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[[caption-width-right:350:One of these characters is not like the others. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint What's the old man doing in the back?]]]]

When a work has an ordinary setting, your cast is going to be... well, ordinary. Your basic FiveManBand, maybe with a TokenMinority, or a TokenGirl.

But when you're the author of SpeculativeFiction, authors can make the cast as interesting as they want. Enter the TokenNonhuman to spice things up. He (or she; this is a [[UnisexTropes Unisex Trope]]) could be a RubberForeheadAlien, a RobotBuddy, a FunnyAnimal, a CivilizedAnimal, a PartiallyCivilizedAnimal, or [[HeinzHybrid all of the above at once]], but one thing is for sure. They aren't human.

Even {{Demi Human}}s like [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] can count as examples of this trope.

A TokenNonhuman is ''not'' the TeamPet -- the team pet is, well, a ''pet'' that belongs to the team, but the TokenNonhuman is a [[FantasticSapientSpeciesTropes sapient]] being who stands on more-or-less equal footing with the humans.

Unlike other token what-have-yous, [[CaptainObvious a token nonhuman is not there to attract]] a PeripheryDemographic. [[AliensStealCable Probably]]. A TokenNonhuman instead serves the purpose of exploring the possibility of other species with radically different natures from our own, incorporating beings with [[RuleOfCool cool]] [[StockSuperpowers superhuman]] abilities, showing that the main cast is not practicing FantasticRacism, and exploring the question WhatMeasureIsANonhuman. If nothing else, the TokenNonHuman can serve as the AmusingAlien for comic relief.

Because MostWritersAreHuman (to our knowledge), you'll likely not see more than one MainCharacter who isn't human, hence the "[[TokenIndex token]]" part of "TokenNonhuman". If there ''is'' more than one nonhuman character, you'll most likely see a cast full of nonhumans, with a TokenHuman.

TokenHeroicOrc is this trope [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meeting]] TokenEnemyMinority. See also FantasticSapientSpeciesTropes, and NotQuiteHuman. Compare and contrast TeamPet. Contrast NotEvenHuman. Inverse of TokenHuman and UnfazedEveryman.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]] as the TokenNonhuman of Ala Alba.
** [[CuteGhostGirl Sayo]] counts to a certain degree, too. [[HalfHumanHybrid Setsuna]] technically, though it doesn't come up much. Chachamaru is easily the best example, though.
* Mao from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''.
* [[PettingZooPeople Tony Tony Chopper]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'', a reindeer who ate the Hito Hito (Human-Human) Fruit and the doctor of the Straw Hat crew.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', if you look the non-human characters of the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Riot Force 6]] or [[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Special Duty Section 6]] with all section members together, they are the minority. But if you exclude all nameless characters, they are the majority in the latter section.
** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', Vivio is the only known Inter-Middle participant who is not actually human. She's a CloneJesus.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' had Bebe, the only [[spoiler: witch]] who befriended the girls and became part of the team as the mascot; [[spoiler: and now she's human.]]
** Kyubey also counts.
* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' is a blue cat robot from the future who currently lives in present-day Japan where sentient robots have not been invented yet.
* The Guild of ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' has [[HumanoidAbomination Lovecraft]].

* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In the original trilogy, excepting the droids, there's Chewbacca, Han Solo's Wookiee copilot.
** Jar Jar Binks, a gungan, in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
** [=K-2SO=], a reprogrammed Imperial security droid in ''Film/RogueOne''.
** Among the bad guys, [[BigBad Supreme Leader Snoke]] is the only visible alien member of the First Order in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi''.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': In-universe example is Dr. Lazarus (an expy of Mr. Spock from ''Franchise/StarTrek'') in the case of the ShowWithinAShow, in the movie itself the Therbians in general and Laliari in particular became this in "RealLife" for the cast. Ironically Laliari will [[spoiler:not play an alien after she chooses to stay on Earth and is added as a "human" character in the show.]]

