ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', where most of them gained distinct, if still rather basic personalities, mostly in line with a "Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs" parody, e.g. Snoozy is the dozy one, Softy is a cry baby.
* [[TheOtherDarrin Felix Leiter]] from In the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, though it depends on the film in question and on who's playing him at the time.James Bond's CIA counterpart Felix Leiter only has one consistent character trait: he's not as good as Bond.



* OlderThanSteam: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' are this.

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* OlderThanSteam: ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' have no characterization other than that they are this.Hamlet's old friends. In their several conversations with him, they do nothing but react to him. The play ''Theater/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' deconstructs their generic non-characterization by focusing on them.



* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has the protagonists Rachel and Kirsty. They're nice, imaginative girls and that's about it.
** The fairies they help are no better, with some of them heading into FlatCharacter territory.

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* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has the protagonists Rachel and Kirsty. They're nice, imaginative girls and that's about it.
**
it. The fairies they help are no better, with some of them heading into FlatCharacter territory.
27th Apr '17 5:44:31 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* [[TokenMinority Token Black]] of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He's a LonelyRichKid... and that's pretty much it.
** Kenny also qualifies throughout most of the show. He hardly has any characterization other than these traits: the one with the parka, being poor, making sexual jokes, muffled speech, and dying.
** Clyde Donovan qualifies as well. Apart from being kinda wimpy and being [[InformedAttribute the second fattest kid in class]] there really isn't much to him.
** Stan, despite being one of the main characters. He's a token good-hearted guy and the OnlySaneMan -and not much else.
* Leonardo in the 80's ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, made especially noticable by the fact that nearly everybody else in the show has a wacky over-the-top personality. Some episodes tried to give him funny quirks of his own but sadly none of them stuck. Putting this in perspective is the line describing him in the theme song. A line he shares with Donatello, no less. "Leonardo leads." That's it.

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* [[TokenMinority Token Black]] of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. He's a LonelyRichKid... and that's pretty much it.
** Kenny also qualifies throughout most
''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Stan is essentially the everyman of the show. He hardly has show, without any strong characterization other than these traits: the one with the parka, being poor, making sexual jokes, muffled speech, and dying.
** Clyde Donovan qualifies as well. Apart from being kinda wimpy and being [[InformedAttribute the second fattest kid
in class]] there really isn't much to him.
** Stan, despite being one of the main characters. He's a token good-hearted guy and
any direction. He plays the OnlySaneMan -and not much else.
role the most of any character.
* Leonardo in the 80's 80s ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, made especially noticable by the fact that nearly everybody else in the show has a wacky over-the-top personality. Some episodes tried to give him funny quirks of his own but sadly none of them stuck. Putting this in perspective is the line describing him in the theme song. A line he shares with Donatello, no less. "Leonardo leads." That's it.



** That is not to say the Transformers themselves can't be generics, and not only because there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, some of whom barely get a line or two of written character.
27th Apr '17 5:40:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Coincidentally, starting with the third book, Zahpod starts being OutOfFocus.
27th Apr '17 5:38:32 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheWire'': Aside from the fact that he's working on a beach house, the only thing notable about Lt. Asher is how unnotable he is. According to Det. Freamon, this makes him the "perfect" commander for the Major Crimes Unit, as he pays practically no attention to what his detectives are up to and passively insulates them from interference from the brass. Deputy Commissioner Rawls understands this, so when he decides he needs to rein the unit in, his first move is to replace Asher with Lt. Marrimow, an ambitious micro-manager that Rawls nicknames "the Unit Killer". When the tide turns, and Freamon is invited back to Major Crimes with a commander of his own choosing, his obvious choice is Asher.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': Aside from the fact that he's working on a beach house, the only thing notable Leander Sydnor has no character attributes beyond being "good police." Furthermore, he has no side plots and we learn virtually nothing about Lt. Asher is how unnotable he is. According to Det. Freamon, this makes him the "perfect" commander for the Major Crimes Unit, as he pays practically no attention to what his detectives are up to and passively insulates them from interference from the brass. Deputy Commissioner Rawls understands this, so when he decides he needs to rein the unit in, his first move is to replace Asher with Lt. Marrimow, an ambitious micro-manager that Rawls nicknames "the Unit Killer". When the tide turns, and Freamon is invited back to Major Crimes with a commander of his own choosing, his obvious choice is Asher.him.
27th Apr '17 5:32:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Toll Road from ''Film/TheExpendables'', played by Randy Couture. He has no distinctive qualities whatsoever, or any memorable dialogue at all.

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* Toll Road from ''Film/TheExpendables'', played by Randy Couture. He has no distinctive qualities whatsoever, or any memorable dialogue at all. His only noted trait is his cauliflower ear, which Couture has in real life.
23rd Apr '17 9:12:49 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/TheWire'': Aside from the fact that he's working on a beach house, the only thing notable about Lt. Asher is how unnotable he is. According to Det. Freamon, this makes him the "perfect" commander for the Major Crimes Unit, as he pays practically no attention to what his detectives are up to and passively insulates them from interference from the brass. Deputy Commissioner Rawls understands this, so when he decides he needs to rein the unit in, his first move is to replace Asher with Lt. Marrimow, an ambitious micro-manager that Rawls nicknames "the Unit Killer". When the tide turns, and Freamon is invited back to Major Crimes with a commander of his own choosing, his obvious choice is Asher.
19th Apr '17 7:37:02 PM MisterDrBob2
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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.

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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.) Stephen. He does cheer up considerably when Scott refers to him as just Neil, the implication being Scott now sees him as fully equal.
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.
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