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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.
-->-- ''Series/{{Psych}}''

The member of an EnsembleCast with no distinctive physical or personality traits. They may be smart, but not as smart as TheSmartGuy. They may be strong, but not as strong as TheBigGuy. In short, there is pretty much nothing remarkable or distinctive about them. They would be TheEveryman or StandardizedLeader ... if they were the main character.

However, they are not the main character. Someone else is TheHero and The Generic Guy is stuck [[SupportingProtagonist in a secondary]] [[POVBoyPosterGirl role.]] Thus, the generic guy will typically get very little to do or eventually be written out of the series.

As one can see below, there is a tendency for these characters to be {{Token Minorit|y}}ies, for several reasons. First, they [[WhiteMaleLead cannot be the star because they are a token.]] Second, since they have no traits at all, they don't have ''negative'' traits; thus, the writers can claim that they are positive role models. Another reason is related to TheSmurfettePrinciple: the creators think the character's tokenness ''is itself'' a defining trait, so no further fleshing-out is needed. If such a generic guy is the only minority character in the opening credits, the writers will look bigoted if they try to cut the generic guy, meaning that they're much less likely than non-token generic guys to suffer from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome a few seasons in.

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, 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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Alice 19th}}'' has Meilin and Billy, two of the Lotis Master that arrive to fight Dalva. Their helpful, wise and ready to fight to the death against Dalva, but other than that, nothing is revealed about their background.
* ''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]].
* [[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?
* ''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).
** Max, originally the team's CloudCuckooLander, evolved into TheEveryman, with Tyson and Daichi taking over the goofy comic relief role.
* 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/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 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/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'':
** Tadakuni, the viewpoint character, is this. His self-description is completely accurate:
-->'''Tadakuni''': My name is Tadakuni. I live a normal life, attending a normal school, in a normal town.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} by his DistaffCounterpart Habara who on the first look is as generic as he is... [[spoiler:but just check her [[EnfantTerrible past]] and how that [[ReformedButRejected still affects her]].]]
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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 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.
* Natsumi Murakami of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' laments that she doesn't really stand out much in her class. Granted, her class contains [[FantasyKitchenSink all kinds of interesting girls]], so it's somewhat justified. [[spoiler: She gains an artifact through a Pactio that reflects the owner's personality. Naturally, it makes her invisible because she really cannot stand out]].
* 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 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.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''L
** Madoka's 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 herself unfortunately comes off as this to some fans. Let's see, she's cute, kind-hearted, a lover of stuffed animals, feels kind of useless... and that's about it.
* Ranma's school chums Hiroshi and Daisuke from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Little is known about them other than their perverted nature and desire for girlfriends.
* Nami in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Her normalness is her gimmick in a show where everyone has extreme gimmicks.
--> '''Nami''': [[CatchPhrase Don't call me normal!]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Tanukichi's role is [[POVBoyPosterGirl secondary to Ayame's]], in terms of characterization and [[SupportingProtagonist plot relevance.]] Made less so, given he's absent from most advertising material for the series.
* 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!
* [[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]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Creator/JackKirby did several series about various "kid gangs", including the Newsboy Legion and the Boy Commandos. All of them had their own generic guy, usually as StandardizedLeader -- including the Forever People, his team of "space hippies" from TheSeventies. The Forever People: [[TheBigGuy Big Bear]], [[TheChick Beautiful Dreamer]], [[TokenMinority Vykin the Black]], [[TagalongKid Serifan]] and ... [[StandardizedLeader Mark Moonrider]].
* In some ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' comics, Copper is considered extremely bland and forgettable by the other Metal Men, to the point that all of them act as though they've never met her before every time they see her.
