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->''"Sell them a key that keeps shrinking to nothing so they can never find it when they need it… Of course, it's very hard to convict anyone because no Muggle would admit their key keeps shrinking--they'll insist they just keep losing it.'' ''Bless them, they'll go to any lengths to ignore magic, even if it's staring them in the face…"''
-->-- '''Arthur Weasley''', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''

In a story with {{Differently Powered Individual}}s, or a WitchSpecies, you'll usually have a group of individuals who ''don't'' have those powers--muggles. Ordinary people. Those who are not special, like the favored of the plot. Mundane folk who are only aware of their own small section of reality. The source from which most characters spring.

They're the "normal" for those [[IJustWantToBeNormal who crave it]] and those who would hate it [[BroughtDownToNormal if it happened]]. Ironically, Muggles often treat extraordinary people like crap, because Muggles are AllOfTheOtherReindeer--although sometimes this happens the [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper other way around]], more cynical [[SmugSuper super-people]] looking down on them as {{Innocent Bystander}}s--a pathetically bland, underdeveloped species.

The most common SecretIdentity pretends to be this.

They are the ones whom the {{Masquerade}} is used to hide from, who can't get into (or perhaps even perceive) the WainscotSociety, and the ones who are subjected to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memories wipes]] simply so the more enlightened [[StatusQuoIsGod can retain their secret status]]. Sometimes reality itself conspires to hide the plot from their minds, in ways like the ExtraStrengthMasquerade, BystanderSyndrome, WeirdnessCensor, and InvisibleToNormals. Then again, they may just not want to know because ApathyKilledTheCat.

They are the VictimOfTheWeek eaten by the MonsterOfTheWeek.

Muggles are to be protected, avoided, manipulated, or abused (in any combination) by the characters or the plot.

Expect the {{Red Shirt}}s to be muggles since non-muggles are usually too plot-valuable to waste. Even muggles with characterization need to watch it: they could be {{Mauve Shirt}}s. More rarely, MugglesDoItBetter comes in to play: mundane people with mundane technology have a real fighting chance in works featuring this trope (often the reason ''why'' TheMasquerade exists--otherwise, once the WitchHunt starts, the supernatural would get its butt handed over by BadassNormal hunters or mobs with TorchesAndPitchforks).

Muggle tropes include:
* BadassNormal: A muggle who can hold their own in a fight against those with supernatural powers
* InvisibleToNormals: Muggles literally cannot see some supernatural things
* MuggleBestFriend: Supernatural protagonist with a muggle sidekick
* MuggleBornOfMages: Muggles with magical ancestors
* MugglesDoItBetter: Mundane technology beats something supernatural
* MuggleFosterParents: Supernatural character raised by normal people
* MuggleMageRomance: When there is a relationship between a muggle and a witch or wizard.
** MuggleAndMagicalLoveTriangle: A love triangle with a supernatural suitor and muggle suitor
* MugglePower: Muggles know about magic and take a stance about it
* ObsessivelyNormal: Muggles try to come across as normal as possible and shun magic as a consequence.
* ThouShaltNotKillMuggles: Using supernatural powers to kill muggles is not cool
* UnfazedEveryman: A muggle who sees supernatural weirdness and takes it all in stride
* UnSorcerer: A muggle who is the exception in a supernatural population
* UnwittingMuggleFriend: Supernatural character hides their powers from their muggle friend

Not to be confused with [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Moogles]]. ''Certainly'' not to be confused with ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles''. It also has nothing to do with marijuana unless you're reading vintage crime fiction[[note]]Rowling says she took it from the word "mug" meaning "fool," which is possibly derived from the Irish ''mug'', "slave"[[/note]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** In the UC continuity (the one branching off from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''), regular humans are sometimes referred to as "Oldtypes", as distinct from the "Newtypes" that represent [[EvolutionaryLevels the next stage of humanity's evolution]]. Rather to the point, some people who believe Newtypes ''are'' the next stage of evolution will use "Oldtype" as a [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Slur]] against those who would get in the way of that evolution.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' we have Coordinators (those with genetic modifications) and Naturals (those without). What starts of as AnAesop about racial equality quickly becomes a BrokenAesop, as the only characters to ever do anything of merit in the show are Coordinators. Reinforced by the fact that only one Natural ever exhibits the show's SuperMode, but this scene was quietly [[RetCon retconned]] out of existence in the compilation movies.
*** One particular character, who is considered a "Natural" throughout the series, actually shows signs of being [[spoiler: a Newtype]]. He also happens to be the most dangerous character in the series, hinting that Coordinators might still be muggles by comparison.
** Played with in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', where [[LaResistance Celestial Being]]'s Tieria Erde and ManipulativeBastard Ribbons Almarck are revealed to be Innovators, artificial humans whom Ribbons claims were intended by Aeolia Schenberg to rule over humankind. [[spoiler: The classic scenario is ''[[InvertedTrope inverted]]'', however, when Tieria discovers the truth: the "Innovators" are in fact nothing of the sort, and were meant instead to help humankind reach its potential as the ''true'' Innovators.]]
