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"All you guys can do this awesome bending stuff, like putting out forest fires, and flying around, and... making other stuff fly around. I can't fly around, okay? ... I'm just the guy in the group who's regular."

In a nutshell, any team of superpowered people will often have members without powers.

So when the majority of the members are a Flying Brick, have mystical skills, wear Powered Armor, wear a Ring of Power, have a Charles Atlas Superpower, or even heart, The Team Normal has nothing. Okay, they can be really smart and have gadgets, but nothing that could confuse them for superpowered people (at least not unless that's what they want you to think).

These Sister Tropes are the most common ways this character is part of a team (just not the only ways):

  • The Badass Normal: This character doesn't have to be part of a team, but when he/she is, being badass is often the best way to keep up.
  • The opposite is Brought Down to Normal, when a character with powers loses their powers (and stays a member of the team.) It helps if they are also Brought Down to Badass.
  • Mission Control: Rather than getting into fights themselves, the normal character is watching things back at the base, a job that doesn't require superpowers (other than those of the Charles Atlas kind) to be good at.
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  • The Face: If the team lives in Dysfunction Junction, then exceptional social skills are a superpower.
  • An Unfazed Everyman: If the character joins a superpowered team instead of just hanging out with people in a wacky world.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: The Team Normal may become bitter from being a Muggle among the superpowered.
  • The Team Wannabe: Someone just wants to be in the group, but lacking powers is often the reason they aren't allowed in yet.

Again, in order to count for this trope, a character has to be part of a team, and the majority of the team has to have some kind of powers.


Compare Team Pet, Team Mom, Team Dad, Muggle, What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? (when the character has powers on the team, just the weakest), Story-Breaker Team-Up (all members of a team-up have superpowers, but one is so strong, the rest might as well be normal). Opposite trope to the Token Super.


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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  
  • Justice League:
    • There have been several, including Batman, Green Arrow, and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord, not Jaime Reyes).
    • The Hawkpersons have been through several incarnations, but some versions of Carter and/or Sheila Hall have been more or less of the Badass Normal variety who just happen to have some cool gadgets like the wing harnesses they take their name from.
  • In The Avengers, usually Hawkeye or Black Widow take the role.
  • In X-Men, Storm for a time.
  • Several in B.P.R.D. and Hellboy comics, most notably Kate Corrigan.
  • ElfQuest has quite a few, but Kahvi is the trope's poster girl. When she joins the main tribe she seemingly isn't even capable of telepathy. She kicks ass regardless. Later on, during the Shards war, the two troll characters very much fit this trope.
  • Runaways:
    • Technically, half the original cast doesn't have powers, but Alex is the most obvious of the six, having been born to the most mundane family of the Pride. Nico is a witch, Molly is a mutant with Super Strength, Karolina is an alien with Flying Firepower, and the other normals Chase and Gert have super advanced technology and telepathic links to dinosaurs to compensate. Alex only has his wits to rely on in comparison. He's also the secret villain of the first arc and Decoy Protagonist.
    • Later on, there's a reshuffle that leaves Chase as the only one with no powers. Alex and Gert both die, and they get two new members in the form of Victor and Xavin, the former being the cyborg son of Ultron and the latter a Skrull. They even gain an additional member for a while with Klara, who has a Green Thumb, which only highlights this more. He does inherit Gert's telepathic link to Old Lace, though.
  • The Teen Titans core line-up, in most of their (squillions of) rosters, is built around Robin, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl, plus a variety of other characters who almost all have some flavour of superpower. Robin is the Team Normal (Badass Normal variety), although he's sometimes joined by a Speedy, mirroring the Batman and Green Arrow roles in the Justice League.
    • Dick Grayson was the Robin for the original Teen Titans and all 20th century, as well as the 80s New Teen Titans. (He does shift identity to Nightwing somewhere in there.) Roy Harper was Speedy on and off, depending on how addicted to heroin he was at the time.
    • Tim Drake was the Robin for the 2003 Teen Titans revival, and was joined briefly by Mia Dearden as Speedy. (He was also the Team Normal for Young Justice, which had a very similar core lineup to the 2003 Teen Titans, before and after Cissie King-Jones' tenure as Arrowette.)
    • After Tim quits, the team is without a Badass Normal for awhile until Damian, the latest Robin, joins the Teen Titans - on the advice of his mentor and founding TT member, Dick Grayson.
  • Kate Bishop / Hawkeye II in the Young Avengers is a Badass Normal on a team that includes a super-soldier, a Kree-Skrull hybrid, a robot, a speedster, a Size Shifter and a wizard. Volume two adds Prodigy, who used to be a mutant but now "just" has the enormous amount of info his power let him absorb (plus his own smarts).