* In ''[[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]]'', poor Tag became the Hellion team generic guy. He didn't have Hellion's ego (or power), Wither's angst, Mercury's one sided love (and emo), Dust's nationalism, or Santo's lovable big guy status. Of course this was a bad time to be Generic Guy. The kids are expendable. By the end of the series when the students had only one team, Prodigy became the generic guy (he was the only average human). And while he did know every fighting style of every X-Men to ever teach him... he got almost entirely cut out of the final storyarc. Hellion, Dust, Mercury, and Santo stayed the same as above, Elixir took over Wither's angst spot, Surge was the leader dealing with TheChainsOfCommanding, Pixie became TheChick, Anole became the BadassNormal (and StraightGay), ComicBook/{{X 23}} was well, like her brother-father, and poor Prodigy fell through the cracks in the plot. Being TheSmartGuy does not pay off apparently.
* Young Neil from ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' doesn't really do anything. He just hangs out with the main characters and [[OnlySixFaces looks a lot like Scott]].
* The Dalton Cousins from ''Comicbook/LuckyLuke'' included two such characters: there was hot-headed leader [[HairTriggerTemper Joe]], tall and ditzy [[TheDitz Averell]], and then there were [[ThoseTwoGuys William and Jack]], who were rather bland and basically interchangeable.
* Balder from Comicbook/TheMightyThor. He's also a son of Odin, like Thor, and therefore able to rule Asgard when Thor isn't for any plot-contrived-reason. Of course, his half brothers are: A) THOR who's TheHero, a LargeHam, and a BoisterousBruiser, b) God-of-War Tyr who plays the HandicappedBadass with only one hand and now serves the queen of the dead, and C) their stepbrother Loki, who gets EvilIsSexy, DracoInLeatherPants, is a MagnificentBastard and is the most developed character outside of Thor himself. Poor guy didn't have a chance.
* Due to the comic's usage of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters from practically every interpretation of the franchise, some of the Freedom Fighters lean into this ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Rotor in particular, originally TheSmartGuy and something of a dork, couldn't match up to the increasing number of tech experts in the team and, while still getting the odd spotlight, is one of the most normal and non distinct of the main cast personality wise. Also an example of the "generic TokenMinority", though this wasn't revealed until well into the comic's run.
* This was the reason why the pirate Erix was quickly removed from the recurring ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' pirate crew and PutOnABusToHell. The other three main pirate characters are really quirky and endearing with good ComicTrio chemistry, but he had no real traits and nothing to do, leading to him soon being sold into slavery.
* Poor, poor ComicBook/DonnaTroy. Back when the ComicBook/TeenTitans was just a club for JLA sidekicks, she got to be TheChick - perhaps not an impressive slot, but at least it was a slot. Once the Wolfman-Perez relaunch rolled around, though, pretty much everyone on the roster left her in the dust - newcomers ComicBook/{{Cyborg}}, ComicBook/{{Starfire}}, and ComicBook/{{Raven}} were all outcasts with appropriately angsty backstories, fellow old-guarders Robin (soon to be known as ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}) and Kid Flash struggled with the trials of growing up (as both [[SidekickGraduationsStick superheroes]] and [[ComingOfAgeStory civilians]]), and even Beast Boy had some SadClown LonelyRichKid issues going on. In contrast, Donna had no real neuroses, [[ComicBook/WonderWoman her mentor]] hailed from a society of immortal warrior-women, and she didn't even have a SecretIdentity to worry about. To add insult to injury, even Donna's FlyingBrick powerset was rendered redundant by Starfire, who could do all that ''and'' dish out [[HandBlast Hand Blasts]] to boot.\\
This, to some extent, might explain why the character has become such an infamous ContinuitySnarl - without many flaws or even general character traits to latch onto, writers looking to give Donna ADayInTheLimelight usually turn to exploring her ''existence'' rather than her character, hence her bazillion-and-one different origins.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* Andy in ''Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse''. This is actually a plot point in one episode of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': he's upset that he hasn't had any exciting experiences like the other protagonists.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Emmet Brickowski from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', who is lampooned for his genericness and the fact that he is a mundane looking LEGO minifig with normal hair and a hard hat. Ultimately subverted when [[TookALevelInBadass the whole movie is played to develop him into a legitimate hero]], and there are movie tie-in LEGO products featuring him.
