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22nd Sep '16 6:46:09 PM InSetsofThree
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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': Malcolm is a kid genius with a 165 IQ, capable of solving incredibly complicated equations in a matter of seconds...and, in the early seasons, hates every second of it. He desperately wants to be seen as normal, and worries that his friends and family will dismiss him as a weirdo if they know exactly how smart he is.
19th Sep '16 10:55:15 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the new ''ComicBook/SpiderWoman'' comic, Jessica want very much and tries very hard to give up the super-hero thing for good, for the sake of her baby. Unfortunately, trouble is drawn to her like a magnet, as is temptation and boredom. Eventually, she checks into a max-security alien hospital recommended by Carol and ComicBook/AlphaFlight, but it only gets worse, as a renegade gang of Skrulls manage to break into the place, requiring Jess to go into action again, going into labor halfway through, and fighting the bad guys after doctors deliver her baby with an emergency C-section. (The baby's okay, but on the final page, Jess and Carol ''laugh'' at the thought that she can ''ever'' be normal again.)
10th Sep '16 10:19:04 PM WillBGood
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* Judai in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' becomes notably less cheerful when suddenly the only thing stopping all his friends from dying and the world ending is the card game he loved so much. And up until this point he was the only one who really ''did'' seem to treat it as a card game. [[spoiler:Eventually the stress becomes so bad that he surrenders to his super powered evil side and starts taking over the duel monsters world, requiring ''two'' heroic sacrifices to get him back to ''efficiency''. He doesn't start enjoying dueling again until a decent bit into the next season... at which point the next big bad starts trying to implement {{instrumentality}}.]] [[{{deconstruction}} Sucks, huh?]]

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* Judai in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' becomes notably less cheerful when suddenly the only thing stopping all his friends from dying and the world ending is the card game he loved so much. And up until this point he was the only one who really ''did'' seem to treat it as a card game. [[spoiler:Eventually the stress becomes so bad that he surrenders to his super powered evil side and starts taking over the duel monsters world, requiring ''two'' heroic sacrifices to get him back to ''efficiency''. He doesn't start enjoying dueling again until a decent bit into the next season... at which point the next big bad starts trying to implement {{instrumentality}}.their AssimilationPlot.]] [[{{deconstruction}} Sucks, huh?]]
5th Sep '16 1:24:51 PM StarSword
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->''"I don't want to be the bee's knees, okay! I don't want to be any kind of knees! I just want to be a normal girl with normal knees!"''
-->-- '''Ruby Rose''', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''

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->''"I don't want to be ->'''Frodo Baggins:''' I wish the bee's knees, okay! I don't want Ring had never come to be any kind me. I wish none of knees! I just want this had happened.\\
'''Gandalf the Grey:''' So do all who live
to be a normal girl see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with normal knees!"''
the time that is given to you.
-->-- '''Ruby Rose''', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: Literature/TheFellowshipOfTheRing''
4th Sep '16 6:20:16 PM StarSword
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* Blaine [=McFadden=] initially became this in ''[[Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga Ice Forged]]'' after being exiled to a PenalColony and having to give up his old identity as a Donderan nobleman, adopting the moniker "Mick". However, once there, he developed a reputation for being a good man deft at settling disputes and [[BewareTheNiceOnce not to be trifled with]], which for the other colonists makes him a shoe-in to represent them on the new town council after an uprising overthrows the warden and his guards when magic disappears. Then he finds out that he may be the only chance to ever restore magic and is forced to become a warlord in the ruins of Donderath, including resuming his Blaine identity.

