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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 they are, being badass is often the best way to keep up. Often, a normal will take a level in badass to become this.
  • The Leader or The Strategist: Since this character doesn't have their own superpower, they can keep the big picture in mind and build/organize plans for the rest of the team to follow.
  • 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.
  • 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) and The One with a Personal Life. Inverse trope to Token Super.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Darker than Black:
  • Rebecca from EDENS ZERO is introduced as the only member of the main cast who doesn't have Ether Gear or isn't an android with Magitek functions, but still holds her own as The Gunslinger with Improbable Aiming Skills until she learns her own Ether Gear, which grants her Super-Speed and the power to leap In a Single Bound. She later turns out to be a subversion, as the battle with Drakken Joe reveals she had the power to reverse time all along, but was Obliviously Superpowered until her Ether Gear awakened.
  • "I'm the only normal person in this freakshow!" lampshades Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Togusa in the Ghost in the Shell series has none of the cybernetic limb upgrades his other Section 9 teammates have. The Major says that he's on the team because they needed someone with a "normal person's perspective." He is also Badass Normal (getting shot multiple times and still carries on) and Crazy-Prepared (his secret arsenals in "Drive Space Part 1").
  • Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya is the only normal human in a group made up of a Reality Warper, an alien, a time traveler, and an esper. That is, unless some hints and Wild Mass Guessing is correct.
  • Sango from Inuyasha is the only one in the team that doesn't have either demonic or spiritual powers.
  • Downplayed in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS since Everyone Is a Super. Teana has, at best, slightly above-average magical potential and is on a team consisting of people with unique abilities and some of the most powerful mages in the multiverse. This does not help her already fragile self confidence. She gets better.
  • Boss and his gang — Nuke and Mucha — were Plucky Comic Relief characters and the tean normal of Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger. They had no special abilities and they were not the offspring of some scientist, and as the heroes had cool Humongous Mechas Made of Indestructium and loaded with dozens of awesome weapons (Rocket Punch, Chest Blaster, Eye Beam, Torpedo Tits, BFS, Armed Legs...) got periodical upgrades, they controlled a Humongous Mecha made with garbage, had no weapons, was quite fragile and was easily ripped apart in every fight.
  • Zenkichi Hitoyoshi was the Team Normal of the Student Council in Medaka Box until Ajimu turns him into an Empowered Badass Normal by giving him Parasite Eyes. Every other member is either a "Special" (Kikaijima, Akune), a "Plus" Abnormal (Medaka herself), or a "Minus" Abnormal (Kumagawa). In chapter 116 it turns out that Zenkichi's normality was apparently the only thing about him that really interested Medaka, which leads to a rift in their relationship after the aforementioned loss of his normality and the induction of five Normal girls into the Council, also introduced by Ajimu.
  • In My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, the Quirkless Melissa Shields helps the U.A. students save the day through her in-depth knowledge of I-Island's facility and ability to restore the security systems to proper function.
  • Naruto:
    • Sakura Haruno starts out as this, as she has no kekkei genkei, signature ability, or anything that makes her stand out. She rarely has fight scenes in Part I, and when she does she mainly utilizes booby traps or generic taijutsu (martial arts). She recognizes this near the end of Part I, noticing that it makes her The Load among her team, and resolves to step up by training under Tsunade. By Part II, she has acquired both expertise in medical ninjutsu and Charles Atlas Superpower.
    • Rock Lee literally cannot perform ninjutsu or genjutsu and must rely on strict taijutsu to function as a ninja. Despite the Eight Gates being an apparent superpower, it's noted that anyone can do what he does because it merely strains your body to do more than it normally does, and requires no chakra.
  • Usopp and Nami are this in One Piece, being the only characters in the crew without Devil Fruit powers or impossible physical abilities. It actually causes some self-worth issues for Usopp at one point, though he eventually gets over it. As of time of writing, Nami is the only Straw Hat who lacks any sort of innate power, since even Usopp has learned to use Haki.
  • Gourry in Slayers, save for his magic light sword, but it seems to be rarely useful enough to count as a superpower. He borders on Charles Atlas Superpower given the damage he can do with normal weapons.
  • Futaba in There, Beyond the Beyond possesses neither the grandiose magic powers nor the homicidal insanity that make his groupmates special; he's just a kid Trapped in Another World.
  • Rua in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is this to the majority of the cast. While Yuusei, Jack, Crow, Aki, and even his twin sister Ruka are all backed by the Crimson Dragon's powers, he tends to be the most normal member of the group in the Tagalong Kid variety. Eventually subverted when he gets a Signer mark. Bruno would count, but Being Dark Glass — a rider who's got the ability to pull off the ultimate Synchro Summon tends to disqualify him from that role. Crow was the Badass Normal until Season 2's finale, where he got upgraded to Signer status.

