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Nothing is ordinary in this world...

The world is not perfect. Learning to deal with its flaws is just a normal part of life. But there comes a point where these imperfections spawn a crushing realization... that something needs to change...

unOrdinary is a webcomic created by uru-chan in May 2016. The first season consists of 155 chapters, and season two continues from chapter 156 onward. A short side story focusing on Rei takes place between the two seasons.

At Wellston Private High School, abilities determine everything. Those with greater abilities and powers are at the top. Those lower on the power hierarchy are treated worse. Those with no powers are ostracized and are known as "cripples".

John would rather live out his high school days in peace. As a cripple, he's a common target for his superpowered peers. Coupled with the fact that he cannot seem to ignore those who are bullied, his school life is something he can't seem to escape from unscathed. Nevertheless, he carries some hope that people can eventually use their powers to help others.


Formerly hosted on Tapastic and then on LINE's Challenge League, it can currently be read at LINE as one of their main series. Also has its own wiki here.

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  • All Your Powers Combined: John's power, name currently unknown, if you activate your power near him allows him to a) sense it, allowing him to find you even if you're invisible, b) copy your power power at what appears to be a higher power level than your own, and c) combine the powers he has access to, such as Blow You Away and Wolverine Claws to get Razor Wind as well. There are probably limits, because it's implied it's possible for people to be stronger than him.
    • When Issen shows Blyke and Remi John's transcripts from his previous school, John's ability is revealed to called Aura Manipulation. Two years ago John was rated a 7.0.
  • Author Avatar: uru-chan herself appears in several bonus episodes.
  • Abusive Parents: Seraphina's mother had no qualms about physically assaulting her daughter to force her to start getting in line. She also openly criticizes her sister, whom she deems a disgrace.
  • The Ace: Seraphina effortlessly claims the title.
  • A-Cup Angst: Seraphina is noticeably flummoxed by how large Rein's chest is.
  • A Friend in Need: How John and Seraphina became friends.
  • Almighty Janitor: Seraphina. In terms of official positions in school, her position as "Queen" has been taken up by Remi for activities such as the Turf War. However, it is still acknowledged that she is likely the strongest in school.
    • John is also one and is played more straight as he's is one of, if not, the strongest characters in the series, but pretends to be a cripple because he's afraid of being a monster again.
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  • Aerith and Bob: The setting features characters with normal names, such as John, Elaine, and Vaughn, as well as entirely fictional names, such as Krolik, Crail, and Broven.
  • Affectionate Nickname: John calls Seraphina "Sera".
  • Arc Words: "Everyone has something important to offer."
    • "Perfection."
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a "cripple", John receives disdain and ostracization from most of his classmates.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How society works in the unOrdinary world. You have status based on your power, though this includes people with noncombat powers that are useful to the powerful people as well, like the Living Lie Detector who works for the Authorities or Elaine with her Healing Hands. Thus Authority Equals Asskicking is often but not always true.
    • This leads to John being kicked out of his first school: he was strong enough they couldn't control him and volatile enough not to cooperate, and in a world where Asskicking Equals Authority there's no room for someone like that in the system.
    • This is also probably why the vigilantes are being hunted down. Can't have people strong enough to change the system changing it in ways you don't like...
  • Art Evolution: From Challenge League to Featured and from the earlier episodes to later ones. The easiest way to see this is by comparing Arlo in his first appearance to Arlo's current appearance.
  • Badass Normal: Despite his lack of powers, John manages to hold his own against some ability users in a fight. Deconstructed in that defending himself against even low-tier ability users is dangerous and gives him considerable injuries, requiring frequent visits to the infirmary. Later subverted that John is just hiding the fact that he has a power like everyone else at the school.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the finale of the first season, Joker crushes the entirety of the Royals in one go, destroying the hierarchy in the process.
  • Bait the Dog: Despite Arlo's arrogance, we see that there might be some possibility of John becoming friends with him; he saves him from other power users and displays more curiosity than outright hostility to him. Instead, he sics two other power users on him in order to get him to reveal his ability.
  • Batman Gambit: John pulls this on Remi who expects him to use Cecile's ability to fight her. Instead John comes at her with Zeke's ability to throw her off.
    • In the same fight, John also predicts that Remi is going to try and unmask him rather than actually defeat him, so he makes use of this mentality by pretending to give her an opening to unmask her and instead uses it to deal massive damage.
  • Beneath the Mask: John gets very, very violent when provoked enough.
