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** The Forever People: [[TheBigGuy Big Bear]], [[TheChick Beautiful Dreamer]], [[TokenMinority Vykin the Black]], [[TagalongKid Serifan]] and ... [[StandardizedLeader Mark Moonrider]].
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* Kevin Myers in the ''Franchise/AmericanPie'' films is pretty average when compared to his friends, and usually ends up playing the OnlySaneMan to the antics of [[ButtMonkey Jim]], [[CloudCuckooLander Finch]], and [[JerkJock Stifler]]. In fact, it led to him being DemotedToExtra in the third film, but that was mainly because of [[SpotlightStealingSquad Stifler]]. At least he actually made it into the film, unlike [[SequelNonEntity Oz]].
30th Oct '17 5:37:19 PM whisperhugscoundrel
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** Before Jack's introduction, the main character Corey Matthews actually [[InvokedTrope had a complex about this]], being the middle child of a middle class family. His best friend has a DarkAndTroubledPast and his love interest is a beautiful teen genius. Episodes would see him regularly taking part of schemes to come across as more interesting to his classmates.

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** Before Jack's introduction, the main character Corey Cory Matthews actually [[InvokedTrope had a complex about this]], being the middle child of a middle class family. His best friend has a DarkAndTroubledPast and his love interest is a beautiful teen genius. Episodes would see him regularly taking part of schemes to come across as more interesting to his classmates.
25th Oct '17 1:57:09 AM BattleMaster
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* Jacob Taylor of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. While he was intended to be a well-adjusted individual in a dysfunctional group, since he very rarely interacts with any of the characters (and Shepard tends to play the role of the foil) he instead just comes off as a boring character in [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a cast of different and extremely complex personalities]]. While he does have a romance, it instead comes off as unintentionally hilarious at best and [[spoiler:is completely invalidated by the third game, where he cheats on Shepard for another woman]].

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* Jacob Taylor of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series.''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. While he was intended to be a well-adjusted individual in a dysfunctional group, since he very rarely interacts with any of the characters (and Shepard tends to play the role of the foil) he instead just comes off as a boring character in [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a cast of different and extremely complex personalities]]. While he does have a romance, it instead comes off as unintentionally hilarious at best and [[spoiler:is completely invalidated by the third game, where he cheats on Shepard for another woman]]. His status as the boring character also isn't helped by having lackluster powers (Pull, Inferno Ammo, and Biotic Barrier as his loyalty power) and the weakest weapon combo in the game (pistols and shotguns), which left him far less useful than any of the other party members by the midway point and also the fact that there was another character who was similarly lacking in personal issues while managing to be quite a bit more interesting to interact with: [[spoiler: Legion]].
8th Sep '17 1:47:13 AM Robbyn
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* SupportingProtagonist Saji Crossroad from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', he and his love interest Louise Halevy reflect how war affects regular citizens.
* Jou (Joe) from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ''thought'' he was this character later on in the series, once he realised that he wasn't particularly smart, brave, strong or willful. This may be just a lack of confidence on Joe's part in-universe; as a character he tends toward the role of comic relief. There's also that fact that he possesses the Crest of Reliability and also got his share of [[ADayInTheLimelight limelight episodes]].
* Rivalz Cardemonde from ''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. 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.]]



* ''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.
* Nami in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Her normalness is her gimmick in a show where everyone has extreme gimmicks.
--> '''Nami''': [[CatchPhrase Don't call me normal!]]
* 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.
* Kurumi Momose from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. Her being a forgettable girl with no defining traits (save for having a cute appearance- recognized by the fans, not in the series itself) is used as a RunningGag from the very start. She has absolutely no {{Moe}} factor, despite working at a Moe cafe! [[EnsembleDarkhorse She's actually pretty popular with the fanbase, though.]]
* Ishimaru from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when he manages to score a touchdown due to the other team not noticing his existence.
* Kunikida from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series. As the normal half of ThoseTwoGuys with the loud and lecherous Taniguchi, he doesn't have much of a personailty, and soon ends up OutOfFocus.

