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->'''Robot Worker:''' President Business! We're trying to locate the fugitive, but his face is so generic it matches every other face in our database!
->'''President Business:''' ''Diabolical...''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''

The Ridiculously Average Guy is pretty much middle-of-the-road in all things. He's not ugly, but he's not particularly handsome (or pretty) either. He's not a moron, but he's not one of the best in his class either. (He will probably tend towards the low end on grades, possibly even failing his entrance exams, but he's not portrayed as aggressively stupid, either.) He has no special powers, even if the rest of the cast does pretty much as a rule.[[note]]Or even if he has a power, that doesn't make him stand out.[[/note]] He's not a complete weakling, but nor does he excel in any physical ways.

So why the hell is he the main character?

Well, obviously, it's because the writers intend the audience to find him easy to relate to. Of course, considering that he winds up completely and totally overshadowed in almost all things by everyone around him, this fairly easily winds up turning into ThisLoserIsYou. Pretty much everyone around him will constantly be telling him just what a loser he is, and the Ridiculously Average Guy usually has very little, if anything, to say in his defense--[[SanityHasAdvantages unless he is]] the OnlySaneMan of the group, and even then...

Of course, despite his aggressive and all-consuming mundanity, [[MartyStu he will also likely be central to some world-saving plot, come out on top at the end of every chapter]], and have exceptionally [[TheVamp beautiful and sexy]], [[TokenMiniMoe cute and fun]], or [[TheDitz just plain goofy]] girls hanging all over him and begging to be allowed to fulfill his every fantasy, usually along with one who [[{{Tsundere}} acts like she hates him but will probably wind up with him in the end anyway]].

This trope is most noticeable (and confusing) for how he winds up with these girls, this fate, or those victories. The girls especially... sure, he's a decent guy and all, but often the only explanation seems to be that girls, when offered chances to be with the most handsome, richest, most famous, and in all other ways exceptional guys, actually prefer the dude who's going to give them a life with the absolute fewest surprises and least excitement possible. Can be (and probably has been) an example of WishFulfillment on the part of the writer. Or alternatively done so for the [[AudienceSurrogate male audience]].

Sometimes, the guy isn't a main character... he's just some plain, normal guy that nevertheless tempts a strong female character with her own life of excitement and adventure with the prospect of settling down to a nine-to-five in a city apartment to possibly have 2.5 children. He's also the surprise a lot of writers have waiting in the wings to make sure that the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship actually turns into BaitAndSwitchLesbians.

Of course, to a degree, this is TruthInTelevision, since some women do [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan want stable guys]] they always know what to expect from but, just like the idea that AllGirlsWantBadBoys, it's a generalization.

Most of the time he's the hero of the story. Conversely, this can serve as an extremely good SecretIdentity.

Compare UnlikelyHero, UnluckyEveryDude, TheEveryman, FeaturelessProtagonist, WhiteMaleLead, TheGenericGuy, StandardizedLeader, and TheNondescript (who only ''seems'' ridiculously average).



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is probably king of this trope. A dead-average guy sent to a school full of monsters, he has every single woman he meets either wanting to be his one true friend, his girlfriend, his wife, or his... uh, devourer, but still. The only thing that isn't average about him is how ridiculously average he is.
** He ''does'' get [[spoiler:Ghoul powers]] later on in the manga, and once he controls it, he [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass swiftly kicks ass with them]]. Of course, since it's a highly dangerous (to him) SuperpoweredEvilSide, he stops using it voluntarily and goes back to Rosario removing.
** Even apart from that, it does help that [[ShroudedInMyth his reputation is much better than truly warranted]] before too long.
** As the series goes on, this becomes less and less true as he goes from a painfully average student to an [[spoiler:absurdly powerful Shinso vampire. The gradual adaptation to his Shinso blood caused by his Holy Lock also causes him to become increasingly attractive over the course of the series, to the point where he's considered far above average in looks, even pulling the attention of human girls while advertising for a small hotel. Also worth noting is that his body at this point is both muscular and covered in large scars from the countless life-threatening injuries he sustained during the course of the series. Needless to say, he becomes anything but average.]]
