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->'''Donkey:''' Hi, Princess!\\
'''Princess Fiona:''' It talks!\\
'''Shrek:''' Yeah, it's getting him to shut up that's the trick!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''

When a work has an ordinary setting, your cast is going to be... well, ordinary. Your basic FiveManBand, maybe with a TokenMinority, or a TokenGirl.

But when you're the author of SpeculativeFiction, authors can make the cast as interesting as they want. Enter the TokenNonhuman to spice things up. He (or she; this is a [[UnisexTropes Unisex Trope]]) could be a RubberForeheadAlien, a RobotBuddy, a FunnyAnimal, a CivilizedAnimal, a PartiallyCivilizedAnimal, or [[HeinzHybrid all of the above at once]], but one thing is for sure. They aren't human.

Even {{Demi Human}}s like [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] can count as examples of this trope.

A TokenNonhuman is ''not'' the TeamPet -- the team pet is, well, a ''pet'' that belongs to the team, but the TokenNonhuman is a [[FantasticSapientSpeciesTropes sapient]] being who stands on more-or-less equal footing with the humans.

Unlike other token what-have-yous, [[CaptainObvious a token nonhuman is not there to attract]] a PeripheryDemographic. [[AliensStealCable Probably]]. A TokenNonhuman instead serves the purpose of exploring the possibility of other species with radically different natures than our own, incorporating beings with [[RuleOfCool cool]] [[StockSuperpowers superhuman]] abilities, showing that the main cast is not practicing FantasticRacism, and exploring the question WhatMeasureIsANonhuman. If nothing else, the TokenNonHuman can serve as the AmusingAlien for comic relief.

Because MostWritersAreHuman (to our knowledge), you'll likely not see more than one MainCharacter who isn't human, hence the "[[TokenIndex token]]" part of "TokenNonhuman". If there ''is'' more than one nonhuman character, you'll most likely see a cast full of nonhumans, with a TokenHuman.