** Subverted in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''. The main character is ''not'' a Newtype yet time after time he is forced to go up against them in combat, and must contend with his [[MysteriousWaif girlfriend's]] increasingly disastrous predictions of the future. Yet he never gives up hope and was recognized by the [[AGodAmI First Newtype]] as living proof that one can not predict the future. Not bad for a kid who spent the first fifteen years of his life as an orphan in a CrapsackWorld,
* Gamu of ''{{Kokoro}}'', who lacks GenreBlindness, calls out the mage society on their use of "norm", as well as their championing of the {{Masquerade}} and LaserGuidedAmnesia. Admirable if not for the fact that the formerly cool-headed spy girl is [[{{Determinator}} willing]] to take on TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness to try and change the world. (Then again, if you had a couple million people out for your head, you might figure that there's nothing to lose, too.)
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', people without the ability to use magic (who consist the majority of the population) are labeled as commoners or plebeians and are considered second-class citizens subservient to the [[TheMagocracy magical elite]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the non-chakra users are ordinary people who rely on the ninja and samurai for defense, as well as for doing mundane jobs quickly (dog walking, pet search and rescue, weeding, trash clean-up). It's shown they are completely and utterly helpless against the many enemies in the series. However, unlike most universes they don't resent the chakra users (like, ahem, Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}}'s universe.)
* All humans (save for the few who can actually use their chi) in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' are muggles, all with a very strong WeirdnessCensor.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the normal students Usagi ''used'' to be friends with before she found her superhero posse. They're probably better off. When they hung out with Usagi they had a huge likelihood of becoming the VictimOfTheWeek.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', only people who have a Stand are capable of seeing others' Stands. Ordinary people cannot see Stands, but can see how they affect the world around them. When we're first introduced to the concept of Stands, as Jotaro's Star Platinum fights Avdol's Magician's Red, the two cops are amazed at how Jotaro is being thrown around without Avdol touching him, and are equally as amazed at how the temperature in the jail cell is through the roof while Joseph and [[spoiler:Holly]] can both see [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c6/1b/31/c61b31b8096091f6e17270d3744b125e.jpg this]].
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', superpowers (here called Quirks) have become so commonplace that 80% of the world's population has them; protagonist Izuku "Deku" Midoriya begins the series without powers, but his {{determinat|or}}ion catches the eye of top hero All Might, who chooses Deku to be his successor and gives the boy his Quirk "One for All". In an interesting sort of middle-ground with this trope, not everyone with a Quirk becomes a hero or villain; some people have powers that just aren't useful for that sort of thing (for example, Izuku's mother can levitate small objects) and just live ordinary lives.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used occasionally in Creator/DCComics. Those who aren't "in the know" with the superhero community are often referred to as "civilians". It's not really a derogatory term, simply describing those who don't know any superheroes/villains or secrets.
* In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' universe, mutant supremacists, mostly those less erudite than Magneto, call non-mutants "flatscans" (while referring to themselves as "spikes"), referring to their presence or lack thereof when scanned by power detectors. Also used by Neo Warclan to refer to other, less highly-powered mutants, vis-a-vis Domina et. al. Weaker mutants are also sometimes referred to as "halfscan", implying that they're basically a mutant in name only.
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' universe, the Fables characters refer to normal humans as "Mundanes" and Earth outside Fabletown or the Farm as the "Mundy". With the plots for [[spoiler:''Sons of Empire'']] and [[spoiler:''War and Pieces'']], the tricks Fabletown has learned from the Mundy world show that [[MugglesDoItBetter Muggles simply do it better]].
* In a particularly interesting example, Gail Simone's ComicBook/SecretSix features a conversation between Catman and Deadshot in which they refer to "Norms," people who possess a normal sense of morality (conscience) as opposed to their own semi-to-full sociopathy. Since the main cast of the series is entirely composed of supervillains with an extremely... warped view of morality... this is a rather chilling use of the trope.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Two examples in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** The Idris in Ketafa derisively refer to civilians as “streetfodder,” “cityfodder,” or just plain “fodder.”
** The tirin in Baravada, except that they're almost as mean and annoying as the skahs, and occasionally nearly as dangerous, as George can attest during his quickie with Ma'ar. They're also happier and far more content with their lot. One of the minor advantages the four have is that they are classified as outworlder tirin and are expected to behave as such, when they actually fit into neither category and thus do unexpected things. The best Grunnel can describe them is “They're not skahs, but they're not tirin either.”