** The anime on the other hand more or less keeps his ridiculously average guy persona throughout both seasons.
* Most of the guys in ''Anime/MaiHime'' are just sort of background noise, unless (or until) they're plot-relevant. And yet they have some of the prettiest and most popular (and superpowered) girls in school longing for them, and in the manga one of them became the main character and had Mai and Natsuki actively fighting over him. (At least there they came up with the excuse that he could unleash their full powers.)
* In ''Anime/BubblegumCrisisTokyo2040'', Linna's mother sets her up on an omiai date with a nice, normal, unexceptional guy. Linna is actually tempted into giving up her life of independence and excitement in the city (and moonlighting as a Knight Saber) to settle down and marry the guy.
* Keitaro from ''Manga/LoveHina''. Struggling to squeak by on his grades, average as far as looks go, and for most of the series his only exceptional physical trait is his ability to survive the horrendous amounts of abuse Naru, Motoko, and Kaolla heap on him. But practically every girl in Hinatasou (and a few without) wind up falling head-over-heels for him, and in the end he gets to marry his chosen one, while several of the others are left quietly pining over him.
* Rock from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' was a well-educated but otherwise dead-average working stiff until he crossed paths with the Lagoon Company. Of course, once he meets up with them he shows that he can [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass pull some amazing stunts out of his ass]], but still most of his character centers around the idea of tossing your average Japanese {{Salaryman}} into over-the-top situations, and often having some of the most interesting (and most psychotic) people on the planet find him utterly fascinating.
** Maybe because he can be so batshit insane compared to the more level-headed (and yet violent) characters that it amazes them. Dutch certainly never would've thought of using a wrecked ship as a boat ramp to ''launch a torpedo into the cockpit of an attack chopper'', and Balalaika ends up indulging Rock by wiping out a whole Yakuza group ''at his request'', even though she was ostensibly there to ally with them.
* Sakai Yuuji from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' fits this trope.
* Hanatarō Yamada from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is basically the most average Soul Reaper to ever enter the Gotei 13 ranks. Even his name is a nod to this ("Tarō Yamada" is the rough Japanese equivalent to "John Doe" or "John Smith", with an extra kanji tacked on for good measure in ''Hana''tarō's case).
* ''Manga/KongohBancho'': Hikyou Banchou looks like this when not in his ''banchou'' getup, which he often uses to get close to his enemies and sabotage them.
* Keita of ''Manga/GakuenHeaven'' is an ordinary boy who sticks out like a sore thumb in a school full of handsome, talented males. Said males find his lack of extraordinariness the very attribute that makes him so interesting to them.
* Kyon of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', though he's [[UnreliableNarrator probably lying]] about not being very smart. Still, he is the normal hole in the SOS Brigade's [[RealityWarper donut]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien of]] [[TimeTravel secret]] [[PsychicPowers weirdness]]. And still manages to be [[BadassNormal awesome]] instead of [[OvershadowedByAwesome drastically overshadowed.]] Itsuki even says that his Agency has run checks on him and found him to be "completely normal". But then again, he's not totally straightforward with the truth either.
** Kyon is essentially [[TropesAreNotBad the exception that proves the rule]] on this trope being an annoyance. He's a very average guy... but he's a ''realistic'' average guy, instead of the bland doormat other uses of this trope usually are. He actually hits that range of being easy to relate to because he completely avoids the pitfall of ThisLoserIsYou.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Tenchi Masaki was this before he started getting [[PowerCreepPowerSeep power upgrades]]. While he did have a laser sword and was actually pretty good with it, most of the female characters dwarfed him in power. Special abilities aside, he still fits the type to a T... he's average in looks, sort of bland in personality, and doesn't seem to be of particularly remarkable intelligence. And one of the most recurring plots of the franchise is still "some ridiculously powerful female falls in love with him and tries to take him for herself".
** The manga (possibly unintentionally) lampshades just how fully this trope is in effect. Ryoko has memories of a Tenchi-like boy she met and embraced tightly long before coming to Earth, and begins to fear that what she feels for Tenchi is actually just a shadow of what she felt for him, her true love. When they finally meet this character, he pretty much has all of Tenchi's good qualities, but even moreso; he's handsome, extremely brave, kind to a fault, [[JumpedAtTheCall heroic without being pushed into it]], and outspoken in his love for Ryoko. Eventually Ryoko finds out that because of a TimeyWimeyBall, what she felt when she embraced this guy all those years ago was actually an echo of her affection for ''Tenchi'' instead, and she happily bids him goodbye forever to go back to squabbling with the others for the chance to marry Tenchi and settle down to farm carrots.
