"No, I'm very ordinary... but, some very strange things have happened to me. You could say I'm more differed from than differing."
A specific type of Token Human
, The Unfazed Everyman is an ordinary human
with no special powers, who happens to hang around with aliens, time travellers
, espers or wizards, and assorted other weirdos. Unlike most
of their kind
for whom such oddbods are invisible
, Unfazed Everymen have a great capacity to cope with and accept
the incomprehensible wackiness that surrounds them; in many cases with a wise and rational demeanor.
Generally, they are in there so that the audience has somebody to relate to
. Commonly the main character, and may be a Fish out of Water
or/and an Unlucky Everydude
. May or may not be played up as a loser
. They've probably been dragged into this by a Magnetic Plot Device
, and usually end up so blasé
that everything they see only causes a Dull Surprise
at most. Heck, they might even rise to the ranks of Genre Savvy
if they've experienced enough (see below). Expect them to become Pals with Jesus
Compare Badass Normal
, a person whose lack of superpowers doesn't get in the way of kicking evil ass; Ordinary High-School Student
, who may look like this in the beginning, but eventually is revealed to be another thing; Superpower Silly Putty
, who is actively affected in weird ways by the strangeness around him; and The Everyman
, who is like this trope but with less personality
. Contrast Only Sane Man
, who loudly insists that none of this can possibly be happening. Compare Heroic Bystander
, who despite his lack of powers
actually manages to help, and the Action Survivor
The ever so rare evolved
Unfazed Everyman is one who has become Genre Savvy
and is one of the most formidable forces ever. They're not "bound" by the rules of being in any of the other groups and can follow or break the rules of genre to their benefit. In many ways, this is better
than just being a Badass Normal
(unless you are in a Crapsack World
where knowing the rules doesn't mean you can change anything.)
If they are a protagonist, they tend to be Muggle Weight on the Super Weight
scale. If they join a team, they are The Team Normal
See also Weirdness Magnet
, The Watson
Compare Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?
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Anime and Manga
- Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya. He does have one thing that sets him apart from everyone else: He's John Smith. This fact puts him in Badass Normal territory, because it allows him to control Haruhi, Yuki's boss, and almost anyone who knows of Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody. It also explains why Haruhi gravitated towards him: he's the reason she came to North High to begin with (she just doesn't know it yet).
- Mahou Sensei Negima!'s Asakura; she's one of the first girls to discover Negi's magical abilities, yet never gained any sort of magic or kung fu abilities of her own until near the end of the series, and it was an emergency situation. Despite that, she was still able to be more or less self-sufficient when she was forced to fend for herself in the Magic World.
- Jonny "Blazing Rumbling Trucker" Raidein is one in the Magic World arc, being nearly the only non-empowered person in the crew. He helps out Ala Alba purely because he's friends with some of the girls, and takes the whole "saving the world" thing in stride.
- Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: Despite the extreme, glass-shattering reactions to her companions' antics most of the time, Beauty has no issue with staying with Bo-bobo and his downright insane group of rebel fighters; in fact, she embraces her life with them with joy. The end of the sequel manga has her mention that she rejoined Bo-bobo for another adventure, despite the danger, because she had grown to love his insane, comedic lifestyle.
- Nenene Sumiregawa and Drake Anderson from Read or Die.
- Kaede from Ninin Ga Shinobuden. She apparently spends a good chunk of her free time hanging around a ninja mansion despite being an Ordinary High-School Student.
- Ataru Moroboshi of Urusei Yatsura. Though, this might be subverted as time goes on, as he seems to gain an inhuman level of super-speed (whether running away from trouble or running after a woman) and a comic invulnerability that would make Daffy Duck proud.
- Nabiki Tendo of Ranma ˝. For the most part she's unfazed by the gender-bending, shape-shifting, and martial arts insanity surrounding her, getting involved only to the degree that she can make money from it. Her sister Kasumi is an even better example. She's never even fazed at the insanity surrounding her family, to the point where she constantly refers to Ranma's various mortal enemies as his "friends."
- Haruhi Fujioka, from Ouran High School Host Club, who starts out utterly weirded out by the bishonen antics of the aforementioned club, but gradually learns to cope, even enjoy herself a bit.
- Naru Osaka, from Sailor Moon, in both senshi and youma knowledge. It rendered her the nickname of Youma Bait; to a lesser extent, Umino fits this trope.
- Kawachi from Yakitate!! Japan is an average guy stuck in a world of overly-dramatic bakers who break out all sorts of crazy recipes and techniques and get entangled in life-or-death bread-making contests.
- Bulma in Dragon Ball. Krillin and Vegeta's daughters, Marron and Bra respectively, later on.
