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->''"All you guys can do this awesome bending stuff, like putting out forest fires, and flying around, and... making other stuff fly around. I can't fly around, okay? ... I'm just the guy in the group who's regular."''
-->-- '''Sokka''', ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

In a nutshell, any team of superpowered people will often have members without powers.

So when the majority of the members are a FlyingBrick, have mystical skills, wear PoweredArmor, wear a RingOfPower, have a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, or even [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway heart]], The Team Normal has nothing. Okay, they can be really smart and have gadgets, but nothing that could confuse them for superpowered people [[ClarksThirdLaw (at least not unless that's what they want you to think).]]

These {{Sister Trope}}s are the most common ways this character is part of a team (just not the only ways):
* The BadassNormal: This character doesn't have to be part of a team, but when he/she is, being badass is often the best way to keep up.
** Often a normal will TakeALevelInBadass to become this.
* The opposite is BroughtDownToNormal, when a character with powers loses their powers (and stays a member of the team.) It helps if they are also BroughtDownToBadass.
* MissionControl: Once in a while this character can have powers, but they are just as often watching things back at the base where it's safe when they don't, if not more often.
* TheFace: If the team lives in DysfunctionJunction, then exceptional social skills ''are'' a superpower.
* An UnfazedEveryman: If the character joins a superpowered team instead of just hanging out with people in a wacky world.
* MuggleBornOfMages: The Team Normal may become bitter from being a {{Muggle}} among the superpowered.
* TheTeamWannabe: Someone just wants to be in the group, but lacking powers is often the reason they aren't allowed in yet.
** TheTeam has a TagalongKid who tries to help, but more often becomes TheLoad. There can be several InUniverse reasons for why this power-less character is included, but often [[EnforcedTrope the out of universe reason]] is to appeal to the kids watching (when those kids are watching for the superheroes in the first place). This character often becomes TheScrappy unless they get significant CharacterDevelopment.

Again, in order to count for this trope, a character has to be part of a team, and the majority of the team has to have some kind of powers.

Compare TeamPet, TeamMom, TeamDad, {{Muggle}}, WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway (when the character has powers on the team, just the weakest), StoryBreakerTeamUp (all members of a team-up have superpowers, but one is so strong, the rest might as well be normal).