* Jonathan from ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''. He may act as the BlitheSpirit, but besides that and his love of monsters, there's really nothing "unique" about him as a whole.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Abigail Chase (Creator/DianeKruger) in ''Film/NationalTreasure,'' until she's kissed by Creator/NicolasCage, when she promptly transforms into the SatelliteLoveInterest. True, she is very smart, but that's not notable in a movie where pretty much everyone but the {{Mooks}} is TheSmartGuy in some way. However, she ''is'' the only one (out of the main characters, at least) to have access to the Declaration of Independence, which makes her pretty darn important. She is also the one to save Ben from the FBI, willing to make a DealWithTheDevil and thought she had the upper hand, not knowing Ian went the extra mile to nab Patrick.
* Zeppo Marx was usually the [[OnlySaneMan sane man]] 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'' of the other characters in Creator/MarxBrothers films are straight men/women, so Zeppo's role was mostly superfluous. Although by all accounts, Zeppo was at least as funny as his brothers when performing their own routines, he recognized that his generic character was unnecessary and 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. 500 years in the future, Joe and Rita are the smartest people in the world, in spite of many scenes reminding us that they really aren't bright by modern standards.
* The Bowery Boys consisted of the smart leader (Leo Gorcey), the dumb follower (Huntz Hall) and a bunch of generic guys like David Gorcey who were just there to flesh out the gang. This trope was recycled when the Bowery Boys were recycled for animated cartoons as the Anthill Mob (in ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''). "Boss" was Leo Gorcey, "Dingaling" was Huntz Hall, and the rest of the Anthill Mob were just the generic guys.
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, James Bond's CIA counterpart Felix Leiter only has one consistent character trait: he's not as good as Bond.
* 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.
* The jurors in ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' don't all get the same amount of focus, but most of them get at least one moment or trait to really set them apart from the others. Juror #1 doesn't really get this so much. He's one of the jurors with the fewest lines and mostly just serves as the one who will officially read out the verdict once it's reached but plays very little role in actually reaching it. Juror #6 also gets very little characterization; the only thing that's ever really revealed about him is the fact that he works as a painter.
* 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]].

* Jonathan Harker from the original "Literature/{{Dracula}}" novel 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.
* In the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''Man from Mundania'', Grey.
-->"The problem was that not only was Grey strictly average in mind, he was completely forgettable in body. His driver's license listed his hair as 'hair-colored' and his eyes as 'neutral.'"
** And then he ends up in Xanth, where he discovers that being [[AntiMagic neutral]] makes him a SuperpowerLottery winner in a magic-based world. Plus he [[TookALevelInBadass took a level or two in badass]] once he had a woman who loved him.
* Parodied in the [[Literature/TheEdgeChronicles Paul Stewert and Chris Riddell]] novel ''[[Literature/MuddleEarthStewart Muddle Earth]]'', which features the "last and certainly least" wizard known as Colin the Nondescript.
* "Alekseyev" from the Russian classical novel ''Literature/{{Oblomov}}''. "Hardly anyone, apart from his mother, noticed his birth, very few people notice him throughout his life, and, surely, no one will notice his departure from this Earth". So unmemorable that no one, not even the narrator, remembers his name - some call him Ivanov, others Vasilyev, yet others Andreyev, while the narrator settles on Alekseyev (all of these are rather common family names in Russia).
* Don from ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm.'' While all the other Derk-spawn have a defining personality trait (Shona's the level-headed young woman, Kit's the sullen teenager, Blade's the magical cute boy, Calette's a WrenchWench, Lydda's the stubborn chef, and Elda's the DeliberatelyCuteChild), Don is for the most part a well-adjusted teenager who just sort of gets dragged into his sibling's antics.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have no characterization other than that they are Hamlet's old friends. In their several conversations with him, they do nothing but react to him. The play ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' deconstructs their generic non-characterization by focusing on them.