- Everyone in the Pokémon anime that follows Ash and Pikachu.* This is especially evident in the movies. The Japanese name of the guy from the first Unova Gym that follows Ash (Dent) seems more likely a coincidence than a Lampshade Hanging, though.
- Played with in Fullmetal Alchemist when Ed finds himself surrounded by Homunculi and chimeras and humorously realizes that he, as the only normal human, is the minority, even though it's hard to consider cybernetic limbs and alchemy as normal.
- Only Sane Man Furuichi from Beelzebub eventually becomes one, and gets Mistaken for Badass as a result.
- Oz from Pandora Hearts takes pride in his ability to accept the oddities he encounters and adapt to them. This manga is one big Alice Allusion Mind Screw, so having that kind of adaptability deserves some applause. Subverted when his true origins are revealed.
- Kimihito Kurusu of Daily Life with Monster Girl is surprisingly tolerant of the misfortunes that constantly befall him. The world HAS gotten used to the existence of monster girls (mostly), but good GOD can that man adapt fast.
- In Batman, Alfred Pennyworth is an example of this trope. His duties as butler at Wayne Manor include cooking, cleaning, laundry, tending the -often serious- injuries of the Bat-Family, maintaining crimefighting equipment and sometimes using firearms to defend the Manor and Cave. He does this all without losing his composure, wrecking his suit or missing tea.
- Superman: Jimmy Olsen. The city of Metropolis seems to get their superhero-supervillain battle updates after the weather report, so he might not be as unique as he seems...
- Snapper Carr, the Justice League of America's mascot/collective sidekick back in the '60s.
- ...and his Marvel Universe equivalent, Rick Jones.
- Jeremy Feeple from Ninja High School is no doubt this, especially considering the weirdness he attracts to himself.
- From his own point of view, Howard the Duck is one of these for the Marvel Universe. True, he is an anthropomorphic duck, but he comes from a world where that is normal so living among humans does seem like being surrounded by strange aliens to him. What is more, his attempts at leading a normal, blue collar life are constantly being interrupted by encounters with people who are even considered strange by Earth standards, such as the Man-Thing and the She-Hulk.
- Watson definitely is this in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
- Agent John Meyers in the first Hellboy film, an FBI agent who gets transferred to the "nonexistent" Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. He's chosen by Professor Bruttenholm specifically to be Hellboy's conscience and moral helper. Too bad he's Put on a Bus in the sequel.
- Janine Melnitz from Ghostbusters. She is surrounded by men who hunt ghosts, half of whom are mad scientists. She even has a ghost in a cage close to where she works that the busters keep as a "pet". Not once has she ever batted an eye at any of this.
- Winston Zeddmore was this in the first film, casually commenting "As long as there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say."
- Dean from The Iron Giant.
- The Love Interest from Red. Sarah is kidnapped, drugged, shot at, almost blown up, and kidnapped again. She is surrounded by old and young spies, assassins and government agents who are fighting over her life all the time. What does she say when she is confronted with the death sentence or life in prison if she is caught? "Awesome." And when she finally is? That her boyfriend will kick the interrogator's ass. The movie is full of lines like this from her.
- Kolya Gerasimov (Alexei Fomkin) in Soviet Sci-Fi classic Guest from the Future is an Ordinary High-School Student who one day accidentally winds up 100 years in the future. He does pretty well, given how confused he is.
- Francesco Dellamorte, Cemetery Man - for some reason, unbeknownst to both the townsfolk and the audience, all corpses in the Buffalora cemetery reanimate seven days after burial. Despite having no clue as to why this happens, Francesco expresses neither surprise nor concern, and instead dispatches zombies nightly without batting an eyelid. He refuses to inform the authorities of the situation because he does not want the cemetery closed, which would put him out of a job.
- "This is my business. They pay me for it." "There comes a moment in life when you realize you know more dead people than living." "Disposing of dead people is a public service, whereas you're in all sorts of trouble if you kill someone while they're still alive." "Hold on a minute Franco - *shoots zombie* - You were saying, Franco."
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- In his time, Agent Phil Coulson meets a Super Soldier, a guy in Powered Armor, a Norse god, and a green rage monster while still remaining a slightly jaded Deadpan Snarker. Though he's a bit less blase about the Super Soldier. For example: He had to recall one of his fellow SHIELD agents, Natasha Romanov, interrupting her in the middle of her unique interrogation style. She tells him to hold over the phone, while she summarily curb-stomps her captors... while Coulson is on the other end of the line hearing the whole fight and acting as if he's listening to boring hold music.
