->''"Sometimes a guy needs a pal out of the locker room."''
-->--'''[[TheCallPutMeOnHold Cooper Manning]]''', on his friendship with Saints QB Drew Brees

Part of the storytelling method is to make a character relatable to the audience. The audience would ''like'' to be relatable to the hero because who doesn't want Phenomenal Cosmic Powers and to get the girl (or guy)?

But since we're mundanes, the Muggle Best Friend is our relatable character -- an ordinary person drawn into the hero's extraordinary world.

They have no super powers, no magic, no AppliedPhlebotinum. But despite the danger, they're loyal and will stick to the side of their heroic best friend no matter what the CallToAdventure may throw in the hero's path. They are frequently {{Secret Keeper}}s and can be PluckyComicRelief as well.

They represent the tie that the character still has to their original, pre-super life. They will usually interact with the main character's family, friends and {{Love Interest|s}} even when the hero is unable to. They are most common in shows where TheHero does not have a FiveManBand - if they do they will be overshadowed as the position of Best Friend tends to go to TheLancer, but might still serve a background function. At some point they will be held hostage by the villain and they are often in the risk of getting KilledOffForReal to provide TheHero with [[ILetGwenStacyDie a reason for revenge]].

Note that the key trait of the character is that they are a piece of the character's former life and so they do not exclusively appear supporting superheroes or magical beings, but simply shows when the hero moves into a different league after receiving the CallToAdventure.

Also, LoveInterests can also be Muggle Best Friends, and will provide a good reason to be equally worried about your secret life and your normal life, especially if you are on a WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld schedule. TheChick can also double as Muggle Best Friend. In circumstances like these, an UnderstandingBoyfriend may come into play.

Occasionally you will have the Muggle Best Friend wish for powers so they aren't always a liability or potential hostage; they usually end up [[SuperPowersForADay with powers that last for]] [[ADayInTheLimelight one episode only]] -- just so they realize being normal is cool enough on its own, or that having powers isn't as cool as it's cracked up to be. For flavor, fits of jealousy brought on by IJustWantToBeSpecial may pop up and strain things between them before ThePowerOfFriendship reasserts. Once in a while, the friend will leave the trope when they acquire some sort of metahuman abilities.