  • Beta Outfit: Remi's superhero outfit, as made by Blyke in a few hours, is pretty much just a dark tracksuit with an X stiched onto it, a beanie and a surgical mask she drew a cat face on. While Isen berates Blyke for a shoddy job, Remi approves of the "homemade look".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arlo jumps into the fight between Joker and Remi by saving her from Joker's electric homing lasers.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Elaine is the first person to greet John in Wellston High... and the first to attack him when she's finds out he's a "cripple".
  • Book Dumb: John is not a terrible student (mainly in the B and C range) but comes off as this in comparison to the higher ranked students due to his constant struggles with schoolwork. In the past, it is shown that when he puts in the effort, he can get an A with Seraphina's help.
  • Broken Ace: Played with. Before Seraphina met John, she was indisputably the top student in school in abilities, academics and reputation. However, this came with a greater deal of pressure and judgement from her peers. In the present story, Seraphina's peers in Wellston see her as this since she started hanging around with John and no longer caring too much about her grades or reputation. However, Seraphina feels a lot better about herself than she did before.
  • Brought Down to Badass: A self-imposed action by John. Even without powers, he can still hold his own against multiple low-tier opponents.
    • The people hunting down Seraphina have at least one way of reducing the powers of the main characters. They appear to have some kind of device in their van with a limited duration that dampens powers (John couldn't sense Arlo's power and initially couldn't copy it either, both their barriers were far more easily broken, and Seraphina noticed her time stop wasn't slowing people down as much as it should), and Seraphina was also injected with something that she couldn't rewind and that continued to mess with her powers long after she was out of sight of the van.
  • Bully Hunter: Despite his desire for a peaceful school life, John doesn't hesitate to get involved when he sees instances of bullying.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Or Calling the mother out. After so long, Seraphina finally calls out on her mothers abuse which allows her to return back to school earlier from her supposed suspension.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The teddy bear Seraphina gets as a reward for scoring high on the power measuring test is later revealed to contain a tracker device which lets EMBER figure out where she went after she defeats them the first time.
    • The eponymous book, which John lends to Seraphina, later leads to her suspension, and then Keon's arrival at school.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The power level reading vendor from the early chapters returns (and then quickly leaves) when Remi, Blye and Isen go to the same mall.
    • A post-mortem one. Early on, news reports talk of a superhero being murdered. The same superhero later turns out to be Remi's brother Rei, whose passing motivates her to start investigating EMBER.
  • Color-Coded Characters: A character's eye colour and hair often matches the colour of their speech bubbles.
    • John: Black
    • Seraphina: Magenta
    • Arlo: Gold
    • Isen: Orange
    • Blyke: Red
    • Remi: Pink
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Seraphina vs anyone.
    • Arlo during his "fight" with Rein during the Turf War against Agwin High.
    • John when he used his ability to defeat half of his classmates at his old school.
    • A god-tier vs anyone else.
    • John against Meili, Ventus and Arlo when he was provoked into finally using his special ability.
    • John against all the royals. Blyke got a couple hits in with help from Issen, but once he found their location, John made short work of them before resuming his fight with Remi. Even Arlo's last minute attempt had no effect.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: A major ideal of the story and one which John is an advocate of. He wishes that those with powers would use them to protect the weak rather than to oppress them. Seraphina does make the observation that the onus of change is still on those with power.
  • Cowardly Lion: John shows shades of this in early chapters. Justified in that he's facing ability users every day and getting sent to the infirmary daily which makes him somewhat reluctant to engage unless absolutely necessary. As the series goes on, he sheds this.
  • Curtains Match the Window: This is true for the majority of characters. Even more so is that the colour of their eyes and hair often matches the colour of their speech bubbles.
  • Crapsaccharine World: It soon becomes apparent that underneath the sunny plazas and candy-coloured hair the world is a rather awful place to live, with superpowers creating a class system where the low-tiers can be freely bullied by high-tiers. The authorities ignore social injustice, instead supporting the high-tiers, while mentally crippling the god-tiers to control them and, if Remi's speculations are correct, assassinating the superheroes to preserve the existing status quo.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In a transcript from his previous high school, John was revealed to be an anti-social and extremely violent and aggressive student, ultimately resulting in him being expelled for taking down half of his class for an "unexplained" reason.
  • Destination Defenestration: John pulls one on Gavin in their first fight. He doesn't die though.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Seraphina is suspended from school partway through the story. Most students consider her the strongest in school and one of the reasons why John's bullying hasn't been worse.
