Created By: InformalFallacies on February 15, 2017 Last Edited By: InformalFallacies on February 17, 2017
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Obsessively Normal

People who value "normalcy" to an extreme.

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A white picket fence. A man, a woman, their son, their daughter, their baby (sex does not matter) with their dog and cat in their Stepford Suburbia. The husband reads his paper in the morning, the wife fixes pancakes for the boy before he listens to parent-approved Christian rock and the girl goes on her not-date with her platonic guy friend. Too bad the baby has to die since the lights blinked erratically when it cried that one time.

The Obsessively Normal strive to embody normalcy. Because of this, they simply dislike weird and unusual things at best, strive to stamp them out "Knight Templar"-style at worst. They would hate magic, mutants, aliens, homosexuals, new brand products, street performers and anything out of place in their repetitive, cookie-cutter world they call "Heaven".

Since what is "normal" is subjective to societies, communities and everybody in general, those who fit this trope may come across as unusual themselves to others (especially the audience).

See also Absolute Xenophobe, Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence and Muggle Foster Parents.


Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • Maya Matsumoto from WORKING!! has a deep obsession to be a normal person. She often claims she is the only normal worker of the restaurant and her workmates are a bunch of freaks.

    Comic Books 
  • Darren Jones from Doom Patrol is a man completely obsessed with eliminating all strangeness and peculiarity in the world and considers himself the poster for normalcy. Jones did not realize that he was among the bizarre himself, possessing strange tools and abilities one of these were the Delirium Box. To accomplish his ends, he formed the fake Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. as his personal agents of death. Their first act was an attempt to kill Danny the Street, but they were defeated with help from the Doom Patrol defeating both him and the fake Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Danny took revenge by dressing Jones in drag right before his boss would see him.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • In Christmas with the Kranks, when Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip celebrating Christmas in favor of going on a cruise. The entire neighborhood stalks, harasses and pickets the two over it, judging them every chance they get and even posting it in the local newspaper, especially over the neighborhood's custom Frosty the Snowman figure. It is not until they decide to put their decorations up to celebrate their daughter returning from the Peace Corps do they start acting civil towards them.

    Literature 
  • The Dursleys from Harry Potter strive to be normal and to fit in with their community. Because of this, they hate and abuse their nephew Harry Potter for his magical heritage.
    • It should be noted that the Dursleys are partly a case of Sour Grapes: Petunia's resentment comes from never getting over that she didn't get to go to Hogwarts like her sister, while Vernon had issues with the fact that the Potters were independently wealthy (and James inadvertently rubbing it in his face).

    Live-Action Television 
  • Darrin from Bewitched insists that Samantha hide her magic powers, not because of any moral objections to witchcraft or any fear of her being persecuted, but solely because he is obsessed with being "normal".

    Music 
  • In the song "Subdivisions" by Rush, you got "In the high school halls, In the shopping malls, Conform or be cast out"

    Western Animation 
  • Norman and Normina Normanmeyer from the 1992 The Addams Family cartoon, you guessed it, strive to be as normal as possible. Because of this, they despise their abnormal neighbors the Addams for this very reason. They expect the same from their more openminded son N.J. Ironically, some would say that the Normanmeyers are the most abnormal characters on their show due to their obsession with underwear, Norman being the CEO of a large underwear manufacturing corporation.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • February 15, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    I think naming tropes after characters is discouraged nowadays, since it depends on the tropers knowing the Trope Namer to understand the name. Also, does this trope only apply to families as a whole, or can it apply to individual characters too?
  • February 15, 2017
    InformalFallacies
    Alright. Any name ideas?

    Also, it does not have to be families. Just an obsession with "normalcy" and a dislike of weirdness will do.
  • February 15, 2017
    JoeG
    • Bewitched: Darrin insists that Samantha hide her magic powers, not because of any moral objections to witchcraft or any fear of her being persecuted, but solely because he is obsessed with being "normal".
  • February 15, 2017
    JoeG
    For a trope name how about Obsessively Normal?
  • February 15, 2017
    SquirrelGuy
    Music: In the song "Subdivisions" by Rush, you got "In the high school halls, In the shopping malls, Conform or be cast out"
  • February 16, 2017
    YasminPerry
    Too vaguely-defined to be a trope.
  • February 16, 2017
    mizorefan
    • Maya Matsumoto from Manga/Working has a deep obsession to be a normal person. She often claims she is the only normal worker of the restaurant and her workmates are a bunch of freaks.
  • February 16, 2017
    PsiPaula4
    Is it a rule on here that no two tropes can have the same page image? Because I'm pretty sure Muggle uses that image already.
  • February 16, 2017
    BKelly95
    Live Action Television
    • One episode of Third Rock From The Sun had the Solomons experiment with conformity and being "normal". Eventually, the experiment sours Dick's relationship with Mary and the others (except Sally) start to tire of it. They finally decide to be themselves.
  • February 17, 2017
    Chabal2
    • The Legend Of Korra: The first season has the Equalists, who would rather De Power every bender than continue to live under their "oppression". They do have a point in that most criminal gangs are benders and thus have an advantage against nonbenders, but even they don't know their leader is a waterbender.
    • It should be noted that the Dursleys are partly a case of Sour Grapes: Petunia's resentment comes from never getting over that she didn't get to go to Hogwarts like her sister, while Vernon had issues with the fact that the Potters were independently wealthy (and James inadvertently rubbing it in his face).
  • February 17, 2017
    Koveras
    • Taeko from Riko To Haru To Onsen To Iruka is deathly afraid of public attention and thus of anything that would indicate she is other than absolute average in any way, to the point of deliberately sabotaging her own rather good looks. Although this is a consequence of a childhood trauma, her phobia is mostly Played For Laughs, as she gets roped into a school club that sees public attention as its primary goal.
  • February 17, 2017
    greyhairedstickinsect
    • Perry from Carmilla The Series constantly tries to come up with a rational explanation for the supernatural events occurring at Silas university, notably that when Carmilla disappeared in a puff of black smoke, she was 'practising to be a stage magician'.
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