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* Blaine [=McFadden=] initially became this in ''[[Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga Ice Forged]]'' after being exiled to a PenalColony and having to give up his old identity as a Donderan nobleman, adopting the moniker "Mick". However, once there, he developed a reputation for being a good man deft at settling disputes and [[BewareTheNiceOnce [[BewareTheNiceOnes not to be trifled with]], which for the other colonists makes him a shoe-in to represent them on the new town council after an uprising overthrows the warden and his guards when magic disappears. Then he finds out that he may be the only chance to ever restore magic and is forced to become a warlord in the ruins of Donderath, including resuming his Blaine identity.
4th Sep '16 6:17:48 PM StarSword
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* River Tam of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' actually has a rather heartbreaking speech in the episode "Objects in Space" where she says that she just wants to be accepted by the crew and be a normal person. The heartbreaking part is this is a farewell speech she says as she surrenders to a bounty hunter so her friends can be safe and not hunted by the government anymore.
** [[spoiler: Though it turns out this is was a BatmanGambit to get him outside the ship and lead him into an ambush.]]
** According to the commentary on ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', this is why River wants to hear Mal tell her his wisdom with his own voice at the end of the movie - she just wants to hear it the way normal people speak.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
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River Tam of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' actually has a rather heartbreaking speech in the episode "Objects in Space" where she says that she just wants to be accepted by the crew and be a normal person. The heartbreaking part is this is a farewell speech she says as she surrenders to a bounty hunter so her friends can be safe and not hunted by the government anymore.
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anymore. [[spoiler: Though it turns out this is was a BatmanGambit to get him the hunter outside the ship and lead him into an ambush.]]
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]] According to the commentary on ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', this is also why River wants to hear Mal tell her his wisdom with his own voice at the end of the movie - she just wants to hear it the way normal people speak.
4th Sep '16 6:15:28 PM StarSword
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* Blaine [=McFadden=] initially became this in ''[[Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga Ice Forged]]'' after being exiled to a PenalColony and having to give up his old identity as a Donderan nobleman, adopting the moniker "Mick". However, once there, he developed a reputation for being a good man deft at settling disputes and [[BewareTheNiceOnce not to be trifled with]], which for the other colonists makes him a shoe-in to represent them on the new town council after an uprising overthrows the warden and his guards when magic disappears. Then he finds out that he may be the only chance to ever restore magic and is forced to become a warlord in the ruins of Donderath, including resuming his Blaine identity.
29th Aug '16 9:55:10 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'s'' Shizuo Heiwajima may be a nigh-indestructible, [[SuperStrength vending machine-tossing]] BadAss, but he'd give that up in an instant if it meant he could go a day without hospitalizing someone in a fit of UnstoppableRage.

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* ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'s'' ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'':
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Shizuo Heiwajima may be a nigh-indestructible, [[SuperStrength vending machine-tossing]] BadAss, but he'd give that up in an instant if it meant he could go a day without hospitalizing someone in a fit of UnstoppableRage.UnstoppableRage.
** Then there's Anri Sonohara, a quiet girl who is aware that supernatural things are going on around her (though she doesn't know all the details), and just wants to be left alone. [[spoiler:If that means using her {{Yandere}} magic sword to mind-control people into leaving her alone, then so be it]].
--->'''Anri:''' I ''will'' have peace in my life.
27th Aug '16 11:58:42 AM narm00
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* And before the Titans, there was ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''. Robotman, in particular, was unhappy about his BlessedWithSuck condition (more extreme than Vic Stone's). However, the comic's premise was that, by the time you get to the Patrol, you're too far gone to even come ''near'' normal again. After a few disasterous attempts, he's more or less resigned to his condition.
* Used in a rather awesome way in the third ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'' comic series, when the villainous Eclipso grants the Blue Beetle all his deepest, most secret desires. Turns out he wants to be a dentist.
** The awesome thing is, she expected that a mild-mannered teenager would dream of power. She planned to turn him into some kind of monster and use him to get the MacGuffin back. Unfortunately for her, the only kind of power he dreams of is a high-paying, reliable job... which isn't very useful to get {{MacGuffin}}s.
* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' character Karolina Dean would rather be a normal, Hollywood teenager, rather than the lesbian child of two alien criminals. Although only when things go wrong, as when she tried to kiss Nico and turned out she wasn't interested. At the end of the first series she was the first one who ran out of her foster house and contacted everyone, as she wanted to "fly again".

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* And before the Titans, there was ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''. Robotman, in particular, was unhappy about his BlessedWithSuck condition (more extreme than Vic Stone's). However, the comic's premise was is that, by the time you get to the Patrol, you're too far gone to even come ''near'' normal again. After a few disasterous disastrous attempts, he's more or less resigned to his condition.
* Used in a rather awesome way in the third 2006 ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'' comic series, when the villainous Eclipso grants the Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes all his deepest, most secret desires. Turns out he wants to be a dentist.
** The awesome thing is, she expected that a mild-mannered teenager would dream of power. She planned to turn him into some kind of monster and use him to get the MacGuffin back.MacGuffin. Unfortunately for her, the only kind of power he dreams of is a high-paying, reliable job... which isn't very useful to get {{MacGuffin}}s.
** In the 2016 series, Jaime's quest to become normal leads him to billionaire industrialist Ted Kord in the hope he can remove Jaime's powers. Unfortunately for Jaime, Ted turns out to be a superhero fanboy who decides to join forces with him and find out how to use his powers to help people.
* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' character Karolina Dean would rather be a normal, normal Hollywood teenager, rather than the lesbian child of two alien criminals. Although only when things go wrong, as when she tried to kiss Nico and turned out she wasn't interested. At the end of the first series she was the first one who ran out of her foster house and contacted everyone, as she wanted to "fly again".



* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm, The Thing]], is the poster boy for this trope. Despite his complaints about being an orange rock monster, every time he's be "cured", he finds a reason to become The Thing, again. He actually enjoys being the FF's strong man and "The Idol of Millions", but just wishes he could walk down the street without being stared at.

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* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm, The Thing]], is the poster boy for this trope. Despite his complaints about being an orange rock monster, every time he's be been "cured", he finds a reason to become The Thing, Thing again. He actually enjoys being the FF's strong man and "The Idol of Millions", but just wishes he could walk down the street without being stared at.



* In more recent works, Comicbook/{{Superman}} does cherish his Kryptonian heritage but thinks of himself as Clark Kent first. At one point, Mr. Mxyzptlk threatened to turn him into a powerless human who would have to live a normal life, but...

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* In more recent works, Comicbook/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} does cherish his Kryptonian heritage but thinks of himself as Clark Kent first. At one point, Mr. Mxyzptlk threatened to turn him into a powerless human who would have to live a normal life, but...



*** Banner's case is even worse since his real problem isn't actually his gamma mutate powers [[spoiler:it's the psychological disorder born from his horrific childhood thanks to his murderous abusive father.]] Bruce wasn't "normal" even before he was exposed to gamma radiation.

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*** Banner's case is even worse since his real problem isn't actually his gamma mutate powers powers, [[spoiler:it's the psychological disorder born from his horrific childhood thanks to his murderous abusive father.]] Bruce wasn't "normal" even before he was exposed to gamma radiation.
11th Aug '16 9:27:18 PM Ramona122003
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 4 BigBad Kira Yoshikage's main motivation was to live a normal and uneventful life. When you consider what his [[SerialKiller main hobby is]] it makes his goal kind of contradictory.
** Yoshikage stated that he has an uncontrollable desire to kill. Even if he wanted to stop, he really couldn't.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 4 BigBad Kira Yoshikage's main motivation was to live a normal and uneventful life. When you consider what his [[SerialKiller main hobby is]] it makes his goal kind of contradictory.
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contradictory. Yoshikage stated that he has an uncontrollable desire to kill. Even if he wanted to stop, he really couldn't.



** [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]], starting in ''Disappearance'', which essentially makes her [[spoiler:TheWoobie.]]
** Another remarkable fact is that if you look closely, you have to wonder if it's actually [[spoiler:''Haruhi'']] and not [[spoiler:Kyon]] who is really the IJustWantToBeNormal character. [[spoiler:As Koizumi keeps pointing out, Haruhi actually enjoys very much doing all those ordinary activities that she does with the SOS Brigade members. The SOS Brigade actually ''reduces'' Haruhi's interest in the supernatural, and focuses it more on the ordinary, and she's very happy that way.]]
** From the most recent novels we have [[spoiler:Sasaki]], who is essentially an [[strike: villainous]] [[AntiVillain antagonistic]] version of this trope.



** The characters fit this trope only tentatively. They have absolutely no complaints with their abnormal lives or their superhuman abilities, and most would probably hate being forced into normality in that fashion; the sole element of their lives they want gone are their Jusenkyo curses, which all but one character finds at the least annoying and at worst actively harmful to their lives. The one exception grew up with his curse... and also happens to go from cruel, egotistic {{Bishonen}} to a giant monster that the best martial artists of his generation have serious trouble defeating.



* Simon of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is both an example and an aversion. It was a constant of the first few episodes that he would plead with Kamina to return home once the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Ganmen Of The Week]] started pulverising them, but Kamina's [[HotBlooded Manly Spirit]] (TM) forced him to repeatedly change his tune, eventually reaching the point where his obligatory HeroicBSOD is completely shattered and the trope abandoned in favour of Simon delivering a never-ending stream of awesome wins.

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
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Simon of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is both an example and an aversion. It was a constant of the first few episodes that he would plead with Kamina to return home once the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Ganmen Of The Week]] started pulverising them, but Kamina's [[HotBlooded Manly Spirit]] (TM) forced him to repeatedly change his tune, eventually reaching the point where his obligatory HeroicBSOD is completely shattered and the trope abandoned in favour of Simon delivering a never-ending stream of awesome wins.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', at the end of his fight with Zoro, Kaku expressed regret that he never got to lead a normal life, having been raised to be an assassin. In the manga, him and the rest of [=CP9=] take a stab at this with the World Government hot on their tails.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', at ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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the end of his fight with Zoro, Kaku expressed regret that he never got to lead a normal life, having been raised to be an assassin. In the manga, him and the rest of [=CP9=] take a stab at this with the World Government hot on their tails.