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Remus Lupin]] is the Marauders' TokenNonhuman (from a certain perspective; werewolves in the Potterverse are essentially humans with a condition rather than a separate species).
** Among the modern day heroes, there's Hagrid, who's part giant.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has Ax(imili-Esgarouth-Isthill), the only alien on the team. Unless you count Tobias, who got himself [[ShapeshifterModeLock permanently morphed into a hawk]] early on.
* Arguably, [[TeamPet Oy]] in Creator/StephenKing's Franchise/TheDarkTower series eventually graduates to this, at least by the time he participates in the "''[[LifeEnergy khef]]'' and water" ritual as an equal member of the ''[[TrueCompanions ka-tet]]''.
* Amanandrala [[InSeriesNickname "Grok"]] Grookonomonslf in ''Literature/StarRiskLtd'' is the only alien member of the books' FiveManBand.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Loial the Ogier is the only non-human among the major characters.
* ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' has ERK-147, a maintenance bot.
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', the only non-humans (or post-humans, at least) are [[FairFolk Dark Eldar]] Nefertari and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent daemon]] Gyre.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Though the cast contains several examples of not quite human characters, including the titular protagonist, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has Lorne as the only visibly demonic main character who is unable to alter his appearance in any way.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' has Cally, an [[HumanAliens Auron]] with limited telepathic powers.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Doctor as this a lot of the time.
** Though during Peter Davison's era this was inverted, with Tegan Jovanka serving as the token human in a TARDIS full of aliens.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Monroe and Rosalee, the two Wesen characters of the show. (Notice that [[spoiler:Renard]] is actually half human and [[spoiler:Adalind]] is no longer Wesen).
* The Robot in ''Series/LostInSpace'' is, well, a Robot living among humans.
* Some of the Rangers in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' aren't human/earthling, while the rest of the team is.
** The first alien ranger in a team of humans is Trey, the Gold Zeo Ranger from ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' had two alien characters filling the position of SixthRanger, namely the Blue Senturion and Phantom Ranger.
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' featured the first alien to be part of the main team, instead of filling the position of SixthRanger, in the form of Andros, the Red Space Ranger, a HumanAlien from the planet KO35. The team is later joined by SixthRanger Zhane, also from KO35.
** Maya, the yellow ranger from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', hailing from the planet Mirinoi. Later on, the sister of aforementioned Andros joins the team.
** Trip in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''.
* Teal'c from ''Series/StargateSG1''. An odd example in that Jaffa are genetically altered humans.
** Subverted, averted, and inverted (possibly) in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' -- the Pegasus Galaxy is full of humans, but almost none of the non-Terran humans work for the Atlantis expedition, but then by the end of the pilot, the flagship exploration team adopts a non-Terran member.
** By the second season of ''Atlantis'', the main team is split 50-50 between Earth humans and locals -- Sheppard and [=McKay=] from Earth, and Teyla and Ronon from the Pegasus Galaxy. This stays for the rest of the series.
* [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] half qualifies, as he is half-human.
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'', three out of the starring cast of seven or eight were non-human. While human-looking Troi was less obvious, both Worf and Data qualify as Token Nonhumans.
** Averted by ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which is set on a space station that's mainly made up of non-humans, and there are multiple aliens in the starring (Kira, Odo, Quark, Worf, both Daxes) and recurring cast.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' averts this trope as well, with Neelix, the holographic Doctor, Tuvok, Torres, Kes, and in later seasons former Borg Seven of Nine. The nonhuman main cast slightly outnumber the human main cast members (Janeway, Chakotay, Paris, and Kim).
*** Seven is a strange borderline case, since she was born as the human Annika Hanson, assimilated, and then severed from the Collective. At the end she agrees to a surgical procedure to de-Borgify her completely and at that point presumably goes back to being completely human.
** T'Pol and Phlox in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''.
** Saru in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' regarding main characters, some recurrent alien characters can be seen among the crew.
* Multiple characters in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' are aliens or other non-human beings in otherwise human teams.
** Sion from ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' is a HumanAlien and the last survivor from the planet Humard.
** Doggie Kruger in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' is an alien from the planet Anubis who looks like anthropomorphic dog.
** Hikaru, the SixthRanger of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' is more or less the equivalent of an angel. [[spoiler: Later on, it is revealed that the father of the main team is also an angel.]]
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' has a rather strange example. In this case, the entire team is not human, but rather a race of human looking angels. But their SixthRanger is from the same race as their mecha are and therefore does not possess a human form. So in this case, it's a token nonhuman looking being in a team of human looking beings.
