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16th Nov '16 11:10:20 PM Gamermaster
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* Tooru from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to keep the laundry dry by dispersing rain clouds. She also uses her PerceptionFilter power to sneak into Kobayashi's workplace and watch her work without anyone (Kobayashi included) noticing her presence... and then uses her invisibility to trip Kobayashi's boss several times in a row for [[{{Jerkass}} abusing his authority to harass Kobayashi, foist his own workload on her, and viciously reprimand her for the most trivial of mistakes]].

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* Tooru Tohru from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to keep the laundry dry by dispersing rain clouds. She also uses her PerceptionFilter power to sneak into Kobayashi's workplace and watch her work without anyone (Kobayashi included) noticing her presence... and then uses her invisibility to trip Kobayashi's boss several times in a row for [[{{Jerkass}} abusing his authority to harass Kobayashi, foist his own workload on her, and viciously reprimand her for the most trivial of mistakes]].
10th Nov '16 8:29:01 PM Gamermaster
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* Tooru from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds and keep the laundry dry.

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* Tooru from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds and keep the laundry dry.dry by dispersing rain clouds. She also uses her PerceptionFilter power to sneak into Kobayashi's workplace and watch her work without anyone (Kobayashi included) noticing her presence... and then uses her invisibility to trip Kobayashi's boss several times in a row for [[{{Jerkass}} abusing his authority to harass Kobayashi, foist his own workload on her, and viciously reprimand her for the most trivial of mistakes]].
** Deconstructed when she tries to cook food using her fire breath and predictably ends up burning it to a crisp. She didn't use the stove because "it lacks firepower."
21st Oct '16 9:00:00 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the cast wants to make curry but don't have any kind of heater. So they have [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]] cook the food with her electricity.
** Accelerator has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever he wishes not to be bothered.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Misaka Mikoto, level 5 Electromaster... Usually uses her power of electricity to get free drinks from a vending machine.
** [[PowerPerversionPotential Kuroko uses her teleportation to perv on Mikoto.]]
** In one 4koma, Accelerator uses his power of vectors to speed up a conveyor belt sushi. Also, he has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever he wishes not to be bothered.
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'':
** The
cast wants to make curry but don't have any kind of heater. So they have [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]] cook the food with her electricity.
** Accelerator has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever he wishes not to be bothered.
electricity.



* ''LightNovel/ToaruMajutsuNoIndex'': Misaka Mikoto, level 5 Electromaster... Usually uses her power of electricity to get free drinks from a vending machine.
** [[PowerPerversionPotential Kuroko uses her teleportation to perv on Mikoto.]]
** In one 4koma, Accelerator uses his power of vectors to speed up a conveyor belt sushi.
9th Oct '16 3:31:12 PM Lopiny
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom:'' Koro-Sensei uses his wide library of powers mostly for these. Mach 20 speed is used to get some Chinese food from China itself and some ice from the North Pole, his insane FlashStep capabilities get abused a ''lot'' to both taunt his students and assist them, his solid SpeedEchoes get used by leaving one of them per student to help them out individually before an exam, his regenerative powers let him offer his students the chance to take potshots at his tentacles for morale purposes, among others.
8th Oct '16 7:54:41 PM Gamermaster
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** In a Sound Stage of the ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha Original Series]]'', Nanoha (with Yuuno's help) uses [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] as fireworks on the anniversary of Fate's joining with her familiar Arf.

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** In a Sound Stage of the ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha Original Series]]'', Nanoha (with Yuuno's help) uses [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] as fireworks on the anniversary of Fate's joining with her familiar Arf.
8th Oct '16 7:53:44 PM Gamermaster
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* Tooru from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds and keep the laundry dry.

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* Tooru from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds and keep the laundry dry.
4th Oct '16 9:12:28 AM rafi
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* In ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', Yami and Mea demonstrate that, yup, VoluntaryShapeshifting can make cooking and cleaning pretty cool.
4th Oct '16 9:10:13 AM rafi
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* In both ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', flamethrowers are repurposed as the world's most dangerous (and wasteful) cigarette lighters. The latter also has it used to broil (well, burn) meat.
** Also in ''Trigun'', a ''machine gun'' was once used to [[CouldntFindALighter light a cigarette]].
** ''Cowboy Bebop'' also proves that {{Kill Sat}}s can be repurposed to draw doodles.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Belldandy used her magic to renovate a run-down Buddhist temple and make it suitable for habitation, giving her, Keiichi, and her sisters a plausible reason for FriendsRentControl.



* Stocking in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' can turn her stockings into katanas. She uses it in one episode to help her make a sandwich.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' involves using Digimon attacks...for cooking!
* Mai Tokiha of ''Manga/MaiOtome'' uses her ability to create flaming rings to...cook. Meanwhile, the robot warrior Miyu doubles as a spiffy eggbeater.
** Which was a ShoutOut to ''Manga/MaiHiME'''s CookingDuel episode, where Miyu whipped up eggs in less than two seconds, much to Mai and Shiho's surprise.
** Not to mention the ending scene of ''Manga/MaiHiME'' has Akira using her awesome {{Ninja}} skills to slice an apple.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Tasuke's asked to burn some hairs with his fire powers, so he goes into his usual warm-up pose before tossing a tiny flame. Later, despite his protests that his fire-spewing steel fan is a weapon and not merely a handy device to ward off the cold, he can be seen in the background, lightly fanning Nuriko after the latter complains about the cold.
* In ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'', Yuna uses her superpowerful battlesuit to make sunnyside up eggs, by the heat of atmospheric re-entry!
--> "If I'd known you wanted to use the most powerful combat unit in the Universe to cook eggs, I might not have let you!" '''El-Line'''.

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* Stocking in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' can turn her stockings It turns out that ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'''s 3D Maneuver Gear, intended for reaching the weak points of man-eating giants, is also very useful for washing windows.
** After unsuccessfully trying to use his ability of [[spoiler:transforming
into katanas. She uses a Titan]], Eren drops a teaspoon. As he reaches out for it, he unintentionally [[spoiler:transforms his hand into a Titan one]], which picks it up. His colleague concludes that in one order to use his ability, he must have a clear goal in mind.
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', it's established that America has super strength. However, the only times we see this are when he's a kid and he swings a full grown buffalo over his head, and later when he drags a full sized SUV with ease in order to ask if he could borrow it.
* [[AllPowerfulBystander Rather than using his phenomenal cosmic powers for anything especially useful]] ([[ItAmusedMe "Do you want me to die of boredom?"]]), ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[spoiler:Ronnie Schiatto]] tends to employ his {{omniscience}} and {{omnipotence}} for absurdly minor tasks such as saving himself the price of a train ticket or correcting the FBI's spelling errors.
* ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' rides the line between this and SeriousBusiness with the sport of Bigfoot Basketball, which is what happens when you decide to play basketball with giant mecha.
* In
episode to help her make a sandwich.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' involves using Digimon attacks...for cooking!
* Mai Tokiha
9 of ''Manga/MaiOtome'' ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'' Mirai uses her ability [[BloodyMurder blood manipulation]] powers to pick a lock. In the same episode Izumi uses her [[BarrierWarrior force field]] power to create flaming rings to...cook. Meanwhile, a series of small box shaped force fields along a dark path at night to use the robot warrior Miyu doubles glow from the force fields to illuminate the path.
* Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'' turns her fingers into eating utensils when she needs to eat. She also made handpuppets when she got bored.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In an omake 6th Squad Captain Byakuya Kuchiki jokes that he uses his Senbon Zakura, an attack known to reduce opponents to a status where their bodies can't be identified
as human, in order to give himself a spiffy eggbeater.
haircut.
** Which was a ShoutOut Another character, Ishida Uryuu, appears to ''Manga/MaiHiME'''s CookingDuel use hyper-speed for sewing and handicrafts.
** Post-timeskip, Ichigo uses his advanced combat skills, speed, strength, and reflexes (though not his actual superpowers) developed due to war to beat up common thugs and dominate sports... for money.
** In a filler
episode, where Miyu whipped up eggs in less than two seconds, much to Mai and Shiho's surprise.
** Not to mention the ending scene of ''Manga/MaiHiME'' has Akira using her awesome {{Ninja}} skills to slice an apple.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Tasuke's asked to burn some hairs with his fire powers, so he goes into his usual warm-up pose before tossing a tiny flame. Later, despite his protests that his fire-spewing steel fan is a weapon and not merely a handy device to ward off the cold, he can be seen in the background, lightly fanning Nuriko after the latter complains about the cold.
* In ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'', Yuna
Hitsugaya uses her superpowerful battlesuit his shikai ability, a humongous ice dragon known to freeze anything within its vicinity, to make sunnyside up eggs, by ice on their visit to the beach (at the request of Ichigo for IllBoy Ukitake who'd almost passed out from heat of atmospheric re-entry!
--> "If I'd known you wanted to use
stroke).
** In another omake Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto used his sword Ryūjin Jakka -
the most powerful combat unit Zanpakutō in all of Soul Society - to heat up ovens, stay warm and bake sweet potatoes. Shunsui Kyōraku speculated that Ryūjin Jakka ''resented'' being used for such purposes, allowing Muramasa to take control of it.
*** And yet a later omake has Yamamoto [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDpgXL9R8c forbidding people from using their zanpakuto's bankai forms for mundane things like moving heavy objects.]] Mind you, that ''was'' Komamura's giant samurai.
** In
the Universe Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on [[spoiler: her son, Kazui,]] whenever he wanders off.
* In chapter 12 of ''Manga/BloodyCross'' Tsukimiya uses her [[BloodyMurder blood manipulation]] powers to make darts out of her blood to throw at a dart board.
* Most of the cards in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' are either very versatile or designed specifically for combat. However there is also The Flower which Sakura uses to make bouquets, The Bubble which is used for washing, and The Sweet which [[ShapedLikeItself makes things taste sweet]].
** This actually gets lampshaded in-story, as The Bubble ''was'' created by Clow Reed for that specific use. More exactly, to give Kerberos (a huge winged feline in his unsealed form) his daily bath [[BrilliantButLazy without working out too much.]]
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the cast wants to make curry but don't have any kind of heater. So they have [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]]
cook eggs, I might the food with her electricity.
** Accelerator has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever he wishes
not have let you!" '''El-Line'''.to be bothered.
** Kinuho Wannai can use her [[MakingASplash water control]] to clean the swimming pool. It is hinted that she and her partner Maaya Awatsuki, who can control buoyancy, use their abilities to swim faster.
** Shizuri Mugino, who can generate Meltdowner energy that disintegrates anything it touches, can conjure up a tiny ball of it to light her path.
* ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'':
** Joujirou is occasionally seen using his SuperSpeed to do things like... get food from the cafeteria without waiting in line.
** Misa also uses her pyrokinesis to light a grill at one point.
* In ''LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage'', Waltraute, Frigg, and Freyja use The Gjallarhorn, the horn that blows to signal Ragnarok, like a telescope. Heimdallr is appalled, but he can't do anything about it.