* Humans in contrast to unicorns in ''Fanfic/TheSonOfTheEmperor''. They posses no magical abilites and tend to be afraid of unicorn magic or consider it unnatural. This eventually led to them banning the practice of magic for the most part, though the specifics vary by region.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* People who are still plugged into ''Film/TheMatrix'', unaware of its virtual nature, are known as "Coppertops" (in reference to a battery) or, later, "bluepills" (whether they've been offered the [[RedPillBluePill pills]] or not). Morpheus makes the borderline psychopathic observation that they're either directly (as vessels for Agents) or indirectly (as soldiers, cops, etc.) tools of the system, and thus expendable if necessary, leading to their wholesale slaughter by the heroes at the climax of the first film. One of the biggest criticisms of the sequel is that there ''were'' no Muggles (almost), reducing the previously mindblowing Matrix to a [[YourMindMakesItReal high-stakes]] video game.
* In the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, Han Solo (despite his BadassNormal credentials) fills this role with his [[FlatEarthAtheist skepticism of the Force]] and desire to stay out of the fight between the Empire and Rebellion. [[NeutralNoLonger He gets better.]]
* The townspeople of Derry in ''Literature/{{IT}}'', whose apathy towards the fact that their town has a Serious Problem allows Pennywise to operate freely.
* In the ''Film/MenInBlack'' films and [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack animated series]], any person not part of the MIB is called a "Neutral". Those that are accidentally exposed to the knowledge of the existence of alien life [[LaserGuidedAmnesia are quickly neuralized]].
* In ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'', the Garbage Pail Kids call humans "normies" (a term which has since been co-opted by online communities like Website/FourChan to refer to outsiders).

* In ''Literature/TheHollows'', there are no muggles. Magic came out of the closet before the books started, when 4 species weren't affected by a disease that killed 2/3 people on the planet, and scarred the rest. This removed enough humans that revealing magic became a viable option, as the levels were around equal now.
* ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'': The majority of people in the Eleven Kingdoms are not Deryni. Because of their relative numbers and ecclesiastical power, they are able to persecute the Deryni for over two centuries, making the {{Masquerade}} a necessary evil during that period.
* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', ordinary people (i.e. non-magicians) are looked at with distaste and referred to as "commoners". A bit subverted, in that the wizards are shown to be corrupt aristocrats oppressing the commoners, and one of the main characters is an AntiHero trying to overthrow the current regime. Strangely there doesn't seem to be anything actually ''stopping'' commoners from learning magic, they just don't get picked for training (which makes sense, since those picked must have very high [=IQs=] and parents willing to give up all parental rights). Magicians do not try to stop commoners from learning magic because they hide their real sources of power, which are [[spoiler:spirits they summon]]. Also, any commoners who do manage to learn magic immediately become targets of other magicians, which pretty much spells their doom.
* Inverted in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series where almost everyone in Alera (think Roman-style nation) can summon at least one type of fury (an elemental spirit of [[DishingOutDirt earth]], [[BlowYouAway air]], [[MakingASplash water]], [[GreenThumb wood]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]] or [[ExtraOreDinary metal]]) and gains pseudo-magical abilities from them (flight, influencing emotions, healing are some of them). The protagonist, Tavi, is the only person without one. He survives on his wits and courage.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle''. [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Mensch]] is a derogatory term used by the two demigod races to refer to humans, elves and dwarves who used to live on Earth before it was [[WorldSundering sundered]] into its four classical elements. Played straight on the worlds of fire and water where they're tormented and slaughtered by ancient monstrosities, averted on the world of air where humans regularly charm dragons into doing their bidding. The demigods themselves look down on them for being lessers and are in turn scorned for being tyrants and jerkasses.
* The TropeNamer (with a capital M) comes from the British name for non-magical people in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe ([[SeparatedByACommonLanguage in America]] [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem they're called No-Maj's]]). Some notable ones include: The Dursleys, Tom Riddle Sr, Hermione's parents, and Frank Bryce. Muggles in ''Harry Potter'' tend to not play very big roles in the series, and wizards such as the Death Eaters tend to abuse them. ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' contains a memorable scene in which the Muggle Prime Minster (that is, the [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister]]) meets the Minister for Magic.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' takes an approach almost opposite the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe's: while most people are either unwilling or unaware of magic, a surprising number of them have actually dealt with it (werewolves running amok, hiring a wizard, cops shooting vampires). And many of the Muggles (or "straights" or "vanillas" as Harry calls them) are almost as formidable as the supernaturals. Marcone, Murphy and Hendricks are among the Muggles who nevertheless are smart, savvy, and can hold their own among wizards and other such. Most notably, at the end of ''Literature/WhiteNight'' [[spoiler: John Marcone and a small squad of human mercenaries take on a horde of uber-ghouls with nothing but assault rifles and discipline, and ''more'' than hold their own]], though as of ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', [[spoiler:most if not all of the squad of mercenaries are revealed in to be Einherjar. This would make them a) already dead and b) potentially quasi-immortal thereafter]]. In fact, one of the reasons there's a masquerade going on is because any conflict between generic humans and supernaturals [[MugglesDoItBetter would favour the humans]], if only because of sheer numbers, though nowadays the numbers are supplemented by guns and other nasty weapons.