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Gourry in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', save for his magic light sword, but it seems to be rarely useful enough to count as a superpower.
** He borders on CharlesAtlasSuperpower given the damage he can do with normal weapons.
* Togusa in the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' series has none of the cybernetic limb upgrades his other Section 9 teammates have. The Major says that he's on the team because they needed someone with a "normal person's perspective."
** He is also BadassNormal (getting shot multiple times and still carries on) and CrazyPrepared (his secret arsenals in "Drive Space Part 1").
* Kyon from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is the only normal human in a group made up of a RealityWarper, an alien, a time traveler and an esper. That is, unless some hints and WildMassGuessing is correct.
* Boss and his gang -Nuke and Mucha- were PluckyComicRelief characters and TeamNormal from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. They had no special abilites and they were not the offspring of some scientist, and as the heroes had cool {{Humongous Mecha}}s MadeOfIndestructium and loaded with dozens of awesome weapons (RocketPunch, ChestBlaster, EyeBeam, TorpedoTits, BFS, ArmedLegs...) [[MidSeasonUpgrade got periodical upgrades]], they controlled a HumongousMecha made with garbage, had no weapons, was quite fragile and was easily ripped apart in every fight.
* Huang in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is TheHandler and resident BadassNormal of a team that otherwise consists of a superpowered ninja, a clairvoyant ExtremeDoormat, and a [[IntellectualAnimal talking cat]].
** In the second season, the Section 3 team consists of [[TheStoic two]] [[FauxAffablyEvil ruthless]] [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Contractors]], a BadassNormal [[TokenGoodTeammate former cop]], and [[{{Moe}} adorable]] normal MissionControl Youko. She quickly gets a lot less cute after [[ForScience gleefully trying out]] a painful new anti-Contractor weapon on the protagonist.
* Rua in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is this to the majority of the cast. While [[TheHero Yuusei]], [[TheLancer Jack]], [[TheBigGuy Crow]], [[DarkMagicalGirl Aki]], and even his twin sister [[TheChick Ruka]] are all backed by the Crimson Dragon's powers, he tends to be the most normal member of the group in the TagalongKid variety. Eventually subverted when he gets a Signer mark. Bruno would count, but [[spoiler: Being Dark Glass - a rider who's got the ability to pull off the ultimate Synchro Summon]] tends to disqualify him from that role. Crow was the BadassNormal until Season 2's finale, where he got [[SixthRanger upgraded to Signer status]].
* Futaba in ''Manga/ThereBeyondTheBeyond'' possesses neither the grandiose magic powers or the homicidal insanity that make his groupmates special; he's just a kid TrappedInAnotherWorld.
* "I'm the only normal person in this freakshow!" -Maes Hughes, ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
* [[BadassNormal Sango]] from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is the only one in the team that doesn't have either demonic or spiritual powers.
* Zenkichi Hitoyoshi was the Team Normal of the Student Council in ''Manga/MedakaBox'' [[spoiler:until Ajimu turns him into an EmpoweredBadassNormal by giving him Parasite Eyes.]] Every other member is either a "Special" (Kikaijima, Akune), a "Plus" Abnormal (Medaka herself), or a "Minus" Abnormal [[spoiler:(Kumagawa)]]. In chapter 116 it turns out that Zenkichi's normality was apparently the only thing about him that really interested Medaka, which leads to a rift in their relationship [[spoiler:after the aforementioned loss of his normality and the induction of five Normal girls into the Council, also introduced by Ajimu]].
* Usopp and Nami are this in ''Manga/OnePiece'', being the only characters in the crew without Devil Fruit powers or [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower impossible physical abilities]]. It actually causes some self-worth issues for Usopp at one point, though he eventually gets over it.
* Downplayed in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' since EveryoneIsASuper. Teana has, at best, slightly above average magical potential and is on a team consisting of people with unique abilities and some of the most powerful mages in the multiverse. [[PlayedForDrama This does not help her already fragile self confidence]]. [[TheSmartGuy She]] [[TheAce gets]] [[TookALevelInBadass better]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'':
** There have been several, including Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow, and ComicBook/BlueBeetle (Ted Kord, not Jaime Reyes).
** The ComicBook/{{Hawk|man}}persons have been through several incarnations, but some versions of Carter and/or Sheila Hall have been more or less of the BadassNormal variety who just happen to have some cool gadgets like the wing harnesses they take their name from.
* In ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', usually Hawkeye or Black Widow take the role.
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', ComicBook/{{Storm}} [[BroughtDownToNormal for a time.]]
* Several in ''{{ComicBook/BPRD}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' comics, most notably Kate Corrigan.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' has quite a few, but Kahvi is the trope's poster girl. When she joins the main tribe she seemingly isn't even capable of telepathy. She kicks ass regardless. Later on, during the Shards war, the two troll characters very much fit this trope.
* Alex and Chase from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' - the latter had weapons stolen from his parents, but lost them at the end of the first run. Gert technically doesn't have any powers, but a psychic link with a genetically-engineered dinosaur mitigates this somewhat. [[spoiler: She passes this link to Chase when she dies.]]
* The ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' core line-up, in most of their (squillions of) rosters, is built around Robin, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl, plus a variety of other characters who almost all have some flavour of superpower. Robin is the Team Normal (BadassNormal variety), although he's sometimes joined by a Speedy, mirroring the Batman and Green Arrow roles in the Justice League.
** Dick Grayson was the Robin for the original Teen Titans and all 20th century, as well as the 80s New Teen Titans. (He does shift identity to Nightwing somewhere in there.) Roy Harper was Speedy on and off, depending on how addicted to heroin he was at the time.
** Tim Drake was the Robin for the 2003 Teen Titans revival, and was joined briefly by Mia Dearden as Speedy. (He was also the Team Normal for Young Justice, which had a very similar core lineup to the 2003 Teen Titans, before and after Cissie King-Jones' tenure as Arrowette.)
** After Tim quits, [[spoiler: the team is without a BadassNormal for awhile until Damian, the latest Robin, joins the Teen Titans - on the advice of his mentor and founding TT member, Dick Grayson.]]
* ComicBook/KateBishop / Hawkeye II in the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' is a BadassNormal on a team that includes a super-soldier, a Kree-Skrull hybrid, a robot, a speedster, a SizeShifter and a wizard. Volume two adds Prodigy, who used to be a mutant but now "just" has the enormous amount of info his power let him absorb (plus his own smarts).