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* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Nishizawa does have significant characterization ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' plays with this, in the manga, but she's stuck here for 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 anime skipping her character growth entirely, and then spending an episode speaking to it.
* Nami in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Her normalness is her gimmick in a show where everyone has extreme gimmicks.
--> '''Nami''': [[CatchPhrase Don't call me normal!]]
* 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
more colorful personalities in the manga itself. They'd 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 classified as scene extras if it hadn't been emphasized the human form of the [[TheHeavy Colossal Titan]]. Him seeming so generic concealed considerable {{Foreshadowing}} that they are indeed only makes sense upon a second reading, and after the reveal, his personality is shown to be a lot more complex than it initially seemed]].
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Estonia]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is ''much'' less quirky than most other
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 cast. Compared to them, he may or may not be his own robot clone. No one seems to care either way, least of all Paz himself. Borma downright ''normal'': He's [[OnlySaneMan well-adjusted]], mild-mannered and preppy, and while he does not get ADayInTheLimelight episode like Paz does, but 2nd Gig has have a few instances features of terrorist HollywoodNerd (his glasses and suicide bombers. Borma's role in Section 9 is revealed as penchant for computers), there isn't much about him that stands out, especially among the explosives expert, more colorful and he's later brought in to disarm a nuclear device.
* Kurumi Momose from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. Her being a forgettable girl with no defining traits (save for having a cute appearance- recognized by the fans, not in the series itself) is used as a RunningGag from the very start. She has absolutely no {{Moe}} factor, despite working at a Moe cafe! [[EnsembleDarkhorse She's actually pretty popular with the fanbase, though.]]
* Ishimaru from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'',
eccentric personalities around him. Estonia himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when he manages to score a touchdown due to at one point:
-->'''Estonia:''' Hello, I'm
the other team not noticing his existence.
* Kunikida from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series. As the normal half of ThoseTwoGuys with the loud and lecherous Taniguchi, he
one who usually doesn't have much of a personailty, and soon ends up OutOfFocus.stand out, Estonia! Do you remember me?



* Shinpachi from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is mostly around to serve as the OnlySaneMan, not having many notable qualities outside of that, and also looking generic to the point where his glasses are considered the only notable feature of his appearance. [[GagSeries Naturally]], this is made fun of on numerous occasions, such as it being a RunningGag for Gintoki and others act as though the ''glasses'' are Shinpachi, and Gintoki using his face as the basic outline for drawing the faces of other characters in one of [[FourthWallMailSlot Ginpachi-sensei]] segments.
** Yamazaki of the Shinsengumi is even more generic then Shinpachi (Something that he proudly lampshades when they battle against each other in the Bentendo Owee arc). His love of badminton was initially his only real character trait (that, and being Hijikata's punching bag), up until he was given ADayInTheLimelight and developed [[MadnessMantra some]] [[AbnormalAmmo issues]] as a result of being forced to subsist on nothing but anpan for days on end during a stakeout.
* 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.
* Ranma's school chums Hiroshi and Daisuke from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Little is known about them other than their perverted nature and desire for girlfriends.

