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.