  • Differently Powered Individual: Similar to My Hero Academia, people without superpowers are the exception rather than the role. Because John doesn't seem to display any superpowers, he is deemed a "cripple".
  • Dissonant Serenity: Arlo looked noticeably calm and undeterred, both when Blyke was getting sliced up by Rein and again when he began brutalizing Rein straight afterwards. This is even more disconcerting when he shows the same expression when John brutalized Meili and Ventus after being provoked into using his ability. The next two chapters has this averted as Arlo shows frustration as he thought back to his loss.
  • Dramatic Irony: When we all know that John has powers but Seraphina still doesn't.
  • The Dreaded
    • Doctor Darren is this at Wellston High. With his short temper and his Ability, Nightmarenote , he scares the crap out of everyone in the school when he's in a bad mood.
    • Those who know of John's ability and what he can do are visibly unnerved by his presence.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • For John:
      • John, when he noticed that someone was following him and Seraphina when they were leaving the mall.
      • Also, John is the only character whose speech bubbles change colour.
      • In addition, you clearly see his eyes glow in the first two chapters.
      • In Episode 21, his father calls to alert him about the EMBER gang that had been targeting people in John's area. Thing is, up until then, EMBER had only went after high-tiers. If John truly had no abilities, he would't have to worry.
    • For Remi: Soon after the news talk about a superhero having been killed, Arlo mentions she's absent because she had to go to a funeral. Also, the deceased man was called X-Static, and Remi herself has Shock and Awe powers.
  • Enemy Mine: While they utterly despise each other, Arlo and John do work together when EMBER shows up.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first few chapters, we get a sense of John and Seraphina's characters and role within the story.
    • John is introduced as your average high school student who is bored with his class. When he witnesses a fight between two power users, his initial thoughts are to just ignore it when things get too chaotic. However, when he sees another fight with a student getting brutalized by another one, he doesn't hesitate to get involved.
    • Seraphina is introduced on the rooftop of school while class is still going on. Despite her initial teasing of John when they meet in the infirmary, she's shown to be good friends with him and willingly stays with him to pass the time. Finally, she effortlessly defeats the bully who John had trouble with. This reveals the massive difference between power users.
  • Everyone is a Super: A deconstruction. In this world just about everyone has some form of power or ability, but how powerful that ability is varies from person to person. This can be measured by the system that ranks a person's power on a scale of low to high tier, with a rare few basically winning the Super Power Lottery and being considered "god-tier". As a result, society is very much a Might Makes Right sort of place where those with high-tier powers can bully and push around anyone under them without any consequences because their powers make them nearly undefeatable, mid and low tiers squabble and fight amongst each other when not tormenting anyone lower than them on the totem pole, and the rare few born without powers (derided as "cripples") are basically slaves and punching bags to all of the people above.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: John usually gels his hair before attending school. After suffering through a considerable amount of bullying day-after-day, John gradually returns to his former wild hairstyle.
  • Extranormal Institute: Wellston Private High School.
  • Fights Like a Normal: John, after the revelation that he hides his power to appear 'normal'.
  • Fight Unscene: Joker's beatdown of Abel on the school roof isn't shown.
  • Foil: John and Seraphina are on opposite ends of the power spectrum and in terms of academic ability. Despite their differences in power, it is John who comes off as more independent whereas Seraphina was constrained by the expectations others had of her. Continued when Seraphina seems to loose her ability while John is starting to let loose with his.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
    • As Isen finds out John used to be classified as a measly 1.2 until at some point in the middle school his power level skyrocketed mysteriously and he became violent and uncontrollable.
    • In the Brandish story arc, Waldo is described as this - a 2.8 office worker who, after being fired on a whim, vanished for a while and returned with enough power to essentially subjugate the entire district.
  • The Ghost: Leilah, Seraphina's older sister.
    • Returns as Doctor Darren's girlfriend. Working for a research lab investigating abilities, she's visibly disturbed when he tells her Seraphina's ability is being suppressed and he can't stop it.
  • Glowing Eyes: All of the characters do this when activating their abilities.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: High-tiers do this to intimidate lower-tiered individuals.
  • The Heavy: Arlo serves as the main antagonistic presence in the series thus far. Not only he is one of the top students in the school, it is also revealed that he orchestrated Seraphina's suspension from school, subsequently making John's bullying even worse. Although there are hints of a larger plot featuring the organization EMBER, the story mainly centers around John's experiences at Wellston which makes Arlo the more immediate antagonist.