* Literature/TheGrishaTrilogy, wherein there exists a form of magic called [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic "The Small Science"]]. Those born with the ability to practice it are called [[TheBeautifulElite Grisha]], and rather snobbishly refer to those who cannot wield it as ''Otkazat'sya.'' It literally means "The Abandoned."
* In the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' books, non-magical... pretty much everything, but mostly humans, are referred to as "Mundanes" (As in from "drear, drear Mundania" {Read: outside of Xanth). Looking around on this page will show you that "Mundane" is quite a common term.
* The ''Literature/NightWatch'' series is a fairly dark take on this trope. Because of their magic abilities, the Others have formed their own societies, with negative results in how they relate to normal humans. The Dark Others have massive LackOfEmpathy but the Light Others aren't much better. There are many comments about how because they've seen human evil so often, and because of creating their own society, while Light Others are supposed to be protectors of humanity, they have difficulty identifying with the ones they are supposed to be protecting. In one of the latter stories it's admitted plain and simple that the Others actively hinder the development of humans, else the Others would be exposed and exterminated.
** Well, the Light ones ''try'' to improve human life by starting massive social projects. Ultimately, they fail in a spectacular (and bloody) manner. Examples include [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazism]] and [[DirtyCommies Communism]], although it's revealed that two of the Others sabotaged the Communism project in order to avoid a progressive but paranoid world where the Others have already been caught and destroyed. Basically, Muggles have to be kept in misery; otherwise, their WeirdnessCensor will disappear.
* In Cinda Williams Chima's ''Literature/TheHeirChronicles'', humans without some form of magic are called "anaweir". Since they are extremely vulnerable to control by magic, they are treated as pawns or kept in the dark throughout the books, until very late in the third, when some of them are finally told about the magical war going on in their town.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': A lot of strange things happen around Forks and Phoenix (Vampires, werewolves, vampire's wars ...) and the humans in the book never realize anything is out of the ordinary; at worst they think it's just normal daily murders. None of them get to do anything special or contribute to the plot, not even by accident. To this day if you ask any of them about Bella Swan they will say something along these lines: "Bella? The daughter of Chief Swan? Nice girl, a little weird, lived here a short time, liked to hang around the Quilletes, made good friends with the weird Cullen kids and married right out of high school to one of them ... she was probably pregnant." If they actually remember her at all.
* Everyone without a power in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series. Most notably Zil and the rest of the Human Crew.
* Mundanes in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' series. Anyone who has no knowledge of Downworlders or Shadowhunters is a mundane or a "mundie". Clary is included in this because even though she is a Shaddowhunter, she knows nothing about their world.
* Mundanes in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''. "Mundane" means not sacred, ordinary versus divine. But, in ''The Mortal Instruments'' it takes on a negative meaning, sounding boring and the Shadowhunters use it with [[FantasticRacism bad connotations]] -- in ''The Infernal Devices'' it's more friendly.
* Mortals in the ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}'' series. Anyone who is (surprise surprise) mortal can't see through [[{{JediMindTrick}} the Mist]] and doesn't really know about most of the events described in the novel because of this. There are some exceptions, most notably Percy's mother and Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who later [[spoiler: becomes the oracle of Delphi. Being able to see through the mist is related to her powers of prophecy.]]
* Marissa Meyer's ''TheLunarChronicles'' deconstructs this tropes with the "Shells," Lunars without powers, who are either euthanized or used as slaves. It is explained that while they lack powers, they are immune to Lunar mind-games, which is likely why they are persecuted.
* Ordinary humans in ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', who haven't been made aware of the supernatural, qualify as this, being easily manipulated by even the weakest practitioner. In many ways, this is for their own good, as almost every Other in existence has agreed to abide by the Standard of Suleiman bin Daoud, the biblical King Solomon, which prevents them from targeting the unaware without an excuse. Johannes Lillegard, a powerful sorcerer, argues that this protection is ultimately why humanity as a whole is winning against the Others; in the time that it takes Others to lure a hundred people to their deaths, ten thousand more have been born, and because HumansAdvanceSwiftly, they've spread light to many corners of the globe-there are that many fewer shadows for the Others to hide in.
* Muggles are called Bystanders in ''Literature/HereticalEdge'', and they're all affected by the [[WeirdnessCensor Bystander Effect]]. [[spoiler: This isn't humanity's natural state, however, but something that was magically forced on them. If it were to be removed, humanity would return to being a WitchSpecies.]]
