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!

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 Load (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!. On the Sliding Scale of Animal Cast, works featuring a Token Human fall on level 4 or 3, depending on whether the human is the protagonist or not. Tends to be either The Load or a Badass Normal.


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    Anime And Manga 
  • In Blood+, French Jerk Van is this in Diva's Five-Bad Band.
  • 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. Though there is another human character that pops up, humans are still vastly outnumbered.
  • 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. There 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.
    • And finally, regarding Nanoha, Fate, and Vivio as the Takamachi family, only Nanoha is the normal human, with Fate and Vivio being clones.
  • In Daily Life with Monster Girl: Ms. Smith is the only major recurring female character who isn't a monster girl.
  • Kemono Friends is populated entirely by Little Bit Beastly animal girls...and a single human character on a Quest for Identity. The story later introduces a second human, but only via video journal entries left behind on the Robot Buddy.
  • UQ Holder! has Shinobu Yuuki, the only mortal human working at Fairyland Hall (a hot spring resort staffed by and catering to various immortals, demons, and Demi Humans). She got the job because she happened to be friends with the boss' adopted son.

    Audio Plays 
  • In Starboard the hero Reginald Barrington is the sole human member of the crew of the outlaw ship Taranau, and indeed had to betray Mankind's oppressive, xenophobic stellar kingdom to join the pirates.

    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!" Of course, after Guy Gardner's admittance into the corps, this is no longer the case.
  • 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 
  • The only major character to not be an Ultra/Ultra Host or alien in Ultraman Moedari is the reporter Anna.
  • 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.
    • Many authors, when creating these types of stories, like to include something unique to distinguish their idea from other HiE fics. For instance, The Non-Bronyverse features a token human who does not want to be in Equestrianote  and in My Family and Other Equestrians the protagonist, along with his family, are transported to Equestria.
    • 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).
  • Justified with Lieutenant Commander Jaleh Khoroushi from Aen'rhien Vailiuri. She's a human Starfleet officer serving aboard a Romulan Republic ship as a liaison officer, and is explicitly the only human on the entire ship.

    Film — Animated 
  • Christopher Robin in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a human child who interacts with his Living Toys, who are all stuffed animals.
  • Boo from Monsters, Inc. is a human child who ends up in a world inhabited by monsters.
  • Ginormica in Monsters vs. Aliens counts as both a monster and a human. (As does Dr. Cockroach, although he's closer to the monster side of the scale.)
  • Edmund and his family (who are live-action humans) from Rock-A-Doodle, especially if you consider that the city nearest their farm is populated entirely by cartoon animals...
  • Storks: Tulip is the sole human at the stork run Cornerstore company. She's there because she was a baby that had to be adopted by the company when her homing beacon was accidentally destroyed. The company hires other types of birds, but they've got an otherwise strict no human policy.
  • Cale, Akima and Korso from Titan A.E., which seems like a bit much to count if it weren't for the fact that humans are almost extinct thanks to Earth getting literally blown up.
  • Treasure Planet has the protagonist Jim Hawkins and his mom in a cast of aliens.
  • Penny in The Rescuers and Cody in The Rescuers Down Under.
  • Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven, David in All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, and Martha in An All Dogs Christmas Carol.
  • Roshan in Ice Age.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy is the only human out of the team of aliens. Subverted in that he turns out to be only half-human.
  • Liz Sheridan in Hellboy and its sequel, albeit with pyrokinetic powers, she's the main team's only human alongside a Noble Demon, a Deep One and [in the sequel] a Ghost.
  • Star Wars: Count Dooku is the only notable human in the Confederacy of Independent Systems (Asajj Ventress is a partial example, as her species, the Dathomirians, are a hybrid of humans and Zabrak, a Human Subspecies). He's also its leader.
  • Agent Moira MacTaggert is the only non-mutant ally of the X-Men in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse.