[[folder: FanFic]]
* FanFic/APosseAdEsse makes this an InvokedTrope in the form of Dub. [[spoiler:While he initially appeared to not have superpowers, he discovers in Chapter 2 that he can [[TimeStandsStill pause time for thirty seconds with his stopwatch]]. Since the one who established who had what on the power scale, and the recently established villain, is not there for this discovery, Dolly decides that this can be utilized as a secret weapon: Dub '''appearing''' to be the Team Normal and using his power covertly to get better attack angles and escape routes.]]
* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Carrot Top. Of the Element Bearers, she's the most normal, having no special powers, chequered past, or connections to important personages. She also generally lacks any specific quirks or character flaws, beyond being a bit of doormat, at least in the first season.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Myers, in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' films. And then he gets [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus transferred to Antarctica]] in the [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy second movie]]!]]
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' have two: Black Widow and Hawkeye, both highly-trained [=SHIELD=] agents armed with various gadgets (Hawkeye's [[TrickArrow trick arrows]], Widow's stunners and high-tech tonfas).
* ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' has, unsurprisingly, Batman.
-->'''Barry Allen:''' What are your super-powers, again?\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' [[CrimefightingWithCash I'm rich.]]
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'': Other than his wit and charisma, the Baron himself is normal whilst his servants have superspeed, superear and superbreath, supervision and superstrenght.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' has Han Solo, the only non-Force-sensitive member of the Jedi Order.
* Annabeth is the only one of the Seven without magical powers in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has Tavi, who is the only person in Alera not to have control over [[ElementalPowers furies]]. He makes up for it [[GuileHero in]] [[CrazyAwesome other]] [[MagnificentBastard ways]]. [[spoiler:And then he gets control over furies, and oh boy...]]
* The ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' has Charlotte, the [[UnfazedEveryman unfazed]] OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent in a team otherwise consisting of a [[HealingFactor nigh-immortal]] [[AwesomenessByAnalysis super-genius]], a MadeOfIron former TeenGenius with ImprobableAimingSkills, and a {{Dhampyr}}.
* ''Literature/TheKingBeyondTheGate'' features a band of psychic {{Warrior Monk}}s called The Thirty. Decado, despite having no psychic abilites whatsoever, becomes (against his will) the Voice of The Thirty [[TheChosenOne because all the usual signs indicate that he should]]. He does an excellent job despite this setback, in one scene winning a duel with a psychic opponent (capable of reading his mind to predict attacks) because he was simply so quick that it didn't matter. And then [[TookALevelInBadass he actually does gain]] [[EmpoweredBadassNormal psychic abilities towards the end of the book]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has Sheriff Jack Carter, the only person of average intelligence in a small town full of supergeniuses.
* Xander in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This was so obvious that even [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]] pointed it out by comparing him with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Jimmy Olsen]]. His survival gives him BadassNormal credentials, even if he never acted the part.
* Matt from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', not a vampire or werewolf, although he does date one of the former.
* Noah Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
** This is actually a rule at his company, Primatech, one normal partner and one metahuman partner per team. Naturally, this pretty much requires them to be BadassNormal.
* In the second season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers,'' each of the Thunderzords has a special ability. The Dragon could transform and fight totally alone, the Unicorn could throw boulders, the Griffin could throw thunderbolts, and the Firebird could create whirlwinds. The Lion couldn't do anything other than combine with the rest of the bunch. In ''Dairanger,'' the Lion could create illusions, but since they didn't use the mythology aspect of the series, it was left as nothing but moving armor.
* The MC Bat Commander from ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow''.
* Stiles in ''Series/TeenWolf'' is a normal - albeit very bright - human civilian among all manner of supernatural creatures including werewolves (Scott, Derek and Isaac), a kitsune (Kira), werecoyote (Malia) and banshee (Lydia). Even Allison, the only other human in the pack, is a werewolf hunter and therefore just as combat capable as any other creatures so Stiles is a case of The Team Normal rather than TokenHuman. He does however, more than prove his worth as the smart guy of the gang and takes to the supernatural world like a duck to water. (And indeed jumps in more eagerly than most of his friends who actually have powers). It also helps that he and [[{{TheChosenOne}} Scott]] are [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} virtually never apart]] so he's in the middle of things more than almost any other character.
* Hank in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' becomes this in the latter seasons as he is the only normal human in a team with Nick (a Grimm, DemonSlaying), Wu [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent some sort of ape-like lychantrope]], Eve/Julliette and Adalind [[WitchSpecies both Hexenbiests]], Rosalee [[{{Kitsune}} a Fuchsbau]] and Monroe [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a Blubat]]. Of course he's also BadassNormal.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As of Season 7, Sansa is the only surviving Stark who isn't tied to some supernatural phenomenon. Jon was brought BackFromTheDead by Melisandre's magic, Arya is a [[PhlebotinumRebel rogue]] Faceless Man (an assassin who can change her face), and Bran is the [[{{Seer}} Three-Eyed Raven]]. Sansa is grounded entirely in the political reality of Westeros, but [[GuileHero her grasp of the Game]] lets her still be a powerful asset nonetheless.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Mundane playbook in ''TabletopGame/MonsterOfTheWeek'' has this its main shtick, bringing no superhuman abilities to the table (except TheHeart) that all other playbooks sport. The rulebook even admits that it is based on Xander and Cordelia from ''Buffy''.