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* Shinpachi from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is mostly around to serve as Played with in the OnlySaneMan, not having many notable qualities outside ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga with Yoko Machi. Every tankobon begins with a list of Zearth's pilots and short descriptions. Throughout the series, Machi remains "That girl with the freckles." [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that, and also looking generic as a girl from one of the series' many parallel worlds (as well as Koyemshi's sister,) she's ''far'' from generic.]]
* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'':
** Misaki sees herself as this,
to the point that she notes how her clones (divided by her LiteralSplitPersonality RoyaltySuperpower) have more personality than the real thing.
** Hana noted her presence is so thin that even classmates don't remember her existence after a whole year.
* Rivalz Cardemonde from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Lampshaded near the end of the series,
where his glasses are considered Rivalz is disappointed at the only notable feature fact that most of his appearance. [[GagSeries Naturally]], this is made fun of close friends have been involved in something interesting while he's still just a student at school. Kaname Ohgi on numerous occasions, such as it being a RunningGag for Gintoki and others act as though the ''glasses'' are Shinpachi, and Gintoki using his face as the basic outline for drawing the faces of other characters in one of [[FourthWallMailSlot Ginpachi-sensei]] segments.
** Yamazaki of
hand, had the Shinsengumi is even more generic then Shinpachi (Something that he proudly lampshades when they battle against each other in the Bentendo Owee arc). His love of badminton was initially his only real character trait (that, and being Hijikata's punching bag), up until he was given ADayInTheLimelight and developed [[MadnessMantra some]] [[AbnormalAmmo issues]] as a result benefit of being forced to subsist on nothing but anpan a high-up member of the Black Knights... who was essentially a glorified secretary for days on end during a stakeout.
* 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 main character. Until [[spoiler: he betrays him.]] At which point, his greatest accomplishment was still sleeping with 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.
* Ranma's school chums Hiroshi and Daisuke from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Little is known about them other than their perverted nature and desire for girlfriends.
[[spoiler: token enemy chick.]]



* [[LivingProp Maya Matsumoto]] from ''Manga/{{Working}}''. She is seen many times throughout the series and is even in the opening. She isn't even shown talking or interacting with anyone besides customers. In the final episode of the first season, we find out this is [[IJustWantToBeNormal exactly how she wants it]].
* Another female version of this trope: Chihiro Kosaka from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''. As [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Keima himself during her capture arc:
-->'''Keima:''' She's exactly a middling real girl among real girls!

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* [[LivingProp Maya Matsumoto]] Jou (Joe) from ''Manga/{{Working}}''. She ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ''thought'' he was this character later on in the series, once he realised that he wasn't particularly smart, brave, strong or willful. This may be just a lack of confidence on Joe's part in-universe; as a character he tends toward the role of comic relief. There's also that fact that he possesses the Crest of Reliability and also got his share of [[ADayInTheLimelight limelight episodes]].
* Ishimaru from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', this
is seen {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when he manages to score a touchdown due to the other team not noticing his existence.
* 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.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Shinpachi is mostly around to serve as the OnlySaneMan, not having
many times throughout notable qualities outside of that, and also looking generic to the point where his glasses are considered the only notable feature of his appearance. [[GagSeries Naturally]], this is made fun of on numerous occasions, such as it being a RunningGag for Gintoki and others act as though the ''glasses'' are Shinpachi, and Gintoki using his face as the basic outline for drawing the faces of other characters in one of [[FourthWallMailSlot Ginpachi-sensei]] segments.
** Yamazaki of the Shinsengumi is even more generic then Shinpachi (Something that he proudly lampshades when they battle against each other in the Bentendo Owee arc). His love of badminton was initially his only real character trait (that, and being Hijikata's punching bag), up until he was given ADayInTheLimelight and developed [[MadnessMantra some]] [[AbnormalAmmo issues]] as a result of being forced to subsist on nothing but anpan for days on end during a stakeout.
* Kunikida from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series. As the normal half of ThoseTwoGuys with the loud and lecherous Taniguchi, he doesn't have much of a personailty, and soon ends up OutOfFocus.
* ''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.
* [[SupportingProtagonist Saji Crossroad]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', he and his love interest Louise Halevy reflect how war affects regular citizens.
* 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.
* Kurumi Momose from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. Her being a forgettable girl with no defining traits (save for having a cute appearance- recognized by the fans, not in
the series and itself) is even in the opening. She isn't even shown talking or interacting with anyone besides customers. In the final episode of the first season, we find out this is [[IJustWantToBeNormal exactly how she wants it]].
* Another female version of this trope: Chihiro Kosaka
used as a RunningGag from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''. As [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Keima himself during her capture arc:
-->'''Keima:'''
the very start. She has absolutely no {{Moe}} factor, despite working at a Moe cafe! [[EnsembleDarkhorse She's exactly a middling real girl among real girls!actually pretty popular with the fanbase, though.]]



