Quotes: The Generic Guy


Major Major had been born too late and too mediocre. Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.
Joesph Heller, Catch-22

Everybody should have at least one ordinary friend, and Dan is as ordinary as they come. He is so ordinary that most people have to meet him six or seven times before they remember his name ... One time for a computer project I scanned a whole bunch of student photos from the yearbook, then used a graphics program to morph them into a single face. What I got looked like a slightly fuzzy version of Dan Grant.
Jason, Godless

Newspaper Comics

Ted: I'm a generic guy. I dunno why I'm here.
Dilmom: I say we whack the generic guy.


Rich: Winston is dead weight.
Jay: (laughs) I watched the cartoon all the time as a kid, but I don't remember it much anymore. But did Winston have more to do in the cartoon?
Rich: Yeah. I mean, they all kinda had equal screen time in the cartoon.
Jay: Did he have more of a character in the cartoon?
Rich: ....no.
Jay: He was still The Other Ghostbuster guy?
Rich: The down-to-earth one.


Cellophane, Mister Cellophane,
Shoulda been my name, Mister Cellophane
'Cause you can look right through me,
Walk right by me,
And never know I'm there!
—"Mister Cellophane", Chicago

Web Original

Astonishing that in seven years Harry Kim goes nowhere. Its like the character is stuck in stasis, always an eager young nobody who wants to grow up and advance his career but never quite making it up the next step of the ladder. Paris is promoted and demoted, hooks up with Bílanna and has a kid in the time that Harry Kim gets no development whatsoever. Take his first scene and his last scene in this series and he is exactly the same person doing exactly the same things.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Caretaker"

Unsure of what to do about that, the show tried numerous roles for her. Computer nerd. Girlfriend of every tertiary cast member (Jimmy, Davis, eventually Green Arrow). In the end, she was just there as another piece on the board to no real end...She uh, does computers. And helped kill people. And dated Green Arrow because he was the last guy in the room. Then left.

That's not an arc.
Neal Bailey on Chloe Sullivan

Martha, in most regards, seems the forgotten companion — the one that didnít quite work. Thatís not to say she doesnít have her fans and admirers, nor that those fans are wrong. But they are swimming against the tide, and the show itself contributes to that tide.

Coulsonís right hand man is Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), whoís the muscles of the team, and about as expressive as a cardboard box full of styrofoam peanuts. In six episodes, the most intimate detail weíve learned about him is that when he was a little kid, his older brother beat him up over a piece of cake.

Iíve always liked that while Wolverine, Beast and Gambit have actual logos (and even Jubilee gets a Varsity-style font), Cyclops is introduced by just shooting optic blasts at nothing while his name hovers above in what might as well be Comic Sans.'Yeah, we know this dudeís boring,' says this intro, 'but thereís a dude with knives on his hands in a second, so keep watching.'
Chris Sims on X-Men

X-fans are divided on their opinion of the X-Men's field leader, Cyclops. Half think he's a boring killjoy whose real superpower is self-righteous repression. The rest liken him to Batman (minus the billionaire bank account & awesome spirit animal) because of his strategic mind and extreme determination. The filmmakers are unwaveringly the former camp. So if you ever thought Cyclops was cool, the X-Men movies will try their damnedest to cure you of this delusion.

Western Animation

Robot: President Business, we've started our search for the Special, but his face is so generic he matches every face in our databases.
President Business: Diabolical.

Real Life

He's an ordinary average guy

There was nothing. No one knew anything about him... There were like two lines about Bashir in the original bible, and sort of six pages for every other character... There had to be a doctor on the show, because there's always a doctor on the show. And they were just sort of scratching their heads about who this doctor was going to be.
Siddig Al-Fadil on his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Take your dad for example. I bet he hasn't had a second's fun in his life, other than the joy he gets from sitting on the couch and doing boring dad-stuff; am I right? Ditto Belding, who must have been born a principal, crawling straight out of the womb in a tweed jacket with a receding hairline, and having short shrift for those without a hall pass.
Stuart Millard, So Excited, So Scared