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* ''Theatre/TheSpongebobMusical'': [=SpongeBob=] embodies this trope for the majority of the musical, pointing it out most obviously in '(Just a) Simple Sponge':
--> [=SpongeBob=]: We'll be the best team ever! Sandy's brains, plus Patrick's brawn, plus myyyyyy.... I'm not sure what my thing is, but that won't stop me!

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Shingo Yabuki from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is the only fighter on Team Kusanagi without any sort of special powers.
* Jefffrom ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has no psychic powers, but has a [[TeenGenius genius' IQ]] and MacGyvering skills to compensate. Also, he's the only one who can wield fireworks as weapons.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games usually have CoolOldGuy [[TheMentor Kraden]] following the superpowered teen heroes around through dungeons and disasters, providing [[ExpositionFairy exposition]]. By ''Dark Dawn'', he's also something of a celebrity who can get the kids [[WhatsUpKingDude meetings with local leaders]] just by being Kraden.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sonny}} 2'', Roald is the only party member who isn't a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent superpowered zombie]], but since he's still a heavily-equipped BadassNormal he holds his own just fine.
* Stryker is the only ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' hero with no special powers whatsoever. He compensates with lots and lots of police ordinance.
* Within the ATX Team from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', team leader Kyosuke Nanbu is this. Similarly, while the rest of the SRX Team have PsychicPowers, Raidise F. Branstein in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' does not. In both cases, Kyosuke and Raidiese double as BadassNormal.
* ''VideoGame/AvengersAcademy'' emphasizes ComicBook/TheFalcon as one. Some focus is put on how his only power is a JetPack.
* Everyone in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' starts as a Mortal with no supernatural powers whatsoever, and some people choose to ''stay'' this way as a form of SelfImposedChallenge.
* ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' has Robin/Nightwing (Damian Wayne) of the Regime remnants. In the company of four {{flying brick}}s and a technopath, he's the only one with no actual powers.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Torg gets thrust into this role whenever the series does a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' parody and sends him off to the [[{{Expy}} Hogglerynth school of magic]]. There he's surrounded by witches and wizards who can reshape reality with a few latin words and a flick of their wands. His power? He's a full-grown, adult man surrounded by prepubescent children. Turns out that counts for a lot.
** There's also his wand: [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/080425 "a 26" Chrome plated .724" back bored barrel with a buckshot core"]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'', Kaycee usually falls into this role, even if, as primary character, she sometimes has to go solo as a BadassNormal..
* Despite being aware of TheMasquerade and having a circle of friends who all have magical abilities, potential or unusual skills, Sarah from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has none of those... at least for now. Gets lampshaded in an early filler comic as [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1037 "Unremarkable Girl"]].
* '' Webcomic/{{Distillum}}'' team has two regular psychic time mages, one not-so-regular psychic time mage and Jamie, who's more or less [[TakeALevelInBadass training to be their]] [[SwordAndSorcerer bodyguard]].