* Played with in the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga with Yoko Machi. Every tankobon begins with a list of Zearth's pilots and short descriptions. Throughout the series, Machi remains "That girl with the freckles." [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that, as a girl from one of the series' many parallel worlds (as well as Koyemshi's sister,) she's ''far'' from generic.]]
* ''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, and after the reveal, his personality is shown to be a lot more complex than it initially seemed]].

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* Played with in the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga with Yoko Machi. Every tankobon begins with a list of Zearth's pilots Ranma's school chums Hiroshi and short descriptions. Throughout the series, Machi remains "That girl with the freckles." [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that, as a girl Daisuke from one of the series' many parallel worlds (as well as Koyemshi's sister,) she's ''far'' from generic.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' plays with this, in the case of Bertolt Hoover. A self-described ExtremeDoormat, there really isn't much distinct
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Little is known about him them other than being extremely tall their perverted nature and prone to nervous sweating. He's easily forgotten among the more colorful personalities desire for girlfriends.
* Nami
in the cast, quietly lingering ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Her normalness is her gimmick 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, and after the reveal, his personality is shown to be a lot more complex than it initially seemed]].show where everyone has extreme gimmicks.
--> '''Nami''': [[CatchPhrase Don't call me normal!]]



* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'':
** Misaki sees herself as this, to the point that she notes how her clones (divided by her LiteralSplitPersonality RoyaltySuperpower) have more personality than the real thing.
** Hana noted her presence is so thin that even classmates don't remember her existence after a whole year.
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Estonia]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is ''much'' less quirky than most other members of the cast. 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:
-->'''Estonia:''' Hello, I'm the one who usually doesn't stand out, Estonia! Do you remember me?

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* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'':
** Misaki sees herself as this, to the point that she notes how her clones (divided by her LiteralSplitPersonality RoyaltySuperpower) have more personality than the real thing.
** Hana noted her presence is so thin that even classmates don't remember her existence after a whole year.
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Estonia]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is ''much'' less quirky than most other members of the cast. 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
Chihiro Kosaka from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''. As [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] lampshaded]] by Keima himself during her capture arc:
-->'''Keima:''' She's exactly a middling real girl among real girls!
* [[LivingProp Maya Matsumoto]] from ''Manga/{{Working}}''. She is seen many times throughout the series and is even in the opening. She isn't even shown talking or interacting with anyone besides customers. In the final episode of the first season, we find out
this at one point:
-->'''Estonia:''' Hello, I'm the one who usually doesn't stand out, Estonia! Do you remember me?
is [[IJustWantToBeNormal exactly how she wants it]].



* Beth from ''HarpersIsland'' was probably the worst offender in the cast. She appeared in the first 10 (out of 13) episodes, and she was lucky to get two lines an episode. A large chunk of viewers probably didn't know her name, as it was only mentioned once before she [[spoiler: went missing and was found dead]].
* Ken Cosgrove in ''Series/MadMen''.
* Penny Robinson in ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* Lieutenant Ford in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', for the entirety of the first season. In the second, he was given token development... just in time to be replaced by a more "interesting" character.
* Pete from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is the only main character not not have a space of his own. Everyone else has a place that says something about the person, somewhere to work or relax and be themselves, but him. He even complains about always being in Clark's shadow. He finds out that Clark is an alien but that's not enough to make him interesting so after a while the writers [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]].
* John from the first season of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', who was so generic that he was written out after the first season (and replaced with {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jim).
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': Nick is TheDrifter, Xander is (or tries to be) TheCharmer, Chip is GenreSavvy, Vida is tomboyish to the point that she's {{Ambiguously|Gay}} ButchLesbian, and Madison is, uh, wait, [[MemeticMutation who's Madison?]])
* Simon of ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' - he's the StraightMan to the CasanovaWannabe, TheDitz and the {{Nerd}}, but as the nerd is the narrator and central character, Simon can look a little zero-dimensional.
** His main trait is that he's obsessed with [[GirlNextDoor Carly]], a relationship which never seems to progress to actual dating but never seems to exclude the possibility of it either.
* Astrid in ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. She does tend to stand out for [[OnlySaneMan not being crazy.]]

