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Token Human
Fry: So, who's that weird-looking guy?
Bender: That's a human.
Fry: What's he do?
Bender: Eh, the usual human stuff. He laughs, he learns, he loves.
Fry: Boring!
Futurama - "I, Roommate"

Much like the Token Nonhuman, with a slight twist; in this case, almost the entire cast consists of non-humans, leaving only a single Token Human to round things out. He (or less commonly she) will be among a cast of Rubber-Forehead Aliens, Robot Buddies, Starfish Aliens or other, similar beings. Sometimes, the cast will have to make allowances for their Token Human friend's human failings; at other times, some human ability (such as the ability to reach the top shelf, or to immerse oneself in water safely, or simply an immunity to a deadly alien poison) will come in very handy at some point in the plot. These characters often tend to be The Hero (fantastic variant of All American Face) or The Scrappy. (or in particularly bad cases, both) Sometimes they're only Ambiguously Human.

Generally results from the fact that Most Writers Are Human.

If they're in a Five-Man Band, it's probably a Five-Token Band.

See also Fantastic Sapient Species Tropes and Not Quite Human. Compare and contrast Token Nonhuman and Token Minority, as the situation in these universes is more or less the same as those tropes would be in ours. May or may not be an Unfazed Everyman, depending on how they react to their circumstances. If the nonhumans are animal-like, may be a case of Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!. Tends to be either The Load or a Badass Normal


Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • Shirokuma Cafe has Sasako, the cafe's sole waitress and Mr. Handa, the zookeeper. The cafe is run by a polar bear and the zoo employs the majority of the cafe's animal patrons.
  • This is half the premise of Rosario + Vampirenote : A human gets enrolled in a school for monsters (Although they are Cute Monster Girls).
    • Though Tsukune's been getting less human as time goes by...
  • Sensei/Modern Lit is the only significant human in Upotte. All the other characters are anthropomorphized guns.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: In Greedling's gang, Edward is the sole full-on human, a fact he complains about on occasion.
  • The Japanese exclusive Animal Crossing anime movie, in which the main character, like in the games is the only human.
  • In the Buu saga of Dragon Ball Z, Videl can be seen as this, considering the all the other most prominent characters are either aliens or Half-Human Hybrids.
  • A downplayed example in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, where among the 24 named Special Duty Section Six members only nine of them are human, with four of them being not mages. The 15 non-human characters are nine Artificial Humans (two Clones, four magical living programs and three Empathic Weapons in human form), five Cyborgs and an Eclipse Driver. And then they add six to twelve heroic Mecha-Mooks to the section.
    • If you count Human Aliens as non-humans, Nanoha and Hayate would be the only humans from Earth. Funny enough, they are the foreigners since the setting is mostly on Mid-Childa or elsewhere outside from Earth.
    • The trope is inverted if you look the Special Duty Section Six as a whole. They are actually more human members than non-humans.
    • The Hückebein Family seem to have Sonica Lilian as the only non-Eclipse Driver.
    • Hayate is the only real human of the Yagami family. The others are four living programs and two Unison Devices.

    Comic Books 
  • The Big Bad of Usagi Yojimbo, Lord Hikiji, is the only human in the setting. He's only been shown unmasked once, right at the start of the series, and creator Stan Sakai has since said he regrets making him human. (Since that time, barring a couple of brief flashbacks where he turns up so heavily armored that his species cannot be discerned, the character has only been alluded to.)
  • Rankorr of the Red Lanterns series is very much a Token Human — the comic even openly declares "The first HUMAN Red Lantern!"
  • All-Ghouls School is about Becca Norman, a human student attending an All-Ghouls School.
  • Kamandi is about the last remaining human in a world of highly evolved animals. (The gritty reboot "Kamandi at Earth's End" does not apply here)

    Fan Works 
  • Discussed in Turnabout Storm. Phoenix gets summoned to Equestria, and becomes the first human to have ever laid feet on Ponyville. Twilight assures him this is an honor; Phoenix... doesn't think so.
    Phoenix: I've never felt like such a minority in my life!
  • Many Human in Equestria fanfics.
    • A Voice Among The Strangers token human is Jessica, a Filipino mix that got sucked into Equestria by a book. She also doesn't understand the language at first.
  • Bait and Switch (STO): The USS Bajor's command staff contains only one human, the chief medical officer Warragul Wirrpanda, and he's not even from Earth. The rest of the command crew are two Bajorans (captain and ops officer), two Andorians (first officer and chief engineer), a Trill (science officer), and a Pe'khdar (security chief).

