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    Anime and Manga 

But, I can't sense spirits or see through girls' swimsuits or move a 10-yen coin in my sleep...
Yuuri being Genre Blind, Kyo Kara Maoh!

She's still close enough to human that we can just about appreciate how insanely good she is.
Chisame Hasegawa on Ku Fei, Negima! Magister Negi Magi

I'm human. The real deal, right down to the fuckin marrow' of my bones. Don't lump me together with you faggot-ass monsters.

    Comic Books 

I do it because there's nothing more powerful than an ordinary person.
I do it because there's no such thing as an ordinary person.
Batman, Dectective Comics #27 Special Edition (Free Barnes & Noble promo issue), August 2014

Hyde: You cannot avoid me for long! You are just an ordinary man... but I am Hyde! Hyde!
Captain America: Well, then here's an interesting lesson for you... Never underestimate the ordinary man!

This is Poyo. Poyo was exposed to a near lethal amount of radiation as an egg during the first stages of a government experiment to create mutant super soldiers, trained in exotic martial arts by Tibetan kung fu fightin' monks, and given strange bio-enhancements during a rash of farm animal abductions by extra-terrestrials.
Nah, just kidding. None of that shit is true. Poyo is just really, really badass.

Protex: Batman! He's only a man!
Superman: The most dangerous man on Earth.
JLA, "New World Order"

I've had the taste of the glory of being normal! To win through determination... courage... to be no more than myself — and no less!

I survived the Battle of Yavin. I survived the Battle of Hoth. Hell - just a couple of weeks ago I blew up the Death Star during the Battle of Endor. The reason I'm still breathing when a lot of other good Rebel pilots aren't? Maybe it's because I'm better. Or maybe I'm just lucky.
Wedge Antilles, Star Wars Tales #23, "Lucky"

I have no powers and not nearly enough training, but I'm doing this anyways. Being a super hero is amazing. Everyone should try it.

Songbird: I feel so naked without my sonic rig. Powerless...
Black Widow: Super-powers are a crutch. Don't rely on them. There's always someone who can take them away. In the end, all you really have are two fists and a brain... And you pray that's all you need.
Thunderbolts #136


    Fan Fiction 

Edward Cullen: Why!? Why did I lose? I am a Vampire! You are just a human!
Sherlock Holmes: No, Edward. You got it backwards. I am a human. You are just a vampire.

    Film - Animated 

Anna: You are not going alone.
Elsa: Anna, no. I have my powers to protect me. You don't.
Anna: Excuse me, I climbed the North Mountain, survived a frozen heart, and saved you from my ex-boyfriend, and I did it all without powers. So, you know, I’m coming.

    Film - Live-Action 

Laura: I see you with The Avengers, and well... they're like gods.
Clint: You don't think they need me?
Laura: Actually, I think they do - and that's scarier.

I can't fly, but I can kick your ass.
Kick-Ass, and the film's tagline


All through your flying life, you may have to face the fact that pilots who use the Force will be able to react more quickly, aim more accurately, get the better starfighters, get the greater fame. But those of us who can't use the Force - well, when we manage to make it to the top of our profession, we can look the Jedi in the eye and remind ourselves that we got there without any crutches.
Wedge Antilles to his daughter Syal, Legacy of the Force

    Live-Action TV 

And the "glorified bricklayer" picks up the spare.
Xander Harris after using a wrecking ball to shot-put a Physical God through a brick wall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Just a quick reminder. Super speed: I don't have it.

It may be old school, but it gets the job done.
Adam Park, the only Ranger present without superpowers as a civilian, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

Hughie: So maybe I can't be Lee Marvin. But I can be Harry Potter. Or you know, John Connor or-or-or what's her name from The Hunger Games...
Frenchie: Katniss.
Hughie: (beat) Yeah... The point is, I could be that person who nobody thinks is awesome, but it turns out they're kind of fucking awesome!
The Boys (2019), "The Big Ride"



Needless to say, the beast was stunned.
Whip-crack went his Whoopy tail,
And the beast was done.
He asked us: "(snort) Be you angels?"
And we said, "Nay. We are but men." ROCK!!
Tenacious D, "Tribute"

    Tabletop Games 

Fortune favors the mortal man.