  • Hero Killers: The shady organisation known as EMBER have recently been going around executing the self-titled superheroes.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Because of his lack of power, John finds himself taunting his opponents nearly as often as beating them hand-to-hand.
  • Jerkass: Arlo, Wellston's King. He also doubles as Jerk with a Heart of Gold, as rare as it is. He admires Rei, the former king of Weston high school, and is really close, and cares about Remi.
    • Elaine. When John first joins the class, she is initially amicable. As soon as she finds out that that John has no ability, her personality does a complete 180 and she reacts with complete disgust from having "wasted her time talking to him."
  • Jerkass Has a Point : Arlo, when John berates him about letting Seraphina get hurt when John ordered him to protect her. Arlo counters by mentioning the fact that due to being a closer friend to her and having a stronger ability than Arlo John was better suited to protect her, but has been inactive due to his inhibition to use his power.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: How Blyke's powers tend to appear offensively.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Seraphina.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Seraphina to John. When she is suspended from school, John's bullying intensifies and he begins to despise his classmates.
  • Meaningful Name: As a normal in a school full of superpowered students, John Doenote  is particularly fitting.
  • Melting-Pot Nomenclature: Overlaps with Aerith and Bob; some names are clearly invented, while some seem to be derived from Chinese (e.g. Wenqi, Meili) and Japanese (e.g. Remi, Rei).
  • Might Makes Right: People with more powerful abilities and higher power levels exist at the top of the food chain. Even Seraphina notes that she can do whatever she wants because she is stronger than everyone else.
  • Morality Pet: John to Seraphina. Despite not sharing the same ideals, she is nonetheless protective of him and defends him from bullies. In turn...
    • Morality Chain: Seraphina functions as this to John. When she is suspended, John gradually becomes more violent and spiteful towards his peers due to the increased bullying.
  • Mr. Fanservice: One striking shot of John waking up in the morning, revealing his surprisingly muscular upper half.
  • Nerves of Steel: One of the reasons Arlo takes an interest in John is his seemingly complete lack of fear of high-tiers despite apparently having no power.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Waldo. When researching him, Isen and Remi note that while in any other district, his rampage wouldn't last a week, in a low-tier area like Brandish, he's essentially undefeatable.
  • No-Sell: Arlo's barriers are completely impenetrable to those with a lower power level than him. Even Seraphina damages herself breaking through it, as well as John, though she healed herself in seconds by rewinding the injury. Additionally, anyone who attacks the barrier appears to have the force the used reflected back on them, hurting them even more, though whenever his barrier breaks Arlo takes damage as well.
  • Not So Different:
    • Despite being on opposite sides of the power spectrum, neither John nor Seraphina seemed to be able to escape judgement and criticism from their peers. It was partly for this reason that they eventually became friends.
    • In the past, John was an even more vicious tyrant in school than Arlo. In the present day, it's shown that he knows from experience what it's like to be a King.
  • Oh, Crap!: Isen when he realises that John was expelled from his previous school not because he beat up half his class, but because his previous school couldn't control him.
  • One Person, One Power: People are strictly born with a single power, however their power may have multiple different yet linked applications (e.g. Isen with his power "Hunter").
  • Only Friend: Seraphina to John. Before this, Claire.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Subverted with John, who introduces himself as this then turns out to actually be ordinary, as he has no supernatural ability, unlike everyone else. Double Subverted later on when it turns out he does have an ability; it was so powerful that he managed to take out half his class at his past school.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: Seraphina was suffering from them until John liberated her mindset with his I-do-what-I-want attitude.
  • Physical God: Seraphina, Arlo, Seraphina's mother Narisa, and the other god-tiers. Also John.
  • Plot Device: The Unordinary book written by John's dad, W. H. Doe, that inspired many high-tiers to become self-styled superheroes.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: The way certain characters, like Rein and Arlo, tend to use their high-level abilities.
  • Power Levels: Stated in-universe to range from 1 to 10. There are even people who can gauge ability levels for a price.
    • As stated by the Word of God, the power levels go as so: 1-1.9 are considered low-tiers, 2-3.4 are mid-tiers, 3.5-4.9 are elite-tiers and 5+ are considered high-tiers.
    • In the high-tier category is the sub-category, god-tier. With a power level of 6+ these guys are feared by all and are said to be impossible to defeat by those outside of the god-tier. And if you haven't forgotten, Seraphina has a power level of 8.
      • John's transcripts from New Boston show he was a 7, but that was 2 years ago and he's improved since.
  • Powerup Full Color Change: Gavin turns shiny and purple when he powers up.