May cross over and into BadassNormal territory, but mainly Muggle Best Friends are just ordinary people. Related to A Boy And His X, obviously, especially when the X is super powered. May act as the AudienceSurrogate. More than one may team up to become ThoseTwoGuys. Compare FantasticallyIndifferent and UnwittingMuggleFriend.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Naru, and to a lesser degree Umino from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Specially meaningful in the ''R'' season of the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]], where it's implied that [[spoiler: Naru ''may'' have graduated into SecretKeeper - she at least knows Usagi is into ''something'' very important, though she may not know why.]]
** Similarly, in "Codename: Sailor V" we had Minako's best friend Hikaru, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Sailor Mercury and showed greater courtesy and common sense than her friend. (At one point, after Minako had lied about her age to participate in a blood drive for the sole purpose of receiving juice in exchange for her contributions, an aggravated Artemis pleasurably envisioned a scenario where the responsible Hikaru had alternately been chosen as Sailor V instead, and how much easier his life would be as a result).
** In [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon the live-action series]], Motoki is also this to Mamoru (as well as Makoto's Muggle Love Interest).
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has Tomoyo, and in the anime Meiling.
* Miyako to Maron/Jeanne from ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne''. Unlike the other examples, Miyako is also an antagonist to her because Jeanne is a thief and Miyako helps her police father to arrest her. [[spoiler:In the manga however, she knows all along that Maron is Jeanne and she protects her by intentionally failing to catch her.]]
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' has Claes, sorta. [[spoiler: She's also one of the Cyborgs, but becomes this when she cannot go into missions anymore avter the death of her handler ''and'' learning that she's got a weak heart.]]
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has Alisa and Suzuka. Eventually phased out come the third season and beyond, when TheHero decided [[StayWithTheAliens to move out of earth]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has surprisingly, the titular character Madoka herself. The series is a tug of war between [[WeaselMascot Kyubey]] (for) and [[DarkMagicalGirl Homura]] (against) over whether she turns magical girl.
** Episode 10 reveals that [[spoiler:in [[GroundhogDayLoop the original timeline]], ''Homura'' was the Muggle Best Friend to ''Madoka'']].
** Played straight with Hitomi, who serves as Madoka's and Sayaka's friend. It's soon played straighter than most MagicalGirl shows would usually go and have her [[spoiler: [[LockedOutOfTheLoop unknowingly]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom become one of the straws]] [[FallenHero that break Sayaka's back and drive her to despair]]]].
* In ''Manga/UltraManiac'', Nina Sakura, a CuteWitch, transfers into a normal school in the human world, and meets Ayu, the one who would fit this trope. She befriends her (though at first, Ayu was annoyed by Nina), Ayu finds herself being the target of Nina's many (failed attempts) of helpful magic.
* Mai of ''Anime/MaiHime'' has Chie and Aoi, [[ThoseTwoGuys two girls]] who are never aware of or involved in the Himes' conflicts.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Mizuiro, Keigo and Tatsuki. And to a lesser degree Chizuru, Ryo, Mahana and Michiru. [[spoiler: Not so muggle in the case of the first group, however.]]
* Orito from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''
* Kazumi from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''.
* ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' has Ai, Isami, and Miho.
* Kazumi to ''Manga/DevilmanLady''.
* Furuichi in ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' [[spoiler:until he gets tissues allowing to call one of the Behemoth Squad or Behemoth himself who empowers him.]]
* Manta from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' is this to Yoh.
* Sayori to Yuuki from ''Manga/VampireKnight''.
* This trope must be the reason why Saten's role is expanded in the anime adaptation of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''.
* Miku to Hibiki in ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear''. [[spoiler:Until the second season where she gets her own Symphogear.]]
* Onoda to Naruko in ''Manga/YowamushiPedal'' since the start of the series.
* Kuroko to Kagami in ''Manga/KurokonoBasuke''
* Seiji to the titular heroines of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure''.
* Moe and Miwa from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' are this to MagicalGirlWarrior Ichigo.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has several.
** Hide becomes this to Kaneki, and is kept in the dark about his friend's transformation into a HalfHumanHybrid. [[spoiler: Then it turns out, he knew almost the entire time and didn't care]].
** Yoriko for Touka, who is desperate to keep her human friend from learning the truth about her.
** While [[PickyPeopleEater Tsukiyama]] refers to her as his "pet", [[CameraFiend Chie]] manages to be his only known friend. Unlike the other examples in the series, she knows he's a Ghoul and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality doesn't]] [[ItAmusedMe care]].
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s pal ComicBook/JimmyOlsen; subverted when he [[SuperpowerSillyPutty takes on the mantle of Elastic Lad or any one of the other hundred or so super-identities he's temporarily had over the years.]]
* Paco and Brenda to the third BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes.
* Doiby Dickles to the original Franchise/GreenLantern, Alan Scott. And Thomas Kalmaku (formerly known as Pieface) to Hal Jordan.
* [[WeUsedToBeFriends At the beginning]], Harry Osborn was this to ''Comicbook/SpiderMan''.