* The ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic The Second Raid'' OVA has Mao researching [[HumongousMecha Arm Slave]] operation patterns with the objective of making them capable of performing complex maneuvers while unmanned... by programming two [[BiggerStick M9s]] to ''dance tango''. And it actually works - until during a spin the leading M9 [[EpicFail accidentally lets go of its partner's hand, sending said partner flying into a wall]].
* One of the hallmarks of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' filler is the characters turning their fantastic ninja powers to boring everyday tasks -- Naruto using his absurdly powerful Rasengan jutsu to [[CookingDuel mix noodles]] or power a boat, for example.
** In canon, there's the [[XRayVision Byakugan's]] potential to cheat at card games.
*** Also canon is ninja cheating at a GoldfishScoopingGame by using chakra to reinforce the rice paper.
** Also see D-rank missions, which consist almost entirely of this trope. To put it simply, kids that are trained with years of ninjutsu put their skills to... finding a lost cat.
** In the Forest of Death, Naruto jumps into the river with Shadow Clone Jutsu, and forces several fish to the surface. Sasuke tosses kunai at them, and starts a fire with Fire Ball Jutsu.
*** And before that, in the written exam Sasuke used his Sharingan to cheat on the [[HarderThanHard Chunin Exams written test]] while Neji used his Byakugan, and nearly everyone else used some variation of their skills.
** In Shippuden, Naruto's Shadow Clone Jutsu is an inversion. It was originally created to help the user train, study, or spy, since everything they learn is instantly learned by their creator. Naruto was able to use them in straight up fights due to his abundance of chakra.
** Deidara frequently uses his explosive clay creatures as transport.
** Naruto's SuperMode which calls on the uncorrupted Ninetails chakra is used [[FantasticLightSource as a flashlight]], which is then properly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
** In the ''[[Anime/SunnySideBattle Sunny-Side Battle!]]'' OVA, Itachi decides to make Sasuke the perfect sunny-side up eggs. After repeated failures, he gets frustrated and breaks out the mangekyo sharingan... things just get more surreal from there.



* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Kenshin has been seen using the sharp edge of his one-of-a-kind reverse-blade sword to cut firewood on occasion.
** This trope is also subverted when he goes looking for the heir of the sword's maker: he uses one of the man's kitchen knives to slice up a daikon in the most MundaneMadeAwesome way possible, and then reveals that he was testing the blade.
** In the anime Kenshin at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party. Rather than use his nigh-unbeatable swordplay in battle, he picks up a knife and performs the: Hiten Mitsurugui Rui - Steak style- to cut up a steak.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed and Al may use alchemy for saving AdventureTowns and fighting homunculi, but they can also use it to repair broken household items. Of course, this is probably why most people ''become'' alchemists. This how alchemy is introduced in the {{Pilot}}, with Al fixing a radio he broke by accident.
** Ed and Al's teacher, Izumi, however, frowns upon such uses, as when some of the neighborhood children bring her a broken toy to fix with her alchemy, she proceeds to just fix it the old-fashioned way instead while explaining that alchemy should only be used for things that can't be done with your own hands.
** In the movie, a [[MadScientist disgruntled physicist]] rants that alchemists have made his occupation worthless.
** At least once Havoc has asked Mustang to [[CouldntFindALighter use his flame alchemy to light up a cigarette]].

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* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Kenshin has been seen using
Chaika of ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika'' uses her magic rifle to [[FuroScene heat a bathtub]] and cook a chunk of meat. Well, technically she [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill made the sharp edge chunk of meat explode]], but she was ''trying'' to cook it.
* Allen of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' uses his left hand, imbued with a weapon capable of wiping evil from the earth possibly granted directly by God...to cheat at cards.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei's first onscreen use
of his one-of-a-kind reverse-blade sword to cut firewood on occasion.
** This trope is also subverted when he goes looking
ShockAndAwe powers are for the heir sake of fixing his landlady's TV under the guise of PercussiveMaintenance.
** Another guy used telekinetic RazorFloss to open his boss's beer bottle from across the room, and there's a child Contractor in the {{interquel}} manga series who used her teleportation ability to collect junk and build a secret hideout.
* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' has a house cleaning episode in which the girls (at least one or two of them) use their magical transformations to get the job done in a hurry.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' involves using Digimon attacks...for cooking!
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** The Dragon Balls themselves, at least early on. Except for Emperor Pilaf, who wants to TakeOverTheWorld, the others wanted the balls and their powers for completely silly things; Oolong wanted some panties (which he got), Bulma wanted a "super-cute boyfriend", (originally it was a lifetime supply of strawberries) and Yamcha wanted them to get rid of his fear of girls. (Bulma & Yamcha later helped each other with their respective wishes, at least, until a certain Saiyan prince came along).
** Master Roshi seems to possess several fantastical items, many of which he doesn't even realize. One was the Bashousen, a magical fan that could summon wind and rain, which Chi Chi wanted to put out the flames of Frypan Mountain. It turned out he unwittingly used the magical artifact as a coaster only to throw it out when it became dirty.
** Earlier in the series Master Roshi had Goku and Krillin put their great strength and speed to use by doing construction work and delivering milk.
** In ''Z'', Yamcha used his super powers to become a major league baseball player. [[CantCatchUp Not that they were really useful for anything else by that point
of the sword's maker: he series anyway.]]
** Ki, not only good for blasting enemies into dust, but also good for lighting fires, warming food, and being a replacement flashlight.
** A minor example is seen in the 7th Anime/DragonBallZ Movie, "Super Android 13". Goku and Gohan are seen shopping with Chi chi and Goku is seen carrying enough boxes of merchandise and clothes that would crush a man.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has the ability to [[DarkIsEdgy manipulate shadow and give it physical form]]. Her most common display of her powers? [[RapidFireTyping Using them to type faster.]]
** She also
uses the said powers for practical, but still fairly mundane purposes, such as creating a shadow-helmet for her passengers, in the rare times she takes any. Considerate and safe.
** Shinra stopped her from using her shadow powers to prepare food, though.
** In
one of the man's kitchen knives novels, Shinra is restrained for several hours after accidentally getting caught in one of Celty's shadow webs. He managed to slice up a daikon in pass the most MundaneMadeAwesome way possible, and then reveals time by [[PowerPerversionPotential thinking of ways that he they could]] [[NightmareFetishist use said webs for S&M]].
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** Sena once used his special move, the Devil Bat Ghost, to steal a letter a girl had sent to him from a teasing friend. It
was testing even remarked as "the world's number one useless way to use a technique."
** Another time this happened was when Kurita wanted to give his teammates a bone-crushing hug after several days of training alone, and Hiruma put a big roll of bubble-wrap in his path. He hugged
the blade.
bubble wrap instead, and popped every single bubble. Suzuna's response: "Completely useless, that kind of training."
** In the anime Kenshin at one point finds Hiruma himself attending a fancy dinner party. Rather than use uses his nigh-unbeatable swordplay in battle, he picks up a knife throwing accuracy to set off explosives and performs the: Hiten Mitsurugui Rui - Steak style- to cut up a steak.
generally harass people.
** And then there was the All-Star Uselessly Badass...pillow fight.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed and Al may use alchemy for saving AdventureTowns and Canti in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': He (it?) is the sole character capable of defeating all of the HumongousMecha that come out of Naota's head. What does Canti do when not fighting homunculi, but they can also use it giant robots? Laundry. Moving boxes. Cooking. Buying groceries (and porno mags for Shigekuni...). Or, if there's no housework to repair broken household items. Of course, this is probably be done, why most people ''become'' alchemists. This how alchemy is introduced in the {{Pilot}}, not just fly with Al fixing a radio he broke by accident.
** Ed and Al's teacher, Izumi, however, frowns upon such uses, as when some of
the neighborhood children birds?
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Erza can use her Requip magic to instantly change her outfit, in addition to summoning various magic armors, swords, spears, etc. Though, she needs to
bring her a broken toy to fix huge stack of luggage bags with her alchemy, she proceeds to just fix it when the old-fashioned way instead while explaining that alchemy should only be used for things that can't be done with your own hands.
team goes out on an adventure/job request.
*** The luggage bags are actually bags of cooking materials.
** In the movie, a [[MadScientist disgruntled physicist]] rants that alchemists have made his occupation worthless.
** At least once Havoc has asked Mustang to [[CouldntFindALighter
Also, Natsu can use his flame alchemy fire abilities to light up a cigarette]].cook food and dry clothes.
** Lucy gets more MundaneUtility out of some of her spirits, such as haircuts from Cancer and clothes from Virgo, than she does combat. Plue seems to entirely exist for her to hold and cuddle.



