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Basic Trope: A character who, despite lacking the magical enhancements of the main cast, still holds their own in a fight against those that DO possess magical enhancements.

  • Straight: Bob is the only character on The Team who cannot use any sort of magic. Despite only having a sword, he is more than capable of contributing to the team's success.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob does have magical powers, yet they're so situational and underwhelming, that it is as if they didn't exist. So, he has to rely on good-old training and wits to fight alongside his magic-wielding comrades.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is the only person on Earth who's capable of using magic.
    • Advertisement:
    • Bob, the one non-magical character, is completely useless and considered The Load.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Turns out that his magic is in the form of pre-made magical reagents that he can not make himself. Whenever tapping in said magic, he's an Empowered Badass Normal.
    • The magical origin is Magitek that aids his training. He doesn't use it during battle.
    • Bob Took a Level in Badass or was just pretending to be a wimp to fool his enemies.
    • While the belief of other muggles is just "I don't have magic but I can still hurt the mage", Bob is a hardcore Flat-Earth Atheist and this, alongside his large amounts of training, essentially turns him into anti-magic Saitama.
  • Parodied: The people who use magic aren't good at it, and Bob is a world-class fighter capable of using several different martial arts. However, Bob moans about his lack of magic at any given opportunity.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob can use magic, but he's not very good at it. At least, that's what he claims...
  • Averted:
    • Bob can use magic, or some other powerset as good as magic, and is not "normal" at all.
    • Bob is an ordinary Muggle and can't hold his own in a fight against magic users.
  • Enforced: "Well, crap - every other character on this show has some generic magic power, but I can't think of any new powers to give to Bob." "How about you just write it to where he's a really good martial artist?"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Why haven't you used your magic yet?"
    • "You have no powers, you took on an insanely powerful supervillain and won!? Damn Bob, you're hardcore."
  • Invoked: Knowing that he doesn't have magical skills like everyone else, Bob trains harder and becomes a martial arts expert.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Bob decides to learn magic.
    • As a muggle, Bob is constantly teleported away or mindwiped by the wizards that enforce the masquerade whenever things get serious. Aside from this inconvenience, Bob's life is never truly affected by wizard shenanigans.
  • Discussed: "Bob's martial arts skills must be incredible if he can't use magic and is still able to keep with the rest of his team!"
  • Conversed:
    • "Have you ever wondered how guys with no special abilities can still fight magically-empowered villains and win using nothing more than kung fu?"
    • "How can a guy with no powers be so overpowering?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob finds himself being completely outperformed by his allies who have access to magic.
    • Bob's lack of magical prowess is viewed as a handicap by his magic-using peers, given what they face. Whether or not this actually restricts him depends on the degree of cynicism of the story.
    • Reality Ensues: magic users have a tendency to learn martial arts and tactical thinking as well, in order to give themselves an even greater advantage over others during a real battle. The natural result is that when Bob encounters an enemy who is both equally combat skilled and magically talented, Bob's magical handicap ultimately becomes his undoing and he is vaporized without fanfare.
    • Bob's lack of magical abilities causes him to develop a very crippling inferiority complex, despite his impressive fighting skills. The 'Verse is split between people who view him as pathetic or underestimate him, and those who view him as a savior because of his skills, while Bob himself is unable to really appreciate his own contributions.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob is not outperformed by the mages because he can perform superhuman feats himself. This is not treated as superpowers but training really, really hard for a long time.
    • Bob understands the limitations of magic, and can exploit them to his advantage, thereby becoming a Mage Killer.
    • Bob recognizes this handicap and compensates by learning enough about magic to cancel out his opponents' magic skills, thereby evening the playing field.
    • Bob's Love Interest, knowing that he feels inadequate for lacking magical powers, gives him a Smooch of Victory after every battle.
    • Bob gets a gun and aces the necessary training. By the time wizards are halfway through their "Abracadabra", he has pulled the Mozambique Drill on their faces half a dozen times, and that's on a slow day.

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