Created By: Psi001 on January 26, 2012 Last Edited By: Psi001 on January 28, 2012

Humans Are Boring

The TokenHuman will be the most normal and generic of the cast.

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In a series focusing on a cast of multiple species or forms of life, a Token Human isn't rare. This character often is used for the audience to relate to and gain a sense of relatability into the story's plot.

On the other hand, this usually means said human is rather dull. They are usually The Everyman or audience surrogate, and among a cast of extremely complex or oddball characters, they are usually the most down to earth and "normal" acting of the bunch with significantly fewer distinguishing quirks and traits.

Compare Humans Are Flawed, with which human characters (or just the species in general) usually have huge personality defects.

Often the bane of a Human-Focused Adaptation.

  • Often a source of complaints for the Transformers series. Interestingly however the series itself often plays with the trope since the human characters are also often a source of wacky comic relief in a lot of media. At least one of them (usually the lead male) will be The Everyman most of the time however.
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  • January 26, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Bad name and trope relations. Those are about humans in general, not the Token Human.
  • January 26, 2012
    Psi001
    The name isn't perfect but it does point out the comparison that compared to other species the human characters are usually the dullest.
  • January 26, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    I could swear there was a trope about this already. But I guess there isn't.

    Video Games: In Meteos, Geolyte is a planet with appearance, inhabitants, and cultures similar to that of Earth. Compared to the other civilizations, Geolyte's is slightly above average in every trait, not quite specializing in anything in particular.
  • January 26, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Those tropes are humans as a species, not the human characters in the cast. So it doesn't point it out.
  • January 26, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    This would be a subtrope of Designated Protagonist Syndrome.
  • January 26, 2012
    MyTimingIsOff
    Sounds kinda like Humans Are Average.
  • January 26, 2012
    dalek955
    Bound to happen if the show embraces the concept of the Planet Of Hats.
  • January 27, 2012
    Chabal2
    Does a single human in a cast of varying degrees of cyborgization count? Togusa from Ghost In The Shell at one point questions why he's on the team as he has the bare minimum amount of technology needed to interface with computers, the Major (whose only remaining biological parts are her brain and part of her spine) tells him it's to avoid Crippling Overspecialization.
  • January 27, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Humans In The Cast Are Bland? That's wordy, but that's basically the trope.
  • January 28, 2012
    Rognik
    Kyon of Haruhi Suzumiya? The five primary cast members are Haruhi, whose whims pervert reality; Yuki, a human-like alien that's more like an android; Mikuru, the time travelling officer; Itsuki, an esper; and Kyon. Sure, he's the secret keeper and tends to get dragged into everyone's drama, but really, he's melba toast.

    And this trope usually comes up in any RPG system. Humans are usually seen as the average benchmark: no perks, but no flaws, either. All the other races get bonuses and penalties to their stats. Thus, even in a setting where humans are supposed to be the norm, you'll often have a party of non-humans.
  • January 28, 2012
    TheChainMan
    ^Kyon snarks a lot, is considered funny by fans and he's fairly popular. Not sure if he counts.
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