* Deconstructed in Creator/AgathaChristie's novel ''Literature/{{Curtain}}''. Norton is a completely average guy, lacking enough characterization to be important to the plot, let alone the killer. [[spoiler:Turns out he is aware of this, and uses this "ability" to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate people into committing murders, without being noticed or remembered by anyone.]]]]
* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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.
* Jack Hunter on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Came to the show late, when the cast dynamics were pretty much already set up, and other than the fact that his character was richer than everyone else, they didn't establish much personality for him. He was there basically to react to the humorous things Eric would do.
** Before Jack's introduction, the main character 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.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Jonathan Levinson is this for the longest time. He tries to break free of it and by season six he does when he joins Warren and Andrew in the Trio, where even though he's not the leader of it he become a major player in the plot.
** Riley has been accused of this. Compared to Buffy's other bad-boy love interests (Angel, Spike, and Parker), at the core Riley's just a normal, squeaky-clean, church-going guy from the midwestern US. This is one of the factors in the fandom's dislike of him; he's just not as interesting as the other characters.
* Adrian in ''Series/{{Carrusel}}''. He gets a name, but no defining characteristics or plotlines. He is just there in the classroom and has the occasional line.
* 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''.
* Kirk and Leslie from ''Series/{{Newhart}}''. Kirk was the owner of the Minuteman Café next door to the Stratford. He was a chronic liar. After a while (one episode) this got old, and Kirk just stood around. Even worse was Leslie, the hotel's maid, whose backstory was that she was a fabulously wealthy world-class skier who took the job at the Stratford to see what a normal life would be like. So one could only assume she'd be a RichBitch, or at least spoiled enough that she wouldn't be able to perform well as a maid, right? Wrong. She's wholesome, nice, down-to-earth, and painfully bland. Leslie stayed until the end of Season 1, after which she was replaced by her cousin, a SpoiledBrat who actually seems out of place working in a hotel. Kirk stayed until the end of Season 2. For this season, the show relied completely on Bob Newhart and Tom Poston's characters. It's a wonder the show even got renewed for a second season.
* Mark from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is one of the most often cited examples of this trope done badly. He was meant to be the StraightMan and OnlySaneMan of the main cast but the result was a character with little to no personality. It didn't help that the show's humor style relies heavily on the wacky interactions and personalities of the cast nor that Ann could serve the role as the [[OnlySaneMan only sane character]] while still having a fleshed out personality (as well as good comedic chemistry with the rest of the cast), making him fairly redundant. Fans found him boring and the writers clearly didn't know what else to do with him. Eventually, Mark ended up being PutOnABus by the end of season 2 and never returned.
* ''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?]])
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* 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!!!
* 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. Averted, however, in the spin-off ''Series/TheOriginals'' where Finn is a more well-characterized character.
%%* 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.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Leander Sydnor has no character attributes beyond being "good police." Furthermore, he has no side plots and we learn virtually nothing about him.
* Carla Healy from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' didn't have much personality (besides maybe being socially awkward). She was basically just Paul's on-again/off-again girlfriend.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
** The strip features a dark haired, personality-free character that Scott Adams refers to in books as "Ted the Generic Guy". If someone is going to be fired, it's usually him. Ditto if someone's going to be killed. It may not even be the same Ted every time. Adams has admitted that he came into being just because he can't draw many types of characters, so he just draws Ted whenever he needs someone generic. As you can see, the above screenshot from [[WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} the TV series]] is a profile of Ted which {{lampshade|Hanging}}s all this.
** Early on in the comic, before he became an actual character, Wally (or at least someone who looked exactly like him) filled this role. It was later established that "guys who look exactly like Wally" are so common they have a social club.