  • Pull the Thread: Arlo realizing that things about John don't add up sets off the main plotline of the series.
  • Punny Name:
    • Remi chooses X-Rei as her nickname, both as a reference to her brother's name (Rei) and nickname (X-Static), and as a pun on X-Ray.
    • Waldo, for whom Remi is searching in the Brandish arc. Comes to head when she asks one of his thugs Where's Waldo?.
  • The Reason You Suck: Claire gives one to John after the latter beats up half their class in a curbstomp battle.
  • The Reveal: In the season 1 finale, John is finally outed as Joker and having abilities to Sera after piecing it together by noticing how Joker has the exact same build and moveset as John.
  • Rewatch Bonus: A lot of earlier interactions and conversations take a whole new meaning after the revelation of John's true status.
  • Secret Keeper: At least some among the school staff - including the headmaster, the doctor and the head of security - know that John is a god-tier, but they intentionally hide it from the rest of the school at his request.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Seraphina is seen reading OFR-Ice, one of the author's older webcomics.
    • A pretty clear one to the Dragon Ball series. Blyke's energy beams greatly resemble the famous kamehameha attack and he is even see copying the attack from a television show as a child.
    • Remi demanding to know Where's Waldo? from one of his thugs.
    • In chapter 48, Isen, Blake and Remi go out to see Siren's Lament.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Cecile's point of view to Rei and Remi's idealism.
  • Spotting the Thread: The one thing that tells Arlo that something is up with John is that he's not afraid, unlike every other low tier in the series.
  • Stock Superpowers: A lot, given that supernatural abilities are the core element of the entire series.
    • All Your Powers Combined: John.
    • Barrier Warrior: Arlo.
    • Hand Blast: So many characters that the wiki even has a category for them. Blyke, Levani, Rouker, Krolik, and to a lesser extent, Lin.
    • Having a Blast: Levani, especially since her ability is called Grenadier.
    • Healing Factor: Tanner has this, but only when he's activating his ability.
    • Healing Hands: Elaine can heal moderate and serious wounds in a matter of seconds.
    • Invisibility: The student Gavin was beating up and another person who seems to be stalking everyone.
    • Living Lie Detector: Nadia.
    • Shock and Awe: Remi and her older brother Rei.
    • Super Speed: Wenqi and sometimes, Blyke and Remi.
    • Super Strength: Exactly what Gou's ability is. Also Illena (Strength) and Crail (Strong Punch). Isen also has this sometimes due to his Hunter ability.
    • Time Master: Seraphina and her mother Narisa.
    • X-Ray Vision: Isen's ability, Hunter, allows him to do this sometimes, and one of side effects of Remi's power is letting her see electric circuits within machines.
  • Superpower Lottery: God-tiers won by a large margin. Word of God noted that a god-tier can only be defeated by another god-tier.
    • With a power level of 8, the god-tiered Seraphina is leagues above everyone with her ability to manipulate time. This is even more impressive by the fact she was able to quickly deal with Arlo (a fellow god-tier) with little effort.
    • With the revelation of John's ability, it is clear that he too won big at the lottery.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Inasmuch as everyone at school seems to adore Seraphina, the moment it becomes apparent she's losing her powers, it becomes clear that it's actually resentment rather than actual respect, as they're quick to mock behind her back.
  • Tempting Fate: In Episode 28, Seraphina says "this will be the last we ever hear of 'Unordinary'".
  • Time Master: Seraphina can't travel through time, but she can stop time - allowing her to eliminate entire teams in the blink of an eye - and "rewind" any injury she does manage to receive, restoring her to perfect health... and this is all in addition to Super Strength, Super Reflexes, and Super Toughness. John explicitly compares her to a god.
  • Token Good Teammate: Implied with Remi. Despite being one of the higher-tier students, she has so far not acted antagonistic towards John compared to her peers even when John lashes out at her on impulse.
  • The Worf Effect: The differences in power levels make a considerable difference in terms of fight outcomes. Those that are higher tier are able to effortlessly deal with lower-tier opponents that John gets injured by.
  • Unsound Effect: "SIGH AF" from John, among others.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Subverted during Episodes 53 to 55. While Arlo can get John to reveal his true power or a chance to subjugate John and show him who is boss, he underestimates how powerful John is and essentially puts his position as King in danger as he has now earned the enmity of the true strongest male student in the school.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Practically everyone but Arlo and John has impossible hair colours, like pink, magenta, bright green, and teal.


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