History MundaneUtility / WesternAnimation

20th Jul '17 9:10:21 AM Malady
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** After being a {{NEET}} for a while, Lapis Lazuli becomes a gardener in the episode "Gem Harvest", using her [[MakingASplash water powers]] to help water the crops she and Peridot are growing at the farm.
** Rose Quartz used [[GreenThumb her plant powers]] to grow unusual magic plants, like the moss seen in "Lars And The Cool Kids".
13th Jul '17 8:07:51 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': Hordak once turned his arm into a vacuum cleaner.
** Semi-Averted with the Rebellion's white witch Madame Razz, who apparently frowns on using magic when your own muscles will do the job too. It was actually something of a plot point for a couple of the episodes centered around her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'':
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Hordak once turned his arm into a vacuum cleaner.
** Semi-Averted DefiedTrope with the Rebellion's white witch Madame Razz, who apparently frowns on using magic when your own muscles will do the job too. It was actually something of a plot point for a couple of the episodes centered around her.
13th Jun '17 5:03:24 PM ZarbiNerada
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** And in the ''Rocky and Bullwinkle'' story ''Rue Brittania'', Boris Badenov uses a guillotine to slice bread.
28th May '17 3:30:02 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', almost every bender with a decent amount of screen time has done this. Keep in mind that elemental bending is something that a large portion of this world's population can do, and having it applied to mundane use is hardly surprising. On one occasion Iroh ''blew his cover'' by Firebending a cup of tea to warm it up. Other good examples:
** Earthbending is used for a soccer like game called Earthball, and Toph uses it to make a tent. Omashu uses it to power a mail system and Ba Sing Se uses it to fashion together a train system.
** Firebending makes a handy torch, and is useful for metalworking. Although the Fire Nation's SteamPunk tech is usually powered by coal-based fire, in a pinch, you can also Firebend it directly.
** Waterbending makes sailing a breeze. Surfing, too. [[spoiler:And makes submarines possible hundreds of years before their time.]] It also has potential industrial cutting applications, though we've only seen that once, when Aang and Katara used a very fast-moving stream of water to cut through what appeared to be an inch-thick steel I-beam.
** Airbending finds use for everything from projectile cakes to providing ''every single Air Nomad'' with the ability to fly.
*** During the course of the original series, we see a special technique for each of the types of bending. Fire is lightning, Water is bloodbending, and Earth is metalbending. What's the special new air technique, you ask? It's the Air Scooter. That ball Aang uses just to get around all the time.
** A combination of water and earthbending provides liquid filtration.
** In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', lightningbending (something that only three characters in the original series were ever shown doing) has become so commonplace that it is now used to run power plants. The even-rarer metalbending is used ubiquitously by the police as a means of restraint and quick transportation via steel cables.
** Firebending is mentioned to be used in the making of car engines.
** Korra once used the Avatar state as a "booster rocket" in an airbending race. Granted, that was a gross misuse of power.
** Outside of bending, the [[MiniMecha mecha-tanks]] leftover from the Equalist coup of Republic City were used to load cargo. To their credit, they were based off of Future Industries' Forklifts (which would be designed for that express purpose).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the ''[[Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'' franchise, almost every bender with a decent amount of screen time has done this. Keep in mind that elemental bending is something that a large portion of this world's population can do, and having it applied to mundane use is hardly surprising. On one occasion Iroh ''blew his cover'' by Firebending a cup of tea to warm it up.
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Other good examples:
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examples from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Earthbending is used for a soccer like game called Earthball, and Toph uses it to make a tent. Omashu uses it to power a mail system and Ba Sing Se uses it to fashion together a train system.
** *** Firebending makes a handy torch, and is useful for metalworking. Although the Fire Nation's SteamPunk tech is usually powered by coal-based fire, in a pinch, you can also Firebend it directly.
** *** Waterbending makes sailing a breeze. Surfing, too. [[spoiler:And makes practical submarines possible hundreds of almost a hundred years before their time.]] It also has potential industrial cutting applications, though we've only seen that once, when Aang and Katara used a very fast-moving stream of water to cut through what appeared to be an inch-thick steel I-beam.
** *** Airbending finds use for everything from projectile launching cakes to providing ''every single Air Nomad'' with the ability to fly.
use their gliders for flight.
*** During Over the course of the original series, show, we see a special technique for each of the types of bending. Fire is lightning, Water is bloodbending, and Earth is metalbending. What's the special new air technique, you ask? It's the Air Scooter. That ball Aang uses just to get around all the time.
** *** A combination of water and earthbending provides liquid filtration.
** In the TheRoaringTwenties setting of SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', lightningbending ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' gives us even more examples:
*** Lightningbending
(something that only three characters in the original series were ever shown doing) has become so commonplace that it is now used to run power plants. The even-rarer metalbending is used ubiquitously by the police as a means of restraint and quick transportation via steel cables.
** *** Firebending is mentioned to be used in the making of car engines.
** *** Korra once used uses the Avatar state as a "booster rocket" in an airbending race. Granted, that was Tenzin calls it out as a gross misuse of power.
** *** Outside of bending, the [[MiniMecha mecha-tanks]] leftover from the Equalist coup of Republic City were are used to load cargo. To their credit, they were based off of Future Industries' Forklifts (which would be designed for that express purpose).
3rd May '17 10:20:02 AM Quanyails
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* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' uses his VoluntaryShapeshifting powers courtesy of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum for this almost as much as he uses them for superheroism, mostly to pull pranks on his cousin Gwen. Of course, as a large part of the series consists of Ben [[HowDoIShotWeb failing to use his powers properly]], this rarely works the way he wants. Other examples include using Grey Matter's SuperIntelligence to win a game, Xlr8's SuperSpeed to put away stuff in his grandfather's rustbucket and repair said rustbucket, Fourarm's stature and SuperStrength to run a catch tournament, and even once several alien forms to handle multiple tasks in a farm.