* [[PunnyName Jenn Erica]] of ''ComicStrip/InkPen'' is a walking {{lampshade|Hanging}} of this trope.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''
** Franklin didn't have any of the sort of usual quirks that define a Peanuts character. His role in the comic, besides being a TokenMinority, consisted mostly of being the OnlySaneMan who commented on the other kids' eccentric natures.
** Obviously, Shermy as well. He was dropped from the strip in 1969; Charles Schulz remarked that he had only been using Shermy when he "needed a character with very little personality," a role Franklin seems to have filled since.
* Gal from the Israeli comic ''Comicbook/{{Zbeng}}'' moved from the {{Everyman}} to this when the comic went from FiveManBand to EnsembleCast.
* Lyman from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Besides being Odie's original owner and Jon's college roommate, we knew very little about him, especially what he did for a living or why he came to live with Jon, and he was nearly identical to Jon in every way except for his appearance. He seems to have been basically introduced as someone Jon could interact with. He was slowly phased out and completely disappeared after 1983.

* Mitt Romney's entire campaign strategy in the 2012 election cycle (both primary and general) was to present himself as the Generic Guy and try as much as possible to keep the focus on his main opponent and avoid haemorrhaging support. This served him very well in the GOP primary - there was a different perceived frontrunner almost every month for a while, they were all new to the national stage while his 2008 run meant the press treated him as a known commodity. In the general election, UsefulNotes/BarackObama being an incumbent and therefore even more of a known commodity with plenty of cash on hand, Romney finally started to receive the highest level of attacks and scrutiny that he'd never had. [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/11/07/why-romney-lost-conservative-commentary-roundup/#793cf8986850 He is listed as an example of where playing it safe doesn't result in a safe victory. It ensures that you don't articulate a clear vision and makes it easier for the opposition to define you.]]
* During John Kerry's 2004 campaign, the focus of which was almost entirely on how he wasn't UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, while doing little to explain why the electorate should vote for him instead.
* ''Subverted'' by current President of UsefulNotes/{{China}} Xi Jingping. He carefully cultivated an image as a Communist Party loyalist and competent administrator, but also someone who was unambitious, cautious and thoroughly bland, racking up seniority and influence until he was strong enough to make a play for the top. Apparently he was so good at being utterly uncontroversial and forgettable that, to this day, people he worked with for years can barely remember him. When the Communist Party voted to put him in charge, probably assuming he would just sit quietly at his desk filling out paperwork, he immediately cast off the guise and starting purging his rivals, including the chief of China's security services. They never saw it coming.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* 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.
* Average White Guy in the Mountain Wrestling Association, IWA Mid-South and Wild Cat Championship Wrestling, none of which had a particular shortage of white guys. He actually did manage to win a few bouts, in spite of being generic.
* 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!).
* With no main roster direction, Alex Riley became such in Wrestling/{{WWE}} to the point his silhouette is used for advertising a "mystery opponent".

* Ford Prefect in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series. At the start, you've got perplexed everyman Arthur Dent, and his wacky friend Ford... but then Zaphod, who's far wackier than Ford, gets introduced, as well as a whole galaxy of incredibly weird creatures and sights; this leaves Ford neither particularly normal nor particularly wacky. At least Ford continues somewhat in his role of "Galaxy [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]]", guiding and educating Arthur on the ways of the Galaxy. Though in the third book and beyond he becomes somewhat of a ShellShockedVeteran as well as TheHedonist.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Grimm'' plays humans from the Grimm Lands as ''just barely'' this instead of a full-on EmptyShell. They're two-dimensional and less-than-real, being defined by their job and having little more to them, showing only rather limited and basic personalities. Their reaction to children from the real world -- who are (barring a bad player) {{Rounded Character}}s by definition -- varies, but tends to be strong.