  • A Posse Ad Esse makes this an Invoked Trope in the form of Dub. While he initially appeared to not have superpowers, he discovers in Chapter 2 that he can pause time for thirty seconds with his stopwatch. Since the one who established who had what on the power scale, and the recently established villain, is not there for this discovery, Dolly decides that this can be utilized as a secret weapon: Dub appearing to be the Team Normal and using his power covertly to get better attack angles and escape routes.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Carrot Top. Of the Element Bearers, she's the most normal, having no special powers, chequered past, or connections to important personages. She also generally lacks any specific quirks or character flaws, beyond being a bit of doormat, at least in the first season.



     Live Action TV  
  • Eureka has Sheriff Jack Carter, the only person of average intelligence in a small town full of supergeniuses.
  • Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This was so obvious that even Cordelia pointed it out by comparing him with Jimmy Olsen. He becomes an Action Survivor, and eventually something of a Badass Normal. This is also deconstructed, as part of Xander's Stepford Snarker nature clearly comes from the fact that he's got no special training or superpowers while living in a Death World.
  • Matt from The Vampire Diaries, not a vampire or werewolf, although he does date one of the former.
  • Noah Bennet from Heroes.
    • This is actually a rule at his company, Primatech, one normal partner and one metahuman partner per team. Naturally, this pretty much requires them to be Badass Normal.
  • In the second season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, each of the Thunderzords has a special ability. The Dragon could transform and fight totally alone, the Unicorn could throw boulders, the Griffin could throw thunderbolts, and the Firebird could create whirlwinds. The Lion couldn't do anything other than combine with the rest of the bunch. In Dairanger, the Lion could create illusions, but since they didn't use the mythology aspect of the series, it was left as nothing but moving armor.
  • The MC Bat Commander from The Aquabats! Super Show!.
  • Stiles in Teen Wolf is a normal - albeit very bright - human civilian among all manner of supernatural creatures including werewolves (Scott, Derek and Isaac), a kitsune (Kira), werecoyote (Malia) and banshee (Lydia). Even Allison, the only other human in the pack, is a werewolf hunter and therefore just as combat capable as any other creatures so Stiles is a case of The Team Normal rather than Token Human. He does however, more than prove his worth as the smart guy of the gang and takes to the supernatural world like a duck to water. (And indeed jumps in more eagerly than most of his friends who actually have powers). It also helps that he and Scott are virtually never apart so he's in the middle of things more than almost any other character.
  • Hank in Grimm becomes this in the latter seasons as he is the only normal human in a team with Nick (a Grimm, Demon Slaying), Wu some sort of ape-like lychantrope, Eve/Julliette and Adalind both Hexenbiests, Rosalee a Fuchsbau and Monroe a Blubat. Of course he's also Badass Normal.
  • Game of Thrones: As of Season 7, Sansa is the only surviving Stark who isn't tied to some supernatural phenomenon. Jon was brought Back from the Dead by Melisandre's magic, Arya is a rogue Faceless Man (an assassin who can change her face), and Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven. Sansa is grounded entirely in the political reality of Westeros, but her grasp of the Game lets her still be a powerful asset nonetheless.
  • Played for Laughs with Marilyn in The Munsters as she looks like a normal human in a Creepy Family made of classic monsters. Of course, from their perspective she's actually the only abnormal.

     Tabletop Games 
  • The Mundane playbook in Monster of the Week has this its main shtick, bringing no superhuman abilities to the table (except The Heart) that all other playbooks sport. The rulebook even admits that it is based on Xander and Cordelia from Buffy.
  • In many editions of Dungeons & Dragons, classes like rogues or fighters will find themselves as the only member of the party with no magical abilities at all. Generally at lower levels they're actually a bit stronger their spell-casting teammates, but tend to quickly fall behind once casters get their more powerful spells.