- There's also the janitor played by Harry Dean Stanton who helps out Bruce Banner. Coulson, at least, is a full-fledged secret agent — this guy sees a giant naked green man crash through a warehouse ceiling, and decides to find him some pants once he goes back to normal.
- Not alien or fantastical, but Slevin Kedevra in Lucky Number Slevin shortly after the intro gets pulled into the world of mob bosses and hit men (by being mistaken for a dude that owes them a lot of money), but acts completely unfazed by most of his ordeals. Subverted though, in that he intended for all this to happen, so he could enact his revenge upon the mob bosses who killed his father.
- Not alien or fantastical either, but Keiko Nishi in The Big Hit goes from being a normal everyday heiress to enthusiastic participation in her new boyfriend's high-end assassination business and takes being kidnapped, bounced around in a life-or-death joyride, and other weirdness pretty much in stride.
- Mills of The Living Wake is a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but compared to his surroundings, including his Upper-Class Twit of a best friend who has until exactly 7:30 that night to live, he's quite ordinary. He doesn't appear to mind, though. Organizing and Attending Your Own Funeral? Well, if that's what K. Roth wants! Random musical numbers? Just another day! Smuggling horrible and disturbing children's books into a library? Sure, why not! Distracting a ninety-year-old man so K. Roth can go on a date with his wife? On it!
- Agent Jay in the first Men In Black movie was more than willing to accept that aliens exist, are in fact all around us, enough so to join the Men In Black. What he doesn't get is Agent Kay's behavior and quick use to the memory eraser pen.
Live Action TV
- Many of The Doctor's companions in Doctor Who. Ten, who loves pop culture, notably considers Arthur Dent a "nice chap".
- It has been lampshaded (in a rather dark way) that being one of The Doctor's companions turns you into a Badass Normal.
- One of the stand-out moments being in "Delta and the Bannermen". After an initial shriek of fright, Mel is seen nonchalantly sharing her room with Delta and her newly-hatched green alien baby.
- Rory Williams really wants to be this trope. By the time he reaches it, however, he's turned into a Empowered Badass Normal in the process.
- His dad however, is. Brian Williams gets picked up by the Doctor by accident, and of course is a little miffed at first. After that, he goes along with the Doctor not questioning anything.
- Gwen Cooper in series 1 of Torchwood, and her husband Rhys Williams from series 2. In season 4, Gwen scares a CIA agent by being rather unfazed after a battle.
- Marilyn in The Munsters. Of course, Marilyn has the distinct advantage of being raised by, well, monsters. She believes that monsters are completely normal, and that she's the freak of the family.
- John Watson from Sherlock. Yeah, every now and again his military and medical expertise comes in handy, but he's usually just a Badass Normal doctor; yet, he willingly follows along on bizarre and dangerous cases, and is probably the only person in the world who not only tolerates the Nightmare Fetishist Insufferable Genius that is Sherlock Holmes, but also considers him his best friend. That, and he's seen active service in Afghanistan, so Sherlock's eccentricities don't bother him. Much.
- John Crichton in Farscape, initially, though after a few years of being the universe's punching bag, he becomes Badass Normal on the grounds that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. He may qualify as an evolved Unfazed Everyman after the Ancients unlock the wormhole knowledge in his brain. Though not Genre Savviness, wormhole technology is apparently the most powerful tool available to the the major characters. By the end of the miniseries, he creates an exponentially expanding wormhole capable of destroying the entire Universe.
- Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Oz also had the potential for this before going all wolfie. His reaction to discovering the existence of the supernatural (though he did react like that to everything...):
Oz: Yeah. Hey, did everybody see that guy just turn to dust?
Willow: Ohhh, well ... sort of.
Xander: Yep. Vampires are real. A lot of them live in Sunnydale. Willow will fill you in.
Willow: I know it's hard to accept at first.
Oz: Actually, it explains a lot.
- He has more of a reaction to Willow being with Xander than he does to:
Helping find Buffy after she was turned into a rat, who then turns out to be naked when she's changed back.
A student who's turned into Mr. Hyde wanting to kill him.
Willow appearing to have become a vampire.
Buffy gaining the ability to read his thoughts.
- Stiles in Teen Wolf. Despite being one of the only humans in the central group, he's remarkably unfazed by all of the weird stuff around him and at times is even less surprised by supernatural things than the werewolves themselves.
- His only complaint about his best friend's werewolf transformations is that they're "very stressful" on him.
Scott: I swear, I don’t have the urge to maim and kill you.
Stiles: You know, you say that now. But then the full moon goes up and out come the fangs and the claws and there’s a lot of howling and screaming and running everywhere, okay? It’s very stressful on me! So yes, I’m still locking you up.
