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11th Oct '17 9:37:28 AM StarTropes
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Also justified in that [=TNG=]-era Starfleet really only has two kinds of ships -- smaller science-oriented ships and larger "floating city"-type ships. The former are the kind to have bunk beds and communal showers, making the latter the only option for diplomatic missions of any magnitude. Website/SciFiDebris even lampshaded it:

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Also justified in that [=TNG=]-era Starfleet really only has two kinds of ships -- smaller science-oriented ships and larger "floating city"-type ships. The former are the kind to have bunk beds and communal showers, making the latter the only option for diplomatic missions of any magnitude. Website/SciFiDebris Website/SFDebris even lampshaded it:
14th Sep '17 6:44:58 AM UnderlordZ
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** Early seasons of ''Power Rangers'' [[AvertedTrope explicitly forbade]] this kind of behavior; one of Zordon's [[RuleOfThree three rules]] was that a Ranger may not use their powers for personal gain. Justin, in ''PowerRangersTurbo'', was once chastised for using the Rangers' teleportation system to escape the wrath of school bullies.
15th Apr '17 4:21:33 AM Blazer
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/{{Gunslinger}}'', Tom Servo reveals that he has a complex understanding of reality to become a RealityWarper and pull off OffscreenTeleportation. He just uses it to scared Crow.
7th Jan '17 7:41:32 AM Antigone3
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark has been seen using heat vision to make toast, pop corn and heat drinks, using SuperSpeed to clean up and run to school whenever he misses the bus and SuperStrength for his many farm chores. He also uses SuperStrength and heat vision to make a diamond ring for Lana, likely a ShoutOut to the ''Film/SupermanIII'' scene. In one scene, he and his father prepared to go fishing and Clark remarked he could use his XRayVision to locate the fish. His parents, being aware of his powers, aren't fooled when he tries to use them to get out of trouble.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' frequently used Mundane Utility for comic effect. Clark sometimes used his heat vision for mundane tasks such as shaving (by bouncing the beam off a mirror) and reheating coffee.
** At low power, he can also use it to warm Lois's feet in bed after they hook up.
** Clark's father Jonathan once complained that Clark didn't have any potholders, to which Clark replied that he never needed one.
** The shaving example can be justified, since a regular razor blade would break before cutting his facial hair. This is demonstrated in one episode, when a scientist tries to cut Superman's hair and breaks the scissors (funny how that never happens when normal people try to cut hard things).
** In one pre-intro sequence, he flew to win a game of pickup basketball.



* In one episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', Fawkes is scolded for using his invisibility to get into movies for free.
** When asked by a kid if he ever used his ability to sneak into women's locker rooms, Darien refuses to answer. In the pilot, he was caught spying on a soldier and a nurse getting it on and gets a black eye for that.
** Then there was the time a meter maid caught him parking in a handicapped spot, so [[RefugeInAudacity he turned his legs invisible.]]
* All the time in ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In the episode "Allegiance", the "kawoosh" of an opening Stargate is used in a burial ceremony to disintegrate the bodies. Only to be expected, considering the cultural status the gate network has acquired in the galaxy.
** And in "Window of Opportunity" the Stargate itself is used by O'Neill and Teal'c as part of an interstellar game of golf (which they get away with because they're trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop at the time).
---> '''Hammond:''' Colonel O'Neill, what the hell are you doing?\\
'''Jack:''' ''In the middle of my backswing????''
** When they gain temporary enhanced abilities due to ancient alien wristbands, the team is taken out of action for fear of possible side effects. So they use their super-speed and strength to do things like catch up on their reading and writing, perform experiments, rearrange furniture, and sneak off the base for a big tasty steak dinner.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
** Teyla has some kind of Ancient laser device that she uses to light candles. This was quite possibly its original purpose; the Ancients over-engineered everything.
** A Wraith in some AlternateUniverse episode uses his telepathic abilities to ''cheat at Poker''. (Although this is a partial subversion; He's using the money he gets to obtain material and tech to [[spoiler: build himself a device to broadcast the position of Earth to the rest of his kind.]])
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': The Kino. A small, ball-shaped floating planetary exploration probe with a wide range of sensors to determine viability for human life and a camera for visual recon. Also good for spying on the women's shower. Eli also tried to hogtie a few dozen of them to make a flying platform. Coordination issues didn't allow it to maneuver, but its load-bearing capacity would turn out vital on several occasions.

