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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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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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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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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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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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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.
25th Jul '16 7:57:52 PM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Guyver}}'', Sho doesn't want to have the powers. When he technically has the opportunity to get rid of them (when the [[spoiler:Guyver Remover is found]]), he still keeps them because he needs to protect his friends. The new anime adds a nice twist to this, with Tetsuro picking up the G-Unit first and then passing it to Sho only when it started sprouting tentacles.

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* In ''{{Guyver}}'', ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'', Sho doesn't want to have the powers. When he technically has the opportunity to get rid of them (when the [[spoiler:Guyver Remover is found]]), he still keeps them because he needs to protect his friends. The new anime adds a nice twist to this, with Tetsuro picking up the G-Unit first and then passing it to Sho only when it started sprouting tentacles.
22nd Jul '16 3:39:17 PM ThatBitterTase
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* Amusingly deconstructed in ''WebComic/{{minus}}''. Several kids talk about this sort of plot, and all agree it's the best way to go... right up until the local RealityWarper floats by on a cloud. At that point we're reminded that they're kids.
24th Jun '16 6:10:54 AM StFan
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--> "We ''ACT'' normal, Mom! I wanna ''BE'' normal! The only one who's normal is Jack-Jack, and he's not even ''toilet-trained!''"

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--> "We -->'''Violet:''' We ''ACT'' normal, Mom! I wanna ''BE'' normal! The only one who's normal is Jack-Jack, and he's not even ''toilet-trained!''"''toilet-trained!''



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* Robert Dreese in ''[[{{Literature/MGP}} Magical Girl Policy]]'' experiences this when he learns of the plans that Fate has for him.



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** Buffy often had bouts of wanting to be normal.
--> '''Buffy''': I just want to be alone and quiet in a room with a chair and a fireplace and a tea cozy. I don't even know what a tea cozy is, but I want one.

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** Buffy often had has bouts of wanting to be normal.
--> '''Buffy''': --->'''Buffy:''' I just want to be alone and quiet in a room with a chair and a fireplace and a tea cozy. I don't even know what a tea cozy is, but I want one.



-->''"What's a 'normal life' in the Buffy universe? How does she even have a concept of what normal is? Keep in mind, it's not like the demons only reveal themselves to her because she's a slayer, and everyone else gets to spend Saturday at the mall. The demons are real for everyone -- [[CrapsackWorld Sunnydale is a war zone.]] The only difference is that everyone else is helpless and she isn't.''\\
''"Over seven seasons, we see enough bodies pile up in that town to know that the idea of normalcy doesn't exist for anyone. The show is set in a horrifying universe where every day, 'normal' people have to worry about their organs being harvested, getting eviscerated by She-Mantises or being eaten by bullies possessed by demonic hyenas. Well over 10 students and faculty die every season at Sunnydale High School, and 100 percent of those deaths are murder by some supernatural creature. Being 'normal' means being a vulnerable hunk of meat just burning time before getting eaten by a demon.''\\
''"Buffy hasn't sacrificed her life for her powers; her powers are the only thing ensuring that she has a life. She is one of the few people capable of even stepping foot outside her house at night without having to worry about something crawling out of hell and planting eggs in her chest."''

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-->''"What's --->''What's a 'normal life' "normal life" in the Buffy universe? How does she even have a concept of what normal is? Keep in mind, it's not like the demons only reveal themselves to her because she's a slayer, and everyone else gets to spend Saturday at the mall. The demons are real for everyone -- [[CrapsackWorld Sunnydale is a war zone.]] The only difference is that everyone else is helpless and she isn't.''\\
''"Over
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seven seasons, we see enough bodies pile up in that town to know that the idea of normalcy doesn't exist for anyone. The show is set in a horrifying universe where every day, 'normal' "normal" people have to worry about their organs being harvested, getting eviscerated by She-Mantises or being eaten by bullies possessed by demonic hyenas. Well over 10 students and faculty die every season at Sunnydale High School, and 100 percent of those deaths are murder by some supernatural creature. Being 'normal' "normal" means being a vulnerable hunk of meat just burning time before getting eaten by a demon.''\\
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hasn't sacrificed her life for her powers; her powers are the only thing ensuring that she has a life. She is one of the few people capable of even stepping foot outside her house at night without having to worry about something crawling out of hell and planting eggs in her chest."''
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* So did the witches from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
** That is an understatement. It is the plot for every other episode.
** Phoebe seems to like being a witch, though. In spite of having the lamest power of all of them.
*** She did like being a witch until she married Cole. After losing all of her powers, she was happy with it since she hated being an Empath.