- Ando Masahashi from Heroes was one for a while, but eventually he got powers of his own.
- HRG's wife and Claire's adoptive mother, Sandra Bennett, seems to have adapted to her daughter having superpowers and her husband being an all-purpose spook rather well, all things considered.
- Darren Stevens in Bewitched.
- Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie
- Kaoru from GARO.
- Matt from The Vampire Diaries
- Sheriff Carter from Eureka qualifies for this trope most of the time, though he generally has to rise to Badass level by the climax of the episode.
- Harper from Wizards of Waverly Place at least after she finds out about the Russo's secret. Also Theresa.
- Frank Lapidus on LOST, a recurring character introduced in season four (and later made a regular for season six). He doesn't have any connection to the story or mythology, and his only personal problem (being a drunk) was dealt with before he arrived. He's possibly the only normal, well-adjusted person to ever set foot on the Island...and also accepts all the weird crap that happens on it without question.
- Joel and Mike from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- Wendy from The Middleman was hired for her cynical, snarky attitude and matter-of-fact reactions to things like the eyeball monster.
- Sheriff Jody Mills from Supernatural who fights the supernatural even though she is not trained as a hunter.
- Andrew of Dino Attack RPG is just your average civilian who hangs out with Laxus and Pterisa while fighting an apocalyptic war against Mutant Dinosaurs, all without so much as raising an eyebrow.
- Johnny Cage is this for the first story mode chapter of Mortal Kombat 9, by way of being the most relatively normal kombatant.
- Derek Badger, unflappable Yorkshireman and protagonist of Ben Croshaw's Poacher. Not even a tumble down the proverbial rabbit hole into a world of spirits and monsters can shake him.
- Dudley from Street Fighter plays the role in Street Fighter X Tekken. Elena shows up on his doorstep and tells him that a tree in Dudley's garden has told her about a great danger, so they must go to the South Pole and stop it. Dudley's reaction? It's all right, he'll help her in her quest, as long as he's back home in time for his next boxing match.
- Dad Egbert from Homestuck. As the only naturally born human in the comic he was never destined to play a part in Sburb at all. His involvement in the game and very existence seems to be a complete accident.
- Moloch VonZinzer of Girl Genius is an ordinary mechanic and soldier fallen on hard times, who against his best wishes, keeps getting caught up with Mad Scientists of all flavors, to quote "I've been around way too many sparks!" Even when he tries to stay out of the way ("I'm nobody's happy helper, got it?!"), he's clearly minion material, as he immediately accepts the job of carrying the Sparky heroine's tools and (unwillingly) following her through death traps.
- Although sparks have a natural, almost supernatural charisma that makes anyone not Badass Normal into a willing (or in Moloch's case, unwilling) helper. Especially with Agatha, who is one of the most powerful sparks in the series.
- Airman Higgs at first seemed to be one of these - a common soldier being hauled along after a group of very important people and managing to maintain some degree of detachment. He's actually a subversion, though, as bit by bit he has revealed various superhuman abilities. He is incredibly durable, superhumanly strong and quick, personally acquainted with Castle Heterodyne, and may either be connected to the Jagers or actually be one.
- In El Goonish Shive, although she wants to be in her friends' league, Sarah has been from the start a mostly-ordinary human with a matter-of-fact attitude toward all the weirdness surrounding her.
, but I'm really not that cool. I just have some experience with this sort of thing...
- Digger, of the Ursula Vernon webcomic of the same name, is an anthropomorphic wombat who manages to be an Unfazed Everyman thanks to the sheer weirdness of the rest of the characters. In fact, this is practically Digger's racial superpower: wombats are so sensible and tied to realism rather than faith or magic that they gain a mild immunity from divine/magical/prophetic dealings.
- Torg and Zoe from Sluggy Freelance play this role most of the time. True, Torg does have a magic sword, and Zoe's got the cursed tattoo that occasionally turns her into a camel. But compared to the Mad Scientists, witches, Aliens, and Talking Animals they hang out with, they're downright mundane (though Torg does occasionally enter Badass Normal territory, generally by way of being a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass).
- Bob Smithson in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!. has been an Unfazed Everyman since the beginning, and has gradually been turning into an Evolved Unfazed Everyman as he becomes more and more capable.
- Susan (Susie) Bell in I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space, though it is revealed that she is a lesbian, despite not being the princess or having antennae.
- Saya and Jason from Emergency Exit. Saya has a toy laser gun that shoots people, and Jason grew up in a circus—which is more handy in combat than you might think.
- Sam of Sam and Fuzzy. The poor sap is a walking Weirdness Magnet.