* Kyohei was basically invented to be this and tacked on to ''Anime/BurstAngel'' simply because it's such a prevalent anime trope. He doesn't appear in the original manga, he's in absolutely ''zero'' of the promotional materials, and his contribution to the story is usually literally to show up, make some food, and then go home for the day while the actual plot happens somewhere far away from him. And yet the series is still billed as if it were about him, and his involvement with the others.
* [[http://www.mangareader.net/1381-45286-3/mission-school/chapter-1.html Page three]] of ''MissionSchool'' states this trope straight out in regards to its male protagonist, essentially defining the whole phenomenon:
-->This is the protagonist of our story. His grades are lower middle. Athletic ability is nonexistent. No special skills. No motivation.
* Shiraishi from ''Manga/ZeroIn'' is a completely and totally average high school boy, who is constantly beaten up by bullies and lets them push him around endlessly. This continues even after he joins the supposedly elite private police force Minkei (whose other agents are capable of near-superhuman feats)... he still lets bullies beat him up, and he usually stumbles through missions like an unlucky civilian who just happened to be dragged along.
* Tadakuni in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is intended to be this to play a [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine tsukkomi]] role to his slightly more oddball friends. This, however, made him OutOfFocus as the series goes on.
* Takashi Kosuda from ''Anime/BGataHKei'' is the sex target of the protagonist Yamada because he ''is'' that plainly normal and obviously a virgin like her. She immediately forgot his face after he ran away from her question if he's virgin. And other characters forget his name sometimes, calling him "Kobayashi" or "Kosoda" etc. His photo album reveals that he has been plain since birth.
* Nemo from ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland''. What makes him different than any other kid? In the movie, he mostly just says "Yippee!
* In ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, we have Mikiya Kokutou. The concept of reincarnation is explored in the form of the Origin, a universal law that serves as an individual soul's root for what type of creature or person it will become. While villains have Origins such as [[TheStoic Stillness]] or [[WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere Hunger]], [[spoiler: and his love interest is the Origin itself,]] Mikiya's is [[UpToEleven Normalcy]].
* Played for laughs in the ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' anime, which has the running gag that people comment on the fact Nate is completely average and does things in a completely average way. Nate doesn't like being called average, and often attempts to do things to make himself not seem average, but his attempts just come across as average in themselves. Of course, [[FridgeBrilliance the other joke is that the fact that Nate's actual life is so far from normal that his actions being labeled as average is kinda ironic]].
* In the early chapters/episodes of ''Manga/MinamiKe'', Chiaki gives everyone in her class a nickname. Shuuichi was given the nickname "Plain Yogurt" because of obvious reasons. This bugs him so much, he [[NeverLiveItDown never lives it down]] for the rest of the series.
* Chapter 180 of ''Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK'' introduced Hiroshi Satou, a second year high school student who is ridiculously average in every aspect, ranging from his name[[note]]Satou is the most common Japanese surname, and Hiroshi is also a very common Japanese male name[[/note]], to his grades[[note]]he is always ranked exactly in the middle of his cohort[[/note]] and even his social circle. This impresses the main character [[ComicallyInvincibleHero Kusuo Saiki]] so much that he declared Satou to be a "genius of normalcy" and tries to [[IJustWantToBeNormal emulate him]]. And of course, Satou, being the average guy he is, completely fails to notice Saiki and his not-so-normal school life.
* Haru Shinkai of ''Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters'' considers himself to be one at first. Not only is he shy, he also doesn't see himself as main character material.
* ''LightNovel/ClassroomOfTheElite'': By his own admission, Kiyotaka Ayanokōji has no distinctive characteristics, hobbies or interests and makes no effort to stand out. His grades are also 50s across the board. The second episode, however, indicates that he's hiding something. [[spoiler: By the halfway mark, we learn that he's been ''invoking'' this due to his past as one of a few lab rats with exceptional ability, pushing him into TheNondescript territory.]]

