The Team Normal

"All you guys can do this awesome bending stuff, like putting out forest fires, and flying around, and... making other stuff fly around. I can't fly around, okay? ... I'm just the guy in the group who's regular."

In a nutshell, any team of superpowered people will often have members without powers.

So when the majority of the members are a Flying Brick, have mystical skills, wear Powered Armor, wear a Ring of Power, have a Charles Atlas Superpower, or even heart, The Team Normal has nothing. Okay, they can be really smart and have gadgets, but nothing that could confuse them for superpowered people (at least not unless that's what they want you to think).

These Sister Tropes are the most common ways this character is part of a team (just not the only ways):
  • The Badass Normal: This character doesn't have to be part of a team, but when he/she is, being badass is often the best way to keep up.
  • The opposite is Brought Down to Normal, when a character with powers loses their powers (and stays a member of the team.) It helps if they are also Brought Down to Badass.
  • Mission Control: Once in a while this character can have powers, but they are just as often watching things back at the base where it's safe when they don't, if not more often.
  • The Face: If the team lives in Dysfunction Junction, then exceptional social skills are a superpower.
  • An Unfazed Everyman: If the character joins a superpowered team instead of just hanging out with people in a wacky world.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: The Team Normal may become bitter from being a Muggle among the superpowered.
  • The Team Wannabe: Someone just wants to be in the group, but lacking powers is often the reason they aren't allowed in yet.

Again, in order to count for this trope, a character has to be part of a team, and the majority of the team has to have some kind of powers.

Compare Team Pet, Team Mom, Team Dad, Muggle, What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? (when the character has powers on the team, just the weakest), Story-Breaker Team-Up (all members of a team-up have superpowers, but one is so strong, the rest might as well be normal).


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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  
  • Justice League:
    • There have been several, including Batman, Green Arrow, and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord, not Jaime Reyes).
    • The Hawkpersons have been through several incarnations, but some versions of Carter and/or Sheila Hall have been more or less of the Badass Normal variety who just happen to have some cool gadgets like the wing harnesses they take their name from.
  • In The Avengers, usually Hawkeye or Black Widow take the role.
  • In X-Men, Storm for a time.
  • Several in B.P.R.D. and Hellboy comics, most notably Kate Corrigan.
  • ElfQuest has quite a few, but Kahvi is the trope's poster girl. When she joins the main tribe she seemingly isn't even capable of telepathy. She kicks ass regardless. Later on, during the Shards war, the two troll characters very much fit this trope.
  • Alex and Chase from Runaways - the latter had weapons stolen from his parents, but lost them at the end of the first run. Gert technically doesn't have any powers, but a psychic link with a genetically-engineered dinosaur mitigates this somewhat. She passes this link to Chase when she dies.
  • The Teen Titans core line-up, in most of their (squillions of) rosters, is built around Robin, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl, plus a variety of other characters who almost all have some flavour of superpower. Robin is The Team Normal (Badass Normal variety), although he's sometimes joined by a Speedy, mirroring the Batman and Green Arrow roles in the Justice League.
    • Dick Grayson was the Robin for the original Teen Titans and all 20th century, as well as the 80s New Teen Titans. (He does shift identity to Nightwing somewhere in there.) Roy Harper was Speedy on and off, depending on how addicted to heroin he was at the time.
    • Tim Drake was the Robin for the 2003 Teen Titans revival, and was joined briefly by Mia Dearden as Speedy. (He was also The Team Normal for Young Justice, which had a very similar core lineup to the 2003 Teen Titans, before and after Cissie King-Jones' tenure as Arrowette.)
    • After Tim quits, the team is without a Badass Normal for awhile until Damian, the latest Robin, joins the Teen Titans - on the advice of his mentor and founding TT member, Dick Grayson.
  • Kate Bishop / Hawkeye II in the Young Avengers is a Badass Normal on a team that includes a super-soldier, a Kree-Skrull hybrid, a robot, a speedster, a Size Shifter and a wizard. Volume two adds Prodigy, who used to be a mutant but now "just" has the enormous amount of info his power let him absorb (plus his own smarts).

     Fan Fic 
  • A Posse Ad Esse makes this an Invoked Trope in the form of Dub. While he initially appeared to not have superpowers, he discovers in Chapter 2 that he can pause time for thirty seconds with his stopwatch. Since the one who established who had what on the power scale, and the recently established villain, is not there for this discovery, Dolly decides that this can be utilized as a secret weapon: Dub appearing to be the Team Normal and using his power covertly to get better attack angles and escape routes.



     Live Action TV  
  • Eureka has Sheriff Jack Carter, the only person of average intelligence in a small town full of supergeniuses.
  • Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This was so obvious that even Cordelia pointed it out by comparing him with Jimmy Olsen.
  • Matt from The Vampire Diaries, not a vampire or werewolf, although he does date one of the former.
  • Noah Bennet from Heroes.
    • This is actually a rule at his company, Primatech, one normal partner and one metahuman partner per team. Naturally, this pretty much requires them to be Badass Normal.
  • In the second season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, each of the Thunderzords has a special ability. The Dragon could transform and fight totally alone, the Unicorn could throw boulders, the Griffin could throw thunderbolts, and the Firebird could create whirlwinds. The Lion couldn't do anything other than combine with the rest of the bunch. In Dairanger, the Lion could create illusions, but since they didn't use the mythology aspect of the series, it was left as nothing but moving armor.
  • The MC Bat Commander from The Aquabats! Super Show!.
  • Stiles in Teen Wolf is a normal - albeit very bright - human civilian among all manner of supernatural creatures including werewolves (Scott, Derek and Isaac), a kitsune (Kira), werecoyote (Malia) and banshee (Lydia). Even Allison, the only other human in the pack, is a werewolf hunter and therefore just as combat capable as any other creatures so Stiles is a case of The Team Normal rather than Token Human. He does however, more than prove his worth as the smart guy of the gang and takes to the supernatural world like a duck to water. (And indeed jumps in more eagerly than most of his friends who actually have powers). It also helps that he and Scott are virtually never apart so he's in the middle of things more than almost any other character.

     Tabletop Games 
  • The Mundane playbook in Monster of the Week has this its main shtick, bringing no superhuman abilities to the table (except The Heart) that all other playbooks sport. The rulebook even admits that it is based on Xander and Cordelia from Buffy.

     Video Games  


     Web Original 
  • Bugs of Team Kimba, their inventor who has no physical powers. She sits on the sidelines and dates one of the members, although she sometimes get frustrated with the way stuff always comes up.
  • Lillian in Twig is the only member of the Lambsbridge Gang who hasn't had her brain altered in some way by the Academy of Evil. Instead, she has a lot of knowledge on medicine and various sciences, allowing her to function as The Medic.

     Western Animation  

Alternative Title(s): Team Normal