* In both ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', flamethrowers are repurposed as the world's most dangerous (and wasteful) cigarette lighters. The latter also has it used to broil (well, burn) meat.
** Also in ''Trigun'', a ''machine gun'' was once used to [[CouldntFindALighter light a cigarette]].
** ''Cowboy Bebop'' also proves that {{Kill Sat}}s can be repurposed to draw doodles.
* Similarly, in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' a soldier once lit a Zentraedi's giant cigarette with ''a [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie's]] gunpod''.
** The penultimate episode had the Macross being used as the world's biggest '''Christmas tree'''. Read that again: a spaceship HumongousMecha decorated with Christmas lights.

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* In both ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', Pandoras typically use the Volt Texture technique to materialize their uniforms and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', flamethrowers weapons. They can also use it to instantly repair their outfits when they are repurposed as the world's damaged and even conjure clothes like gym outfits onto themselves so they don't have to waste time changing. Rana didn't know about this aspect of Volt Texture at first and instantly says it is quite convenient when she is taught how to do it. Pandoras also use their SuperStrength and SuperSpeed for activities like soccer.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed and Al may use alchemy for saving AdventureTowns and fighting homunculi, but they can also use it to repair broken household items. Of course, this is probably why
most dangerous (and wasteful) cigarette lighters. The latter also has people ''become'' alchemists. This how alchemy is introduced in the {{Pilot}}, with Al fixing a radio he broke by accident.
** Ed and Al's teacher, Izumi, however, frowns upon such uses, as when some of the neighborhood children bring her a broken toy to fix with her alchemy, she proceeds to just fix
it the old-fashioned way instead while explaining that alchemy should only be used to broil (well, burn) meat.
for things that can't be done with your own hands.
** Also in ''Trigun'', In the movie, a ''machine gun'' was [[MadScientist disgruntled physicist]] rants that alchemists have made his occupation worthless.
** At least
once used Havoc has asked Mustang to [[CouldntFindALighter use his flame alchemy to light up a cigarette]].
** ''Cowboy Bebop'' also proves * The ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic The Second Raid'' OVA has Mao researching [[HumongousMecha Arm Slave]] operation patterns with the objective of making them capable of performing complex maneuvers while unmanned... by programming two [[BiggerStick M9s]] to ''dance tango''. And it actually works - until during a spin the leading M9 [[EpicFail accidentally lets go of its partner's hand, sending said partner flying into a wall]].
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Tasuke's asked to burn some hairs with his fire powers, so he goes into his usual warm-up pose before tossing a tiny flame. Later, despite his protests
that {{Kill Sat}}s his fire-spewing steel fan is a weapon and not merely a handy device to ward off the cold, he can be repurposed seen in the background, lightly fanning Nuriko after the latter complains about the cold.
* In ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'', Yuna uses her superpowerful battlesuit
to draw doodles.
* Similarly,
make sunnyside up eggs, by the heat of atmospheric re-entry!
--> "If I'd known you wanted to use the most powerful combat unit
in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' a soldier the Universe to cook eggs, I might not have let you!" '''El-Line'''.
* ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', when you discover you can travel through time what do you use this awesome power for? Making sure your sister doesn't eat your pudding. [[spoiler: The actual owner of the time-jumping device says that he was relieved that she found it and not someone else, ''because'' he knew she would use it on frivolous things and not to severely muck up the timeline.]]
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': Team Anglerfish
once lit used their Panzer IV battle tank's main cannon as an alarm clock because [[NotAMorningPerson it was the only way to wake up Mako]].
* The Arista gems in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' are solid masses of particles that are shown to be capable of limited matter generation, energy generation, facilitating mental communication, and even cross-dimensional transportation. The world at large mostly uses these particles to make plastic models move around and fight each other. This becomes
a Zentraedi's giant cigarette minor plot point with ''a [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie's]] gunpod''.
** The penultimate episode had
Nils Neilson, a TeenGenius who wonders why the Macross technology isn't being used as explored for more practical uses.
* ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Gundam SEED DELTA Astray]]'' introduces
the world's biggest '''Christmas tree'''. Read that again: Gundam Astray Out Frame, whose pilot Jess Rabble uses it for photojournalism. Using a spaceship HumongousMecha decorated for journalism on its own is enough, but what really pushes it into this territory is that it was built off of the abandoned frame of the ZAFT prototype [=X12A=], making it the sibling to the [[TheHero Freedom]], [[TheLancer Justice]], and [[BigBad Providence]] from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' proper; in other words, it's one of the most advanced combat machines in existence.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki is able to [[spoiler:manipulate the fabric of reality]]. What do they use it for? Cheating at baseball. [[spoiler:Admittedly, [[SeriousBusiness they are doing this to try and save the world. Through baseball. Yes, really.]]]] Another time she used her ability was during the track meet, where she annihilated the competition in the 4x400m relay. Haruhi doesn't question how Yuki can move in a blink of an eye.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Erika transforms into Cure Marine so that she can use her monster-cleansing powers... to clean her room. Her fairy partner Coffret is furious.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'':
** Issei's [[TheNudifier Dress Break]] technique can be used to peel potatoes instantly.
** Issei's first training camp reveals this is how newly-reincarnated devils are taught basic magic. After learning the fundamentals, Issei and Asia are left to cook dinner, and told to use magic for everything they can.
** Akeno uses her frighteningly powerful magic to conjure a torrent of water and quickly refill the school's swimming pool. In fact, most devil magic that's not a unique ability or Sacred Gear appears to be basic utility spells (heating, freezing, ect.) ratcheted up to lethal levels.
** Issei later gains the skill Penetrate, which allows him to imbue an attack
with Christmas lights.the ability to completely ignore any barrier, overriding the normal laws of magic so it out-prioritizes "unbreakable" barriers. [[LovableSexManiac He immediately applies this power to his own eyes so he can see through girls' shirts.]]
** Divine Dividing's basic form is a pair of wings that function as radiators to dump any excess power stolen with the ability that the host's body can't handle. This also makes them a cheap-as-free source of flight.
* [[SpoiledSweet Mion]], of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', is a yakuza heiress who's extremely wealthy. We see her using this money for two things: making a reward for the winner of a gaming competition and getting pizzas for her friends when they stay out late. (She offers to buy her disowned sister, [[TheUnfavourite Shion]], furniture at one point, but Shion turns her down.)
* One of the omake {{yonkoma}} in the ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven Special'' manga has Endou using his God Hand technique to smack a fly, and again in a game of RockPaperScissors to throw a ''really'' big "Paper".
* One ''Manga/InuYasha'' episode involved our heroes using all their awesome power to clean house, do the laundry, and go on a [[FetchQuest booze run]]. Miroku's Wind Tunnel does not actually get applied to vacuum-cleaner duty, but Kagome was considering it. [[spoiler: A bit heartless if you consider that it will consume him if he overuses it]].
** Also [[HilariousInHindsight made more hilarious]] when considering the fact that there are actual vacuum cleaners called Wind Tunnel.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** In Part 3, Jotaro confines himself to a prison cell out of fear of what his Stand can do (he doesn't understand it yet). While in it, he uses his Stand to pick things up for him to make it more comfortable, like beer and a radio. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ever-increasingly terrifying the other prisoners.]]
** Part 4 includes a couple of Stands that are primarily utility: Pearl Jam (allows the body to undo its maladies with ingested food ''much'' more rapidly than normal; not a birth or Arrow Stand, but just awakened by Tonio's culinary zeal), and Cinderella (alters someone's features in a sort of psychic cosmetic surgery, and amplifies that someone's luck in the process).
** Part 4 also has Josuke befriend someone with shapeshifting powers [[AmbiguouslyHuman claiming to be an alien.]] One of the first things he does after that is use his newfound friend's powers to cheat at gambling.
** Josuke friend, Okuyasu Nijimura, has the fearsome power to erase anything his stand touches from existence. Apparently, he sometimes uses it to wipe his ass.
** Part 6 has Pucci and his stand Whitesnake, with the ability to materialize Stands into disks, that he can then put into or take out of a person. It turns out this also extends to music disks too, as we see him putting a classical music CD into an unconscious Guccio, turning him into a human loudspeaker.
** Part 7: Steel Balls and Spin are fearsome weapons used by Naples' Royal Guard. Men of the Zeppeli household, however, use them together with the Golden Ratio in their work as surgeons [[spoiler: and executioners]]. Once Johnny learns how to use Golden Ratio together with his stand power he can not only do more damage in battle, he also uses it to grate cheese and brush his teeth.
* Tooru from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds and keep the laundry dry.
* Like all swords, the ''Zantetsuken'' of ''Franchise/LupinIII'' was created for the purpose of killing (Or in the hands of a talented swordsman like Goemon, causing a quick, clean and painless death). Goemon instead uses it to cut other weapons, armor, objects, and even ''clothes''. However, he is always the first to express his distaste of cutting a [[CatchPhrase "worthless object"]] when he does so.



