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Anime and Manga
- The Re:CREATORS spinoff Re:CREATORS One More focuses on a Cosplay Otaku Girl who is absolutely stoked that her town is starting to get overrun with fictional characters, and ends up catching glimpses of the main series' plot along the way.
- While Kado: The Right Answer focused on the large scale interactions with Yaha-kui ZaShuina and his gifts to mankind, the spinoff manga about two highschool students shows the audience a glimpse of how commonfolk reacted to the events of the story.
- Rolling Girls is about four average teenagers in a world where cities are defended by superheroes.
- Many of the arcs of Astro City.
- Damage Control is a Marvel series following the construction company of the same name, that specialises in clean-up and general rebuilding after large cataclysmic superhero fights. A slight subversion of the trope, as the company has several superpowered employees to help with heavy lifting etc.
- Since the Civil War event, Marvel have been using "Front Line" style tie-ins for all their recent crossover events, to show how those events are affecting the Innocent Bystanders of the Marvel Universe (or at least New York...)
- Gotham Central was a series following the Major Crimes Unit of Gotham City, and all the difficulties of corruption and supervillains in their way.
- Marvels is the early days of the Marvel Universe from the POV of a muggle newspaper reporter.
- Its sequel, Eye of the Camera, is much the same way.
- The four-issue mini-series Code of Honor also provides us with the New York City Police Department's perspective, showing us how all the wild anomalous events of Marvel's universe affect its everyday citizens and their institutions through the eyes of the lowly police officer Jeffrey Piper.
- Before Gotham Central, there was Metropolis SCU, a DC Comics miniseries about the special police squad trained to deal with supervillains in Superman.
- Powers by Brian Michael Bendis is an ongoing series focusing on regular police officers trying to solve crimes when their world is literally stuffed with crazy superpowers and mad science. Investigations often revolve around the murder of a superhero.
- Science Police, the Space Police organisation from Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Watchmen is told partly from the perspective of the normal police officers investigating the deeds of so-called superheroes and an actual superhero (Dr. Manhattan).
- In PS238, written by the same author of Nodwick, focuses on superhero children, but the closest thing to a protagonist is a non-empowered kid thrown into the middle of the rest and just trying to survive. This is a lesser extent because the comic still focuses predominately on superheroics, and even the protagonist starts to develop into more of a Badass Normal than a bystander.
- The Extraordinary Adventures Of Ordinary Boy. The title speaks for itself.
Live Action Television
- The protagonists of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have access to technology quite a bit beyond what ordinary organizations have access to, and a lot of the stuff they deal with are people getting or having access to technology beyond what they should have, but there are still no superpowers in the team. That is, until Skye is revealed to be an Inhuman, and even then she still mostly Fights Like a Normal
- BIONICLE's Mata Nui On-Line Game and the following web episodes, as well as MNOG II followed the adventures of the normal islanders while the comics kept tabs on the heroes. Occasionally, the two story threads still crossed paths, like when the 2001 movie and video game got canceled, and MNOG had to tie up the main plot along with its own.
- ''Nodwick' is a quasi-example of this. While the webcomic has a fully empowered team of main characters, the protagonist of the series is their lackey. Part of the fun of the comic is showing how he deals with being the Mook in a team of heroes.
- Dental Repair in Capes And Cowls is the story of a dental hygienist in a world full of vigilante superheroes.
- The Whateley Universe story "Crime and Chaos" is a 'Law & Order' pastiche where New York cops investigate the murder of a retired (and less than loved) superhero.
- Karl the Deranged's series "Chaos Descends" occurs in the same universe as If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, and focuses around a handful of ordinary human chaos worshippers living on a backwater desert planet.