* ''ComicBook/{{normalman}}'' himself is so unremarkable that ''his name is never capitalized''. In fact, you may know that in comics, ''every'' letter in ''every'' word is usually capitalized, but ''none'' of the letters in norm's name ever are. ''Damn''. Of course, that's mainly because he's the only guy without powers on the planet Levram, where being completely mundane makes him incredibly important to several key figures, from the Ultra-Conservative, who wants to give him powers so he won't disrupt the status quo to Sophisticated Lady, who finds his scrawny figure and utter helplessness maddeningly attractive.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** Recurring side character Joe Smith, better known as "Just a Guy Named Joe". Somewhat ironically, he's had an incredibly eventful life from certain perspectives: boxer, wrestler, movie star, TV star, {{supervillain}}, {{superhero}}... it's too bad he's a born loser and failed at each of those professions.
** Joe's spiritual counterpart Guy Jones, "Just a Joe Named Guy", as well.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''--[[CreatorsPet Anthony friggin' Caine]]. Absolutely average, yet everyone in the cast is convinced he's the best man on earth, and of course the lovely Elizabeth gives up her exciting life teaching in a native village to move back to her home town to settle down and live a nice, respectable life with him.
* There is a DonaldDuck short comic spoofing the story "Null-P" mentioned below: Donald is selected by a computer to be completely average, which makes him an instant celebrity. However, he does not get to enjoy it much, and in the end is saved by a ''literal'' computer bug.
* A non-romantic example is Tyler Marlocke from ''ComicBook/PS238''. He's a completely average kid who has been sent to a grade school for superheroes, because his parents refuse to believe he isn't one.
** [[spoiler:Except that he's the future Nightwing.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' FanFic ''Fanfic/APieceOfRebellion'', [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President Business]] decides to exploit the fact that Emmet's so incredibly average by turning him into a spokesman for Octan. After all, he's so generic that everyone'll be able to identify with him, right?
* In the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' fanfic ''Ultraman Moedari'', Jake is this. He was picked out of random from a crowd to be Moedari's host, which explains it.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' gives us Emmet, who looks like an ordinary minifig, right down to having the classic smiley face. Similar to the example above, Emmet is so average, has so few defining qualities and blends into his environment so well that absolutely no-one notices or remembers him, not even his closest co-workers. ExaggeratedTrope, as he's ''so'' average that his face matches ''every'' other face in the database.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Joe from ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' was selected for the suspended animation experiment ''because'' he's so totally average. At least in 2005, he is. Several generations of declining intelligence later, he's the smartest man on Earth. Or at least, the only one with any common sense.
* Something that's really creepy about Ulrich Thompson as The Consultant in ''Film/TheInternational'' was how average he seemed to be.
* "The Eye" from ''Eye of the Beholder''. It's a plot point that he's so average-looking that no one can remember anything distinct about him when asked to describe him. This is how he's able to effectively tail the woman he's after for such a long time without being noticed.
* ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'' has the title character, at least until he starts to go on a real adventure.

* Adam R. Brown's ''Literature/AstralDawn'' series features this in the form of Caspian Knoll. He is actually quite smart when it comes to math, but is rather plain everywhere else. This includes his job and financial situation, much to the protagonist's chagrin.
* Kyle Griffin from ''Literature/TheImpairment'' is described in the book's synopsis as "just another ordinary freshman college student with an ordinary life and problems". [[SarcasmMode He sure is glad]] that all changes the night he returns from a party heavy intoxicated and next thing he knows, he's framed for the murder of his roommate by an extra-terrestrial and it's all on him to attempt to clear his name against near possible odds.
* Moist von Lipwig, conman in the Literature/{{Discworld}}, relies on being this to pull some truly outrageous scams.
* Martin from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is described as incredibly bland. He manages to even do things that should be dramatic in efficient but unimpressive ways. Or at least Harry sees him this way. Of course there is the fact that he's a half vampire that's [[spoiler:running a ThanatosGambit against the Red Court in order to Harry to destroy them with their own ritual]]. The fact that he manages to seem completely average (except for the half vampire thing) right up until the end of Changes shows the power of this trope.
** Although Martin is deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope as he is an undercover(REALLY undercover) agent and needs to stand out as little as possible. At the end of ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' during [[spoiler: the battle against the Red Court]] Harry notes that this blandness is also a lifesaving tool, as it makes enemies subconsciously ignore him in favour of other targets who seem like more of a threat.
* In the short story "Null-P" by Creator/WilliamTenn, it is discovered that a man named George Abnego happens to be statistically average in every way. This makes him a celebrity of sorts, and he ends up becoming President.