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* In one episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', Fawkes ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Harmony
is scolded for seen using his invisibility her vampire super-strength to get into movies for free.
** When asked by
lift a kid if he ever used his ability cabinet in order to sneak into women's locker rooms, Darien refuses to answer. In the pilot, he was caught spying on a soldier and a nurse getting it on and gets a black eye for that.
** Then there was the time a meter maid caught him parking in a handicapped spot, so [[RefugeInAudacity he turned his legs invisible.]]
* All the time in ''Series/StargateSG1'':
retrieve her shoe from underneath.
** In Season One, Wesley shows Angel a Kek dagger, which is the episode "Allegiance", only weapon capable of killing a Kek demon. Angel informs him that Kek demons are in fact extinct. Then Cordelia grabs the "kawoosh" of an opening Stargate is used in a burial ceremony dagger to disintegrate the bodies. Only to be expected, considering the cultural status the gate network has acquired cut brownies.
** Subverted once
in the galaxy.
** And in "Window of Opportunity"
first season. Cordelia accidentally orders coffee ''beans'' for the Stargate itself is used by O'Neill office instead of ground coffee and Teal'c as part of an interstellar game of golf (which they get away suggests that Angel grinds them by squeezing the packet with because they're trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop at his vampire strength. He tries it and manages only to burst the time).
---> '''Hammond:''' Colonel O'Neill, what
bag, sending coffee beans all over the hell are you doing?\\
'''Jack:''' ''In
office which Wesley promptly slips in when he arrives.
** Angel is looking for information on Wolfram and Hart's senior partner from
the middle owner of my backswing????''
** When they gain temporary enhanced abilities due to ancient alien wristbands, the team is taken out of action for fear of possible side effects. So they use their super-speed
a Mystic Book and strength to do things like catch up on their reading and writing, perform experiments, rearrange furniture, and sneak off the base for a big tasty steak dinner.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
** Teyla has some kind of Ancient laser device
Item shop. He is told that she uses to light candles. This was quite possibly its original purpose; killing the Ancients over-engineered everything.
** A Wraith in some AlternateUniverse episode uses his telepathic abilities
demon requires a glove, which he just so happens to ''cheat at Poker''. (Although this is a partial subversion; He's have and has been using the money he gets as an oven mitt. Whedon seems to obtain material and tech to [[spoiler: build himself a device to broadcast the position of Earth to the rest of his kind.]])
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': The Kino. A small, ball-shaped floating planetary exploration probe with a wide range of sensors to determine viability for human life and a camera for visual recon. Also good for spying on the women's shower. Eli also tried to hogtie a few dozen of them to make a flying platform. Coordination issues didn't allow it to maneuver, but its load-bearing capacity would turn out vital on several occasions.
love this trope.



* Used in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', where one of the Kung Fu trained Rangers uses his martial arts skills for dramatic effect when making pizzas for an appreciative audience.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is the king of this trope.
** Out of all 40 of his switches, most of them are completely useless in most battles (ex. Water, Aero, Hand, etc.) so most of the time Fourze is shown using them for more creative purposes[[note]]Most occur in the intro such as using Aero as a leaf blower or Net to catch a butterfly but there are a few occurrences in the show such as using beat to as a guitar amp.[[/note]] but some, like Freeze become quite useful once Cosmic is introduced.
** Meteor Storm used his Staff as a golf club in his golf match with Taurus.
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard''
** Wizard's connect spell has been used more than once to retrieve donuts for Haruto.
** Dress Up gives Haruto a Tuxedo. No wonder it was used in one episode.

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* Used ''Series/TheBionicWoman''
** In the original, Jaime's cyborg-enhanced superspeed was used to get dressed
in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', where one a hurry, and while posing as a duplicate, she used it to hurry up a cigarette's burning (yes, the purpose is mission-based, but it's a rather mundane use). She also uses it to write on the blackboard fast.
** An episode
of the Kung Fu trained Rangers uses his martial arts skills for dramatic effect when making pizzas for an appreciative audience.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is the king of this trope.
** Out of all 40 of his switches, most of them are completely useless in most battles (ex. Water, Aero, Hand, etc.) so most of the time Fourze is shown using them for more creative purposes[[note]]Most occur in the intro such as using Aero as a leaf blower or Net to catch a butterfly but there are a few occurrences in the show such as using beat to as a guitar amp.[[/note]] but some, like Freeze become quite useful once Cosmic is introduced.
** Meteor Storm used his Staff as a golf club in his golf match
''Series/BionicWoman'' remake opens with Taurus.
Jamie racing at SuperSpeed down a dark alley at night, leaping over a fence InASingleBound and yanking open a car door... to reveal her underage sister necking with an older boy. As she broke a bionic toe jumping the fence, Berkut makes a point of telling her just how much it costs to replace.
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard''
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Wizard's connect spell In an episode, it turns out that Giles has been using a MacGuffin needed as the focus to restore Angel's soul as a paperweight (a ContinuityNod; when Jenny bought one the shopkeeper said he'd sold a couple as "new age paperweights").
** Buffy herself uses her superhuman strength to open a crate that her mom was unable to. Later, she
used more than once to retrieve donuts her superhuman strength as a construction worker for Haruto.
about a fourth of an episode, which pissed off her coworkers - they were being paid by the hour, so having someone speeding up the process was not welcome.
** Dress Up gives Haruto Willow's overuse of magic in mundane life through the first half of season six. After she used it to smooth over a Tuxedo. No wonder fight with Tara by making her forget it happened, [[AddictiveMagic it was used in declared an addiction]]. And then one episode.sentence uttered by Giles in the first episode of the seventh season [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to make the bad storyline go away]].



