->''"All you guys can do this awesome [[ElementalPowers ben]][[KiAttacks ding]] stuff, like putting out forest fires, and flying around, and... making other stuff fly around. I can't fly around, ok? ... 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]], TheTeamNormal 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: TheTeamNormal may become bitter from being a {{Muggle}} among the superpowered.
* TheTeamWannabe: TheTeam has a TagalongKid who tries to help it but more often becomes TheLoad. Whatever the InUniverse reason for why this power-less character is included, 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.

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).
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Gourry in ''{{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 ''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''. 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 riped apart in every fight.
* Huang in ''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 ''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 ''{{Inuyasha}}'' is the only one in the team that doesn't have either demonic or spiritual powers.
* Zenkichi Hitoyoshi was TheTeamNormal of the Student Council in ''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 ''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.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} is not the only normal in the ''JusticeLeague''. He's just the most prominent.
** GreenArrow is the second most prominent. The question of who the third most prominent is is a matter of dispute but would probably be either the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle.
** The Hawkpersons have been through several incarnations (pun ''partially'' intended), 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/{{X-Men}}'', {{Storm}} [[BroughtDownToNormal for a time.]]
* Several in ''{{BPRD}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' comics, most notably Kate Corrigan.
* ''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 he lost those near the end of the first run, around the time [[spoiler: Alex was revealed to be TheMole and KilledOffForReal]]. Gert technically doesn't have any powers, but a telephathic 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 TheTeamNormal (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 TheTeamNormal 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.]]
* Kate Bishop / 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).
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* 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.]]
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[[folder: Film ]]
* Myers, in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' films. And then he gets [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus transferred to Antarctica in the second movie!]]]]
* Film/TheAvengers have two: Black Widow and Hawkeye. Mostly Black Widow, as Hawkeye at least has ImprobableAimingSkills and [[TrickArrow Trick Arrows]]. Though, Black Widow ''does'' have minor super soldier abilities in the main Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe version, which the film draws on, is explicitly super powered, and Natasha ''does'' do some pretty impossible stunts and can stay on track with Captain America, so she may have some unmentioned skills.
** On the other hand, Hawkeye is a soldier, Black Widow is a spy and assassin. She's still extremely capable, but her skillset is aimed less towards straight-up combat and more towards infiltration. Which makes her even more awesome.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse 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 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}}.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''{{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 [[{{Superman}} Jimmy Olsen]].
** Evolved into a BadassNormal 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 ''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 ''TheAquabatsSuperShow''.
* Stiles in ''Series/TeenWolf''. Not just because he's the TokenHuman either - Allison is a werewolf hunter, and therefore just as combat capable as any other creatures in Scott's pack, and Lydia [[spoiler: isn't even a human in the first place - she's a banshee]].
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Shingo Yabuki from ''TheKingOfFighters'' is the only fighter on Team Kusanagi without any sort of special powers.*
* [[Videogame/EarthBound Jeff]] has no psychic powers, but has a genius's IQ and [[{{Macgyver}} 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 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.
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''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.
* In ''{{Magellan}}'', Kaycee usually falls into this role, even if, as primary character, she sometimes has to go solo as a BadassNormal..
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[[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.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''{{Superfriends}}''
** Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog in the 1973/74 season. 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, and at the end of the season they were all PutOnABus.
** Batman and Robin.
* Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Later, [[spoiler: Suki joins the team as another BadassNormal.]]
* Asami Sato fills the role in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
* 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 ''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, [[TheFlash Kid Flash]] and a clone of {{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.
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