* Part of the {{backstory}} for ''The Freedom Trap'' by Desmond Bagley is that Alison Mackintosh's father raised her to be a superspy -- licensed pilot, expert shot with pistol and rifle, karate, things like that. And then she fell in love with and married an accountant named John Smith.
* The hero of ''Zarkorr The Invader'' was apparently TheChosenOne because, of all the people on Earth, he's dead average on every axis. He's a schlubby white middle-class American.
* ''Dreams of Yoghurt'' by Neil T Stacey features Average Man, whose characteristics at any given time reflect the average of the planet's makeup. At most times, he is an Asian woman named Mohammed Smith. He gets kidnapped by the CIA, who intend to interrogate him instead of collecting census data.
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'': Reynie Muldoon. "He was of average size, of an average pale complexion, his brown hair of average length, and he wore average clothes."
* In the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels, Grey Murphy's driver's license lists his eye color as "Neutral" and his hair as "hair-colored". [[spoiler:He's the son of the Magician Murphy and the Sorceress Vadne, and a Magician in his own right. His magical talent is to temporarily nullify magic, so being average is a PersonalityPower for him.]]
* John Doe from ''Series/JPod'', who grew up in a lesbian commune in British Columbia. To compensate for is insane upbringing, he has dedicated his life to making himself as statistically average as possible up to and including his favorite snack foods.
* ''Literature/TheIdiot'' discusses this at length:
** Varvara Ardalionovna Ptitsyn, her husband Ivan Petrovich Ptitsyn, and her brother Gavrila Ardalionovich Ivolgin are all described as completely ordinary people. Ivan Ptitsyn is stated to be blissfully unaware of how ordinary he is, and Varvara knows she's ordinary and has more or less made peace with that fact, while Gavrila knows that he's ordinary and is constantly striving to distinguish himself but lacks the ability to do so.
** In addition, the author launches into an aside describing how the vast majority of people in RealLife are "ordinary", and wondering how an author, interested in realism, is supposed to accurately portray these ordinary people.
* In the NationalLampoon College Admissions guide, this is subverted. Several people who got into Ivy League schools are described as having done so despite being average in every way, but then have some sort of incredible accomplishment to their name.
* Creator/AgathaChristie uses this a couple of times; "Mr. Brown" in the first Literature/TommyAndTuppence book, or [[spoiler:the murderer]] in CURTAIN.
* Mike, protagonist of Creator/PGWodehouse's BoardingSchool novel of the same name, who was eventually [[BreakoutCharacter eclipsed]] by his supporting character {{Psmith}}.
* ''Literature/SewingCircle'' has Abby, who, of the group she's in, seems to be the only living an average life.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella Swan, to a ridiculous degree. Entirely average looks, and is nothing special at all--WordOfGod is that she was intentionally left as an ordinary girl so readers could step into her shoes. Strangely, the way she's written it's like Creator/StephenieMeyer wants to have her cake and eat it, too--this "completely ordinary protagonist" considers herself above her peers because she reads [[Creator/GeoffreyChaucer Chaucer]], [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], [[Creator/JaneAusten Austen]], and other classical authors for fun, she's [[InformedAttribute supposedly]] very mature, and she's immune to all vampire abilities, which would seemingly contradict her status as an average girl.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Jerry Seinfeld in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. He is easily the least interesting character in the whole show despite being the main character. The main reason for this is to show a contrast between him and the crazy people he hangs out with. He has a different girlfriend almost every time he's seen with one, and breaks up with them for the pettiest reasons, yet has such a relaxed attitude about the whole thing that we rarely see him upset. He does get annoyed when Kramer comes into his room and 'borrows' his possessions/food, though; or where [[SitcomArchNemesis Newman]] is concerned.
* Ted Moseby from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. His worst faults are that he corrects people and he is InLoveWithLove. Plus he doesn't go all the way with his crazy friends. Oh wow, he's so daring.
** He's a borderline example, due to {{Flanderization}} making him more distinct as time goes on. He's more of TheEgo to Barney's [[TheId Id]] and Marshall's [[TheSuperego Superego]]. His desire to have a family and his single status as a thirty-something-year-old male living in New York City still sticks him with this trope, however.
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Captain Janeway is sincerely tempted to give up her life as a Starfleet captain and her promise of getting her crew home to settle down with a decent but fairly bland guy she met on a planet and become a minor power plant supervisor.