* Zelgadis in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is a prime example. CursedWithAwesome in the form of being merged with a stone golem and a demon, in the anime his quest can actually make him seem motivated by vanity, because his warped body isn't unattractive in an exotic sort of way ([[CuteMonsterGirl almost a Cute Monster Guy]]), he doesn't really care about people anyway (which makes their being afraid of him when they see him have less impact), and most importantly his body gives him super powers. It boosts his energy reserves, allowing him to cast more spells than either of his companions, allows him to go for ages without food or water, gives him superhuman strength, speed, hearing and stamina, and makes him NighInvulnerable to all practical purposes (only incredibly powerful attacks can hurt him -- Demon Lords, the [[ForgottenSuperWeapon Sword of Light]], etcetera).

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* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
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Zelgadis in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is a prime example. CursedWithAwesome in the form of being merged with a stone golem and a demon, in the anime his quest can actually make him seem motivated by vanity, because his warped body isn't unattractive in an exotic sort of way ([[CuteMonsterGirl almost a Cute Monster Guy]]), he doesn't really care about people anyway (which makes their being afraid of him when they see him have less impact), and most importantly his body gives him super powers. It boosts his energy reserves, allowing him to cast more spells than either of his companions, allows him to go for ages without food or water, gives him superhuman strength, speed, hearing and stamina, and makes him NighInvulnerable to all practical purposes (only incredibly powerful attacks can hurt him -- Demon Lords, the [[ForgottenSuperWeapon Sword of Light]], etcetera).



* The entire plot of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' was this from [[RealityWarper Clow]] [[AGodAmI Reed]], even the very ''existence'' of the titular heroine. He was so damn powerful he couldn't control his own powers, mostly seeing the future, which took away all the pleasures of life. So he created a ''more powerful witch'' (Sakura) who could divide his power between his two reincarnation-like versions, one of them being ''Sakura's father'' Fujitaka.
** Only in the manga, though. In the anime, Clow just died so everything else happens equally, except the Sakura's dad being half of Clow and the dividing power thing.

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
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The entire plot of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' in the manga was this from [[RealityWarper Clow]] [[AGodAmI Reed]], even the very ''existence'' of the titular heroine. He was so damn powerful he couldn't control his own powers, mostly seeing the future, which took away all the pleasures of life. So he created a ''more powerful witch'' (Sakura) who could divide his power between his two reincarnation-like versions, one of them being ''Sakura's father'' Fujitaka.
** Only in the manga, though. In the anime, Clow just died so everything else happens equally, except the Sakura's dad being half of Clow and the dividing power thing.
Fujitaka.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Alphonse wants his normal body back, and wants Ed to get his limbs back.
** This is also the whole motivation of the homunculii in the first anime, especially in the case of Lust.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Alphonse wants his normal body back, and wants Ed to get his limbs back.
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back. This is also the whole motivation of the homunculii in the first anime, especially in the case of Lust.



* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Fresh from a DefeatMeansFriendship, [[SociopathicHero Gajeel]] is smart enough to realize that it'll take a lot of time for most of Fairy Tail to forgive him. In addition to protecting his new friends, Gajeel goes to huge lengths to be accepted. This is usually played for laughs, since Gajeel doesn't have much of an idea as to how that works. For example, he once tied up the guild's singer and hijacked her concert so he could sing a ballad.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': ''Manga/FairyTail'':
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Fresh from a DefeatMeansFriendship, [[SociopathicHero Gajeel]] is smart enough to realize that it'll take a lot of time for most of Fairy Tail to forgive him. In addition to protecting his new friends, Gajeel goes to huge lengths to be accepted. This is usually played for laughs, since Gajeel doesn't have much of an idea as to how that works. For example, he once tied up the guild's singer and hijacked her concert so he could sing a ballad.


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* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** Gohan has the potential to become the strongest fighting in the universe, far surpassing his dad and the other hybrids. Instead, he choses to live a peaceful life as a scholar and family man, and only fights if there is an immediate threat.
** Despite being a badass who saved the world from the androids and kept Majin Buu from being revived, Future Trunks is envious of Gohan since he can live his dream and have a happy family, while [[spoiler: Goku Black]] stole everything from him including his [[spoiler: mother and Mai (so he thinks)]]. Just being reminded of the life he could of have if Black never came to Earth reduces Trunks to tears.
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