The Imperial Guard is an army that appeals to both the ruthless commander who only cares about achieving his objective and nothing for the lives of his men, and those heroic generals who wish to see the normal man, armed with only the humble lasgun, prevail against the hordes of bio-engineered aliens and Warp-born monstrosities that would otherwise tear the Imperium asunder.
Imperial Guard 5th Edition Codex, Warhammer 40,000

    Video Games 

I'll have you know that I've taken out half a dozen villains with more power than you before I showed up to work today. Do you know how I, a lowly human, can do that while the rest of you fly around this city like you're gods? I can take you down because I'm just that much better than you. Take away your powers and you're nothing. Nothing! I win because I want it more than you. I win because I will never give up.
Marshall Brass, City of Villains

Warboss Gorgutz: Da Titan is worthless to me! Dat's why I'm gonna pound it inta scrap!
Lord Crull: You can't! The Titan Dominatus is one of the greatest war machines ever constructed!
Warboss Gorgutz: Wrong, ya git! Da greatest war machine is da Ork WAAAGH! We don't need no damn tinker'traption to be strong... we iz strong!
Dawn of War: Winter Assault

Big Bad: Hello, child... I'm a little surprised to see an ordinary boy like you, fighting for the world. This day is full of surprises!
Sothe: No one's more surprised than me. I can't read people's feelings like Micaiah... I'm not invincible in battle like Ike... Between all these laguz kings and great beorc heroes, I don't really belong here.
Big Bad: Then why are you here?
Sothe: Because there's one thing I can't afford to lose. Micaiah. I've come all this way just to protect her... I won't lose her now.

This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing. Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident. I have good reason to believe that in the intervening years, he was in a state that precluded further development of covert skills. The man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that - an ordinary man.
Dr. Wallace Breen, Half-Life 2

Y'know, ever since I was a kid, I always wondered what I'd do with super powers. 'Course, if you think about it, do you really need 'em? Like, we ordinary folk seem to get along fine without 'em. I guess if you forget your keys and had to break a door.

The City's first protectors were Ayane Takanome and her Rangers.
In the darkest days, we didn't have many Guardians. And those who Ghosts had revived were scattered across the solar system, far from the people who needed protection as they made their way to the City in the Traveler's shadow.
From their perches high up in the mountains, the Takanome Rangers guarded the refugee roads to the City. Their rifles brought down many Fallen, as well as human bandits and murderers.
But Rangers only had one life to give. When they died, they were gone forever. So the Takanome Rangers took to planting blue flowers along the roads they watched. That way, when they fell, a piece of them would live on to guide weary travelers home.

Personally, I think the Force is overrated.


"All these crazies with their mechs and their biomedical crap... They probably think we're completely irrelevant. Give 'em hell for us normal guys."
Officer Barnes to Officer Cho, Kiwi Blitz, page 508

Magical Lawyer Superpower #1: Psychic Lie Detection
Magical Lawyer Superpower #2: Hypersensitive Tell Spotting
Edgeworth: This gun was found on the crime scene. Furthermore, the victim died of a gunshot wound to the chest. From the evidence, it can be concluded that the victim was shot. With the gun.
Magical Lawyer Superpower #3: Basic Logic
Awkward Zombie, "Eureka" (voice acted version here)note 

Ol' Man Death: Oh. They want my hat.
Zeuxippe: Your hat? But why?
Ol' Man Death: Ha! For those guys, hats are a big deal!
Zeuxippe: But... but your hat isn't particularly fancy, grandpa.
Ol' Man Death: Nope, but it's mine, and every Jäger knows it.
Zeuxippe: Right, and they care about your hat because...?
Ol' Man Death: It's part of the game. The badder the enemy, the better the hat.
Zeuxippe: But why...
Ol' Man Death: Because I never lost a fight.
Zeuzippe: So?
Ol' Man Death: No. Listen to me. I'm just a human. Rode with the Jägers. Never. Lost. A. Fight.

Let me tell you something, lady... (Delivers a vertical Roundhouse Kick that flips Concretia upside-down) There is no such thing... (delivers a punch that sends her careening outside) as just human."

Bun-bun: Oh sure, it's really easy to be "tough" when you're totally invulnerable. Sounds more like a petty *beep*hole to me.
Lodoze: Is that so?
Bun-bun: Finally, some service around here! Get me a refill on this stuff, ugly! And try not to stare at it, you'll scare all the booze out of it!
Sluggy Freelance, "GOFOTRON Champion of the Cosmos"

    Web Original 

The only other comic character that comes close to the preposterousness of Superman is Batman - a character who can afford the colorful long underwear - BUT HAS NO SUPER POWERS AT ALL! And we're expected to believe that you can't kill him. Isn't he the most popular character too? It's because it makes no sense that he's so beloved.