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* So did do the witches from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
** That is an understatement.
''Series/{{Charmed}}''. It is the plot for every other episode.
** Phoebe seems to like being a witch, though. In though; in spite of having the lamest power of all of them.
*** She did like being a witch until
them. Until she married Cole. Cole, at least. After losing all of her powers, she was is happy with it since she hated being an Empath.









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* In ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron'', Virginia is so opposed to the idea of having powers, she tries to get a friend to come up with a cure not only for herself, but for her to slip into the drinks of her other super-powered friends. Jonas isn't very eager to use his powers either, saying that Donald's whole “Fate gave us these powers for a reason so we have to experiment with them and save everyone and be heroes!!!” mentality rubbed off on him to the point where he lost control over them enough to use them in his sleep.

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* In ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron'', Virginia is so opposed to the idea of having powers, she tries to get a friend to come up with a cure not only for herself, but for her to slip into the drinks of her other super-powered friends. Jonas isn't very eager to use his powers either, saying that Donald's whole “Fate "Fate gave us these powers for a reason so we have to experiment with them and save everyone and be heroes!!!” heroes!!!" mentality rubbed off on him to the point where he lost control over them enough to use them in his sleep.



* In {{Literature/Worm}} members of the Travelers like Noelle and Sundancer wish they had a nice, normal life without their powers. Presumably holds true for others who would have gained powers from trigger events.

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* In {{Literature/Worm}} ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' members of the Travelers like Noelle and Sundancer wish they had a nice, normal life without their powers. Presumably holds true for others who would have gained powers from trigger events.



* {{Literature/Enter The Farside}}: Despite being gifted with immense strength and physical durability, Shaun just wants to be a normal person who goes through school and has a regular life.
* ''Literature/{{These days}}'': Considering that Lilly was not only confessed to by her best friend, in the weeks since then she [[spoiler:gained the unstable ability to mind read]], [[spoiler:time traveled]], and nearly [[spoiler:got killed, thrice]], it's no wonder she feels that way.

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* {{Literature/Enter The Farside}}: ''Literature/EnterTheFarside'': Despite being gifted with immense strength and physical durability, Shaun just wants to be a normal person who goes through school and has a regular life.
* ''Literature/{{These days}}'': ''Literature/TheseDays'': Considering that Lilly was not only confessed to by her best friend, in the weeks since then she [[spoiler:gained the unstable ability to mind read]], [[spoiler:time traveled]], and nearly [[spoiler:got killed, thrice]], it's no wonder she feels that way.



* Robert Dreese in ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy'' experiences this when he learns of the plans that Fate has for him.



20th Jun '16 1:56:00 PM Viper16
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** It's then subverted in the series finale, where the heroes admit that even if they ''did'' stop being fugitives and were able to settle down... [[ChronicHeroSyndrome they'd probably just end up doing the same thing]].
10th Jun '16 10:59:36 PM ultimomant
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* Batman has been shown to be willing to give up ever becoming Batman if he could live as Bruce Wayne with his parents instead. This was actually a plot point when Clark and Bruce travelled through time, and Bruce stopped his parents from dying.

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* Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} has been shown to be willing to give up ever becoming Batman if he could live as Bruce Wayne with his parents instead. This was actually a plot point when Clark and Bruce travelled through time, and Bruce stopped his parents from dying.


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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': Godzilla Junior's greatest dream is to live the rest of his life in peace. As long as there are evil Kaiju and evil aliens threatening the world, he will continue to fight and lead the Defenders.
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** Kakeru Kamisato used to be an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent when he suddenly gained the ability World Rejector, making him one of the most powerful characters in the series. He ''greatly'' dislikes this and being thrust into the role of a hero. Also, he believes the girls in his UnwantedHarem only like him because of his power. His dislike of having powers is so great that he starts attacking the Magic Gods, believing they were responsible for giving him his powers.

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** Kakeru Kamisato used to be an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent when he suddenly gained the ability World Rejector, Rejecter, making him one of the most powerful characters in the series. He ''greatly'' dislikes this and being thrust into the role of a hero. Also, he believes the girls in his UnwantedHarem only like him because of his power. His dislike of having powers is so great that he starts attacking the Magic Gods, believing they were responsible for giving him his powers.
6th May '16 3:29:32 PM Ymirsdaughter
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* Inverted in Avril Lavigne's ''Anything But Ordinary''.
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