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* Beth from ''HarpersIsland'' was probably the worst offender in the cast. She appeared in the first 10 (out of 13) episodes, and she was lucky Agent Antoine Triplett on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. Initially brought on to get two lines an episode. A large chunk of viewers probably didn't know her name, as it was only mentioned once before she replace Ward on Coulson's team after [[spoiler: went missing and was found dead]].
* Ken Cosgrove in ''Series/MadMen''.
* Penny Robinson in ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* Lieutenant Ford in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', for the entirety of the first season. In the second,
he was given token development... just in time revealed to be replaced by a HYDRA agent]], he basically ''was'' Ward except more "interesting" character.
* Pete from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is
personable and without the only main DarkAndTroubledPast. However, as season two introduced other characters such as Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse (not to mention Skye TakingALevelInBadass) he became largely redundant in this role. The writers struggled to find a new niche for him to fill, at times having him fill in for May (a pilot) or Simmons (a medic) just to give him something to do. Not helping matters was the fact that the actor had other commitments that limited Trip's screentime and made it difficult to involve him in any complex story arcs or relationships, and his two most notable qualities -being the grandson of a Howling Commando and a potential RomanticFalseLead for Fitzsimmons- were never explored. [[spoiler: Eventually the character not was killed off in the mid-season 2 finale, and his death wasn't even really about him, but just there to add weight to Skye's transformation into an Inhuman.]]
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth's RomanticFalseLead, Hannah, in Season 6 really does
not have a space any discernable or well defined character traits. She just sort of his own. Everyone else has a place that says something about the person, somewhere to work or relax smiles and be themselves, but him. He even complains about always being in Clark's shadow. He finds out that Clark is an alien but that's not enough to make him interesting so after a while the writers [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]].
* John from the first season of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', who was so generic that he was written out after the first season (and replaced with {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jim).
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': Nick is TheDrifter, Xander is (or tries to be) TheCharmer, Chip is GenreSavvy, Vida is tomboyish to the point that she's {{Ambiguously|Gay}} ButchLesbian, and Madison is, uh, wait, [[MemeticMutation who's Madison?]])
* Simon of ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' - he's the StraightMan to the CasanovaWannabe, TheDitz and the {{Nerd}}, but as the nerd is the narrator and central character, Simon can look a little zero-dimensional.
** His main trait is that he's obsessed with [[GirlNextDoor Carly]], a relationship which never seems to progress to actual dating but never seems to exclude the possibility of it either.
* Astrid in ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. She does tend to stand out for [[OnlySaneMan not being crazy.]]
looks pretty. It pretty much CharacterShilling at its most annoying.



** Before Jack's introduction, the main character Corey Matthews actually [[EvokedTrope had a complex about this]], being the middle child of a middle class family. His best friend has a DarkAndTroubledPast and his love interest is a beautiful teen genius. Episodes would see him regularly taking part of schemes to come across as more interesting to his classmates.
* Andy Travis of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati.'' He was originally the point-of-view character, being the new guy to the station, but ended up as the guy no one remembers. Bailey Quarters probably falls into this category too for anyone who doesn't think she's hot.
* Alan Carter became this in ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', especially in season 2 when Tony Vederchi was introduced as the young, hot, action ready, ladies man character. This left Alan with nothing to do than fly the Eagle and act as a third wheel when with Commander Koenig and Dr. Russell.
* Brendan Lambert in ''Series/StepByStep''. So generic, that he does not show up in the final season- and the plot is not affected at all!!!