* In an omake for ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' 6th Squad Captain Byakuya Kuchiki jokes that he uses his Senbon Zakura, an attack known to reduce opponents to a status where their bodies can't be identified as human, in order to give himself a haircut.
** Another character, Ishida Uryuu, appears to use hyper-speed for sewing and handicrafts.
** Post-timeskip, Ichigo uses his advanced combat skills, speed, strength, and reflexes (though not his actual superpowers) developed due to war to beat up common thugs and dominate sports... for money.
** In a filler episode, Hitsugaya uses his shikai ability, a humongous ice dragon known to freeze anything within its vicinity, to make ice on their visit to the beach (at the request of Ichigo for IllBoy Ukitake who'd almost passed out from heat stroke).
** In another omake Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto used his sword Ryūjin Jakka - the most powerful Zanpakutō in all of Soul Society - to heat up ovens, stay warm and bake sweet potatoes. Shunsui Kyōraku speculated that Ryūjin Jakka ''resented'' being used for such purposes, allowing Muramasa to take control of it.
*** And yet a later omake has Yamamoto [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDpgXL9R8c forbidding people from using their zanpakuto's bankai forms for mundane things like moving heavy objects.]] Mind you, that ''was'' Komamura's giant samurai.
** In the Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on [[spoiler: her son, Kazui,]] whenever he wanders off.
* Essentially the point of ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''. It's a RealRobot show where HumongousMecha are more commonly used for heavy industrial work (e.g. construction and demolitions) than in military applications.
* Season 3 of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' (Mo~tto) had the girls baking goods on the side.
* Sena in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' once used his special move, the Devil Bat Ghost, to steal a letter a girl had sent to him from a teasing friend. It was even remarked as "the world's number one useless way to use a technique."
** Another time this happened was when Kurita wanted to give his teammates a bone-crushing hug after several days of training alone, and Hiruma put a big roll of bubble-wrap in his path. He hugged the bubble wrap instead, and popped every single bubble. Suzuna's response: "Completely useless, that kind of training."
** Hiruma himself uses his throwing accuracy to set off explosives and generally harass people.
** And then there was the All-Star Uselessly Badass...pillow fight.
* One ''Manga/InuYasha'' episode involved our heroes using all their awesome power to clean house, do the laundry, and go on a [[FetchQuest booze run]]. Miroku's Wind Tunnel does not actually get applied to vacuum-cleaner duty, but Kagome was considering it. [[spoiler: A bit heartless if you consider that it will consume him if he overuses it]].
** Also [[HilariousInHindsight made more hilarious]] when considering the fact that [[http://hoover.com/parts/details/40200013/powered-hand-tool-for-all-hoover-windtunnel-cvs-and-fold-away/ there are actual vacuum cleaners called Wind Tunnel]].
* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' also has a similar house cleaning episode in which the girls (at least one or two of them) use their magical transformations to get the job done in a hurry.
* In the first ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' movie, Lina uses fire magic to light a campfire. Also, in the first series she heats a pool of water with a fireball so she can have a bath. This backfires, though, when her traveling companions hear the blast, think she's under attack, and come running to her rescue only to [[AccidentalPervert find her completely naked]]. Lina, being Lina, reacts as expected and they get a fireball in the face for their trouble.
** Lina uses magic like this a lot a special spell to catch more fish, for instance (which she warns the reader not to use because it's so effective that if too many people do it too often all of the world's fish will go the way of the dinosaur).

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* In an omake for ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' 6th Squad Captain Byakuya Kuchiki jokes that he uses his Senbon Zakura, an attack known to reduce opponents to a status where their bodies can't be identified as human, in order to give himself a haircut.
** Another character, Ishida Uryuu, appears to use hyper-speed for sewing
V1046-R MAHORO and handicrafts.
** Post-timeskip, Ichigo uses his advanced
other characters from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' stop being combat skills, speed, strength, and reflexes (though not his actual superpowers) developed due to war to beat up common thugs and dominate sports... for money.
** In a filler episode, Hitsugaya uses his shikai ability, a humongous ice dragon known to freeze anything within its vicinity, to make ice on their visit to the beach (at the request of Ichigo for IllBoy Ukitake who'd almost passed out from heat stroke).
** In another omake Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto used his sword Ryūjin Jakka - the most powerful Zanpakutō in all of Soul Society - to heat up ovens, stay warm and bake sweet potatoes. Shunsui Kyōraku speculated that Ryūjin Jakka ''resented'' being used for such purposes, allowing Muramasa to take control of it.
*** And
robots yet a later omake has Yamamoto [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDpgXL9R8c forbidding people from using their zanpakuto's bankai forms for mundane things like moving heavy objects.]] Mind you, that ''was'' Komamura's giant samurai.
** In the Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on [[spoiler: her son, Kazui,]] whenever he wanders off.
* Essentially the point of ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''. It's a RealRobot show where HumongousMecha are more commonly used for heavy industrial work (e.g. construction and demolitions) than in military applications.
* Season 3 of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' (Mo~tto) had the girls baking goods on the side.
* Sena in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' once used his special move, the Devil Bat Ghost, to steal a letter a girl had sent to him from a teasing friend. It was even remarked as "the world's number one useless way to use a technique."
** Another time this happened was when Kurita wanted to give his teammates a bone-crushing hug after several days of training alone, and Hiruma put a big roll of bubble-wrap in his path. He hugged the bubble wrap instead, and popped every single bubble. Suzuna's response: "Completely useless, that kind of training."
** Hiruma himself uses his throwing accuracy to set off explosives and generally harass people.
** And then there was the All-Star Uselessly Badass...pillow fight.
* One ''Manga/InuYasha'' episode involved our heroes using all their awesome power to clean house, do the laundry, and go on a [[FetchQuest booze run]]. Miroku's Wind Tunnel does not actually get applied to vacuum-cleaner duty, but Kagome was considering it. [[spoiler: A bit heartless if you consider that it will consume him if he overuses it]].
** Also [[HilariousInHindsight made more hilarious]] when considering the fact that [[http://hoover.com/parts/details/40200013/powered-hand-tool-for-all-hoover-windtunnel-cvs-and-fold-away/ there are actual vacuum cleaners called Wind Tunnel]].
* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' also has a similar house cleaning episode in which the girls (at least one or two of them)
they still use their magical transformations powers to get the job done in a hurry.
* In the first ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' movie, Lina uses fire magic to light a campfire. Also, in the first series she heats a pool of water with a fireball so she can have a bath. This backfires, though, when her traveling companions hear the blast, think she's under attack,
cook, clean and come running to her rescue only to [[AccidentalPervert find her completely naked]]. Lina, being Lina, reacts as expected and they get a fireball in the face search for their trouble.
** Lina uses magic like this a lot a special spell to catch more fish, for instance (which she warns the reader not to use
ecchi (to trash it) because it's so effective "Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu" (roughly "I think that if too many people do it too often all of the world's fish will go the way of the dinosaur).dirty thoughts are bad").



* An episode of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]]'' entitled "Rockman Delivery Service" is pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that]]. Subaru mistakenly receives a giant pile of packages in the mail and uses his Rockman powers to set it all right.
** Also, in the second video game to the series Geo/Subaru uses his powers to open a locked door from the other side.
* Canti in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': He (it?) is the sole character capable of defeating all of the HumongousMecha that come out of Naota's head. What does Canti do when not fighting giant robots? Laundry. Moving boxes. Cooking. Buying groceries (and porno mags for Shigekuni...). Or, if there's no housework to be done, why not just fly with the birds?
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki is able to [[spoiler:manipulate the fabric of reality]]. What do they use it for? Cheating at baseball. [[spoiler:Admittedly, [[SeriousBusiness they are doing this to try and save the world. Through baseball. Yes, really.]]]] Another time she used her ability was during the track meet, where she annihilated the competition in the 4x400m relay. Haruhi doesn't question how Yuki can move in a blink of an eye.
* ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', when you discover you can travel through time what do you use this awesome power for? Making sure your sister doesn't eat your pudding. [[spoiler: The actual owner of the time-jumping device says that he was relieved that she found it and not someone else, ''because'' he knew she would use it on frivolous things and not to severely muck up the timeline.]]
* ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' rides the line between this and SeriousBusiness with the sport of Bigfoot Basketball, which is what happens when you decide to play basketball with giant mecha.
* Loran does this a fair bit in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', he's used the Turn A to do clothes washing, and to help out on a farm. For reference the Turn A can fully regenerate itself and its pilot, while its' [[GreyGoo most powerful attack]] spans a distance of ''600 million miles'', destroying any advanced technology on the way.
** This is referenced in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'' when he and [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Milia]] use their mecha to wash everyone's laundry. Then [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji]] comes and tries to use the Mazinger's [[ChestBlaster Breast Fire]] to dry them, which ends up burning some of them.

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* An episode Mai Tokiha of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]]'' entitled "Rockman Delivery Service" is pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that]]. Subaru mistakenly receives a giant pile of packages in the mail and ''Manga/MaiOtome'' uses his Rockman powers to set it all right.
** Also, in the second video game to the series Geo/Subaru uses his powers to open a locked door from the other side.
* Canti in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': He (it?) is the sole character capable of defeating all of the HumongousMecha that come out of Naota's head. What does Canti do when not fighting giant robots? Laundry. Moving boxes. Cooking. Buying groceries (and porno mags for Shigekuni...). Or, if there's no housework to be done, why not just fly with the birds?
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki is able to [[spoiler:manipulate the fabric of reality]]. What do they use it for? Cheating at baseball. [[spoiler:Admittedly, [[SeriousBusiness they are doing this to try and save the world. Through baseball. Yes, really.]]]] Another time she used
her ability to create flaming rings to...cook. Meanwhile, the robot warrior Miyu doubles as a spiffy eggbeater.
** Which
was during the track meet, a ShoutOut to ''Manga/MaiHiME'''s CookingDuel episode, where she annihilated Miyu whipped up eggs in less than two seconds, much to Mai and Shiho's surprise.
** Not to mention
the competition in the 4x400m relay. Haruhi doesn't question how Yuki can move in a blink ending scene of an eye.
* ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', when you discover you can travel through time what do you use this
''Manga/MaiHiME'' has Akira using her awesome power for? Making sure your sister doesn't eat your pudding. [[spoiler: The actual owner of the time-jumping device says that he was relieved that she found it and not someone else, ''because'' he knew she would use it on frivolous things and not {{Ninja}} skills to severely muck up the timeline.]]
* ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' rides the line between this and SeriousBusiness with the sport of Bigfoot Basketball, which is what happens when you decide to play basketball with giant mecha.
* Loran does this a fair bit in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', he's used the Turn A to do clothes washing, and to help out on a farm. For reference the Turn A can fully regenerate itself and its pilot, while its' [[GreyGoo most powerful attack]] spans a distance of ''600 million miles'', destroying any advanced technology on the way.
** This is referenced in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'' when he and [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Milia]] use their mecha to wash everyone's laundry. Then [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji]] comes and tries to use the Mazinger's [[ChestBlaster Breast Fire]] to dry them, which ends up burning some of them.
slice an apple.



* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei's first onscreen use of his ShockAndAwe powers are for the sake of fixing his landlady's TV under the guise of PercussiveMaintenance.
** Another guy used telekinetic RazorFloss to open his boss's beer bottle from across the room, and there's a child Contractor in the {{interquel}} manga series who used her teleportation ability to collect junk and build a secret hideout.
* In ''Manga/ShinaDark'', a mage uses an ice-based attack spell to conjure a giant pointy ice shard...so it can be chipped apart to make sno-cones. He even complains afterward, "It's not like I studied magic for something like this, you know..."
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', [[PersonOfMassDestruction Saffron]], ThePhoenix King, is given unbelievable [[PlayingWithFire fire- and light-emitting powers]] because he's supposed to function as his subjects' "power plant," providing them with heat and light so they can carry on with their everyday lives (while he perches quietly on his throne.) Unfortunately, the latest incarnation is quite the SpoiledBrat, and interrupting his maturation process resulted in a psychotic personality with zero control over his powers and is all too happy to use them destructively.
** Possibly lampshaded, in that Ranma points out, after hearing about this, that the Phoenix People could just get ordinary heating and lighting installed, what with their considerable wealth and bevy of [[MoreThanMindControl magical eggs that reduce people to mindlessly obedient slaves]]. Then again, he could have simply been venting, due to believing that his chance at a cure was being threatened with destruction over something so mundane.

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* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei's first onscreen ''Manga/MeiCompany'' involves a CleanupCrew who use their abilities for this. Super strength to clear rubble, water control to clean things, and fire control to incinerate trash.
* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' is at one point seen [[GhostlyChill chilling a beer in her cleavage]].
* One
of his ShockAndAwe the hallmarks of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' filler is the characters turning their fantastic ninja powers are to boring everyday tasks -- Naruto using his absurdly powerful Rasengan jutsu to [[CookingDuel mix noodles]] or power a boat, for the sake of fixing his landlady's TV under the guise of PercussiveMaintenance.
example.
** Another guy used telekinetic RazorFloss to open his boss's beer bottle from across the room, and In canon, there's the [[XRayVision Byakugan's]] potential to cheat at card games.
*** Also canon is ninja cheating at
a child Contractor GoldfishScoopingGame by using chakra to reinforce the rice paper.
** Also see D-rank missions, which consist almost entirely of this trope. To put it simply, kids that are trained with years of ninjutsu put their skills to... finding a lost cat.
** In the Forest of Death, Naruto jumps into the river with Shadow Clone Jutsu, and forces several fish to the surface. Sasuke tosses kunai at them, and starts a fire with Fire Ball Jutsu.
*** And before that,
in the {{interquel}} manga series who written exam Sasuke used her teleportation ability his Sharingan to collect junk cheat on the [[HarderThanHard Chunin Exams written test]] while Neji used his Byakugan, and build a secret hideout.
*
nearly everyone else used some variation of their skills.
**
In ''Manga/ShinaDark'', a mage Shippuden, Naruto's Shadow Clone Jutsu is an inversion. It was originally created to help the user train, study, or spy, since everything they learn is instantly learned by their creator. Naruto was able to use them in straight up fights due to his abundance of chakra.
** Deidara frequently
uses an ice-based attack spell to conjure his explosive clay creatures as transport.
** Naruto's SuperMode which calls on the uncorrupted Ninetails chakra is used [[FantasticLightSource as
a giant pointy ice shard...so it can be chipped apart flashlight]], which is then properly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
** In the ''[[Anime/SunnySideBattle Sunny-Side Battle!]]'' OVA, Itachi decides
to make sno-cones. He even complains afterward, "It's not like I studied magic for something like this, you know..."
Sasuke the perfect sunny-side up eggs. After repeated failures, he gets frustrated and breaks out the mangekyo sharingan... things just get more surreal from there.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', [[PersonOfMassDestruction Saffron]], ThePhoenix King, is given unbelievable [[PlayingWithFire fire- and light-emitting powers]] because he's supposed ''Anime/NightWizard'', Eris uses her [[{{Hammerspace}} Lunar Robe]] to function as his subjects' "power plant," providing them with heat and light so they can carry on with their everyday lives (while he perches quietly on his throne.) Unfortunately, her lunch.
* Season 3 of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' (Mo~tto) had
the latest incarnation is girls baking goods on the side.
* MagicalGirl Ureshiko from ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' likes to use her powers for various tasks. Among other things, she uses them to start a troublesome vacuum cleaner. It doesn't go [[MarilynManeuver
quite so well]]. Later she stops an ice cream from falling to the SpoiledBrat, and interrupting his maturation process resulted in ground.
* Shizuku from ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' is
a psychotic personality with zero water-demon, capable of [[MakingASplash extensive control over his powers water]]. In her first appearances, she uses her abilities to perform nigh-undetectable espionage (since she can 'blend in' to any amount of water), create a torrential downpour from previously-clear skies, summon powerful whirlpools, and is all too happy to use them destructively.
** Possibly lampshaded, in
[[AnIcePerson create spikes of ice for combat]]. Her enormous strength, and the titular CatGirl's fear of water, meant that Ranma points out, after hearing about this, she was able to overpower the protagonists easily. If Yuuto's charisma hadn't made her think twice, she could've ended the entire series in the second episode. In her next appearance, she's using her water-control to cook, clean, and do the laundry with inhuman speed and skill to impress Yuuto.
** Amusingly, it seems fairly likely
that the Phoenix People could just get ordinary heating this Mundane Utility causes Himari more [[EnvyAndJealousyTropes pain and lighting installed, what with their considerable wealth and bevy consternation]] than any of [[MoreThanMindControl magical eggs that reduce people to mindlessly obedient slaves]]. Then again, he could have simply been venting, due to believing that his chance at a cure was being threatened with destruction over something so mundane.her whirlpools or jagged ice-spike attacks.



* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders: Dolores, i'', Dolores and James spend time [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Base in a Snowstorm]] with an enemy pilot they shot down. Honest to a fault, they decide to pay for the power and resources used during their time there with a necklace worn by the pilot. Dolores decides she should get a job to pay the pilot back for the pendant. Incidentally, Dolores is a HumongousMecha. She's a sweetie.
* The fourth part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' includes a couple of Stands that are primarily utility: Pearl Jam (allows the body to undo its maladies with ingested food ''much'' more rapidly than normal; not a birth or Arrow Stand, but just awakened by Tonio's culinary zeal), and Cinderella (alters someone's features in a sort of psychic cosmetic surgery, and amplifies that someone's luck in the process).
** Part 4 also has Josuke befriend someone with shapeshifting powers [[AmbiguouslyHuman claiming to be an alien.]] One of the first things he does after that is use his newfound friend's powers to cheat at gambling.
** Okuyasu Nijimura has the fearsome power to erase anything his stand touches from existence. Apparently, he sometimes uses it to wipe his ass.
** In the third part, Jotaro confines himself to a prison cell out of fear of what his Stand can do (he doesn't understand it yet). While in it, he uses his Stand to pick things up for him to make it more comfortable, like beer and a radio. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ever-increasingly terrifying the other prisoners.]]
** Part 7: Steel Balls and Spin are fearsome weapons used by Naples' Royal Guard. Men of the Zeppeli household, however, use them together with the Golden Ratio in their work as surgeons [[spoiler: and executioners]]. Once Johnny learns how to use Golden Ratio together with his stand power he can not only do more damage in battle, he also uses it to grate cheese and brush his teeth.
** Part 6 has Pucci and his stand Whitesnake, with the ability to materialize Stands into disks, that he can then put into or take out of a person. It turns out this also extends to music disks too, as we see him putting a classical music CD into an unconscious Guccio, turning him into a human loudspeaker.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' Master Roshi seems to possess several fantastical items, many of which he doesn't even realize. One was the Bashousen, a magical fan that could summon wind and rain, which Chi Chi wanted to put out the flames of Frypan Mountain. It turned out he unwittingly used the magical artifact as a coaster only to throw it out when it became dirty.
** And later, Yamcha used his super powers to become a major league baseball player. [[CantCatchUp Not that they were really useful for anything else by that point of the series anyway.]]
** Earlier in the series Master Roshi had Goku and Krillin put their great strength and speed to use by doing construction work and delivering milk.
** Another example, the Dragon Balls themselves, at least early on. Except for Emperor Pilaf, who wants to TakeOverTheWorld, the others wanted the balls and their powers for completely silly things; Oolong wanted some panties (which he got), Bulma wanted a "super-cute boyfriend", (originally it was a lifetime supply of strawberries) and Yamcha wanted them to get rid of his fear of girls. (Bulma & Yamcha later helped each other with their respective wishes, at least, until a certain Saiyan prince came along).
** Oolong only wished for panties because Emperor Pilaf was about to make his wish, and they needed to stop him. By yelling it out before Pilaf could finish, it used up the dragon's wish and scattered the dragonballs again. It was just the first thing he thought of since he is a pervert.
** Ki, not only good for blasting enemies into dust, but also good for lighting fires, warming food, and being a replacement flashlight.
** A minor example is seen in the 7th Anime/DragonBallZ Movie, "Super Android 13". Goku and Gohan are seen shopping with Chi chi and Goku is seen carrying enough boxes of merchandise and clothes that would crush a man.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has the ability to [[DarkIsEdgy manipulate shadow and give it physical form]]. Her most common display of her powers? [[RapidFireTyping Using them to type faster.]]
** She also uses the said powers for practical, but still fairly mundane purposes, such as creating a shadow-helmet for her passengers, in the rare times she takes any. Considerate and safe.
** Shinra stopped her from using her shadow powers to prepare food, though.
** In one of the novels, Shinra is restrained for several hours after accidentally getting caught in one of Celty's shadow webs. He managed to pass the time by [[PowerPerversionPotential thinking of ways that they could]] [[NightmareFetishist use said webs for S&M]].
* V1046-R MAHORO and other characters from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' stop being combat robots yet they still use their powers to cook, clean and search for ecchi (to trash it) because "Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu" (roughly "I think that dirty thoughts are bad").
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has Meowth's RunningGag of {{Imagine Spot}}s of trying to impress Team Rocket's boss, Giovanni. In these fantasies, the best "use" Meowth can come up with with their prey-for-the-week would be, well...as one of [[OverusedRunningGag many examples]] (or else it will take all day to list them all), Meowth once imagined a Bagon, known for its hard head, to be used for ''breaking coconuts open''.