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': The main character, Artemis, is a Muggle who discovers the existence of Fairies. They aren't pleased about it- they try to {{mindwipe}} him, but he [[NoteToSelf gets around it]]. Eventually they reach a truce, and Artemis gets to stay in the know.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'', pretty much the entire population of Sunnydale aside from the main cast and the bad guys could counted as muggles. People are aware that Sunnydale is a dangerous place but [[SunnydaleSyndrome never seem willing or able to make the leap to accept]] that it's because the town [[WeirdnessMagnet attracts all manner of supernatural beasties]]. Lampshaded in one episode where a football player tells his friend that they could go to state this year "as long as we don't have as many mysterious horrible deaths." Although some later episodes imply that people are halfway aware of Sunnydale's unusual nature, and that [[HoldingOutForAHero Buffy helps keep them safe]]; but they [[BystanderSyndrome don't (want to) know any specifics]]. Buffy's graduating high school class probably knows, considering they all fought a giant demon snake and his army of vampires on graduation day.
* The Changelings from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' call all those who cannot shape-shift "solids" and consider them low-value. A "solid" is at best a pawn, and otherwise an enemy to be annihilated.
* In ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', homo sapiens are frequently called "Saps". In Britain, the use of "sap" as an insult is rare, and "homo sapiens" is pronounced "homo SAP-iens" rather than homo SAPE-iens." In consequence, hardly anyone let in on this secret takes offense at the term.
* A club of psychics on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' call them "Normies", as do the members the "The Beautiful People Club" on ''Family Guy''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'''s Psi Corps uses the term "mundane" for the non-telepathic population; its usage varies from slightly offensive to virtually spat out as an insult (generally by Psi Cops). The "mundanes" themselves tend to use the term "normal," and good if not perfect way of divining a telepath's support or antipathy for the Psi Corps is knowing which term they use in conversation with other telepaths. Here is the Psi Corps "ranking" system: psi cops, other members of the corps, telepaths who take pills, "blips" (rogue telepaths), and mundanes. That's right, normal humans rate lower on their scale than traitors. An episode shows the fate of a human who kills a "blip"--he's ThrownOutTheAirlock in hyperspace.
* In {{Series/Grimm}} normal humans are known as "Kehrseite" by the Wesen. A Kehrseite who knows the truth about Wesen is known as a "Kehrseite-Schlich-Kennen."
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the Bennet family's dog is named Mr. Muggles, likely a reference to this and the fact that, with one exception, the family is normal. [[BadassNormal Well, two exceptions.]]
* Normal people often referred to like this in ''Series/DoctorWho''. An example, in the 1996 movie when a newscast explains away recent strange events occurring because of the Doctor's adventure as "normal" weather events, the Doctor remarks something close to "I love humans, always seeing patterns that aren't there". Of course, a recurring theme in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is that there are no ''real'' muggles. Anyone who's smart or brave can help the world. This is why 90% of the Doctor's companions are otherwise normal people whose meeting and travels with the Time Lord lets them achieve extraordinary things, even after they've parted company. On the whole, there are far less muggles, in the sense of people with no-idea what's going on, after the masquerade officially broke. Now aliens existing is just a fact of life for planet Earth.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'':
** Neighbor Gladys Kravitz is a type of muggle. She witnesses odd goings-on at the Stephens' house, but her husband doesn't believe her. She typically treats Samantha with coolness and suspicion because she knows there's something off about her but can't figure out what. Though Samantha is friendly to her, she has learned to be careful around the nosy Mrs. Kravitz.
** Non-witches/wizards in the series in general are called mortals.
* As in ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', mortals play basically the same role as muggles in ''SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' universe.
* In the series ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Justin and Alex had to make plenty of explanations for the people who accidentally witnessed their magical antics.
* Muggles are call "mortals" (as in most pre-Literature/HarryPotter works) in the '90s sitcom ''Series/FreeSpirit'' about a MagicalNanny taking care of three kids.
%%* On ''Series/MightyMed'', Muggles are referred to as "Normos".
* On ''Series/HeroCorp'', those without superpowers are called "Civilians". The superheroes are quite dismissive of them, and don't want any in the village for fear they'd discover their secrets. Their bigotry is constantly portrayed as quite silly -- and ironic, considering that for the outside world the villagers would look like a bunch of inbreed morons.

* ''Radio/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' mentions the Hagunennons, a "super-evolutionary" species that constantly evolves into different shapes. Hagunennons look down on other species, calling them "Filthy rotten stinking samelings".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the Creator/WhiteWolf roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}},'' regular humans (those without superpowers) are referred to as "baselines", often in a derogatory fashion by the more arrogant of the superpowered Novas. Those Novas who subscribe to the Nova-supremacist Teragen philosophy prefer to call them "zips," which is ''always'' a FantasticSlur.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'', Aberrant's sequel, people without psychic powers are known as "neutrals".
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' has all people who aren't in the Occult Underground being this way. Use of Magick, or Avatar powers, in front of them... well, the core rulebook talks about 'waking a sleeping tiger'. Let's just say it's never, never pretty. But then, not much is in UA, so.
* ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'':
** In ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Mage: the Ascension]]'' and ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage: the Awakening]]'', the {{Muggles}} are called "Sleepers", and actually make magic more dangerous when present ''because'' of their normality. The reason ''why'' differs between the two games:
*** In ''Ascension'', belief defines reality, and Sleepers are the majority. While "coincidental magick" can be passed off as luck or accident, using "vulgar magick" -- magic that obviously defies the consensus definition of "reality" -- causes dangerous Paradox as reality tries to snap back to obeying physics. Meanwhile, in ''Awakening'', when Atlantis fell and the Abyss was formed, [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade Quiescence]] worked its way into the minds of mortals. Unless one is directly confronted with the true nature of the universe, any faint evidence of magic will feed the Lie, and thus the Abyss. And Paradox is how the Abyss enforces the Lie.
*** In ''Ascension'', the Technocracy calls Sleepers "the Masses". Depending on a given Technocrat's view of why they impose order on the world, it can be paternalistic or contemptuous.
** ''[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming Changeling: The Dreaming]]'' used a similar concept though the ''Banality'' mechanic. It is apparently not enough to just be a mundane, non-magical muggle in a {{Crapsack World}} filled with monsters that view you as commodity as best and speed bump at worst, your muggleness itself ensures nothing could ever be done to possibly make things better.
** In the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness game ''[[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean: The Created]]'', Prometheans (golem/Frankenstein/artificial creations) possess a life force that ... annoys Muggles. Stay in one place too long, and the Muggles get out the pitchforks and torches. So the Promethean has to hide and move a lot to keep all the normals around him from erupting into riots.
** Vampires in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' tend to refer to mortals as "kine", an archaic word meaning "cattle". ''Masquerade'' vampires sometimes used the phrase "Children of Seth" if they were feeling poetic (in that setting, vampires descended from Caine, humans from Seth). These are ''not'' to be confused with the Followers of Set, a Clan of almost AlwaysChaoticEvil [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snaky]] vampires.
** In ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', "mortals" are often the bane of [[MadScientist Geniuses]], as they can cause [[WeirdScience Wonders]] to [[PhlebotinumBreakdown go horribly wrong]] by trying to use or analyze them (in early editions of the game, it could happen simply by "mere mortals" ''looking at them''). For Geniuses, TheMasquerade is enforced by the circumstances of their powers rather than an organisation, since, besides the problems of Havoc, the things they make generally [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup can't be recreated]] and [[MagicPoweredPseudoscience don't quite run on scientific principles]]. Further, a large-scale revelation of just the mere existance of the Genii would cause widespread Inspiration among regular folks. Since none of the Genius organisations would be able to deal with that number, it would lead to massive amounts of Unmada and Illuminated walking the earth, which would in turn almost certainly mean the end of the human race as a whole.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has special, low-powered, "NPC classes" for people who are explicitly not heroes; the weakest of these, the Commoner class, can easily be outmatched by a normal housecat. But then, by the rules, [[KillerRabbit a lot of things can be outmatched by a housecat]].[[labelnote:*]][[SquishyWizard Including 1st level PC wizards.]][[/labelnote]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'' has the vast majority of humanity (and pre-human civilisations) made up of Levellers (as opposed to Spanners/Spinners for those with the capacity for TimeTravel). No mention is made in the rulebook about the potential confusion with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levellers 17th century English political movement]], or a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levellers_(band) late Capricorn-era folk-punk band]], although they do discuss the implications of their own name as used as an insult.
* The tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' uses "mundane" to refer to normal humans that don't possess Symphonic Awareness and thus the ability to consciously use Essence.
* "Mundane" is also used in ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'' as a "mildly impolite" term to refer to people who aren't chimeras and don't have the Magery advantage.
* ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' has the "Pure Mortal" category for characters who absolutely, positively have no supernatural powers. It's not all downside, though -- pure mortals [[BadassNormal can still be highly competent in their various "mundane" skills]] and get a +2 refresh bonus (increasing their supply of [[LuckManipulationMechanic fate points]]) to reflect their extra reserves of human free will.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Psykers are humans with psychic powers that are swiftly hunted down and taken to Holy Terra for indoctrination, with Navigators going blind but developing a ThirdEye that lets them see the Warp. As a result, most of them are as insulting and abrasive towards non-psykers (they "consider us as little more than orks with table manners", to quote Literature/CiaphasCain) as non-psykers are towards people who could at any moment explode into a daemon-vomiting portal to the Warp.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Although they're not an integral part of ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'''s plot, and the game itself makes no distinction, they're of note... for this being perhaps the only time their AllOfTheOtherReindeer status works to the hero's advantage. The main character is the member of a special ops team devoted to response to paranormal incidents. He's teamed with a normal special ops squad that don't take this seriously, and thus send him off on a meaningless errand to open the gate, something which it would've made more sense for one of them to handle... because of this, he's not in the area when the killer ghost hiding on the other side of the gate decides to liquefy the entire squad, leaving only charred skeletons. This is then averted with Team Dark Signal in ''Project Origin''. Though they don't know what's going on at first, they very, ''very'' quickly catch on to just how serious the supernatural shit they are dealing with really is, and by the middle of the game they're accepting the presence of psychic phenomenon and undead ghosts.