** Mary Jane fills the role in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', hovering between this and {{Love Interest|s}}. She also could and can play both roles in the mainstream books as well, especially after she revealed she knew Peter's secret.
* [[Comicbook/WarMachine James Rhodes]] to ''{{Ultimate|Marvel}} Comicbook/IronMan''. This version of Iron Man is a mutant of sorts.
* BuckyBarnes and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, back during the war.
* Woozy Winks to ComicBook/PlasticMan.
* ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' has Finch to Dani.
* Jenny Romano to Comicbook/TheDarkness.
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/SeventeenAgain'' has Ned Gold.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Agent Abigail Summers of the ISA is this to Oberon. Dr. Morgan Flaye is this to Oberon as well at NGT in the science fiction series, ''{{Literature/Alterien}}''.
* Cherise is the Muggle Best Friend to Joanna Baldwin in the ''Literature/WeatherWardens'' series as of ''Windfall'', and the {{Love Interest|s}} of [[spoiler: Kevin]] as of ''Thin Air''.
* Laura is the Muggle Best Friend to Kate in the ''Literature/{{Adventures of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom}}'' series, and she's the self-titled {{Sidekick}} as well. Even after reading the first book, it's clear that [[spoiler: Laura's daughter Mindy will be the Muggle Best Friend to Kate's daughter Allie when Allie ends up trained to follow in Mom's footsteps]].
* Dillard from ''Literature/TheKingdomKeepers'', though unlike most examples he's largely left out of the loop.
* Bella's friends Angela, Jessica, Mike, Eric, Ben (Angela's boyfriend), and Katie (Eric's girlfriend) in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. The last two are cut from the films. Angela is the one Bella is closest to
* Simon Lewis the only "regular" main character in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' [[spoiler:at first]] and only gets involved in the adventure because his friend Clary finds out that she's a Shadowhunter. Jace, Alec, and Izzy are initially skeptical about bringing him along since they don't think a "mundane" can keep up with them. [[spoiler: Subverted later on when he gets turned into a vampire, thus making him a Downworlder like Luke and Magnus]].
* In the start of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, Tavi is the only person who can be one of these to everyone he meets, since he is the only character who has no nifty elemental-control Furies. He prospers being a GuileHero, by inspiring loyalty and through alliances. Later in the series he gains a little something [[spoiler:a powerful Fury, Alera herself]]. When combined with his high intelligence and TrainingFromHell, well, suffice it to say [[spoiler:he is justifiably lionized as the greatest First Lord, ever]].
* In the WingsQuartet, David and Chelsea are this to Laurel, a faerie (which in this universe is the same as a PlantPerson).
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'', in which Officer [=McGoo=] is Chambeaux's BHF (Best Human Friend}.
* Mostly averted in the Harry Potter series. Harry has no muggle best friends, and wizards are supposed to keep their magic secret from muggles. However, a few of the supporting characters do have a muggle best friend or two. For instance, [[CrazyCatLady Arbella]] [[TheBooRadley Figg]] is this to the Order of the Phoenix, and Hermione's parents are implied to be muggle best friends of Arthur Weasley. Muggle family and spouses of witches and wizards are implied to normally fill this role, though Aunt Petunia is a subversion, as she hates all magic due to jealousy of the attention her sister got for being a witch. Dudley is a double subversion, as he starts out being a bully to Harry, but [[spoiler:they reconcile at the beginning of the 7th book, and remain on "Christmas card terms" throughout adulthood]].
* Cory and Eli in ''[[{{Literature/MGP}} Magical Girl Policy]]''.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Harper to Alex. Zeke to Justin. Theresa to Jerry.
* Arthur to Merlin on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Merlin is a powerful warlock with extraordinary powers and abilities while Arthur is a human who possesses no superhuman powers but instead, is royalty.
* Chloe to Clark on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' [[spoiler:(Until she develops her own powers).]] Before Chloe, it was Pete Ross.
* The Scooby Gang in ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' (until Willow develops magic powers of her own). Xander retains this role all the way through the televised run of the series even as other characters grow beyond it.
** To be fair, Xander does develop into a BadassNormal who can deal with trouble on his own, and doesn't need to be watched over as much as he did in the early days - [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome especially if he's got a wrecking ball handy.]]
* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
** Stiles is this to [[TheHero Scott]] and the rest of Derek's pack. He's the only one in their whole group that doesn't have any combat training or some type of supernatural powers.
---> '''Matt:''' "Werewolves, hunters, kanimas. Itís like a frickiní Halloween party every full moon. Except for you, Stiles. What do you turn into?"\\
'''Stiles:''' "Abominable snowman, but itís more of a wintertime thing. You know, seasonal."
** Lydia is initially this to Allison, as she doesn't have combat training and is unaware of Allison's double life. Subverted when it's revealed that between the two of them it's Lydia with supernatural powers.
* Virtually every companion ever on ''Series/DoctorWho'', with the exceptions of fellow Time Lord Romana, [[spoiler: half- Time Lord]] River Song, time-traveling immortal [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Jack Harkness]] and girl with a crack in time inside her head Amy Pond. Most of them are young (the exceptions being Adelaide, Donna and Donna's grandpa Wilfred) and human or humanoid, with no special powers. Even the aliens (Adric, Nyssa, Turlough) are fairly normal - they might be smart, but nothing beyond a BrainyBrunette or TheSmartGuy.