Sam: I was once like you...I had no idea there was an entire world of weird stuff out there. But then, bit by bit, my life got caught up in it. Soon, just dealing with it was practically a full time job!
Devahi: What did you do?
Sam: I made dealing with it my full time job.
Fuzzy: Here's our card!
- Ben in Templar Arizona
- Red from Girls in Space is a normal human, traveling the universe, surrounded by aliens.
- Marten and his friends in Questionable Content seem to be Weirdness Magnets getting involved with anything from mating vacuuming robots, to government agents looking to take away Pintsize, to a Vespa riding vigilante and a parallel world coffee shop. And that's not counting the accepted breaks from the world as we know it such as talking small robots.
- Dave in Narbonic. At least until he goes mad at the end.
- What's New? with Phil and Dixie had fun with roleplayers being so jaded one would merely turn into an Ascended Fanboy if something weird really happens.
A gamer: (to a big frog alien from whom everyone else flees in panic) Have a nice trip?
- While having an identity crisis, Kronos from Wayward Sons befriends a family of feudal Chinese peasants, and brings them back to the spaceship to meet his crew. The father of the family, Huang, seems considerably less worried about the monstrous-looking aliens than he was about local (human) warlords, and his bio notes that he's good at finding things he can relate to about them and makes friends easily.
- Bee of Bee and Puppycat has a tendency to under-react to events that would freak out lots of people. The most she gets fazed is frustrated groaning when a letter magically appears out of nowhere. Upon reading it, and seeing it offers her new pet cat and/or dog temp work, she offers to get him a pen to sign the letter.
- Discussed in Allison Pregler's Charmed reviews:
- Fry from Futurama, although it takes him a while to cope with the weirdness. Once he does, he realizes that he probably never really belonged in the 21st Century anyway.
- Although the fact that he was conceived as his own grandfather giving him no delta brainwaves, and deliberately sent into the future by Nibbler specifically because of this may disqualify him.
- The humans in all series of Transformers. They exist to not be awesome next to all of the cool robots. In fact, the most annoying humans have been some of the ones designated to be more equal to the Transformers themselves. Except for Sari, but she's unusual.
- However, the fleshies of Transformers Prime seem to hold up quite well next to their co-stars, as each has perpetrated his/her fair share of badassery.
- This is how Stan manages to cope living in South Park. The entire town is a Weirdness Magnet and his father is pehaps the most insane in a town of people with multiple personalities, illiterates, Knight Templar Parents, the son of the devil, a Depraved Bisexual teacher and Eric Cartman. Despite all this, he usually watches on unfazed by what is happening this week other than to hold the bridge of his nose.
Craig: My name is Craig Tucker. Last week I stopped a guinea pirate from taking over the earth. All the Peruvian flute bands were released, and drove the guinea creatures back to the Andes mountains. Many people had died, but mankind had prevailed. All over the world, survivors were found, living witnesses to the horror that had been seen. The guinea pirate lived, but was taken to prison to live out the rest of his days. And people all over the world learned to support their local Peruvian flute bands, and buy their CDs. For they protect us from the guinea creatures. As for me, I was returned home by Homeland Security. My parents were sooo happy. I realized that we don't always have control over what happens to us. We are but players on the stage of life. And I also learned to never listen when people come asking you for money.
- Ben and Gwen Tennyson in the original Ben 10, pilot episode. In fact they only freak out for a couple minutes, as Ben had turned into a living candle and had accidentally started a forest fire. After Grandpa Max explained that Ben was an alien they calmed down quickly.
- Julie Yamamoto in Ben 10: Alien Force, while she only finds out in the last 5-10 minutes of the episode she found out in. She had caught Ben in his Jet-ray mode and when questioned she said she thought it was "cool". And then she gets a pet that doubles as a Cool Ship.
- In The Fairly Oddparents, the Poorly Disguised Pilot for Crash Nebula reveals the eponymous hero was like this once: the only human in an intergalactic school. Once he gets the powerful space suit he begins to get less so.
- Mark from Ugly Americans could probably out-Unfaze Everyman Arthur Dent.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes has the eponymous character in this role.
- Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender is this being the only non-bender in the group (before Suki joined mid-season 3) and actually coped quite well thanks to meat and sarcasm.
- Gargoyles has the father of David Xanaotos, who meets Goliath and Demona before being taken on a time travel trip a thousand years. Dude never even blinks at the crazy stuff he sees.
- Elisa counts as well, she's a normal cop in the NYPD who keeps up with the stuff she and the clan are up against.
- Finn from Adventure Time, due to being the former last human in his time, spends his time with his magical stretching dog, Jake, a vampire, candy, and other wacky things.