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* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders: Dolores, i'', Dolores and James spend time [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Base in a Snowstorm]] with an enemy pilot they shot down. Honest to a fault, they decide to pay for the power and resources used during their time there with a necklace worn by the pilot. Dolores decides she should get a job to pay the pilot back for the pendant. Incidentally, Dolores is a HumongousMecha. She's a sweetie.
* The fourth part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' includes a couple of Stands that are primarily utility: Pearl Jam (allows the body to undo its maladies with ingested food ''much'' more rapidly than normal; not a birth or Arrow Stand, but just awakened by Tonio's culinary zeal), and Cinderella (alters someone's features in a sort of psychic cosmetic surgery, and amplifies that someone's luck in the process).
** Part 4 also has Josuke befriend someone with shapeshifting powers [[AmbiguouslyHuman claiming to be an alien.]] One of the first things he does after that is use his newfound friend's powers to cheat
''Manga/OnePunchMan'', Genos at gambling.
** Okuyasu Nijimura has the fearsome power to erase anything his stand touches from existence. Apparently, he sometimes uses it to wipe his ass.
** In the third part, Jotaro confines himself to a prison cell out of fear of what his Stand can do (he doesn't understand it yet). While in it, he
one point uses his Stand to pick things up for him to make it more comfortable, like beer and a radio. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ever-increasingly terrifying the other prisoners.]]
** Part 7: Steel Balls and Spin are fearsome weapons used by Naples' Royal Guard. Men of the Zeppeli household, however, use them together with the Golden Ratio in their work as surgeons [[spoiler: and executioners]]. Once Johnny learns how to use Golden Ratio together with his stand
HandBlast power he (which can not only do more damage effortlessly destroy a building) to dry dishes.
* Stocking
in battle, he also ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' can turn her stockings into katanas. She uses it in one episode to grate cheese and brush his teeth.
** Part 6 has Pucci and his stand Whitesnake, with
help her make a sandwich.
* Essentially
the ability to materialize Stands into disks, that he can then put into or take out of a person. It turns out this also extends to music disks too, as we see him putting a classical music CD into an unconscious Guccio, turning him into a human loudspeaker.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' Master Roshi seems to possess several fantastical items, many of which he doesn't even realize. One was the Bashousen, a magical fan that could summon wind and rain, which Chi Chi wanted to put out the flames of Frypan Mountain. It turned out he unwittingly used the magical artifact as a coaster only to throw it out when it became dirty.
** And later, Yamcha used his super powers to become a major league baseball player. [[CantCatchUp Not that they were really useful for anything else by that
point of the series anyway.]]
** Earlier in the series Master Roshi had Goku and Krillin put their great strength and speed to use by doing
''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''. It's a RealRobot show where HumongousMecha are more commonly used for heavy industrial work (e.g. construction work and delivering milk.
demolitions) than in military applications.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Another example, the Dragon Balls themselves, at least early on. Except for Emperor Pilaf, who wants to TakeOverTheWorld, the others wanted the balls and their powers for completely silly things; Oolong wanted some panties (which he got), Bulma wanted a "super-cute boyfriend", (originally it was a lifetime supply of strawberries) and Yamcha wanted them to get rid of his fear of girls. (Bulma & Yamcha later helped each other with their respective wishes, at least, until a certain Saiyan prince came along).
** Oolong only wished for panties because Emperor Pilaf was about to make his wish, and they needed to stop him. By yelling it out before Pilaf could finish, it used up the dragon's wish and scattered the dragonballs again. It was just the first thing he thought of since he
There is a pervert.
** Ki, not only good for blasting enemies into dust, but also good for lighting fires, warming food, and being a replacement flashlight.
** A minor example is seen in the 7th Anime/DragonBallZ Movie, "Super Android 13". Goku and Gohan are seen shopping with Chi chi and Goku is seen carrying enough boxes of merchandise and clothes that would crush a man.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has the ability to [[DarkIsEdgy manipulate shadow and give it physical form]]. Her most common display of her powers? [[RapidFireTyping Using them to type faster.]]
** She also uses the said powers for practical, but still fairly mundane purposes, such as creating a shadow-helmet for her passengers, in the rare times she takes any. Considerate and safe.
** Shinra stopped her from using her shadow powers to prepare food, though.
** In one of the novels, Shinra is restrained for several hours after accidentally getting caught in one of Celty's shadow webs. He managed to pass the time by [[PowerPerversionPotential thinking of ways that they could]] [[NightmareFetishist use said webs for S&M]].
* V1046-R MAHORO and other characters from ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' stop being combat robots yet they still use their powers to cook, clean and search for ecchi (to trash it) because "Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu" (roughly "I think that dirty thoughts are bad").
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has
Meowth's RunningGag of {{Imagine Spot}}s of trying to impress Team Rocket's boss, Giovanni. In these fantasies, the best "use" Meowth can come up with with their prey-for-the-week would be, well...as one of [[OverusedRunningGag many examples]] (or else it will take all day to list them all), Meowth once imagined a Bagon, known for its hard head, to be used for ''breaking coconuts open''.



* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', it's established that America has super strength. However, the only times we see this are when he's a kid and he swings a full grown buffalo over his head, and later when he drags a full sized SUV with ease in order to ask if he could borrow it.
* One of the omake {{yonkoma}} in the ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven Special'' manga has Endou using his God Hand technique to smack a fly, and again in a game of RockPaperScissors to throw a ''really'' big "Paper".
* Eve from ''Manga/BlackCat'' turns her fingers into eating utensils when she needs to eat. She also made handpuppets when she got bored.
* Most of the cards in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' are either very versatile or designed specifically for combat. However there is also The Flower which Sakura uses to make bouquets, The Bubble which is used for washing, and The Sweet which [[ShapedLikeItself makes things taste sweet]].
** This actually gets lampshaded in-story, as The Bubble ''was'' created by Clow Reed for that specific use. More exactly, to give Kerberos (a huge winged feline in his unsealed form) his daily bath [[BrilliantButLazy without working out too much.]]
* ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Gundam SEED DELTA Astray]]'' introduces the Gundam Astray Out Frame, whose pilot Jess Rabble uses it for photojournalism. Using a HumongousMecha for journalism on its own is enough, but what really pushes it into this territory is that it was built off of the abandoned frame of the ZAFT prototype [=X12A=], making it the sibling to the [[TheHero Freedom]], [[TheLancer Justice]], and [[BigBad Providence]] from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' proper; in other words, it's one of the most advanced combat machines in existence.
* MagicalGirl Ureshiko from ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' likes to use her powers for various tasks. Among other things, she uses them to start a troublesome vacuum cleaner. It doesn't go [[MarilynManeuver quite so well]]. Later she stops an ice cream from falling to the ground.
* ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''
** In a supplemental 4-panel strip, Mio, who has an ability to create a PortalDoor wherever she wants, shows how she often uses her ability to teleport her arms and face behind her head so that she can fix the back side of her hairdo.
** Also shown when Minamoto is getting Kaoru to help him cook, and she's cutting onions with Psychokinesis so her eyes don't water. Discussed when they discover that Kaoru is actually in good physical shape, despite being a Psychokinetic, and therefor not really needing to exercise much in daily life.
* Shizuku from ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' is a water-demon, capable of [[MakingASplash extensive control over water]]. In her first appearances, she uses her abilities to perform nigh-undetectable espionage (since she can 'blend in' to any amount of water), create a torrential downpour from previously-clear skies, summon powerful whirlpools, and [[AnIcePerson create spikes of ice for combat]]. Her enormous strength, and the titular CatGirl's fear of water, meant that she was able to overpower the protagonists easily. If Yuuto's charisma hadn't made her think twice, she could've ended the entire series in the second episode. In her next appearance, she's using her water-control to cook, clean, and do the laundry with inhuman speed and skill to impress Yuuto.
** Amusingly, it seems fairly likely that this Mundane Utility causes Himari more [[EnvyAndJealousyTropes pain and consternation]] than any of her whirlpools or jagged ice-spike attacks.