* Ando on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''... until he got powers of his own. (Sensing a pattern here?).
** Claire had Zach who had no powers, and later, Gretchen before their RelationshipUpgrade
** Peter has Hesam
** And lastly Noah Bennet could've been The Haitian's powerless pal.
*** Which was the whole point of their [[AncientConspiracy working]] [[TheyFightCrime relationship]] - ''"one of us, one of them."''
* Partial example: TeenGenius Series/{{Doogie Howser|MD}}'s best friend Vinnie, a guy of average intelligence that helps him relate to the world of normal teenagers.
* George and Katie from ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''. [[spoiler:(Until she got a super powered baby who sometimes lets her use the powers, and he got put on the 'Super Powered Crash Test' plane in the last episode.)]]
* Maria Deluca from ''Series/{{Roswell}}''. Also [[spoiler:Liz and Kyle until they began to develop powers of their own.]]
* Keely Teslow to Phil on ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'', though she quickly became the {{Love Interest|s}} as well.
* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', both Hank and Juliette can be this to Nick.
* Robin is this to Vlad in ''Series/YoungDracula'', although he is definitely in the IJustWantToBeSpecial camp.
* Kenzi to Bo in ''Series/LostGirl''.
* Astrid is a Sap (short for homo sapiens) who is the best friend of Steven who is homo superior in ''Series/TomorrowPeople''.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Zeke was this to Cole in ''{{VideoGame/Infamous}}'' and its sequel.
* James Heller of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' has this with Father Guerra.
* Eri is this for Shiki in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* Every ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' game has one:
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lloyd/Loid]] from the original ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and Jeff from the second ''Videogame/EarthBound'' both have no psychic powers to speak of, but make up for it by being the team's GadgeteerGenius.
** Duster from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' also lacks psychic powers, but still has a lot of handy tricks up his sleeve, being a thief and all.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': Robin and Jason
* Yvette and Liz in ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', Beatrice's 21st-century friends.
* Collie from ''Alpha Luna''.
* Zig-zagged by Kat in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. She's the muggle to Antimony in all matters supernatural... but Annie gets lost when [[GadgeteerGenius Kat starts talking technology]].
* Kat is this to [[Webcomic/IronVioletTheShyTitan Iron Violet]]. Although she has no powers, she is shown to be capable of defending herself in a fight.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', there are two:
** [[spoiler:Emma Barnes]] is this for [[spoiler:Shadow Stalker i.e. Sophia Hess]].
** Kevin Norton is this for [[spoiler:Scion i.e. Zion]].
* Lester of ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' is this for Cody.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' had Richie, Virgil's best friend -- but it became subverted when in the third season they upgraded Richie to Bang Baby as well.
* Spud and Trixie to Jake from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. Spud had his ADayInTheLimelight episode as a frog boy.
* Tucker and Sam to Danny on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Tucker got ghost powers for one episode. Sam got plant powers for one episode.
* Frida to ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''. She actually stole the El Tigre belt to go out as La Tigresa to satisfy [[IJustWantToBeSpecial her wish to be special too]].
* Brad and Tucker to [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot XJ-9]].
* WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite had a boy from Earth that she was friends with. His name was Brian, and he was the only human able to see her.
* Most of the human friends in various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' media.
** Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Sari appears to be this. [[spoiler:She is, in fact, a Cybertronian protoform in a human alt-form.]]
* So far, Noah from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' is this to the titular Evo.
* Gwen from series 1 ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' until she got her Lucky Girl powers and then began studying magic.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has Rook Blonko, though he's an alien with no special powers.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' cartoon, Victor had a Muggle friend named Klaus.
* Though having super powers in the WesternAnimation/{{Avatar|the Last Airbender}} universe is not uncommon, you still couldn't call the people without powers a minority. Sokka is the most obvious example for this, being surrounded by a little girl with earth powers, a sister with water powers and an omnipotent bald child. Unless you count throwing a boomerang and comic relief as super powers.
** The sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has Asami acting as this to the titular character.[[spoiler: Though as of the finale, they are [[RelationshipUpgrade more than just friends]].]]
* Tommy Anybody to ''WesternAnimation/{{Mr Bogus}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' CGI movies often have this.
* Noah in ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Marco Diaz is this to the eponymous princess Star Butterfly. Unlike most muggles, he knows karate and can handle himself in fights.
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' [[BadassBookworm Connie]] is the most obvious example (and also a Muggle LoveInterest), though [[AllLovingHero Steven is friends with pretty much everyone in town]].
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