    Comic Books 
  • The Avengers: Usually, Hawkeye or Black Widow take the role, as they are the only ones who don't have any superpowers or high tech gadgets.
  • Creature Commandos: Lt. Matthew Shrieve was the leader of the team and the only member not transformed into a monster of some kind.
  • ElfQuest: The series 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.
  • Justice League:
    • There have been several, including Batman, Green Arrow, and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord, not Jaime Reyes).
    • The original Silver Age version of the League, in addition to a handful of Badass Normal characters (namely Batman and later also Green Arrow), had the genuinely-normal Snapper Carr, an enthusiastic teenager who the League let hang around their base and act as record-keeper for their adventures. Notably, he was less a Tagalong Kid (trouble tended to find him whenever he got into trouble at all, and he saved the team about as often as that happened), and closer to something between The Watson and the Team Pet.
    • 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.
  • New Warriors: Night Thrasher is the only one of the original New Warriors who doesn't have any superpowers, instead relying on his skill in martial arts and engineering.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Teen Titans: In the 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 Wayne, the latest Robin, joins the Teen Titans — on the advice of his mentor and founding member, Dick Grayson.
  • The Umbrella Academy: Vanya Hargreeves is introduced as the sole member of the titular academy without superpowers, which unfortunately led to her being treated like an outsider. Then she finds out she does have powers, and things go downhill from there.
  • X-Men: Storm was this when she was Brought Down to Normal for a time.
  • Young Avengers: Kate Bishop is a Badass Normal on a team that includes a super-soldier, a Kree-Skrull hybrid, a robot, a speedster, a Sizeshifter, 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).

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    Live-Action TV 

  • Angel: The series had a rather interesting relationship with this trope. At the beginning, the main cast are a trio consisting of: Angel, a centuries-old vampire; Doyle, a half demon with precognition; and Cordelia, who initially doesn't have powers or combat training. Midway through season 1, Doyle passes on his precognitive powers to Cordelia before making a Heroic Sacrifice, and the role of team normal is filled by Wesley, a Watcher from Buffy's show. Later on, Gunn, a demon hunter with no powers, and Fred, a physicist and inventor, are added to the group raising the number of normal humans on the good guys side to three. By the end of the series, Cordelia, Wesley, and Fred are dead, and Spike (another vampire) and Illyria (an Old One) have joined the team leaving Gunn as the only normal human among the main cast.
  • 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.

  • Eureka has Sheriff Jack Carter, the only person of average intelligence in a small town full of super-geniuses.
  • 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.
  • 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 lycanthrope, Eve/Julliette and Adalind both Hexenbiests, Rosalee a Fuchsbau and Monroe a Blubat. Of course he's also Badass Normal.
  • Noah Bennet from Heroes. This is actually a rule at his company, Primatech, that there can only be one normal partner and one metahuman partner per team. Naturally, this pretty much requires them to be Badass Normal.
  • Played for Laughs with Marilyn in The Munsters as she looks like a normal human in a Creepy Family made of classic monsters. From their perspective, she's the weirdo.
  • Power Rangers:
    • 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.
    • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: The anniversary team-up episode saw the heroes teaming up with a group consisting of veteran Rangers, each one from a previous season. All but one of these Rangers had a special superpower they could use in civilian mode. Kira had a sonic scream, Tori could control water, Xander was a wizard with control over plants and Bridge had Psychic Powers. Adam had no civilian powers and was just a really good martial artist. It should be noted that the other four Rangers came from the Disney Era seasons which often gave the entire team powers to be accessed in human form while Adam came from the Saban Era where civilian powers were usually limited to one or two members of the team.
  • Stiles in Teen Wolf is a normal, albeit very bright, human civilian among all manner of supernatural creatures including werewolves (Scott, Derek, Isaac and Liam), 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.
  • The Umbrella Academy: Much like his comic book counterpart, Viktor Hargreeves is the sole unpowered member of the titular Super Family Team, which only fed his massive inferiority complex. Discovering his superpowers is yet but one step in his rapid downward spiral.
  • Matt from The Vampire Diaries, not a vampire or werewolf, although he does date one of the former.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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 allnote . 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.
  • In the Heroes Unlimited adventure "Mall of Terror", Task Master (no relation to the Marvel Comics character) is a non-superpowered mercenary in a team consisting of himself, a super strong mutant who can shoot various kinds of energy blasts, and a guy who can control darkness. Despite his lack of powers, Task Master's military training and arsenal of weapons make him the deadliest of the three supervillains.
  • The Beacon playbook in Masks: A New Generation has this as its core mechanic. They can have abilities like martial arts training or gadgets, but the rules specifically say that if they have any supernatural powers, they're barely noticeable. Their central emotional issue for them to play out (or the game master to play into) is their insecurity about even deserving to be on their team even though they have no powers.
  • 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.