At the end of the day, though he's been ferried through Space Hell on a ship that's four thousand years old to his destination, though he deployed from high orbit with a grav chute, though he is one of ten million men raised from his homeworld to fight a war he barely understands, though he has been given a weapon that fires miniature suns and might annihilate him when he fires it because no-one knows how it works anymore, though his company is supported by tractor-tanks that run on anything you can burn, though he wages war against a devouring hivemind or space demons [...]
A Guardsman is a man, just like you, though he grew up in another culture. He has no millennia-old genetic engineering, no prophetic leader, no miracles of faith. He has his lasgun, his orders, and his fellow soldiers.
And he will Hold the Line.
Anonymous on Warhammer 40,000's Imperial Guard

The great thing about Han [Solo] is that he's just a regular guy with no superpowers, and he somehow manages to hold his own in a galaxy filled with giant monsters, crazy technology and angry motherfuckers with lightsabers who can move objects with their minds and set people on fire just by thinking about it. People are getting Force Choked the fuck out all over the place, entire planets are being blown up by giant universe-killing space stations, Luke is doing backflips in his sleep while bench-pressing Yoda, and in the middle of all this futuristic ridiculous space-insanity is Han Solo, who has little more to offer than piloting skills and a pistol, and he's taking care of business, saving Jedi Luke's hide from certain death, and generally just making everyone around him his bitches.

Chris: The vampires? They do not like Blade. But they f***ing hate Whistler.
David: Blade's at least KIND OF one of them. They see him as someone who's gone native, I figure. Whistler's just a racist dick to them. I mean, deservedly, they're damn vampires.
Chris: I think it's part of their whole Vampire Superiority thing. Like, they get that Blade's, you know, the Daywalker. All of their strengths, none of their weaknesses, bent on revenge. But Whistler's just some regular human dude who spent like 40 years just rampaging on them.
David: That's got to be so dispiriting! Like, some auto mechanic with a whiskey addiction has just annihilated tons of your friends.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Blade II

What can you do with a character who responds to everything by either punching it or deploying Bat Anti-thing Spray... then punching it?
Yahtzee Croshaw on Batman

She has no inherent understanding of superscience, no connections to alternate dimensions, no blessings of Abrahamaic deities. She's not a time traveler, nor an android, nor an extraterrestrial, nor a demon. She doesn't control the weather, nor suddenly appear in your dreams, nor shapeshift into different forms, nor pull weapons out of thin air. She's just a human - a perfectly normal human woman with expertises and limitations consistent with known phenomenon. And that's exactly what makes her so damned intimidating!
CDR Colby Burns, NOAA liaison to the SCP Foundation

In the reboot, he has a similar backstory, but is a bit more heroic, removing his implants in an attempt to take down Ultratech and make an honest comeback. Given that this means now he's a mostly normal guy who beats up dinosaurs, aliens, the undead, werewolves, evil sorcerers, and a Battletoad, this gives him the biggest stones in the entire cast.

You may have made quick work of this killbot and sorceress and their undefined godlike powers, but let’s see how you handle three human fighters armed with steroids, a jet pack, and a vagina!
Chris Evans (Captain America), The Editing Room’s abridged script for Avengers: Infinity War


    Western Animation 

Mai: How do you expect to fight without your bending?
Sokka: I seem to manage!

Super powers do NOT a hero make!

Martian Manhunter: You really should be resting. I know this must be hard for you, feeling vulnerable. You're the only one of us without special powers, but you don't need to prove yourself. You're a valued member of this team, and we're only trying to-
Batman: I'm taking the shuttle. Unless you want to try and stop me.
Martian Manhunter: ...No. (moves out of the way)

Doctor Destiny: You know, I could let you go. You're a distraction now, and it's the others I have the real problem with. We're like insects to them - they step on us, ruin our lives, and they don't even realize it. But you're different. You don't have any special powers.
Batman: Oh, I have one, Johnny. I never give up.

Bull Dog: Oh dear, no power? So how do you fight any bloomin' crime then?
Ace the Bat-Hound: I throw things.
Mammoth Mutt: You throw things, huh?
Krypto the Superdog: Hey, h-he doesn't just throw things! He, uh, he throws them... really well!
Krypto the Superdog, "Bat Hound Meets the Dog Stars"

Deep down, I know, that I'm just a human
but I know that I can raise my sword and fight
With my short existence
I can make a difference
I can be there for him
I can be his knight!

In the end, the world didn't really need a superman...just a brave one.
— Superman's eulogy at the grave of Dan Turpin, Superman: The Animated Series

You're feeling it now, aren't you? What the rest of us live with every day; your own mortality. Don't worry, you'll survive. The kryptonite will work its way out of your lungs soon enough. [...] But I didn't have to go easy on you. A different binding agent, a stronger mix. I want you to remember that. I wanted to remind you to stay out of my way. In all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember the one man who beat you.


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