** Beet J. Stag in ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' is an AI driven android and not one able to blend in with humans, as his appearance and mannerisms clearly betray he is a manmade construct.
* ''Series/TheOrville'' has three: Bortus the [[OneGenderRace Moclan]], Alara Kitan the [[RubberForeheadAliens Xelayan]] and Isaac the [[MechanicalLifeforms Kailon]]. A recurrent character voiced my Norm Macdonald is Yaphit a gelatinous blop.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has a history of this:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Mog and Umaro. Possibly Gogo as well[[note]]We're... not sure what Gogo is[[/note]]. ''VI'' has a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large enough cast size for three to still be token]]. Four if you count the fact that Terra is a HalfHumanHybrid.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Red XIII. Possibly Cait-Sith as well, although it's [[KidWithTheRemoteControl controlled by a human]].
*** Though as the two interact in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', at least some Cait Sith models are sentient.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Nearly[[note]]or over, for strict enough definitions of "human"[[/note]] half the party, making them not really "token" at all.
*** [[InvertedTrope The only one that is clearly human is Steiner.]] The other include a tailed Genome (Zidane), human-like summoners[[note]]Born with horns in their heads, though Garnet's was surgically removed[[/note]] (Garnet & Eiko), a Black Mage[[note]]Which, in this setting, are basically living dolls[[/note]] (Vivi), a Burmecian (Freya), a Qu (Quina) and a blue-skinned man who might be human (Amarant).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Kimahri.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': [[MsFanservice Fran]]. Somewhat obvious here, as Ivalice is replete with sentient nonhuman races (Viera, Moogle, Bangaa, Seeq, Aegyl etc.). but Fran is the only one such among the protagonists.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': This trope is averted for the first time since VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII. Or subverted if you look at it from another way: the game could be the first in the series to have no (''technically'') human playable characters, as everyone in the party becomes a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman L'Cie]]. Which means in the first two chapters of the game [[spoiler:Vanille is the TokenNonHuman in the group]]...
* Ne'ban in ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'', while the rest of the main cast is human he is, apparently, an intelligent parasite living in a jelly like alien, housed in a robotic suit.
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' franchise:
** The original game: Abe no Yasuaki (ArtificialHuman);
** ''Haruka 2'': [[{{Expy}} Abe no Yasutsugu]] (ArtificialHuman again);
** ''Haruka 3'': Ridvan (from the Oni Clan) and Hakuryuu (the depowered human form of the Dragon-God).
* ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}'' has Jan Kurtas/Medusa, the only HumanoidAbomination victim of the ViralTransformation who didn't go murderously insane. [[spoiler:For now. Though this can be avoided by refusing to go to a certain optional place.]] He's special in that he cannot carry weapons, instead using his mutant abilities. He also happens to be immune to tranquilizing and doesn't need to increase his Accuracy stat since all his abilities are treated as melee attacks (and thus have a 100% accuracy).
* ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' has Gilius the dwarf together with the male and female human heroes, and the [[RecycledInSpace sci-fi based]] SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/AlienStorm'' has Scooter the robot.
* The later ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' games have a non-human character, mostly used to address something along the lines of WhatMeasureIsANonHuman.
** ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' has Koromaru, who's a (very intelligent) dog, plus the [[RobotGirl Anti-Shadow Suppression Weapon]] Aigis, who gradually becomes more human over time. ''[[UpdatedRerelease Persona 3 FES]]'' and ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' also introduces Aigis's two "sisters" Metis and Labrys.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' has Teddie, a mysterious entity native to the TV world resembling a cute mascot suit. Teddie himself laments that he's not sure what he is, and is sad that he can't join the rest of the Investigation Team in the real world. [[spoiler:It is eventually revealed that he was a shadow that developed a personality out of a desire to be loved, and over the course of the story he gains both a Persona and a human body, effectively becoming a real person.]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Morgana, a talking [[FunnyAnimal cat-like creature]] the protagonists meet in Kamoshida's Palace, who turns into an ordinary cat in the real world (with the exception of the fact that he can still talk to people who have talked to him in the Metaverse). Like Teddie, Morgana has no memories of his past, but is convinced he was a human whose form was distorted by the Metaverse, and joins the protagonists after they promise to help him find a way to restore his true form. [[spoiler:Before the final dungeon it's revealed that Morgana is actually an embodiment of humanity's hope, created by [[BigGood Igor]] to gather those who can oppose [[BigBad Yaldabaoth]].]]
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, most of Shepard's crew are human, but typically feature about two or three aliens.
** Among teammates it's averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. The human squad members are actually outnumbered 2:1 by the aliens.
** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]], we are introduced to [[RobotBuddy Legion]] and [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]] as the token robot and ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' AI respectively.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where Garrus refers to himself as Shepard's "token Turian friend".
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondTheBeyond'', every character that can join your party is a human, save for the summoner Tont, who is basically an amorphous blob of goo.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has a [[CastOfSnowflakes diverse cast]] of characters, but of the 21 original heroes, there were only three non-humans. Bastion and Zenyatta were the Omnic representatives (basically sentient robots), while Winston is a hyper-intelligent gorilla. Since launch, they've added Orisa, another Omnic, but there are still six times the amount of humans compared to non-humans.