* Todd Dempsey on ''Series/{{Outsourced}}''. One of the main reasons the show received claims of being racist was because there was so much focus on him when the Indian characters had better personalities.
* Finn from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' could be considered this. Blaine was too until he was promoted to Main Cast and got a more in depth personality.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'': Out of all the Gokaigers, Don "Doc" Dogoier, aka Gokai Green, is the only one without a {{backstory}} or known past. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Initially]], [[http://www.jefusion.com/2011/09/don-dogoiers-backstory-revealed.html he was planned to have a back-story as the son of a scientist who was murdered at the hands of the Zangyack forces.]] However, Naruhisa Arakawa, the show's head writer, discovered that he preferred to leave Don without a back-story. All that is shown is that the crew came across him once, looking for someone to fix the Gokai Galleon's navigational computer. He did that, tidied up their mess ''and'' made them dinner, all of which got him into the crew
** The show actually tried to give him a backstory by showing that he was an amnesiac dragon slayer before joining the Pirate Squadron. [[spoiler:Turns out that was spoofed: Doc made that all up so the others would give him some respect.]]
* On ''Series/TheColbertReport'' and ''Series/TheDailyShow'', there is a RunningGag that Mitt Romney is an extremely bland guy, even bordering on ExtremeDoormat[[note]]Bashing Europe before the London Olympics and holding a neutral position on social issues at the same time allegedly show how manipulated he was[[/note]]. For example, a joke on ''The Colbert Report'' was that he got indigestion from a "particularly spicy Wheat Thin".
* Xander Harris from Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer embodies this trope, even if he's not technically the MAIN character.
* This is why Jack [=McGee=] had so much trouble tracking down his "John Doe" on ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. David Banner was pretty non-descript, so Jack kept getting descriptions like "average height, brown hair."
** It's even funnier when Jack has to ''give'' that description to someone when he's trying to track down David. Every time he does, Jack actually looks embarrassed, because he knows the description he's giving is no help at all.
--->'''Dock Supervisor''': "This guy you're trying to find, what's he look like?"
--->'''Jack''': "Medium height, medium build, brown hair, brown eyes."
--->'''Dock Supervisor''': "You just described half the guys on this dock."
* Policarpo Avendaño, the entertainment commentator of ''[[Series/TreintaYUnMinutos 31 minutos]]'' is so average to the point that his name alone is a [[Main/UpToEleven synonym for anything utterly normal and boring!]] That is, until it is discovered that he's actually [[spoiler:bald]].
* "One" in ''Series/DarkMatter'' is this [[note]] Okay, so he's rich and the badass woman who falls in love with him probably hasn't met many men who weren't borderline sociopaths, but still, compared to the rest of the crew, he's really bland and has no particular skills.[[/note]], combined with AudienceSurrogate and being somewhat of a MoralityChain for the rest of the AntiHero crew, since he is the only one who doesn't have a criminal past. For once, however, the writers decided to [[spoiler: kill him off]] as soon as the other characters [[CharacterDevelopment became more sympathetic]] and made the ActionGirl love interest the primary protagonist and undisputed leader instead.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The gaming magazine ''Shadis'' had a recurring comic strip about the adventures of "Joe Genero, the Average Man" which consisted of amazing or absurd things that characters with "average" stats in various games could accomplish.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Aran Ryan was this in ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch-Out!!]]'', a series known for wild characters, but thankfully, Next-Level Games gave him a HotBlooded {{Scotireland}}/border-line AxCrazy personality in the Wii version of the game. Now, he's probably the most memorable character in the entire cast!
** Ryan's original gimmick was that of a [[TheStoic granite-faced]] Irishman who can't be dazed by blows to the face. A closer example would be Mr. Dream, the plain vanilla champion who replaces Tyson in the NES re-release.
** Also, based on seeing his name in the game's code, Kid Quick from the original arcade ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' was supposed to make a comeback in the Wii version, and its assumed he was "cut" because his only trait in his original appearance was his speed. However, it seems Next-Level Games tried so hard to give Kid character, he became an entirely new character: [[DiscoDan Disco Kid]].
* PlayedForDrama in ''VideoGame/RainbowSix''. TheDragon, RenegadeRussian Dmitriy Popov's features are so unremarkable that no one really knows how to look out for him until [[spoiler:learning the extent of the BigBad's plan prompts an EvenEvilHasStandards reaction and something of a HeelFaceTurn, causing him to voluntarily approach John Clark.]]