    Film, Animated 

    Film, Live Action 
  • In Star Wars, Count Dooku is the only notable human in the Confederacy of Independent Systems (along with the Ambiguously Human Asajj Ventress). He's also its leader.

    Literature 
  • Several times by C. J. Cherryh:
    • Tully in the the Chanur Novels. Not only is he a Token Human, but he's a non-viewpoint secondary character with hardly any dialogue. In spite of all that, though, his presence is the catalyst which drives the story.
    • Bren Cammeron from the Foreigner series. Being a diplomat who's the only human allowed off the human enclave of Mospheira, he spends most of his time in the company of the alien atevi.
  • Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger novels have only two ( three, if you count the Son of Spellsinger) major human characters, including The Hero Jon Tom. All others are anthropomorphic animals.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, once Boromir dies, Aragorn is the token human of the fellowship.

    Live Action TV 
  • John Crichton in Farscape. Though it eventually turns out that the Peacekeepers evolved from Transplanted Humans
  • Stephanie from LazyTown. She's the only human child, and the only female human, even though her uncle and every other townsperson is a puppet. The other two humans are the hero and the villain. Extra points for being the new kid, totally unfamiliar with the puppets' weird ways.
  • Every now and then, Doctor Who has a situation like this. At one point, the Team TARDIS was three Human Aliens and Tegan, a human from Australia.
    • There's also the Paternoster Gang, a crime-fighting team in Victorian London that comprises of Madame Vastra (a Silurian), Jenny (her human maid and lover), and Strax (a Sontaran), with the Doctor occasionally joining them as well.
  • Mike/Joel on Mystery Science Theater 3000, not counting the various crazy people sending him movies. They both spend most of their time surrounded by highly neurotic robot "friends", occasionally leading to jokes (typically in the host segments) about the 'bots not understanding a human custom or vice-versa.
  • The Muppet Show usually had one human guest and all muppets otherwise, though some muppets are human-like muppets.
  • Every so often, the cast of Being Human picks up one. They tend to not last, though. The most prominent would be Nina (until she is turned into a werewolf) and Lucy (until she was murdered)
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Gai Ikari is the token Earthling in a group of Human Alien Space Pirates.
  • Teen Wolf: Stiles is this as of season 4 (not counting the adults), after the death of Allison and the reveal that Lydia is a Banshee.

    Music 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Can happen in about any fantasy/sci-fi roleplaying game where humans are only one of the playable races.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG have Bladefender and Flowerknight, two of the monsters among the ranks of the Sylvans. The Sylvans are nature spirits taking the form of plantlife (or in the case of their strongest monsters, plant/animal hybrids). Bladefender and Flowerknight are exceptions to this, being completely human in appearance, instead wearing clothing and weaponry made of flowers and leaves. Despite this they are still classified as plants, meaning they're not actually human, despite looking the part.