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* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' uses his VoluntaryShapeshifting powers courtesy of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum for this almost as much as he uses them for superheroism, mostly to pull pranks on his cousin Gwen. Of course, as a large part of the series consists of Ben [[HowDoIShotWeb failing to use his powers properly]], this rarely works the way he wants. Other examples include using Grey Matter's SuperIntelligence to win a game, Xlr8's [=Xlr8=]'s SuperSpeed to put away stuff in his grandfather's rustbucket and repair said rustbucket, Fourarm's stature and SuperStrength to run a catch tournament, and even once several alien forms to handle multiple tasks in a farm.
22nd Apr '17 2:14:23 AM jazzyamx
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** Not to mention that as of "Lesson Zero," Rainbow Dash [[spoiler: has apparently managed to master the Sonic Rainboom to the point of [[NukeEm using it in demolition]].]]

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** Not to mention that as of "Lesson Zero," Rainbow Dash [[spoiler: has apparently managed to master the Sonic Rainboom to the point of [[NukeEm [[FantasticNuke using it in demolition]].]]
8th Apr '17 6:25:19 PM Yuihime
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* Valerie Frizzle has an apparently-sentient [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus magic school bus]] that can fly through space at FTL speeds (to Pluto and back within a single school day!) while supporting human passengers, maintain operating temperatures and breathable atmosphere while submerged in lava or stomach acid, travel through time without causing nasty paradoxes, shapeshift, shrink to microbial or molecular levels, turn into HardLight, etc., and always automatically transforms or supports its passengers safely. She uses it to teach science class at a public school.

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* Valerie Frizzle has an apparently-sentient [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus magic school bus]] that can fly through space at FTL speeds (to Pluto and back within a single school day!) while supporting human passengers, maintain operating temperatures and breathable atmosphere while submerged in lava or stomach acid, travel through time without causing nasty paradoxes, shapeshift, shrink to microbial or molecular levels, turn into HardLight, etc., and always automatically transforms or supports its passengers safely. She uses it to teach third-grade science class at a public school.
8th Apr '17 6:23:04 PM Yuihime
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* Valerie Frizzle has an apparently-sentient [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus magic school bus]] that can fly through space at FTL speeds (to Pluto and back within a single school day!) while supporting human passengers, maintain operating temperatures and breathable atmosphere while submerged in lava or stomach acid, travel through time without causing nasty paradoxes, shapeshift, shrink to microbial or molecular levels, turn into HardLight, etc., and always automatically transforms or supports its passengers safely. She uses it to teach science class at a public school.
22nd Sep '16 8:27:47 PM nombretomado
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** It happened less so in WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce, but he starts doing it again in Ben10UltimateAlien, where he is seen using Brainstorm's SuperIntelligence to ''win a golf match''.

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** It happened less so in WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', but he starts doing it again in Ben10UltimateAlien, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', where he is seen using Brainstorm's SuperIntelligence to ''win a golf match''.
3rd Sep '16 2:12:57 PM comicwriter
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* Robin in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''.

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* Robin Comicbook/{{Robin}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''.



-->'''Batgirl:''' Anyone using the Bat-computer for something ''other'' than downloading video game cheat codes? ''(raises her hand)'' Hm?

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-->'''Batgirl:''' -->'''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}:''' Anyone using the Bat-computer for something ''other'' than downloading video game cheat codes? ''(raises her hand)'' Hm?



* Avengers Assemble got a lot of mileage out of this trope. The third episode of the series opens with Falcon using his high-tech combat flight suit to arrive at a mission briefing on time.
** Thor and the Hulk made microwave popcorn with Mjolnir's lightning summoning, and in another episode went to the Moon to wrestle after breaking too many things in Avengers Tower during their weekly sparring matches.
** Hawkeye uses his ImprobableAimingSkills to annoy his teammates by bouncing things off their heads, build sandwiches by tossing ingredients back over his shoulder without looking, and clean house at boardwalk carnival games.

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* Avengers Assemble ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' got a lot of mileage out of this trope. The third episode of the series opens with Falcon Comicbook/TheFalcon using his high-tech combat flight suit to arrive at a mission briefing on time.
** Thor [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and the Hulk Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk made microwave popcorn with Mjolnir's lightning summoning, and in another episode went to the Moon to wrestle after breaking too many things in Avengers Tower during their weekly sparring matches.
** Hawkeye Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} uses his ImprobableAimingSkills to annoy his teammates by bouncing things off their heads, build sandwiches by tossing ingredients back over his shoulder without looking, and clean house at boardwalk carnival games.
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