* Amos Hart in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', who bitterly complained about his nonentity status in "Mr. Cellophane:"
Mister Cellophane\\
Shoulda been my name\\
Mister Cellophane\\
'Cause you can look right through me\\
Walk right by me\\
And never know I'm there...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kurando in ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]''. An above-average physical fighter whose only gimmick is that he can turn into a demon... but you have Yuri, who is stronger, can transform into more demon forms, is a much greater badass, and is the main character. Kurando is a quiet, {{Bishonen}} samurai in a party with a LargeHam pro wrestler, an old man with a puppet that can cast devastating magical spells, a wolf, and ''Princess Anastasia Romanova''.
* Zack in ''VideoGame/MegamanStarForce 2'' notes that he doesn't get grades as good as Luna's (despite being TheSmartGuy in personality and group role), he isn't as strong like Bud, and he isn't brave like Geo.
** He is also normal due to the fact that he didn't meet up with an alien partner and receive a wave form, as the other four (Geo/Omega-Xis, Luna/Ophiuca, Sonia/Lyra and Bud/Taurus) did.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' practically goes out of its way to describe playable character Duster as having no defining or interesting personality traits. However, the description is misleading. Duster is an [[GentlemanThief interesting]] [[HeavySleeper and]] [[DisabilitySuperpower deep]] character, just like almost everybody else in the game.
* Jacob Taylor of ''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]].
* Rochelle from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' was perceived as this for a while due to her seemingly bland personality. However, she's seemed to have mostly averted this post-Sacrifice.
* Kooper from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' is the most normal of Mario's partners. He's really the only one that doesn't have a personality quirk.
** Goombario doesn't have much of an actual personality either. However, his Tattle ability lets him tell you his opinions on almost every enemy, area, and NPC in the game, which do give off a semblance of personality.
* Nida from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', so much so that when Headmaster Cid speaks to him during the [=SeeD=] graduation ceremony he tells him to "do your best even if you don't stand out" and he's not even given so much as a name until much later [[spoiler:when he's taught how to operate the now mobile Balamb Garden becoming its chief navigational officer]].
* While ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'''s other main characters are having their {{Establishing Character Moment}}s in the classroom, Sakutaro Morishige is just sort of there to establish his existence and the fact that he's Mayu's [[LikeBrotherAndSister friend]]. His comes later. [[spoiler:And hoo boy, [[NightmareFetishist does it come]].]]
* Desmond Miles of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''. Despite being the central protagonist of the series, Desmond tends to get very little development since the games tend to focus on his ancestors and as such he's essentially a LivingMacGuffin. He does become slightly more sarcastic by ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' and ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Revelations]]'' does go into detail about his backstory.
* Kellam in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is the biggest, toughest, and heaviest member of the cast, but has virtually no personality beyond being a NiceGuy. The other characters barely know he exists, even though he wears a huge suit of white and orange armor everywhere he goes. He's not TheNondescript because he has a number of outstanding features, he's just so quiet and reserved that he kind of blends into the scenery wherever he goes.
** 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, to the point that whenever he does get stronger, EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ARMY GETS PROPORTIONALLY stronger so that he is always the statistical median in every physical attribute. Miriel explains this as everyone else using Stahl as a baseline when figuring out how much they need to improve. That said, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation his actual stats]] lean a little toward being a MightyGlacier.
* Russel Bagman in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', who serves as [[HotBlooded Katina Tarask's]] devoted subordinate and quite possibly the most "normal" person in all of ''Original Generation'', without being a FlatCharacter. Additionally, Russel is the only original character (sub-pilots excluded) who doesn't have a personal {{Leitmotif}}. ''Ironically'', this makes him stand out to many fans.
%%* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''Videogame/SoulSeries'' have come under criticism for having too many of these.
* Franklin from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. Although he's the AudienceSurrogate and [[spoiler: which ending you get depends on a crucial decision he makes during the game's climax]], he has overall the least involvement in the main storyline of the three protagonists. While Michael and Trevor have an elaborate history together and a personal conflict that is the crux of the game's story, as well as fleshed-out personalities that contrast each other, Franklin only meets them during the events of the game, has a fairly standard up-and-coming new guy personality and only occasionally gets involved in their fighting to play the OnlySaneMan. The fact that he's also the TokenMinority doesn't help.