* They're such a part of [[VideoGame/GoldenSun Weyard]]'s population that in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' they are mentioned along with the Adept and master-craftsman [[{{Precursors}} ancestral races]]. However, their ancestral name is also an insult, suggesting the other races were {{Smug Super}}s during the so-called Golden Age of Man.
* Normal humans in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' are called "C-Class Entities". "C-Class" also refers to the slave underclass of Makai/
* The OSA recording in ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' uses the term "Mundane" to refer to the non-psi talented.
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII -- Serpent Isle'', the mages of Moonshade refer to non-mages as "mundanes". As soon as you get a new spellbook though, they seem to forget they ever called you a mundane.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has Muggles that either need to be protected on {{EscortMission}}s, are ignored or get turned into [[{{Mooks}} Agents.]]
* Humans in ''VideoGame/TheAllianceAlive'' cannot use Sorcery, which places them [[FantasticRacism at the bottom of the social ladder]] below the Sorcery-using Beastfolk and Daemons. All races can use Signimancy, another form of magic, but only if they are holding [[MagicWand a special type of item known as an Etheract]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', Bob Smithson spent most his life as a Muggle to the nth power and was quite content being such... until [[WeirdnessMagnet his life took a turn for the peculiar.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Zoe's family and college friends seem to be this, with no supernatural weirdness in their lives except for what [[WeirdnessMagnet follows Zoe around]]. The subject of Muggledom is used for many laughs during the StoryArc "[[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/080305 Torg Potter and the Giblets with Fiber]]."
* ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' has a fairly even distribution ''and variation'' of muggles, whom the author treats with surprising equality to the magical people. They run the whole gamut, from those who deny magic exists to, recently, one who has plans to open a magic school for muggles because there is no reason not to. And that's not counting the difference between nobility and peasantry [[spoiler:or the number of {{Secret Keeper}}s that formed their own little {{Masquerade}} around X...]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' is a series starring a muggle--the Masquerade is in full effect, and the protagonist, K, is completely out of the loop. [[SliceOfLife She lives a life that seems completely ordinary]]; but just out of sight, Heaven and Hell keep constant watch over her, and her best friends have to deal with demons and misguided vampire hunters. Her best friends ''are'' a witch, a vampire, and a RidiculouslyHumanRobot. She just has no idea that they are.
* ''Webcomic/TheKingfisher'', a vampire webcomic that has no truly important human characters. Fortunately for these muggles, they are often seduced and left alive.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Kevin refers to his allies who don't understand wormwhole physics as "[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-02-01 mundanes, heathens, muggles... armed]]" and then insists they accompany him into a science conference anyway.
* As per the ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' universe that it is set in, the non-magical citezens of the ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' webcomic are known as Sleepers and have the potential to awaken to magic abilities under the correct circumstances.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': The off-screen players in both games. They never do much, and the (extremely) rare events where they appear, they never manage to do anything other than die. Supposedly they are being terrorized off-screen by the various things that didn't ''quite'' make it to the battlefield.
* In the ''[[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/71447764/ Colour Divide]]'' series on Website/{{Scratch}}, those tested to not have any color powers are thrown out of Aurora and left there to be eaten by monsters outside. As revealed in [[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/97663280/ the second episode]], [[spoiler: people without any color have grouped up and been led by a half-color person.]]
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'': At one point Tuck refers to a group of female underclassmen as "Homo Mundanus." Tuck and his (male) friends are extremely contemptuous of most of the people that surround them at school.
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, those who are not mutants are 'baselines' (or 'normals'). The baselines have far more creative names for the mutants.
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'': Depending on whether you accept Clarke's third law all people who have not breached the singularity barrier can be counted, because they are all muggles compared to the Machine gods.
* The students and faculty of ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' refer to ordinary humans as "normies". The term also comes into use for shapeshifting monsters while they're in human form.
* In ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals'', non-Eternals are called Ephemerals. Most Eternals actually work on protecting and helping Ephemerals where needed, and the Ephemerals repay the favour by doing the same. Unfortunately, there's also a minority of [[SmugSuper villainous Eternals]] who [[FantasticRacism would like to see the Ephemerals enslaved and see them as little more than cattle]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Aside from heroes, the watchtower has normal humans working there. They are just ordinary people who get beamed up into space every day and spend their time making sure the heroes are free to do their jobs. Oh, and they'll [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome charge a shapeshifting T-Rex]].
* Muggles in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateBookOfSpells'' are called "Morties".
* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters who can't bend the elements. Even a few main characters, such as Sokka, Suki, Ty Lee, and Mai, fall under this category, [[WorldOfBadass although that certainly doesn't keep them from faring just as well as their bending contemporaries!]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the Equalists are made up entirely of non-benders who want to rid the world of bending and are expert fighters armed with [[PowerNullifier chi]]-[[TheParalyzer blocking]] martial arts and advanced technology. There's also Asami Sato, a SpiritedYoungLady who can easily hold her own in a fight.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Earth ponies seemed to be this at first, as they lack the {{Flight}} and weather control of the [[{{Pegasus}} pegs]] and the magic of the {{unicorn}}s. However, this is subverted in that they do have passive magic that connects them to the earth that allows them to interact with plant and animal life more effectively. In later appearances, they also consistently display an astonishing capacity for physical strength, such as [[PintsizedPowerhouse Maud Pie]] pummeling a house-sized boulder to dust in seconds [[RapidFireFisticuffs with her bare hooves]], or [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Big Macintosh ripping a house out of its foundations]] and dragging it away ''while hopping''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Twlight Sparkle visits an AlternateUniverse populated by non-magical human versions of her friends and neighbors in Ponyville.
* Reoccurring character, and slight LoveInterest to the titular character, Brian from ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' is a normal human boy from Earth.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Otherkin}}, otakukin, and similar groups tend to refer to other people as "mundanes". This seems to be falling out of popular usage, though.
* The term "mundanes" is also used by {{fandom}}s to describe those outside the fantasy and science fiction communities. Fans also use "muggle" in a similar way, particularly ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fans. Similarly, UsefulNotes/{{Whovians}} refer to non-fans as "the Not-We" in reference to the 1982 serial ''Kinda''.
* Even hackers use the term "Muggle". It has an [[http://catb.org/jargon/html/M/muggle.html entry in The Jargon File]].
* Non-[[UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism SCA]] folks are called "mundanes" by members. Mundanes are also the clothes you wear in everyday life. (Same goes for Amtgard and (some) Renaissance Faires)
* People who do not participate in UsefulNotes/{{Geocaching}} are called Muggles by Geocachers. When a geocache disappears, it has been "muggled."
* In the autistic community, the term "allistic" are used to refer to the dominant/most common brain type, due to the negative implications of calling nonautists "normal", as that would imply there being something wrong with autism in general. Said terms are sometimes used in a [[http://www.fysh.org/~zefram/allism/allism_intro.txt joking]] [[http://isnt.autistics.org/ fashion]] in order to demonstrate the silliness of much of the pathologization of autism. In more general terms, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotypical neurotypical]]" is used to refer to people without any mental condition in general[[note]]so, someone without autism, or depression, or bipolar disorder, or so on[[/note]] because, again, the term "normal" comes with very UnfortunateImplications.
* Non-military and non-police personnel, also known as "civilians." In UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, most youth subcultures (UsefulNotes/{{punk}}s, [[HeavyMetal metalheads]], {{goth}}s, {{otaku}}, {{LARP}}ers, etc.) use the term "civilians" (''tsivily'' in UsefulNotes/{{Russian|Language}}) to refer to people outside their subcultures.
* Many religious groups have a specific term for people from outside their faith -- some derogatory (''heathen'', ''infidel'', ''kaffir''[[note]]That last one has an ''especially'' [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch loaded history]]. After hearing Arab slave traders call African pagans that, white people co-opted the term as an anti-black slur. As such, in places like UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, it's [[http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2134-5-things-i-learned-growing-up-in-neo-nazi-militia.html akin to the N word]].[[/note]]), others more neutral (''gentile'', ''goyim'', ''cowan''), and some that can go either way (''pagan'', ''unbeliever'', ''nonbeliever''). Many have different terms for ex-believers who "became Muggles" by leaving the faith (e.g., ''apostate'') and may treat them more harshly than those who never believed to begin with. Ostracism and even violence are not uncommon among certain faiths.
** Members of the UsefulNotes/{{neopagan|ism}} community will sometimes call non-members "Muggles," replacing the earlier term "cowan," which has the same meaning. "Mundane" is also used in this context, largely due to the high degree of crossover between neopaganism and the SCA.
* Masons call non-Masons "Profane" (and the term Profane is also commonly used for other Occultist in reference to non-Occultist people). Cowan is also used, but it refers to a non-Mason who pretends to be one.
* UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} practitioners refer to non-kinky sex, as well as people who prefer it, as "vanilla" (after the plainest, most common flavor of ice cream).
* As mentioned in the {{Film}} section above, some online communities like Website/FourChan have adopted the term "normie" to refer to outsiders.
* Some {{conspiracy theorist}}s use insults like "sheeple" to refer to nonbelievers.
* Elizabeth Hurley is on record as referring to people who don't live her sort of glamorous celebrity lifestyle as 'civilians'.

->''"[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} You see, Harry, when a group of people is different it helps to come up with a funny-sounding word or "slur" to describe them.]]"''