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** Before Jack's introduction, the main character Corey Matthews actually [[EvokedTrope [[InvokedTrope had a complex about this]], being the middle child of a middle class family. His best friend has a DarkAndTroubledPast and his love interest is a beautiful teen genius. Episodes would see him regularly taking part of schemes to come across as more interesting to his classmates.
* Andy Travis of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati.'' He was originally the point-of-view character, being the new guy to the station, but ended up as the guy no one remembers. Bailey Quarters probably falls into this category too for anyone who doesn't think she's hot.
* Alan Carter became this in ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', especially in season 2 when Tony Vederchi was introduced as the young, hot, action ready, ladies man character. This left Alan with nothing to do than fly the Eagle and act as a third wheel when with Commander Koenig and Dr. Russell.
* Brendan Lambert in ''Series/StepByStep''. So generic, that he does not show up in the final season- and the plot is not affected at all!!!
classmates.



* Astrid in ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. She does tend to stand out for [[OnlySaneMan not being crazy.]]
* Beth from ''Series/HarpersIsland'' was probably the worst offender in the cast. She appeared in the first 10 (out of 13) episodes, and she was lucky to get two lines an episode. A large chunk of viewers probably didn't know her name, as it was only mentioned once before she [[spoiler: went missing and was found dead]].
* Simon of ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' - he's the StraightMan to the CasanovaWannabe, TheDitz and the {{Nerd}}, but as the nerd is the narrator and central character, Simon can look a little zero-dimensional.
** His main trait is that he's obsessed with [[GirlNextDoor Carly]], a relationship which never seems to progress to actual dating but never seems to exclude the possibility of it either.
%%* Penny Robinson in ''Series/LostInSpace''.
%%* Ken Cosgrove in ''Series/MadMen''.



* Matt Donovan from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
** 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
* Piz from ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Carla Healy from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' didn't have much personality (besides maybe being socially awkward). She was basically just Pauls on-again/off-again girlfriend.



* Agent Antoine Triplett on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. Initially brought on to replace Ward on Coulson's team after [[spoiler: he was revealed to be a HYDRA agent]], he basically ''was'' Ward except more personable and without the DarkAndTroubledPast. However, as season two introduced other characters such as Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse (not to mention Skye TakingALevelInBadass) he became largely redundant in this role. The writers struggled to find a new niche for him to fill, at times having him fill in for May (a pilot) or Simmons (a medic) just to give him something to do. Not helping matters was the fact that the actor had other commitments that limited Trip's screentime and made it difficult to involve him in any complex story arcs or relationships, and his two most notable qualities -being the grandson of a Howling Commando and a potential RomanticFalseLead for Fitzsimmons- were never explored. [[spoiler: Eventually the character was killed off in the mid-season 2 finale, and his death wasn't even really about him, but just there to add weight to Skye's transformation into an Inhuman.]]
* ''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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* Agent Antoine Triplett on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. Initially brought on ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': Nick is TheDrifter, Xander is (or tries to replace Ward on Coulson's team be) TheCharmer, Chip is GenreSavvy, Vida is tomboyish to the point that she's {{Ambiguously|Gay}} ButchLesbian, and Madison is, uh, wait, [[MemeticMutation who's Madison?]])
* Pete from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is the only main character not not have a space of his own. Everyone else has a place that says something about the person, somewhere to work or relax and be themselves, but him. He even complains about always being in Clark's shadow. He finds out that Clark is an alien but that's not enough to make him interesting so
after [[spoiler: he was revealed to be a HYDRA agent]], he basically ''was'' Ward except more personable and without while the DarkAndTroubledPast. However, as writers [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]].
* Alan Carter became this in ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', especially in
season two 2 when Tony Vederchi was introduced other characters such as Lance Hunter the young, hot, action ready, ladies man character. This left Alan with nothing to do than fly the Eagle and Bobbi Morse (not to mention Skye TakingALevelInBadass) he became largely redundant act as a third wheel when with Commander Koenig and Dr. Russell.
* Lieutenant Ford
in this role. The writers struggled to find a new niche ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', for him to fill, at times having him fill in for May (a pilot) or Simmons (a medic) the entirety of the first season. In the second, he was given token development... just in time to give him something to do. Not helping matters was the fact be replaced by a more "interesting" character.
* Brendan Lambert in ''Series/StepByStep''. So generic,
that the actor had other commitments that limited Trip's screentime and made it difficult to involve him in any complex story arcs or relationships, and his two most notable qualities -being the grandson of a Howling Commando and a potential RomanticFalseLead for Fitzsimmons- were never explored. [[spoiler: Eventually the character was killed off in the mid-season 2 finale, and his death wasn't even really about him, but just there to add weight to Skye's transformation into an Inhuman.]]
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth's RomanticFalseLead, Hannah, in Season 6 really
he does not have any discernable or well defined character traits. She just sort of smiles show up in the final season- and looks pretty. It pretty much CharacterShilling the plot is not affected at its most annoying.all!!!
* John from the first season of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', who was so generic that he was written out after the first season (and replaced with {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jim).
* Matt Donovan from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
** 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
%%* Piz from ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Andy Travis of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati.'' He was originally the point-of-view character, being the new guy to the station, but ended up as the guy no one remembers. Bailey Quarters probably falls into this category too for anyone who doesn't think she's hot.