* Makoto Naegi from the ''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 ''VideoGame/DanganRonpa'' corner the Mastermind and led to the creation of the Future Foundation.]]
* ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' has Beth Washington, who gets almost no character development compared to her siblings [[spoiler: and dies before the prologue even ends.]]
* ''Videogame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has Preston Garvey, the companion of the Minutemen faction. Aside from being known for sending you on constant sidequests to liberate settlements, he has a largely straight-laced do-gooder personality and nothing especially interesting going for him personally.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/RealLifeComics'''s Alan Extra, who appears almost as frequently as the main four characters, and occasionally John Generic.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' uses Sasha to [[PlayingWithATrope play with this trope]]. In many other series she ''would'' be {{The Generic G|uy}}irl, but ''Sluggy Freelance'' is a WorldOfWeirdness series populated mostly by [[CloudCuckooLander Cloud Cuckoo Landers]], {{Sociopathic Hero}}es, and {{Tsundere}}s. The fact that Sasha can live in [[TheVerse the Sluggyverse]] and remain so calm and unaffected by everything going on makes her one of the ''weirder'' character in the series. [[EnsembleDarkhorse And the fans seem to love her for it.]]
-->'''[[CloudCuckooLander Torg]]:''' Weird girl, Sasha.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'''s [[http://www.shortpacked.com/cast/attachment/ken11a/ cast page]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the fact that Ken's defining traits are pretty much "DoggedNiceGuy" and "happens to be Asian."
-->Hes, um, got a great personality? Ha, no. Hes pretty forgettable.
** It was PlayedForLaughs in his earliest appearances that nobody could remember who he was, and even afterward they forgot his name. Taken to an extreme in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/01-deady-dearest/dinobotsyndrome/ this strip]], referencing [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/02-the-new-girl/banners/ this one from nearly a year earlier]].
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' as a whole can be seen as an extended [[DeconReconSwitch Deconstruction / Reconstruction]] of this trope.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rain}}'', Rand M. Guy (AKA Randy) is the least characterized of the ensemble cast, and as of yet the only recurring character who has had no dialogue. He appeared in chapters 1 (where he gets stared down by Maria) and 6 (where Rain and Gavin both [[SpitTake spit their drinks on him]]). His normalness is lampshaded not only by his name, but from WordOfGod and BonusMaterial. (No one cares that he is [[BiTheWay bisexual]]).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sam from ''Machinima/TheStrangerhood'' is an excellent example of this trope, especially considering how wacky the rest of the cast is.
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 3, this is pretty much the defining trait of Alice Jones from the beginning. There was literally very little to have her stand out from the rest of the student body base. She wasn't particularly notable in personality, interests, or skills, which was pretty much the point of the character.
** Interestingly, Reika Ishida was initially denied for v4 for being "too normal" as to be unbelievable, encouraging the handler to add her OCD.
* ''Horrifying Planet'' from ''Website/TheOnion'' describes deer in this way.
--> Deer are fine...From an evolutionary perspective, there is nothing wrong with deer...Lots of other animals do this so, not exactly breaking the mold here, but it's fine...
* In {{WebVideo/RockedReviews}}, Luke considers {{Music/Nickelback}} the musical manifestation of The Generic Guy. Both album reviews he has done of the band are filled with criticism that the albums are generic and bland, with many filler tracks.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} the aardvark appears to follow this trope as he has no outstanding personality (his normal nature was occasionally lampshaded and made fun of), but he does seem to be a generic character in a cast otherwise consisting of non-generic characters.
** Played for laughs with the in-universe video game: Virtual Goose V5.0 where Arthur and his friends end up playing as goose characters loosely based on their personalities. Arthur ends up with a character called "Plain Goose" who dresses up in a similar outfit as Arthur's.