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In an episode, it turns out that Giles has been using a MacGuffin needed as the focus to restore Angel's soul as a paperweight (a ContinuityNod; when Jenny bought one the shopkeeper said he'd sold a couple as "new age paperweights").
** Buffy herself uses her superhuman strength to open a crate that her mom was unable to. Later, she used her superhuman strength as a construction worker for about a fourth of an episode, which pissed off her coworkers - they were being paid by the hour, so having someone speeding up the process was not welcome.
** Willow's overuse of magic in mundane life through the first half of season six. After she used it to smooth over a fight with Tara by making her forget it happened, [[AddictiveMagic it was declared an addiction]]. And then one sentence uttered by Giles in the first episode of the seventh season [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to make the bad storyline go away]].
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Harmony is seen using her vampire super-strength to lift a cabinet in order to retrieve her shoe from underneath.
** In Season One, Wesley shows Angel a Kek dagger, which is the only weapon capable of killing a Kek demon. Angel informs him that Kek demons are in fact extinct. Then Cordelia grabs the dagger to cut brownies.
** Subverted once in the first season. Cordelia accidentally orders coffee ''beans'' for the office instead of ground coffee and suggests that Angel grinds them by squeezing the packet with his vampire strength. He tries it and manages only to burst the bag, sending coffee beans all over the office which Wesley promptly slips in when he arrives.
** Angel is looking for information on Wolfram and Hart's senior partner from the owner of a Mystic Book and Item shop. He is told that killing the demon requires a glove, which he just so happens to have and has been using as an oven mitt. Whedon seems to love this trope.



* ''Series/TheBionicWoman''
** In the original, Jaime's cyborg-enhanced superspeed was used to get dressed in a hurry, and while posing as a duplicate, she used it to hurry up a cigarette's burning (yes, the purpose is mission-based, but it's a rather mundane use). She also uses it to write on the blackboard fast.
** An episode of the ''Series/BionicWoman'' remake opens with Jamie racing at SuperSpeed down a dark alley at night, leaping over a fence InASingleBound and yanking open a car door... to reveal her underage sister necking with an older boy. As she broke a bionic toe jumping the fence, Berkut makes a point of telling her just how much it costs to replace.