* Russel Bagman is the most normal guy in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. Literally. As a result of this, he stands out even more. Ironically subverted by {{Fanon}} though, considering he gives his HotBlooded commander a BrightSlap once, leading many to apply MemeticMutation and refer to him as the OriginalGeneration Bright Noah.
** Which merely continues the {{Irony}} as, MemeticBadass and MemeticMutation aside, Bright is fairly normal himself.
* The protagonist of [=MDickie=]'s ''VideoGame/TheYouTestament'' is just some generic schmuck (so that you can use a photo of your own face to make him you) who fulfils the role of every incidental person in Literature/TheBible who encounters Jesus without becoming a dedicated disciple. This occasionally necessitates that a story be mangled out of shape so that "some generic schmuck" can learn the lesson instead of "the very specific person who Jesus actually talked to in the Bible whose very identity was instrumental in giving the lesson meaning".
* Bartz, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', is not only this in-game (he's the only character [[spoiler:who isn't royalty]], for one), he's also this ''across the entire Franchise/FinalFantasy series.'' He's fairly generic-looking compared to the more {{Bishonen}} male protagonists like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], is [[WalkingTheEarth a wanderer for the sheer hell of it]] (and goes back to doing that at the end of the game), and is a MasterOfNone (which is a base for the game's Job System, but even in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', he's not much of a specialist). Top that with the fact that he is ''incredibly'' easygoing, and there you have it.
* Jason Brody in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' is this, and is PlayedForDrama. He starts as just a random dude who everyone complains about for his lack of ambition and is initially horrified by killing to survive, compared to his military-trained older brother. One holiday turned pirate kidnapping later, to his surprise, he gets over it pretty quickly though, finds a talent for hunting and survival on an island where suburbanite western values are very far away, and starts [[FromNobodyToNightmare enjoying the fear and respect the locals are starting to pay him...]]
* Stahl from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is very much this trope. It's even [[DiscussedTrope commented on]] and sort of {{invoked|Trope}} in his support conversations with Miriel, who notes that no matter how much he and the rest of the army improves combat-wise, Stahl is ''always'' in the ''exact middle'' of her test results. It's further explained that everyone else ''knows'' how average Stahl is, so when they see him getting better, they train even harder.
* The psychological video game, ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'', is all about an average guy named Stanley, who spent his whole life working as employee 427 at a corporate office. He does nothing but push buttons on a monitor, until one day he noticed no orders were appearing on his monitor, and all of his fellow employees suddenly disappeared. The game questions the concept of being an [[ThisLoserIsYou average person of society]] and the possible power, or lack of power, when making a choice.
* Makoto Naegi in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' sees himself as this. His favourite songs always just so happen at the top of popularity charts, he doesn't have any remarkable interests or hobbies, and repeatedly says that the only positive thing about him is his optimism. It gets to the point where he finds the fact that the girl he likes (who, by the way, is one of Japan's most famous popstars) actually remembers him to be utterly bewildering.
* Played for laughs in ''{{VideoGame/Earthbound}}'': it has a monster called "Unassuming Local Guy".
* The original ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' had a few characters that never appeared in anything else, and therefore never got any character development, and are much more bland as a result. The standout examples, however, are Joe and Mike, who can't really be described as anything more than "white guy with no shirt and red jeans" and "black guy with red shirt and bluejeans" respectively. They look like nothing more than generic enemies you might face in VideoGame/FinalFight.
* In the pre-made neighbourhood of Strangetown in ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', your neighbours are mad scientists; actual, Little Green Men aliens (and their abductees); serial killers and the ghosts of their victims; power-mad militia; the son of the Grim Reaper; and, in some spin-offs, insane werewolves, friendly neighbourhood vampires, sentient robots struggling to be freed from their creators, ancient gods worshipped by secret cults, and mind-controlling supervillains. Then there's Ajay. His backstory? Um, he moved here for work...
* Parodied in ''VisualNovel/VA11HALLA'' with Gil, who is noted by multiple people to have a "John face". Not even a few hours in you'll learn that he's actually an aversion, however.

* Matt from ''WebAnimation/MattNDusty'' is this to a T, and considering the situations he gets into, he's hilariously average.

* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is about Bob Smithson, officially the World's Most Average Man. As time goes on though, it becomes clear that he does have ''one'' significant thing going for him: a higher than average wisdom score.
* Steve from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. All the other characters have an unusual appearance and/or personality and/or hobbies, but Steve is about as bland and ordinary as a guy can be. He tends to be OutOfFocus for this reason, though the government apparently hired him for a secret agent mission because of his total unremarkability.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', Greg makes a speech about being this type in the storyline where he is introduced, including the line, "You could forget I'm there if you so much as blink while talking to me." Of course, it turns out there's a couple of HiddenDepths to him.
* Rachel is one of the most important characters of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Yet she is more on the homely side, is not really heroic, almost entirely powerless and is really the textbook definition of normal [[spoiler: apart from killing her best friend in cold blood to see some real stars. Absolutely normal.]]
* Elliot, in ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' sees himself that way, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1731 at least until it's pointed out]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1732 that he isn't]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Yahtzee in the ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' series frequently uses the face of an extremely plain looking man, most of them altered for hilarity value, for the one of many of a VisualGag.
* Music/JonLajoie parodies this along with BoastfulRap in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PsnxDQvQpw "Everyday Normal Guy"]] videos:
-->I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…Nothin’ special bout me motherfucker.\\
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…When I go to the club I wait in line motherfucker.\\
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…I got $600 in the bank motherfucker\\
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…And my sexual performance is average.
* In one ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtLh085JQjs video]], super-nerd Jeff uses a machine to change his personality to be super cool and suave. When he decides that the only thing cooler than being cool is being yourself and attempts to reverse the process, something goes wrong resulting in him becoming exactly average.
-->'''Average Geoff:''' Does anyone wanna play some XBOX? I only have one controller though.\\
'''David:''' What a totally... average thing to say.
* The aptly named Average Joe in the ''ARG/TheWallWillFall'' ARG is described by everyone from [[SelfDeprecation himself]] to [[MysteriousEmployer Mister Administrator]] as being ''ridiculously average'': smart enough to notice things were going on, but needing the help of the Players to actually get to the point. He may have underestimated him more than a little.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', the planet Mertz is populated entirely by superheroes, and one "Ordinary Guy" without any powers whose entire job is to constantly be "rescued" by the superheroes from ''everything'' (all superheroes ''need'' to have ordinary people to save, you see). Eventually, he got so fed up with the total lack of privacy that he became a gadget-using supervillain.
* Adlai Atkins from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Cyber House Rules". He's probably above average when it comes to qualities that attract women ('''Leela:''' "A tall doctor you say?"), but in everything else, he strives to be average. This includes having his Hawaiian shirts "toned down" (by taking out the colors and replacing them with greys), wearing ties with square bottoms, and generally wearing grey and beige tones around the clock. He gives Leela surgery to make her look like a normal human and then starts dating her. His desire to be average cause him to give Leela some humorous "compliments":
-->'''Adlai:''' Leela, you're 999,999 in a million.
* In the QuirkyTown of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', everyone is a tad strange - except for [[IronicName Tad Strange]], a nondescript white man in standard businessman's attire.
-->"Hi, guys. Tad's the name and being normal's my game."
** The funny thing is, there's so much emphasis on him being "normal" that it crosses a line and somehow comes off as incredibly weird.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Carson Daly. On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', a skit about TRL had this line--"Hi I'm Carson Daly, and I'm average in every way."
* One study found that the most typical face on Earth was that of [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362709/Typical-human-face-28-year-old-Chinese-man.html a 28 year old Chinese male.]]
* Dev Patel was chosen for the part of Jamal in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' because the director wanted a completely ordinary looking guy to play the role rather than any of the muscle bound guys which had auditioned for the role before. For exactly the same reason Cillian Murphy got his part in Boyle's ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* Tim Burton chose Michael Keaton rather than an action star for the role in 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' because Bruce Wayne was an "average" (albeit rich) guy who became a vigilante.
* [[TruthInTelevision Believe it or not, this is the kind of person espionage agencies look to recruit to become spies.]] Someone ridiculously good looking, extra tall, extremely muscular, or with other abnormal features is going to be easy to spot and pick out of a crowd. But a guy who's 5'9" with medium length brown hair, brown eyes, and an average build? There's tons of them.