* Mack from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. While his girlfriend Jodie got development in Season 2, Mack didn't do much of anything beyond the incredibly annoyed StraightMan to [[TheDitz Kevin]].
** Of course, being able to stick with the same voice actor for more than a few episodes might've helped.
* Ted TheGenericGuy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}},'' as mentioned above, is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} Funnie has a few quirks and a bit of a MrImagination thing going, but is still one of the blandest characters in the show, right down to having a Caucasian skin tone while living in an AmazingTechnicolourPopulation. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] multiple times: apparently his achievement is "average" in all fields, and in the episode where they first got the Internet, he chose the "nondescript fan" option for a forum based around his favourite band and it looked like an eight-bit version of himself.
* ''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 almost never gets her own ADayInTheLimelight episode, possibly as a result of this trope. Even her only ADayInTheLimelight episode ("Boys Will Be Eds") is more about the boys trying to get Nazz's attention rather than [[FlatCharacter Nazz herself.]]
* 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 later episodes, due to the "wacky fat idiot" plots being taken up by Peter and the "high school drama" plots by Meg.
* Bill from ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' has no real defining character traits compared to the rest of the gang. Ironic, since he's the AuthorAvatar.
* ''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.]] Later episodes are attempting to give him CharacterDevelopment.
* Everyone in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is a tad strange, except for, ironically, Tad Strange, who is perfectly normal.
* Tim of ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'', who had no distinctive personality traits at all, despite being surrounded by a classroom full of loud, quirky characters. He may have been intended as the OnlySaneMan, but because he was so uninteresting, he basically became a LivingProp, and the other characters [[SanityBall took turns as the Only Sane Man]] instead. Tim ''was'' the only black male in the cast, but he was [[FiveTokenBand far from the only minority]], and all of the others had just as many foibles as the white kids.
** He was the last character to be the protagonist of an episode, long after all the others had been the focus of several episodes apiece, very late in the show's run. The writers (and his long-suffering voice actor) tried their best to give Tim an actual personality, but to no avail.
* Frankie Stein in most animation based on ''Toys/MonsterHigh''. She's clumsy and kind...and that's pretty much it. Made all the more noticeable by the fact that she's ''the main character''. She also had a NaiveNewcomer schtick but that got dropped early in the franchise's run.
* Django Brown of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' didn't have any real extreme qualities like the rest of the gang, and quickly faded into being just a background character.
* 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.
* Fred Jones from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' was ''intended'' to be the leader, despite Scooby being the headliner and Shaggy and Scooby being the ultimate SpotlightStealingSquad. Unfortunately for Freddy, his leadership was a ''quiet'' InformedAbility.
** Some incarnations of Freddy make him out to be a neurotic blusterer (live-action movies) or a SmallNameBigEgo who's always wrong about any evidence (''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''). Probably because his sense of "leadership" was "taking" Daphne (and sometimes Velma too) somewhere until Scooby and Shaggy accidentally stumble onto something important or until Velma makes a plan that the gang can use to catch the villain. This is lampshaded in many, many places. On the other hand, it worked, so maybe he was just very GenreSavvy.
** Recent media actually seems to have made him goofier and more naive. Creator/FrankWelker has even [[VocalEvolution evolved his take on him accordingly]].
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' probably develops him the most. While he's {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into becoming obsessed with traps, he's slightly {{Adorkable}}, and gets more fleshed out when trying to discover his family's history [[spoiler: his real parents]] and surprisingly enough, become the biggest [[TheWoobie Woobie]] in the show.
* The barflies in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' never seem to do anything but take up space in the bar.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Stan is essentially the everyman of the show, without any strong characterization in any direction. He plays the OnlySaneMan role the most of any character.
* Leonardo in the 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.
* The kids in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' generally lack personality, ironically making them less human than ''the robots''.