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* ''Series/TheBionicWoman''
**
In the original, Jaime's cyborg-enhanced superspeed was used to get dressed in a hurry, and while posing as a duplicate, she used it to hurry up a cigarette's burning (yes, the purpose is mission-based, but it's a rather mundane use). She also uses it to write on the blackboard fast.
** An
one episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', Fawkes is scolded for using his invisibility to get into movies for free.
** When asked by a kid if he ever used his ability to sneak into women's locker rooms, Darien refuses to answer. In
the ''Series/BionicWoman'' remake opens pilot, he was caught spying on a soldier and a nurse getting it on and gets a black eye for that.
** Then there was the time a meter maid caught him parking in a handicapped spot, so [[RefugeInAudacity he turned his legs invisible.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is the king of this trope.
** Out of all 40 of his switches, most of them are completely useless in most battles (ex. Water, Aero, Hand, etc.) so most of the time Fourze is shown using them for more creative purposes[[note]]Most occur in the intro such as using Aero as a leaf blower or Net to catch a butterfly but there are a few occurrences in the show such as using beat to as a guitar amp.[[/note]] but some, like Freeze become quite useful once Cosmic is introduced.
** Meteor Storm used his Staff as a golf club in his golf match
with Jamie racing at Taurus.
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard''
** Wizard's connect spell has been used more than once to retrieve donuts for Haruto.
** Dress Up gives Haruto a Tuxedo. No wonder it was used in one episode.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' frequently used Mundane Utility for comic effect. Clark sometimes used his heat vision for mundane tasks such as shaving (by bouncing the beam off a mirror) and reheating coffee.
** At low power, he can also use it to warm Lois's feet in bed after they hook up.
** Clark's father Jonathan once complained that Clark didn't have any potholders, to which Clark replied that he never needed one.
** The shaving example can be justified, since a regular razor blade would break before cutting his facial hair. This is demonstrated in one episode, when a scientist tries to cut Superman's hair and breaks the scissors (funny how that never happens when normal people try to cut hard things).
** In one pre-intro sequence, he flew to win a game of pickup basketball.
* Used in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', where one of the Kung Fu trained Rangers uses his martial arts skills for dramatic effect when making pizzas for an appreciative audience.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark has been seen using heat vision to make toast, pop corn and heat drinks, using
SuperSpeed down a dark alley at night, leaping over a fence InASingleBound to clean up and yanking open a car door... run to reveal her underage sister necking school whenever he misses the bus and SuperStrength for his many farm chores. He also uses SuperStrength and heat vision to make a diamond ring for Lana, likely a ShoutOut to the ''Film/SupermanIII'' scene. In one scene, he and his father prepared to go fishing and Clark remarked he could use his XRayVision to locate the fish. His parents, being aware of his powers, aren't fooled when he tries to use them to get out of trouble.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
** Teyla has some kind of Ancient laser device that she uses to light candles. This was quite possibly its original purpose; the Ancients over-engineered everything.
** A Wraith in some AlternateUniverse episode uses his telepathic abilities to ''cheat at Poker''. (Although this is a partial subversion; He's using the money he gets to obtain material and tech to [[spoiler: build himself a device to broadcast the position of Earth to the rest of his kind.]])
* All the time in ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In the episode "Allegiance", the "kawoosh" of an opening Stargate is used in a burial ceremony to disintegrate the bodies. Only to be expected, considering the cultural status the gate network has acquired in the galaxy.
** And in "Window of Opportunity" the Stargate itself is used by O'Neill and Teal'c as part of an interstellar game of golf (which they get away
with an older boy. As she broke because they're trapped in a bionic toe jumping GroundhogDayLoop at the fence, Berkut makes a point time).
---> '''Hammond:''' Colonel O'Neill, what the hell are you doing?\\
'''Jack:''' ''In the middle
of telling her just how much my backswing????''
** When they gain temporary enhanced abilities due to ancient alien wristbands, the team is taken out of action for fear of possible side effects. So they use their super-speed and strength to do things like catch up on their reading and writing, perform experiments, rearrange furniture, and sneak off the base for a big tasty steak dinner.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': The Kino. A small, ball-shaped floating planetary exploration probe with a wide range of sensors to determine viability for human life and a camera for visual recon. Also good for spying on the women's shower. Eli also tried to hogtie a few dozen of them to make a flying platform. Coordination issues didn't allow
it costs to replace.maneuver, but its load-bearing capacity would turn out vital on several occasions.

21st Dec '16 10:02:12 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tend to use a lot of very neat high-tech devices for mundane things in their myths.
-->'''Tory''': We're popping popcorn with ''lasers''!
** It's also discussed in the episode where Adam and Jamie test the myth that the Red Cross inserts MindControl tabs into people who give blood. The doctor drawing blood comments that if Red Cross did do this (the myth was busted), they'd use it to solve their shortage of donated blood by getting donors to donate more.
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** In the episode [[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E7TheDarkestPlace "The Darkest Place"]], Kara uses her heat-vision to reheat potstickers and cook pizza.
6th Dec '16 9:42:28 PM bwburke94
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** Clark's father Johnathon once complained that Clark didn't have any potholders, to which Clark replied that he never needed one.

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** Clark's father Johnathon Jonathan once complained that Clark didn't have any potholders, to which Clark replied that he never needed one.
24th Oct '16 9:30:17 PM nombretomado
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* The world of ''GeneRoddenberry's Series/{{Andromeda}}'' includes such wonders as {{Nanomachines}} and they're available to pretty much everyone. How does maverick captain Beka Valentine use hers? [[HairColors Instant hair dye.]]

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* The world of ''GeneRoddenberry's ''Creator/GeneRoddenberry's Series/{{Andromeda}}'' includes such wonders as {{Nanomachines}} and they're available to pretty much everyone. How does maverick captain Beka Valentine use hers? [[HairColors Instant hair dye.]]
4th Oct '16 9:18:05 PM Micah
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** She uses her super-hearing to know when Cat is about to get into work, so she knows when to use her heat vision to reheat Cat's morning latte.

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** She uses her super-hearing to know when Cat is about to get into work, so she knows which lets her know when to use her heat vision to reheat Cat's morning latte.
4th Oct '16 9:17:38 PM Micah
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** She uses her super-hearing to know when Cat is coming, so she can use her heat vision to reheat Cat's morning latte just before giving it to her.

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** She uses her super-hearing to know when Cat is coming, about to get into work, so she can knows when to use her heat vision to reheat Cat's morning latte just before giving it to her.latte.
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