* Carla Healy from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' didn't have much personality (besides maybe being socially awkward). She was basically just Pauls on-again/off-again girlfriend.



* Chris Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' comes across as this in recent episodes, due to the "wacky fat idiot" plots being taken up by Peter and the "high school drama" plots by Meg.

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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 never got her own ADayInTheLimelight episode, possibly as a result of this trope.
* Ashlynn Ella from ''WesternAnimation/EverAfterHigh'' doesn't really have 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]].
* Chris Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' comes across as this in recent later episodes, due to the "wacky fat idiot" plots being taken up by Peter and the "high school drama" plots by Meg.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when describing his old crew, Professor Farnsworth mentions Captain Lando Tucker as a man with no characteristics.
** On the actual show, Hermes Conrad tends to be this, with no real distinctive personality traits aside being very dedicated and having the universal hatred of [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Zoidberg.]] Recent episodes are attempting to give him CharacterDevelopment.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** When
describing his old crew, Professor Farnsworth mentions Captain Lando Tucker as a man with no characteristics.
** On the actual show, Hermes Conrad tends to be this, with no real distinctive personality traits aside being very dedicated and having the universal hatred of [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Zoidberg.]] Recent Later episodes are attempting to give him CharacterDevelopment.



* Dil from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is a cute baby that likes chewing on things...and that's about 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.



* Ashlynn Ella from ''EverAfterHigh'' doesn't really have 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]].
* Dil from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is a cute baby that likes chewing on things...and that's about 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.
* ''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 never got her own ADayInTheLimelight episode, possibly as a result of this trope.
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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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* Jonathan Harker from the original "Dracula" "Literature/{{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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* This was Dick Hutton's role in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance until Wrestling/LouThesz handpicked him to be the next World Heavyweight Champion. Hutton was a great wrestler, but had no distinguishable physical characteristics, gear, moves or memorable promos to distinguish him as anything else but a wrestler. The NWA promoters tolerated his promotion for about 400 days before sticking him back in this role.



* Ironically averted with the highly memorable El Generico ([[Wrestling/SamiZayn Sami Zayn]] in WWE). His personality and appearance(discounting the pale skin and red goatee) scream "standardized luchador" but his matches do not(luchadors are not generally associated with BRAINBUSTAS!).



* Ironically averted with the highly memorable El Generico (now [[Wrestling/SamiZayn Sami Zayn]] in WWE).
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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.
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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.]]
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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
**
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.
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it. The fairies they help are no better, with some of them heading into FlatCharacter territory.
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