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Bugs of Team Kimba, their inventor who has no physical powers. She sits on the sidelines and dates one of the members, although she sometimes get frustrated with the way stuff always comes up.
* Lillian in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' is the only member of the Lambsbridge Gang who hasn't had her brain altered in some way by the AcademyOfEvil. Instead, she has a lot of knowledge on medicine and various sciences, allowing her to function as TheMedic.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Rook Blonko has this role in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''. Ironically, he also is the only protagonist in the entire franchise to be [[TokenNonHuman one hundred percent non-human]]; he just happens to be from an alien species with nothing qualifying as a super-power, while the other heroes are a [[HalfHumanHybrid an alien-human hybrid who inherited powers from her alien side]] [[FunctionalMagic and practice of magic]] (Gwen), [[{{Mutant}} a guy from a human subspecies with superpowers]] (Kevin) or a regular human using a TransformationTrinket (Ben).
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}''
** Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog in the 1973-74 season, with one exception. In the first episode "The Power Pirate", Marvin was able to levitate, which indicated he had burgeoning metahuman powers. This was never followed up in subsequent episodes (making it EarlyInstallmentWeirdness), and at the end of the season they were all PutOnABus.
** Batman and Robin have no superpowers at all, just their gadgets and skills.
* The founding members of the DCAU ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' have Batman, as usual. This is the main source of tension in the season one story "Injustice For All". After a near-fatal poisoning, he [[ICanStillFight refuses to stay in sickbay]] and throws himself back into an investigation. J'onn tactfully suggests that besides his natural stubbornness, he doesn't want to show weakness in front of his super-powered teammates.
* Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is the only non-bender in Team Avatar. However, he's still a competent warrior, qualifying him as BadassNormal. Later, [[spoiler: Suki joins the team as another BadassNormal.]]
* Asami Sato fills the role in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. She doesn't bend any elements or otherwise have any supernatural elements, just a lot of money and some martial arts skills.
* Robin from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', who despite being the only member of the team with no powers is its leader. Of course, having been trained in hand-to-hand combat and detective work by Franchise/{{Batman}} himself may have had something to do with that...
* Noah from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' is the only character of the five man band who doesn't have superpowers, [[TheSmartGuy a P.H.D]], or [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower skill and training]]. Fortunately, this character avoids being TheLoad (except for that one time) by [[NonActionGuy steering clear of the action.]]
* [[MeaningfulName Eric]] [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Normal]] from ''SuperNormal''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' [[BadassNormal both Artemis]] and [[PlayfulHacker Robin]] have no trouble keeping up with the Martian Manhunter's niece, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s apprentice, [[ComicBook/TheFlash Kid Flash]] and a clone of Franchise/{{Superman}}. Speedy/Red Arrow could have been The Archer, but he got fed up with the SidekickGlassCeiling as he saw it. This concept was referenced in "Homefront" through Artemis, whose insecurities are hindering her ability to fight the villains, who took out her super powered team mates.
* After two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Caleb is the only member of the team who doesn't have superpowers, including the guy who started off not even knowing alternate universes existed. But he's a BadassNormal.
* In season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Connie starts learning how to swordfight, with the explicit goal of helping Steven and the Gems protect the planet. She uses Rose's sword, but the sword itself isn't magic at all. While she can [[FusionDance fuse with Steven]] to become the BadassAbnormal Stevonnie, she herself doesn't have any supernatural powers. She's just a regular human girl with a big-ass sword.
* Played with in the [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within A Show]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' with the Power Ponies. Each of the titular heroes is a mare with superpowers, except for character Humdrum who was completely normal. When the Mane Six were transported to the comic world, Spike wound up being quite disappointed when he wound up playing Humdrum. Didn't stop him from saving the day though.
* Daemona Prune from ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' is the only member of the titular team who doesn't posses any powers. This doesn't stop her from being a BadassNormal and a very competent leader, though.