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** [[PersonOfMassDestruction Saffron]], ThePhoenix King, is given unbelievable [[PlayingWithFire fire- and light-emitting powers]] because he's supposed to function as his subjects' "power plant," providing them with heat and light so they can carry on with their everyday lives (while he perches quietly on his throne.) Unfortunately, the latest incarnation is quite the SpoiledBrat, and interrupting his maturation process resulted in a psychotic personality with zero control over his powers and is all too happy to use them destructively.
*** Possibly lampshaded, in that Ranma points out, after hearing about this, that the Phoenix People could just get ordinary heating and lighting installed, what with their considerable wealth and bevy of [[MoreThanMindControl magical eggs that reduce people to mindlessly obedient slaves]]. Then again, he could have simply been venting, due to believing that his chance at a cure was being threatened with destruction over something so mundane.
** In general the show provide the inversion of this trope with mundane abilities used also for martial arts.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Kenshin has been seen using the sharp edge of his one-of-a-kind reverse-blade sword to cut firewood on occasion.
** This trope is also subverted when he goes looking for the heir of the sword's maker: he uses one of the man's kitchen knives to slice up a daikon in the most MundaneMadeAwesome way possible, and then reveals that he was testing the blade.
** In the anime Kenshin at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party. Rather than use his nigh-unbeatable swordplay in battle, he picks up a knife and performs the: Hiten Mitsurugui Rui - Steak style- to cut up a steak.
* An episode of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Ryuusei no Rockman]]'' entitled "Rockman Delivery Service" is pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that]]. Subaru mistakenly receives a giant pile of packages in the mail and uses his Rockman powers to set it all right.
** Also, in the second video game to the series Geo/Subaru uses his powers to open a locked door from the other side.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Keroro sometimes elicits Keronian technology to complete his chores. A non-technological example would be [[HighlyVisibleNinja Koyuki]] whipping out her ninja moves to do perfectly normal things, like Bunshin no Jutsu at the fashion store to try on five outfits at once. And the crescent end of the Lucifer Spear is revealed to be... a key for unlocking Moa's gigantic diary.
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Shana says that she hardly ever bothers with bathing or changing clothes because Alastor's [[PlayingWithFire flames]] can instantly cleanse her body and clothes without any harm to her. However, when Yuji's mother draws her a bath, she finds that bathing the old fashioned way is more enjoyable. Similarly, Margery has Marchosias cure her hangover with his powers. At one point, Marchosias refuses to cure her hangover to teach her to stop using him as an excuse to get drunk.
* Ryu from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' at one point uses his Over Soul to form a giant thumb to hitchhike with.
* In ''Manga/ShinaDark'', a mage uses an ice-based attack spell to conjure a giant pointy ice shard...so it can be chipped apart to make sno-cones. He even complains afterward, "It's not like I studied magic for something like this, you know..."
* In the first ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' movie, Lina uses fire magic to light a campfire. Also, in the first series she heats a pool of water with a fireball so she can have a bath. This backfires, though, when her traveling companions hear the blast, think she's under attack, and come running to her rescue only to [[AccidentalPervert find her completely naked]]. Lina, being Lina, reacts as expected and they get a fireball in the face for their trouble.
** Lina uses magic like this a lot a special spell to catch more fish, for instance (which she warns the reader not to use because it's so effective that if too many people do it too often all of the world's fish will go the way of the dinosaur).
* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' a soldier once lit a Zentraedi's giant cigarette with ''a [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie's]] gunpod''.
** The penultimate episode had the Macross being used as the world's biggest '''Christmas tree'''. Read that again: a spaceship HumongousMecha decorated with Christmas lights.
* ''LightNovel/ToaruMajutsuNoIndex'': Misaka Mikoto, level 5 Electromaster... Usually uses her power of electricity to get free drinks from a vending machine.
** [[PowerPerversionPotential Kuroko uses her teleportation to perv on Mikoto.]]
** In one 4koma, Accelerator uses his power of vectors to speed up a conveyor belt sushi.



* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' is at one point seen [[GhostlyChill chilling a beer in her cleavage]].
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the cast wants to make curry but don't have any kind of heater. So they have [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]] cook the food with her electricity.
** Accelerator has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever he wishes not to be bothered.
** Kinuho Wannai can use her [[MakingASplash water control]] to clean the swimming pool. It is hinted that she and her partner Maaya Awatsuki, who can control buoyancy, use their abilities to swim faster.
** Shizuri Mugino, who can generate Meltdowner energy that disintegrates anything it touches, can conjure up a tiny ball of it to light her path.
* In ''Anime/NightWizard'', Eris uses her [[{{Hammerspace}} Lunar Robe]] to carry her lunch.
* [[SpoiledSweet Mion]], of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', is a yakuza heiress who's extremely wealthy. We see her using this money for two things: making a reward for the winner of a gaming competition and getting pizzas for her friends when they stay out late. (She offers to buy her disowned sister, [[TheUnfavourite Shion]], furniture at one point, but Shion turns her down.)
* In chapter 12 of ''Manga/BloodyCross'' Tsukimiya uses her [[BloodyMurder blood manipulation]] powers to make darts out of her blood to throw at a dart board.
* It turns out that ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'''s 3D Maneuver Gear, intended for reaching the weak points of man-eating giants, is also very useful for washing windows.
** After unsuccessfully trying to use his ability of [[spoiler:transforming into a Titan]], Eren drops a teaspoon. As he reaches out for it, he unintentionally [[spoiler:transforms his hand into a Titan one]], which picks it up. His colleague concludes that in order to use his ability, he must have a clear goal in mind.
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', Pandoras typically use the Volt Texture technique to materialize their uniforms and weapons. They can also use it to instantly repair their outfits when they are damaged and even conjure clothes like gym outfits onto themselves so they don't have to waste time changing. Rana didn't know about this aspect of Volt Texture at first and instantly says it is quite convenient when she is taught how to do it. Pandoras also use their SuperStrength and SuperSpeed for activities like soccer.
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Shana says that she hardly ever bothers with bathing or changing clothes because Alastor's [[PlayingWithFire flames]] can instantly cleanse her body and clothes without any harm to her. However, when Yuji's mother draws her a bath, she finds that bathing the old fashioned way is more enjoyable. Similarly, Margery has Marchosias cure her hangover with his powers. At one point, Marchosias refuses to cure her hangover to teach her to stop using him as an excuse to get drunk.
* Ryu from ShamanKing at one point uses his Over Soul to form a giant thumb to hitchhike with.
* [[AllPowerfulBystander Rather than using his phenomenal cosmic powers for anything especially useful]] ([[ItAmusedMe "Do you want me to die of boredom?"]]), ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[spoiler:Ronnie Schiatto]] tends to employ his {{omniscience}} and {{omnipotence}} for absurdly minor tasks such as saving himself the price of a train ticket or correcting the FBI's spelling errors.
* Allen of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' uses his left hand, imbued with a weapon capable of wiping evil from the earth possibly granted directly by God...to cheat at cards.
* In episode 9 of ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'' Mirai uses her [[BloodyMurder blood manipulation]] powers to pick a lock. In the same episode Izumi uses her [[BarrierWarrior force field]] power to create a series of small box shaped force fields along a dark path at night to use the glow from the force fields to illuminate the path.
* In ''LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage'', Waltraute, Frigg, and Freyja use The Gjallarhorn, the horn that blows to signal Ragnarok, like a telescope. Heimdallr is appalled, but he can't do anything about it.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'':
** Issei's [[TheNudifier Dress Break]] technique can be used to peel potatoes instantly.
** Issei's first training camp reveals this is how newly-reincarnated devils are taught basic magic. After learning the fundamentals, Issei and Asia are left to cook dinner, and told to use magic for everything they can.
** Akeno uses her frighteningly powerful magic to conjure a torrent of water and quickly refill the school's swimming pool. In fact, most devil magic that's not a unique ability or Sacred Gear appears to be basic utility spells (heating, freezing, ect.) ratcheted up to lethal levels.
** Issei later gains the skill Penetrate, which allows him to imbue an attack with the ability to completely ignore any barrier, overriding the normal laws of magic so it out-prioritizes "unbreakable" barriers. [[LovableSexManiac He immediately applies this power to his own eyes so he can see through girls' shirts.]]
** Divine Dividing's basic form is a pair of wings that function as radiators to dump any excess power stolen with the ability that the host's body can't handle. This also makes them a cheap-as-free source of flight.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Erika transforms into Cure Marine so that she can use her monster-cleansing powers... to clean her room. Her fairy partner Coffret is furious.
* Chaika of ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika'' uses her magic rifle to [[FuroScene heat a bathtub]] and cook a chunk of meat. Well, technically she [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill made the chunk of meat explode]], but she was ''trying'' to cook it.

to:

* ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' is at one point seen [[GhostlyChill chilling Loran does this a beer fair bit in her cleavage]].
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'',
''Anime/TurnAGundam'', he's used the cast wants Turn A to make curry but don't have do clothes washing, and to help out on a farm. For reference the Turn A can fully regenerate itself and its pilot, while its' [[GreyGoo most powerful attack]] spans a distance of ''600 million miles'', destroying any kind of heater. So they have [[ShockAndAwe Misaka]] cook advanced technology on the food with her electricity.
way.
** Accelerator has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever This is referenced in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'' when he wishes not to be bothered.
** Kinuho Wannai can use her [[MakingASplash water control]] to clean the swimming pool. It is hinted that she
and her partner Maaya Awatsuki, who can control buoyancy, [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Milia]] use their abilities mecha to swim faster.
** Shizuri Mugino, who can generate Meltdowner energy that disintegrates anything it touches, can conjure up a tiny ball of it to light her path.
* In ''Anime/NightWizard'', Eris uses her [[{{Hammerspace}} Lunar Robe]] to carry her lunch.
* [[SpoiledSweet Mion]], of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', is a yakuza heiress who's extremely wealthy. We see her using this money for two things: making a reward for the winner of a gaming competition
wash everyone's laundry. Then [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji]] comes and getting pizzas for her friends when they stay out late. (She offers to buy her disowned sister, [[TheUnfavourite Shion]], furniture at one point, but Shion turns her down.)
* In chapter 12 of ''Manga/BloodyCross'' Tsukimiya uses her [[BloodyMurder blood manipulation]] powers to make darts out of her blood to throw at a dart board.
* It turns out that ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'''s 3D Maneuver Gear, intended for reaching the weak points of man-eating giants, is also very useful for washing windows.
** After unsuccessfully trying to use his ability of [[spoiler:transforming into a Titan]], Eren drops a teaspoon. As he reaches out for it, he unintentionally [[spoiler:transforms his hand into a Titan one]], which picks it up. His colleague concludes that in order to use his ability, he must have a clear goal in mind.
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', Pandoras typically use the Volt Texture technique to materialize their uniforms and weapons. They can also use it to instantly repair their outfits when they are damaged and even conjure clothes like gym outfits onto themselves so they don't have to waste time changing. Rana didn't know about this aspect of Volt Texture at first and instantly says it is quite convenient when she is taught how to do it. Pandoras also use their SuperStrength and SuperSpeed for activities like soccer.
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Shana says that she hardly ever bothers with bathing or changing clothes because Alastor's [[PlayingWithFire flames]] can instantly cleanse her body and clothes without any harm to her. However, when Yuji's mother draws her a bath, she finds that bathing the old fashioned way is more enjoyable. Similarly, Margery has Marchosias cure her hangover with his powers. At one point, Marchosias refuses to cure her hangover to teach her to stop using him as an excuse to get drunk.
* Ryu from ShamanKing at one point uses his Over Soul to form a giant thumb to hitchhike with.
* [[AllPowerfulBystander Rather than using his phenomenal cosmic powers for anything especially useful]] ([[ItAmusedMe "Do you want me to die of boredom?"]]), ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[spoiler:Ronnie Schiatto]] tends to employ his {{omniscience}} and {{omnipotence}} for absurdly minor tasks such as saving himself the price of a train ticket or correcting the FBI's spelling errors.
* Allen of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' uses his left hand, imbued with a weapon capable of wiping evil from the earth possibly granted directly by God...to cheat at cards.
* In episode 9 of ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'' Mirai uses her [[BloodyMurder blood manipulation]] powers to pick a lock. In the same episode Izumi uses her [[BarrierWarrior force field]] power to create a series of small box shaped force fields along a dark path at night
tries to use the glow from the force fields Mazinger's [[ChestBlaster Breast Fire]] to illuminate the path.
* In ''LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage'', Waltraute, Frigg, and Freyja use The Gjallarhorn, the horn that blows to signal Ragnarok, like a telescope. Heimdallr is appalled, but he can't do anything about it.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'':
** Issei's [[TheNudifier Dress Break]] technique can be used to peel potatoes instantly.
** Issei's first training camp reveals this is how newly-reincarnated devils are taught basic magic. After learning the fundamentals, Issei and Asia are left to cook dinner, and told to use magic for everything they can.
** Akeno uses her frighteningly powerful magic to conjure a torrent of water and quickly refill the school's swimming pool. In fact, most devil magic that's not a unique ability or Sacred Gear appears to be basic utility spells (heating, freezing, ect.) ratcheted up to lethal levels.
** Issei later gains the skill Penetrate,
dry them, which allows him to imbue an attack with the ability to completely ignore any barrier, overriding the normal laws ends up burning some of magic so it out-prioritizes "unbreakable" barriers. [[LovableSexManiac He immediately applies this power to his own eyes so he can see through girls' shirts.]]
** Divine Dividing's basic form is a pair of wings that function as radiators to dump any excess power stolen with the ability that the host's body can't handle. This also makes them a cheap-as-free source of flight.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Erika transforms into Cure Marine so that she can use her monster-cleansing powers... to clean her room. Her fairy partner Coffret is furious.
* Chaika of ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika'' uses her magic rifle to [[FuroScene heat a bathtub]] and cook a chunk of meat. Well, technically she [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill made the chunk of meat explode]], but she was ''trying'' to cook it.
them.



* Like all swords, the ''Zantetsuken'' of ''Franchise/LupinIII'' was created for the purpose of killing (Or in the hands of a talented swordsman like Goemon, causing a quick, clean and painless death). Goemon instead uses it to cut other weapons, armor, objects, and even ''clothes''. However, he is always the first to express his distaste of cutting a [[CatchPhrase "worthless object"]] when he does so.
* The Arista gems in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' are solid masses of particles that are shown to be capable of limited matter generation, energy generation, facilitating mental communication, and even cross-dimensional transportation. The world at large mostly uses these particles to make plastic models move around and fight each other. This becomes a minor plot point with Nils Neilson, a TeenGenius who wonders why the technology isn't being explored for more practical uses.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Belldandy used her magic to renovate a run-down Buddhist temple and make it suitable for habitation, giving her, Keiichi, and her sisters a plausible reason for FriendsRentControl.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': Team Anglerfish once used their Panzer IV battle tank's main cannon as an alarm clock because [[NotAMorningPerson it was the only way to wake up Mako]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Erza can use her Requip magic to instantly change her outfit, in addition to summoning various magic armors, swords, spears, etc. Though, she needs to bring a huge stack of luggage bags with her when the team goes out on an adventure/job request.
*** The luggage bags are actually bags of cooking materials.
** Also, Natsu can use his fire abilities to cook food and dry clothes.
** Lucy gets more MundaneUtility out of some of her spirits, such as haircuts from Cancer and clothes from Virgo, than she does combat. Plue seems to entirely exist for her to hold and cuddle.
* ''Manga/MeiCompany'' involves a CleanupCrew who use their abilities for this. Super strength to clear rubble, water control to clean things, and fire control to incinerate trash.
* Tooru from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds and keep the laundry dry.
* Joujirou from ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' is occasionally seen using his SuperSpeed to do things like... get food from the cafeteria without waiting in line.
** Misa also uses her pyrokinesis to light a grill at one point.
* ''LightNovel/ToaruMajutsuNoIndex'': Misaka Mikoto, level 5 Electromaster... Usually uses her power of electricity to get free drinks from a vending machine.
** [[PowerPerversionPotential Kuroko uses her teleportation to perv on Mikoto.]]
** In one 4koma, Accelerator uses his power of vectors to speed up a conveyor belt sushi.
* In ''Manga/OnePunchMan'', Genos at one point uses his HandBlast power (which can effortlessly destroy a building) to dry dishes.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Keroro sometimes elicits Keronian technology to complete his chores. A non-technological example would be [[HighlyVisibleNinja Koyuki]] whipping out her ninja moves to do perfectly normal things, like Bunshin no Jutsu at the fashion store to try on five outfits at once. And the crescent end of the Lucifer Spear is revealed to be... a key for unlocking Moa's gigantic diary.

to:

* Like all swords, the ''Zantetsuken'' of ''Franchise/LupinIII'' was created for the purpose of killing (Or in the hands of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''
** In
a talented swordsman like Goemon, causing a quick, clean and painless death). Goemon instead uses it to cut other weapons, armor, objects, and even ''clothes''. However, he is always the first to express his distaste of cutting a [[CatchPhrase "worthless object"]] when he does so.
* The Arista gems in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' are solid masses of particles that are shown to be capable of limited matter generation, energy generation, facilitating mental communication, and even cross-dimensional transportation. The world at large mostly uses these particles to make plastic models move around and fight each other. This becomes a minor plot point with Nils Neilson, a TeenGenius
supplemental 4-panel strip, Mio, who wonders why the technology isn't being explored for more practical uses.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Belldandy used her magic
has an ability to renovate create a run-down Buddhist temple and make it suitable for habitation, giving her, Keiichi, and her sisters a plausible reason for FriendsRentControl.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': Team Anglerfish once used their Panzer IV battle tank's main cannon as an alarm clock because [[NotAMorningPerson it was the only way to wake up Mako]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Erza can use her Requip magic to instantly change her outfit, in addition to summoning various magic armors, swords, spears, etc. Though,
PortalDoor wherever she needs to bring a huge stack of luggage bags with her when the team goes out on an adventure/job request.
*** The luggage bags are actually bags of cooking materials.
** Also, Natsu can use his fire abilities to cook food and dry clothes.
** Lucy gets more MundaneUtility out of some of her spirits, such as haircuts from Cancer and clothes from Virgo, than
wants, shows how she does combat. Plue seems to entirely exist for her to hold and cuddle.
* ''Manga/MeiCompany'' involves a CleanupCrew who use their abilities for this. Super strength to clear rubble, water control to clean things, and fire control to incinerate trash.
* Tooru from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''
often uses her ability to fire massive {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to disperse rain clouds teleport her arms and keep face behind her head so that she can fix the laundry dry.
* Joujirou from ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}''
back side of her hairdo.
** Also shown when Minamoto
is occasionally seen using his SuperSpeed getting Kaoru to do things like... get food from help him cook, and she's cutting onions with Psychokinesis so her eyes don't water. Discussed when they discover that Kaoru is actually in good physical shape, despite being a Psychokinetic, and therefor not really needing to exercise much in daily life.
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders: Dolores, i'', Dolores and James spend time [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Base in a Snowstorm]] with an enemy pilot they shot down. Honest to a fault, they decide to pay for
the cafeteria without waiting in line.
** Misa also uses her pyrokinesis to light a grill at one point.
* ''LightNovel/ToaruMajutsuNoIndex'': Misaka Mikoto, level 5 Electromaster... Usually uses her
power of electricity to and resources used during their time there with a necklace worn by the pilot. Dolores decides she should get free drinks from a vending machine.
** [[PowerPerversionPotential Kuroko uses her teleportation
job to perv on Mikoto.]]
** In one 4koma, Accelerator uses his power of vectors to speed up a conveyor belt sushi.
* In ''Manga/OnePunchMan'', Genos at one point uses his HandBlast power (which can effortlessly destroy a building) to dry dishes.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Keroro sometimes elicits Keronian technology to complete his chores. A non-technological example would be [[HighlyVisibleNinja Koyuki]] whipping out her ninja moves to do perfectly normal things, like Bunshin no Jutsu at
pay the fashion store to try on five outfits at once. And pilot back for the crescent end of the Lucifer Spear pendant. Incidentally, Dolores is revealed to be... a key for unlocking Moa's gigantic diary.HumongousMecha. She's a sweetie.
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** In the Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on [[spoiler: her son, Kazui]] whenever he wanders off.

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** In the Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on [[spoiler: her son, Kazui]] Kazui,]] whenever he wanders off.
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** In the Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on [[spoiler: her son, Kazui]] whenever he wanders off.
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