* In ''Good Ship Chronicles'', Mike is literally a token alien, hired only to fill a quota; consequentially, he serves no real purpose on the ship.
* For the first 500-some strips, the central mercenary crew in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had only one nonhuman -- the titular Schlock. But that ended in ''2002''.
** Schlock Mercenary is generally pretty good about averting this trope, even prior to the hiring spree on Ghanj-Rho. The first two months see the introduction of not only the eponymous ball of amorphous violence, but Flib Sh'vuu, communications slug/squid with a cool flying chair; Ennesby, a viral AI that used to be a boy band; Ch'vorthq who was genetically tailored to be the perfect ambassador [[spoiler:that explodes]]. All of whom are, or become part of Tagon's Toughs, although [[MauveShirt Sh'vuu doesn't really get much of plot and character development thrown at him]].
* Carson the muskrat from ''Webcomic/DorkTower''.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has Molly the Peanut Butter Monster.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has Grace Sciuridae who is a Tulougol Seyunolu (Greater Chimera).
* Webcomic/LegostarGalactica gives us T.A.G. ([[TokenNonhuman Token Alien]] Guy) who only puts up with being called T.A.G. because of his EmbarrassingFirstName and [[OnlyOneName lack of a last name]], although the cast quickly expanded to include numerous aliens, robots, and the likes, including a air-breathing giant squid and a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Deep One]]
* Rak Wraithraiser from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. EgomaniacHunter, BigGuy, BloodKnight, [[http://i.imgur.com/FMbpL.png giant freaking alligator]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' has several non-human members of the team: the Genie ([[CaptainObvious a Genie]]), Iago (a parrot), Abu (a monkey) and the flying carpet.
* Seven characters make up the Planet Express crew in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Out of those seven is one robot, one alien and one mutant. The last of these three is almost completely human save for the lack of a second eye.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series'' has The Twins as the Token Aliens of MIB. In the fourth season, sci-fi affirmative action causes MIB to hire an alien field agent and alien scientist.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a token non-equine: Spike, the baby dragon.
* Slimer the Ghost in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' didn't have to deal with elaborate makeup so it managed to get away from this trope with Lt. M'Ress and Lt. Arex being part of the bridge crew.
* ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' is a FallenAngel in a world of humans.
!!Anthropomorphic Animal Examples

* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had the Cat. Arguably, he could also be construed as TeamPet, as he was descended from Lister's cat Frankenstein, but let's count 3 million years of evolution to his credit.
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' had a dolphin that could talk.

* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', we have [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] (she's a fur-covered CatGirl), but she's honestly more Girl than Cat. The trope is played its straightest, however, with the announcement of '''''[[CapcomSequelStagnation Ultimate]]''' Marvel Vs. Capcom 3'' and the inclusion of [[http://ispeakcomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/1843398-rocket_raccoon_super.png Rocket Racoon.]]

* [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1096 Melodia]] from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''.
* Uma Quipleure, a cow-like alien from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''.


* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': In Diane's family, a literal BlackSheep functions as this.
* Lieutenant M'Ress and Lieutenant Arex, members of the Enterprise bridge crew in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy'' has Alphapig, who is part of an otherwise human quartet of heroes.