  • 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!

    Video Games 
  • ARMS: Mechanica is the only character in the game that has no actual ARMS powers. Instead, she's just a regular girl fighting in a robotic suit she built herself, that has similar capabilities to ARMS.
  • Avengers Academy emphasizes The Falcon as one. Some focus is put on how his only power is a Jet Pack.
  • James is this for the Detectives United, although he has his moments of Badass Normal. His partners are a time-traveler and an invisible man, while he's a paranormal researcher.
  • Devil May Cry: Lady is the only playable character in the entire franchise with no demonic powers. She instead gets by with determination, skill, and a lot of bullets at her disposal.
  • Jeff from EarthBound (1994) has no psychic powers, but has a genius' IQ and MacGyvering skills to compensate. Also, he's the only one who can wield bottle rockets as weapons.
  • The Medium class in The Finals. In a world of midget Light characters with Flash Step and Invisibility skills and giant, overweight Heavies who can body-slam or belly-flop through concrete, Mediums are fairly average (even in body shape and build). The only remotely super-powered skill that Medium had was Recon Senses (the ability to see enemies through walls), which got removed going into Season 2. These days, Mediums are Gadgeteer Geniuses, relying on placeable devices for extra maneuverability (jump pads and ziplines), breaching (the dematerializer), and defense (mines and turrets). This class also places a heavy emphasis on skillful gunplay, as Medium's guns are jacks of all trades with neither the insta-kill potential of Light weapons nor the sheer spray-and-pray firepower of Heavy guns.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, Thancred was left unable to manipulate aether following the events from the finale of A Realm Reborn, making him the only member of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn without any magical powers. He gets by afterwards by acting as a spy who keeps an eye on the ongoings in the Garlean Empire using guile and cunning. In Shadowbringers, he becomes a Gunbreaker, a tanky gunblade user. Because gunblades use aetherically-charged cartridges, he is reliant on the help of those magically inclined to provide his firepower.
  • Golden Sun games usually have Cool Old Guy Kraden following the superpowered teen heroes around through dungeons and disasters, providing exposition. By Dark Dawn, he's also something of a celebrity who can get the kids meetings with local leaders just by being Kraden.

  • Injustice 2 has Robin/Nightwing (Damian Wayne) of the Regime remnants. In the company of four flying bricks and a technopath, he's the only one with no actual powers.
  • Shingo Yabuki and Goro Daimon from The King of Fighters are the only characters in the recurring Japan Team without any special powers, though in 2000 Seth temporarily joins as a third Team Normal alongside Poisonous Person Lin in the Benimaru Team. There are other entire teams made up of Team Normals, such as the Korea Team/Korea Justice Team, the Agents Team, and the American Sports Team.
  • Mass Effect:
  • Stryker is the only Mortal Kombat hero with no special powers whatsoever. He compensates with lots and lots of police ordnance. Sonya also qualifies as she relies on weaponry and tools to fight, though in the original timeline, her Energy Rings have no clear explanation. In Mortal Kombat X, Jacqui Briggs is the only member of Cassie's team who doesn't have any magical abilities instead relying on her wrist-mounted guns.
  • In the Kingmaker module for Neverwinter Nights the PC is the only member of their party from the standard Dungeons & Dragons character races while the rest of the party consists of an Azer warrior, a Wererat rogue, a Nymph druid and a Rakshasa wizard.
  • In Sonny 2, Roald is the only party member who isn't a superpowered zombie, but since he's still a heavily-equipped Badass Normal he holds his own just fine.
  • Within the ATX Team from Super Robot Wars: Original Generation, team leader Kyosuke Nanbu is this. Similarly, while the rest of the SRX Team have Psychic Powers, Raidise F. Branstein in Super Robot Wars Alpha does not. In both cases, Kyosuke and Raidiese double as Badass Normal.