TokenHeroicOrc is this trope [[XMeetsY meeting]] TokenEnemyMinority. See also FantasticSapientSpeciesTropes, and NotQuiteHuman. Compare and contrast TeamPet. Contrast NotEvenHuman. Inverse of TokenHuman and UnfazedEveryman.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]] as the TokenNonhuman of Ala Alba.
** [[CuteGhostGirl Sayo]] counts to a certain degree, too. [[HalfHumanHybrid Setsuna]] technically, though it doesn't come up much. Chachamaru is easily the best example, though.
* Rak Wraithraiser from ''TowerOfGod''. EgomaniacHunter, BigGuy, BloodKnight, [[http://i.imgur.com/FMbpL.png giant freaking alligator]].
* Mao from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''.
* [[PettingZooPeople Tony Tony Chopper]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'', a reindeer who ate the Hito Hito (Human-Human) Fruit and the doctor of the Straw Hat crew.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', if you look the non-human characters of the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Riot Force 6]] or [[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Special Duty Section 6]] with all section members together, they are the minority. But if you exclude all nameless characters, they are the majority in the latter section.
** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'', Vivio is the only known Inter-Middle participant who is not actually human. She's a CloneJesus.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Chewbacca in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' original trilogy, the droids aside.
** Also, Jar Jar Binks in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. [[AlienScrappy Of course...]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Remus Lupin]] is the Marauders' TokenNonhuman.
** Among the modern day heroes, there's Hagrid, who's part giant.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has Ax(imili-Esgarouth-Isthill), the only alien on the team. Unless you count Tobias, who got himself [[ShapeshifterModeLock permanently morphed into a hawk]] early on.
* Arguably, [[TeamPet Oy]] in Creator/StephenKing's Franchise/TheDarkTower series eventually graduates to this, at least by the time he participates in the "''[[LifeEnergy khef]]'' and water" ritual as an equal member of the ''[[TrueCompanions ka-tet]]''.
* Amanandrala [[InSeriesNickname "Grok"]] Grookonomonslf in ''Literature/StarRiskLtd'' is the only alien member of the books' FiveManBand.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Loial the Ogier is the only non-human among the major characters.
* ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' has ERK-147, a maintenance bot.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] half qualifies, as he is half-human.
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'', three out of the starring cast of seven or eight were non-human. While human-looking Troi was less obvious, both Worf and Data qualify as Token Nonhumans.
** Averted by ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which is set on a space station that's mainly made up of non-humans, and there are multiple aliens in the starring (Kira, Odo, Quark, Worf, both Daxes) and recurring cast.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' averts this trope as well, with Neelix, the holographic Doctor, Tuvok, Torres, Kes, and in later seasons former Borg Seven of Nine. The nonhuman main cast slightly outnumber the human main cast members (Janeway, Chakotay, Paris, and Kim).
*** Seven is a strange borderline case, since she was born as the human Annika Hanson, assimilated, and then severed from the Collective. At the end she agrees to a surgical procedure to de-Borgify her completely and at that point presumably goes back to being completely human.
** T'Pol and Phlox in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Doctor as this a lot of the time.
** Though during Peter Davison's era this was inverted, with Tegan Jovanka serving as the token human in a TARDIS full of aliens
* Teal'c from ''Series/StargateSG1''. An odd example in that Jaffa are genetically altered humans.
** Subverted, averted, and inverted (possibly) in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' - the Pegasus galaxy is full of humans, but almost none of the the non-Terran humans work for the Atlantis expedition, but then by the end of the pilot, the flagship exploration team adopts a non-Terran member.
* Trip in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' has Cally, an [[HumanAliens Auron]] with limited telepathic powers.
* Though the cast contains several examples of not quite human characters, including the titular protagonist, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has Lorne as the only visibly demonic main character who is unable to alter his appearance in any way.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''FinalFantasy'' has a history of this:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Mog and Umaro. Possibly Gogo as well[[note]]We're... not sure what Gogo is[[/note]]. ''VI'' has a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large enough cast size for three to still be token]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Red XIII. Possibly Cait-Sith as well, although it's [[KidWithTheRemoteControl controlled by a human]].
*** Though as the two interact in DirgeOfCerberus, at least some Cait Sith models are sentient.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Nearly[[note]]or over, for strict enough definitions of "human"[[/note]] half the party, making them not really "token" at all.
*** [[InvertedTrope The only one that is clearly human is Steiner.]] The other include a tailed Genome (Zidane), human-like summoners[[note]]Born with horns in their heads, though Garnet's was surgically removed[[/note]] (Garnet & Eiko), a Black Mage[[note]]Which, in this setting, are basically living dolls[[/note]] (Vivi), a Burmecian (Freya), a Qu (Quina) and a blue-skinned man who might be human (Amarant).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Kimahri.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': [[MsFanservice Fran]]. Somewhat obvious here, as Ivalice is replete with sentient nonhuman races (Viera, Moogle, Bangaa, Seeq, Aegyl etc.). but Fran is the only one such among the protagonists.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': This trope is averted for the first time since VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII. Or subverted if you look at it from another way: the game could be the first in the series to have no (''technically'') human playable characters, as everyone in the party becomes a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman L'Cie]]. Which means in the first two chapters of the game [[spoiler:Vanille is the TokenNonHuman in the group]]...
* Ne'ban in ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'', while the rest of the main cast is human he is, apparently, an intelligent parasite living in a jelly like alien, housed in a robotic suit.
* ''HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' franchise:
** The original game: Abe no Yasuaki (ArtificialHuman);
** ''Haruka 2'': [[{{Expy}} Abe no Yasutsugu]] (ArtificialHuman again);
** ''Haruka 3'': Ridvan (from the Oni Clan) and Hakuryuu (the depowered human form of the Dragon-God).
* ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}'' has Jan Kurtas/Medusa, the only HumanoidAbomination victim of the ViralTransformation who didn't go murderously insane. [[spoiler:For now. Though this can be avoided by refusing to go to a certain optional place.]] He's special in that he cannot carry weapons, instead using his mutant abilities. He also happens to be immune to tranquilizing and doesn't need to increase his Accuracy stat since all his abilities are treated as melee attacks (and thus have a 100% accuracy).
* ''GoldenAxe'' has Gilius the dwarf together with the male and female human heroes, and the [[RecycledInSpace sci-fi based]] SpiritualSuccessor ''AlienStorm'' has Scooter the robot.
* The later ''Persona'' games have a non-human character, mostly used to address something along the lines of WhatMeasureIsANonHuman. In ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'', we have the RobotGirl Aigis (we also get her "sister," Labrys, in ''Persona4Arena''), an din ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'', we have Teddie, who, at the end of his Social Link, is revealed to be [[spoiler:a sentient Shadow born from the desire to be liked.]]
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, most of Shepard's crew are human, but typically feature about two or three aliens.
** Among teammates it's averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. The human squad members are actually outnumbered 2:1 by the aliens.
** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]], we are introduced to [[RobotBuddy Legion]] and [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]] as the token robot and ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' AI respectively.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where Garrus refers to himself as Shepard's "token Turian friend".
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondTheBeyond'', every character that can join your party is a human, save for the summoner Tont, who is basically an amorphous blob of goo.