    Video Games 
  • While all the characters mostly look human in appearance, Claude is the only actual human on the team in Star Ocean 2.
  • Mike in Drawn to Life. There's a horrible horrible reason for this.
  • The player in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. While not exactly a human at the moment, you were in the future, before you transformed, and are the only human even mentioned.
    • Averted in In Gates to Infinity; other humans turned Pokémon were mentioned but were never interacted with and were only seen as balls of light returning home, having failed the same mission you were summoned for.
  • Kirby has Ado and Adeleine.
  • BB Hood in Darkstalkers. Strangely enough, despite being the only human in a game full of bona fide monsters, she's arguably the most monstrous one of them all.
  • The player(s) in Animal Crossing. (In The Terrible Secret Of Animal Crossing, however...)
  • Neo Cortex and the other scientists in Crash Bandicoot.
  • Banjo-Kazooie
    • Rubee the snake charmer in the first game.
    • Humba Wumba, Blackeye, and Sabreman in Banjo-Tooie.
  • Karn in the first Breath of Fire game. The protagonist comes closest in Breath of Fire II but is at least half-dragon.
    • Breath of Fire IV averts this, as there are no humans in the player's party. The protagonist looks like a human but is actually the second half of an ancient dragon god and the others being a wyndian, woren, sentient armor, anthropomorphic dog and a humanoid with kitsune-like features.
  • Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog series until Sonic Adventure (except for Wendy Witchcart). Even now, Eggman continues to be the only human main character.
  • The player character in Hatoful Boyfriend, the only human at a school for... sapient birds.
    Yuuya (paraphrased): You stand out like a poppy in a field of rye.
  • Dr. Cain in Mega Man X series is one of the very few "living" humans shown in-game.
    • For a franchise where robots and their effect on human society is a major theme, many of the series in the Mega Man franchise are pretty sparse on humans. Mega Man classic only has Dr. Light and Dr. Wily, with Dr. Cossack and Kalinka only playing a major role in a single game, and Mega Man Zero has Ciel and series Big Bad Dr. Weil, though he's barely human by the time he's introduced, though Zero 4 eventually introduces an entire convoy full of humans to the cast.
  • Barbara and her sisters in Rayman Legends.
  • The massively underrated Aarklash Legacy from Cyanide Studios, features a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, and nearly all of them are monsters and fantastical creatures. The party includes, but is not limited to, a velociraptor/kangaroo cyborg mutant lady, a rat-worshipping goblin Gentleman Thief, a psychotic cannon-wielding dwarf, a Caribbean Orc wise-man healer, and a Lich. The only exception is the leader of the party, Nella, a human Hot Witch.
  • Possibly the case in Final Fantasy IX. Zidane is a genoms, Vivi is a Black Mage, an artificial life form, Garnet is a Summoner, Freya is a Burmecian, Quina is a Qu, and Eiko is a Summoner. Amarant is never said to be non-human, but he has blue skin and rather strange hair, and there are plenty of unnamed but clearly non-human races around in world in the form of NPCs. It's possible that Steiner is the only outright human in the group.

    Web Animation 
  • Vegeta in Ducktalez, as he's the only Human Alien in a Newgrounds cartoon where everyone else in the main cast is a duck.

    Web Comics 
  • In Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, Lamont and Worth are basically the only normal humans.
  • Furthia High: Not only the sole human in the cast but possibly the sole human in the world.
  • Tip, token human of Skin Horse, is just as eccentric as his friends, being a Wholesome Crossdresser. Though the rest of the team consists of a transgenic superdog, a crazy zombie, a clockwork killer robot, a swarm of bees, and a helicopter with a human brain in a jar.
  • Billy the Bell Suit Diver from Squiddles.
  • Crack Stuntman from Homestar Runner.
  • Hannah Teal of RankAmateur, although Word of God says another human will appear later, a Security Forces operative called Liam Jericho.
  • Emmit the shuttle pilot in Station V3.
  • At first glance, Francis Fennec in Kevin & Kell looks like this, the only human in a world of Funny Animals. The truth is a lot more complicated. In the first place, Francis was born a Funny Animal as well, albeit of indeterminate species, and spontaneously turned human later. And the other thing is, Domain is the parallel dimension of the human world. Francis's mother Danielle originated from there and turned into a Funny Animal when she crossed the portal into Domain. It's strongly implied that, despite genetically being a rabbit, Danielle's origins as a human enabled Francis to become a human. The implications are not lost on Lindesfarne, another former human.

    Western Animation 

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