  • 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.
  • In Little Bear one of Little Bear's friends is a female girl while the others are talking animals.
  • In some stories from The Jungle Book, such as "Mowgli's Brothers", "Kaa's Hunting" and "Red Dog", Mowgli, the child Raised by Wolves, is the only human interacting with a cast of animals. In other stories, other humans (most notably the kindly woman Messua and the villainous hunter Buldeo) are also prominent characters.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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)
  • 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 wife), and Strax (a Sontaran), with the Doctor occasionally joining them as well.
    • In Series 10, there's Bill Potts accompanying the Doctor and Nardole, who is an unidentified species of Human Alien and a cyborg.
  • 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.
  • Marilyn in The Munsters has the look of a beautiful human woman in a family of monsters. The running gag in the series is that her boyfriends don't know that and get scared when they meet the family and that her family thinks she's ugly. Nevertheless Marilyn looks human but is probably a vampire as she's the biological granddaughter of the Grandpa and the daugher of Lily's twin sister and is shown to have some of the vampiric behaviors of her kin.
  • The Muppet Show usually had one human guest and all muppets otherwise, though some muppets are human-like muppets.
  • 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.
  • Odisea Burbujas: Profesor Memelovsky is the only human in the group alongisde a Toad, Bee, Lizard and Mouse.
  • For most of the series run, Dave Lister in Red Dwarf was the only human character (and possibly the last human left alive) accompanied by a man who looks human but is a different species, a hologram simulation of a dead guy, a talking computer and a robot. Series VII brought in Kristine Kochanski, a human woman from another dimension and Series VIII resurrected a load of others but the status quo was later restored with no real explanation.
  • Super Sentai:
  • 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.

  • For a while, Mr. Reed was the only "human" member of Steam Powered Giraffe, until the addition of drummer Sam Luke and sound engineer Steve Negrete.
    • Following the recent departure of Mr. Reed and drummer Matt Smith, Steve Negrete now fills this role. (The jury's still out on the Walter Girls.)

  • Gottlieb's Asteroid Annie and the Aliens has the titular Annie playing space poker with a table full of tentacled, insectoid, scaled, furred, and otherwise non-human opponents.
  • In Pinball Quest, the King, the player, and the other citizens of the pinball realm resemble round metal balls. However, Princess Ball looks like a human female. Whether she actually is a human or not is never specified.

    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 
  • In the Super Mario Bros. series, human characters are far outnumbered by non-human characters.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:
    • The player is usually the only human ever mentioned, though you've been transformed into a Pokemon.
    • Averted in In Pokemon 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.
    • Subverted in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team. It seems like the protagonist was Gardevoir's abusive trainer however it turns out that it was Gengar.
  • Kirby:
    • Possibly Ado and Adeleine. It's never been confirmed if they're individuals or not. Ado seemingly was replace with Adeleine but they look near identical, so it's probable that "Ado" was only used because Adeleine's full name was too long for the screen.
    • Subverted with Customer Service from Kirby of the Stars where it's revealed in the show's final episode that he is actually the same height as Kirby.
  • 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, as well as Papu Papu and the villagers from N. Sanity Island (who don't really appear much after the first game).
  • Banjo-Kazooie
    • Rubee the snake charmer in the first game. It's speculated that Mumbo Jumbo used to apply prior to Gruntilda cursing him with his current appearance.
    • 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), when many human characters were introduced. However, since Sonic Colors, Eggman continues to be the only human main character, probably due to the disaster caused by Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Unleashed.
  • 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.
  • Mega Man:
    • 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 genome, 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.
  • Scrapland has Bill the human.
  • The Black Baron from Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves appears to be the only human character in the entirety of the Sly Cooper series, which is populated by humanoid animals. The Baron's face is covered mostly by goggles and a mustache, however, making it hard to tell if he is truly human, but he resemble Yosemite Sam too closely to ignore. In the end, this is averted, as it is revealed that the Black Baron is simply a disguise for Penelope, a mouse who was originally thought to be the Baron's mechanic, meaning the Black Baron was never actually a person.
  • While it's implied that the world is inhabited by plenty of humans, the main character from Undertale is the only one we are able to see during the entire game. Not counting the faceless ones that appear on the introduction, the First Child or the human souls.

    Web Animation 

    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.
  • Dr. Man is the only human doctor in Awful Hospital.
  • Homestar Runner: Though Word of God states all of the main characters (save The Cheat) are human, the recurring extra character Crack Stuntman is the only one who really looks like one.
  • 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, who noted in her blog that it's entirely possible the same thing will happen to any children she may have. Thus far, her daughter's a hedgehog-bat hybrid.
  • In Zoophobia, Cameron is the only human in a cast of shapeshifting animals and demons.

    Web Original 
  • Downplayed, given the setting, but Percy de Rolo of Critical Role is the only human among the half-elven, goliath, dragonborn, and gnomish members of Vox Machina. Taliesin even jokes about this in a Q&A session.

    Western Animation