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"Seven years… Working with the Slayer. Seeing my friends get more and more powerful… All of them. And I'm the guy who fixes the windows. They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie. To be the one who isn't chosen, to live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody's watching me."
― Xander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
"Not every superhero has powers. You can be super without them."
― Syndrome (The Incredibles)
"Guess what?, all of us can't be true alphas! Some of us have to make mistakes! Some of us have to get our hands a little bloody sometimes! Some of us are human!"
― Stiles Stilinski (Teen Wolf)
"Yet I’m still here. No super serum. No blonde hair or blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better."
― Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
"I know what it’s like to be in the orbit of someone who can juggle semi trucks and you want to help out, save the world, and all you can do is just stand there holding the wrench and I know the fear of being vulnerable and I will teach you the ways to handle that. Right now I just want you to know that we’re on the same team we are the extraordinary humans in a family of super people and we have to stick together."
― Lois Lane to Jonathan Kent (Superman and Lois)

The power to possess the status of a mortal being.

Also Called

  • Baseline/Mainstream Morality
  • Earthling/Fallible/Mortal/Underling/Vulnerable Beings
  • Mere-Mortal/Muggle/Mundane Physiology
  • Normo/Norma/Normie Physiology
  • Non-Metahuman Physiology
  • Powerless Physiology

Capabilities

The user is a mortal; a mundane being who are naturally vulnerable to injuries and death and generally possessing no special or supernatural powers whatsoever. Variants include victims of Powerlessness Inducement or humans born as such, as well as conditions brought about by loss of immortality, loss of invulnerability, falling from grace, etc.

That being said, mortal beings may have Recessive Genetics that allow their children or descendants to develop powers even if they themselves do not, and at least have knowledge of these abilities, and mortals are generally far from helpless.

Mortals can be empowered in unique circumstances; however, as mortals, they can still be subject to death, natural or unnatural alike, risking themselves in using powers that can be too much to bear or even fatal to them.

Even without powers, mortals can still fend for themselves, such as being skilled in one of more weapons, being in a peak physical condition, or being skilled in unarmed combat.

Applications

Variations

Levels

Associations

Limitations

  • Users will inevitably die.
  • Users are seen as playthings by non mortal beings.
  • Some users may not be powerless, but other beings can prove to be more powerful.
  • Some users would refuse any desires, chances, or opportunities in obtaining powers for they may claim to be above them and choose to retain their mortality due to the unbearable toll that comes with superhumanization.

Known Users

See also: Muggles, Muggle Power, and Muggle Best Friend

  • Momoyo Kawakami (Maji De Watashi Ni Koishinasai!)
  • Susan Long (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Stiles Stilinski (Teen Wolf)
  • Non-benders (Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra)
    • Sokka
    • Asami Sato
    • Pema
  • Ben Tennyson (Ben 10); without the Omnitrix
  • Adam and Eve (Biblical Mythology)
  • Xander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Meiling Li (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Akiho Shinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Batman Family (DC Comics)
  • Tyrael (Diablo 3)
  • Luca Jameson (Tomorrow People)
  • Mortals (Dragon Ball series)
    • Z-Fighters
    • Mr. Satan
  • Mortals (God of War)
  • Muggles (Harry Potter)
  • Squibs (Harry Potter)
  • Syndrome (The Incredibles)
  • Kaz (Mighty Med)
  • Oliver (Mighty Med)
  • Quirkless (My Hero Academia)
  • Mercury Black (RWBY)
  • Lilin/18th Angel/Humanity (Neon Genesis Evangelion); before Human Instrumentality
  • Entity 1/Humans (The Backrooms)
  • Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Zayla (Marvel Rising)
  • Mortals (Riordanverse)

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