    Web Comics 
  • Distillum team has two regular psychic time mages, one not-so-regular psychic time mage and Jamie, who's more or less training to be their bodyguard.
  • Despite being aware of The Masquerade and having a circle of friends who all have magical abilities, potential, or unusual skills, Sarah from El Goonish Shive had none of those... at least at the time. Gets lampshaded in an early guest comic as "Unremarkable Girl". Later on, the team normal was Ashley... for about ten minutes before she became a wizard. But a "remarkably weak" one.
  • In Jupiter-Men, Nathan is the only non-superpowered member of the Jupiter-Men. He was supposed to inherit the Star Seed from his father, but it wound up in the hands of the Avalon twins instead. That said, he's perhaps the most consistently effective member of the team at fighting starstruck creatures because of his rigorous training and experience that the others don't have.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: "Normal" is relative in the setting, but Nyave is a Badass Bookworm polymath and Wrench Wench whose teammates are a Supernatural Martial Artist angel, two devils (a Paper Master sorceress and a hulking Lightning Bruiser), and a lady who's got the Reality Warping power of the Gods literally embedded in her forehead. As of Book 4, they're housemates.
  • M9 Girls!: Simon becomes this when he permanently crosses into the M9 Universe. He is The Engineer and security manager at the girls' headquarters.
  • In Magellan, Kaycee usually falls into this role, even if, as primary character, she sometimes has to go solo as a Badass Normal.
  • Tyler in PS238 is the only non-powered kid in a school for metahumans. His parents two of the most powerful superheroes in the world sent him there in an attempt to force him to develop powers. Instead, he got apprenticed to the Revenent (a Batman expy) and is on his way to becoming a Badass Normal.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Torg gets thrust into this role whenever the series does a Harry Potter parody and sends him off to the Hogglerynth school of magic. There he's surrounded by witches and wizards who can reshape reality with a few Latin words and a flick of their wands. His power? He's a full-grown, adult man surrounded by prepubescent children. Turns out that counts for a lot. There's also his wand: "a 26" Chrome plated .724" back bored barrel with a buckshot core".

    Web Original 
  • Taliesin Jaffe of Critical Role cheerfully refers to his character Percy as "the token human" of Vox Machina. It does help that he's a Badass Normal with a gun and a side of demonic possession.
  • New Life SMP: Katherine is the only non-superpowered, Human character who participates in the End raid. Scott compares her with "the random citizen that just got pulled into the fight" in a superhero story.
  • Jaune starts out this way in RWBY. He's the only character with no prior combat training or experience, his weapon is merely a sword with none of the mechanical additions seen in nearly every other weapon in the series, and as he only learns what Aura is during his orientation, he has no Semblance, the unique superpower everyone on Remnant has which has to be unlocked through developing Aura and combat skills. As he takes levels in badass, he goes from Action Survivor to The Strategist to, eventually, a combatant nearly as useful as his friends and teammates. He finds his Semblance near the end of Volume 5 and gains some gadgetry to supplement his weapons early in Volume 7, but he still comes off as comparatively normal, as he still has no ranged combat capabilities and his demeanor in combat lacks the confidence of his peers.
  • In the intro to his video on communication within the RPG group, Seth Skorkowsky made a spoof of the Remember the New Guy? trope with new character, Kevin, who apparently has been playing with the regular group for three years and other players treating him as such. Except for Todd, who has no idea who he is and thinks other players are screwing with him. Seth would later accept as canon a comment saying Todd is the only memer of the group who cannot see ghosts.
  • 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.
  • Whateley Universe has 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 gets frustrated with the way stuff always comes up.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • 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. He is basically the person who calls the shots in the group's operations. 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 is 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 takes advantage of.
  • 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).
  • Elisa Maza on Gargoyles, though this actually became a superpower by comparison, especially during the World Tour arc. Being a normal human meant that Elisa could protect her friends when they turned to stone during the day.
  • Noah from Generator Rex is the only character of the Five-Man Band who doesn't have superpowers, a Ph.D., or skill and training. Fortunately, this character avoids being The Load (except for that one time) by steering clear of the action.
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Played with in a Comic Within a Show 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.
    • Applejack counts as this among the main six ponies in general. Twilight and Rarity (and Starlight whenever she tags along) can cast spells, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy can fly, and Pinkie has her Pinkie Sense and Toon Physics. In contrast, Applejack is just a strong and hardworking Earth Pony in a cowboy hat.
  • Daemona Prune from Phantom Investigators is the only member of the titular team who doesn't possess any powers. This doesn't stop her from being a Badass Normal and a very competent leader, though.
  • 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.
  • Superfriends:
    • Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog in the 1973-74 season, with one exception. In the first episode "The Power Pirate" Marvin is able to levitate, which indicates he has burgeoning metahuman powers. This is never followed up in subsequent episodes (making it Early-Installment Weirdness), and at the end of the season, they are all Put on a Bus.
    • Batman and Robin have no superpowers at all, just their gadgets and skills.
  • Eric Normal from Super Normal.
  • Teen Titans: Robin, 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... This is played up in Teen Titans Go!, where Robin being the only non-superpowered member serves as a major insecurity of his that the others take pleasure in mocking.
  • 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 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 teammates.

Alternative Title(s): Team Normal