  • The Spongebob Musical: SpongeBob embodies this trope for the majority of the musical, pointing it out most obviously in '(Just a) Simple Sponge':
    SpongeBob: We'll be the best team ever! Sandy's brains, plus Patrick's brawn, plus myyyyyy.... I'm not sure what my thing is, but that won't stop me!

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     Web Original 
  • Bugs of Team Kimba, their inventor who has no physical powers. She sits on the sidelines and dates one of the members, although she sometimes get frustrated with the way stuff always comes up.
  • Lillian in Twig is the only member of the Lambsbridge Gang who hasn't had her brain altered in some way by the Academy of Evil. Instead, she has a lot of knowledge on medicine and various sciences, allowing her to function as The Medic.

     Western Animation  
  • Rook Blonko has this role in Ben 10: Omniverse. Ironically, he also is the only protagonist in the entire franchise to be one hundred percent non-human; he just happens to be from an alien species with nothing qualifying as a super-power, while the other heroes are a an alien-human hybrid who inherited powers from her alien side and practice of magic (Gwen), a guy from a human subspecies with superpowers (Kevin) or a regular human using a Transformation Trinket (Ben).
  • Superfriends
    • Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog in the 1973-74 season, with one exception. In the first episode "The Power Pirate", Marvin was able to levitate, which indicated he had burgeoning metahuman powers. This was never followed up in subsequent episodes (making it Early Installment Weirdness), and at the end of the season they were all Put on a Bus.
    • Batman and Robin have no superpowers at all, just their gadgets and skills.
  • The founding members of the DCAU Justice League have Batman, as usual. This is the main source of tension in the season one story "Injustice For All". After a near-fatal poisoning, he refuses to stay in sickbay and throws himself back into an investigation. J'onn tactfully suggests that besides his natural stubbornness, he doesn't want to show weakness in front of his super-powered teammates.
  • Sokka in Avatar: The Last Airbender is the only non-bender in Team Avatar. He starts off as something of a comic relief character, but as the series goes on he proves himself to be both a competent warrior and clever strategist, qualifying him as Badass Normal. Later, Suki joins the team as another Badass Normal.
  • Asami Sato fills the role in The Legend of Korra. She doesn't have bending abilities, but still contributes to the team with effective martial arts skills and by far the most capable person on the team when it comes to driving cars and motorcycles. She's also easily the smartest member of the team, and has tons of resources in terms of gear and money that the team take advantage of.
  • Robin from Teen Titans, who despite being the only member of the team with no powers is its leader. Of course, having been trained in hand-to-hand combat and detective work by Batman himself may have had something to do with that...
  • Noah from Generator Rex is the only character of the five man band who doesn't have superpowers, a P.H.D, or skill and training. Fortunately, this character avoids being The Load (except for that one time) by steering clear of the action.
  • Eric Normal from Super Normal.
  • In Young Justice both Artemis and Robin have no trouble keeping up with the Martian Manhunter's niece, Aquaman's apprentice, Kid Flash and a clone of Superman. Speedy/Red Arrow could have been The Archer, but he got fed up with the Sidekick Glass Ceiling as he saw it. This concept was referenced in "Homefront" through Artemis, whose insecurities are hindering her ability to fight the villains, who took out her super powered team mates.
  • After two seasons of W.I.T.C.H., Caleb is the only member of the team who doesn't have superpowers, including the guy who started off not even knowing alternate universes existed. But he's a Badass Normal.
  • In season 2 of Steven Universe, Connie starts learning how to swordfight, with the explicit goal of helping Steven and the Gems protect the planet. She uses Rose's sword, but the sword itself isn't magic at all. While she can fuse with Steven to become the Badass Abnormal Stevonnie, she herself doesn't have any supernatural powers. She's just a regular human girl with a quick wit and a big-ass sword.
  • Played with in the Comic Within A Show in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic with the Power Ponies. Each of the titular heroes is a mare with superpowers, except for character Humdrum who was completely normal. When the Mane Six were transported to the comic world, Spike wound up being quite disappointed when he wound up playing Humdrum. Didn't stop him from saving the day though.
  • Daemona Prune from Phantom Investigators is the only member of the titular team who doesn't posses any powers. This doesn't stop her from being a Badass Normal and a very competent leader, though.

Alternative Title(s): Team Normal


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