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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, ok? ... 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):

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).

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  
  • Batman is not the only normal in the Justice League. He's just the most prominent.
    • Green Arrow is the second most prominent. The question of who the third most prominent is is a matter of dispute but would probably be either the Ted Kord version of Blue Beetle.
    • The Hawkpersons have been through several incarnations (pun partially intended), 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 he lost those near the end of the first run, around the time Alex was revealed to be The Mole and Killed Off for Real. Gert technically doesn't have any powers, but a telephathic 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.

     Film  
  • Myers, in the Hellboy films. And then he gets transferred to Antarctica in the second movie!
  • The Avengers have two: Black Widow and Hawkeye. Mostly Black Widow, as Hawkeye at least has Improbable Aiming Skills and Trick Arrows. Though, Black Widow does have minor super soldier abilities in the main Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe version, which the film draws on, is explicitly super powered, and Natasha does do some pretty impossible stunts and can stay on track with Captain America, so she may have some unmentioned skills.
    • On the other hand, Hawkeye is a soldier, Black Widow is a spy and assassin. She's still extremely capable, but her skillset is aimed less towards straight-up combat and more towards infiltration. Which makes her even more awesome.

     Literature  

     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. Not just because he's the Token Human either - Allison is a werewolf hunter, and therefore just as combat capable as any other creatures in Scott's pack, and Lydia isn't even a human in the first place - she's a banshee.

     Video Games  

     Webcomics  
  • In Sluggy Freelance Torg gets thrust into this role whenever the series does a Harry Potter parody and sends him off to the Hogglerynth school of magic. There he's surrounded by witches and wizards who can reshape reality with a few latin words and a flick of their wands. His power? He's a full-grown, adult man surrounded by prepubescent children. Turns out that counts for a lot.
  • In Magellan, Kaycee usually falls into this role, even if, as primary character, she sometimes has to go solo as a Badass Normal..

     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.

     Western Animation  
  • Superfriends
    • Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog in the 1973/74 season. In the first episode "The Power Pirate" Marvin was able to levitate, which indicated he had burgeoning metahuman powers. This was never followed up in subsequent episodes, and at the end of the season they were all Put on a Bus.
    • Batman and Robin.
  • Sokka in Avatar: The Last Airbender . Later, Suki joins the team as another Badass Normal.
  • Asami Sato fills the role in The Legend of Korra.
  • Robin from Teen Titans, who despite being the only member of the team with no powers is its leader. Of course, having been trained in hand-to-hand combat and detective work by Batman himself may have had something to do with that...
  • Noah from Generator Rex is the only character of the five man band who doesn't have superpowers, a P.H.D, or skill and training. Fortunately, this character avoids being The Load (except for that one time) by steering clear of the action.
  • Eric Normal from Super Normal.
  • In Young Justice both Artemis and Robin have no trouble keeping up with the Martian Manhunter's niece, Aquaman's apprentice, Kid Flash and a clone of Superman. Speedy/Red Arrow could have been The Archer, but he got fed up with the Sidekick Glass Ceiling as he saw it. This concept was referenced in "Homefront" through Artemis, whose insecurities are hindering her ability to fight the villains, who took out her super powered team mates.


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