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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Good Ship Chronicles'', Mike is literally a token alien, hired only to fill a quota; consequentially, he serves no real purpose on the ship.
* For the first 500-some strips, the central mercenary crew in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had only one nonhuman -- the titular Schlock. But that ended in ''2002''.
** Schlock Mercenary is generally pretty good about averting this trope, even prior to the hiring spree on Ghanj-Rho. The first two months see the introduction of not only the eponymous ball of amorphous violence, but Flib Sh'vuu, communications slug/squid with a cool flying chair; Ennesby, a viral AI that used to be a boy band; Ch'vorthq who was genetically tailored to be the perfect ambassador [[spoiler:that explodes]]. All of whom are, or become part of Tagon's Toughs, although [[MauveShirt Sh'vuu doesn't really get much of plot and character development thrown at him]].
* Carson the muskrat from ''DorkTower''.
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has Molly the Peanut Butter Monster.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has Grace Sciuridae who is a Tulougol Seyunolu (Greater Chimera).
* Webcomic/LegostarGalactica gives us T.A.G. ([[TokenNonhuman Token Alien]] Guy) who only puts up with being called T.A.G. because of his EmbarrassingFirstName and [[OnlyOneName lack of a last name]], although the cast quickly expanded to include numerous aliens, robots, and the likes, including a air-breathing giant squid and a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Deep One]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Bender is the token robot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and Zoidberg is the token alien.
** And Leela is the token mutant.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series'' has The Twins as the Token Aliens of MIB. In the fourth season, sci-fi affirmative action causes MIB to hire an alien field agent and alien scientist.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a token non-equine: Spike, the baby dragon.
* ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' is a FallenAngel in a world of humans.
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!!Anthropomorphic Animal Examples

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had The Cat. Arguably, he could also be construed as TeamPet, as he was descended from Lister's cat Frankenstein, but let's count 3 million years of evolution to his credit.
* ''SeaquestDSV'' had a dolphin that could talk.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', we have [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] (she's a fur-covered CatGirl), but she's honestly more Girl than Cat. The trope is played its straightest, however, with the announcement of '''''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Ultimate]]''' Marvel Vs. Capcom 3'' and the inclusion of [[http://ispeakcomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/1843398-rocket_raccoon_super.png Rocket Racoon.]]

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* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1096 Melodia]] from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Lieutenant M'Ress and Lieutenant Arex, members of the Enterprise bridge crew in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''.
* Mirage from the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' series. In the words of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, "Why does she have a cat head... who cares?"
* ''SuperWhy'' has Alphapig, who is part of an otherwise human quartet of heroes.
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